I am a part time runner (recently starting up again). However when I am not running I am walking. On a treadmill it’s pretty easy to keep track of your pace (you set it) and distance (it’s right in front of you!). However when it is nice outside I like to walk/run outside.
It would be nice to have a device that didn’t care about where I was, but could track how far and fast I’ve walked outdoors.
Adding in the ability to track how much I’ve climbed/descended would also be a value add.
The Garmin Forerunner is just that device. In fact, you can buy a shoe sensor that let’s you use the Garmin on a treadmill. It also includes a heart rate monitor that allows you to set your max/min and off you go!
Using the USB ANT sensor, you can connect your Forerunner to your computer where you can upload all of your walking/running data into the Training Center Application from Garmin.
So far I have used the Garmin in Paris, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, Indianapolis, Chicago, San Francisco and New Jersey. Downtown Seattle there were reception issues getting a solid GPS signal but overall the quality and signal have been exceptional.
This is a great device for those who run/walk and like to keep track of what they have accomplished.
There are two additional things to talk about:
1. Virtual partner – allows you to train against yourself or against a preset level.
2. The device is light – all told it doesn’t weigh you down and it functions as a wrist watch so you can wear it all day as well. They have several models – the 405 is the lightest and the least bulky to wear as a watch.
All in all this is an excellent product – if you workout by walking/running it is well worth the investment.