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TapStepBallChange · 04/07/2017 21:38

Can anyone recommend a good value running watch? I've been using map my run in my phone but I don't think it's very accurate on distance so I'm thinking of getting a running watch with a better GPS, can anyone recommend one? Ideally would like to spend l as than £100

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LaFlottes · 05/07/2017 10:18

Hi - I have a Garmin Forerunner 35 and it's fab. It's a little more than £100, I think I managed to find mine for about £139 but it does loads for that price.

It has built in GPS, a wrist based heart rate monitor, a virtual pacer and loads more features. It downloads to the garmin app and you can link it to Strava and also my fitness pal.

If you want to try another app, then the Strava app is good.

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pudding24 · 06/07/2017 11:12

Watching with interest as I also want one.

LaFlottes, does the pace seem quite accurate on the Garmin?

Yesterday I went for what was meant to be a recovery run, in the announcements every half km, Strava was saying my pace was 6:30-7:00/km.

When I got to the end and recorded/synced, suddenly it said my pace was more like 6:18 average - some km I was running at 6:00. No wonder it was hard!

I ideally want to be able to look down at the watch and know what pace I'm doing right then.

P.S. what does the virtual pacer do? Say I wanted to go for a recovery run at say, 6:30km, would it help me keep at that pace and alert me when I wasn't doing?

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pudding24 · 06/07/2017 11:13

(P.S. I should clarify, currently I'm using Strava on a phone with the audio cues turned on. So it only gives me my pace every half km.)

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LaFlottes · 06/07/2017 11:54

I do think the pace is accurate and you can keep an eye on it and see your pace whenever you like. It's not flickering around changing all the time, so it must update the pace at certain time/distance intervals, showing how fast you'r currently running, but I'm fairly sure it's accurate.

Having the build in GPS is great too, not having to carry a phone and also having built in heart rate monitor.

When you have it in running mode, there are two data screens you can switch between to look at as you run.

The first screen shows distance, time you've been running and pace

The second screen displays heart rate zone, current heart rate and calories burned. I've never really flicked over to look at this one during a run, as I tend to just like to know pace and distance.

You can set it up with a virtual pacer, meaning you choose a pace, such as a 9 min mile, and it will tell you if you are on pace, fall behind pace or are ahead of pace. It's very useful.

You can also set a distance alert if you want, so it tells you when each mile is done.

I've not used this yet but you can set up heart rate alerts too.

You can use the watch to set up an interval work out.

Once your run is completed and you've saved the session, there's a nice breakdown of your run actually on the watch which is good as I think a lot of watches you need to wait until the data is on the app. I then just syc it with my phone and you can see the info on the garmin app and it also goes up to strava.

The garmin app is brilliant too. You can link this to my fitness pal as well.

I didn't want to spend a huge amount and when I was researching it I found that this watch had the most features for the money. Also some others were more like activity trackers where this one is definitely geared up for running more so than anything else.

Hope this helps!!

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