Tuesday, September 15, 2015

TotR: Tracking Devices

April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Patty from My No Guilt Life, and Erika from MCM Mama Runs host Tuesdays on the Run.  Today we're talking about tracking devices!

I have three main ones that I use.

Everday, I use my Fitbit.  I previously had the Flex and now have the Charge HR.  I love the accountability it can make me have, especially when I'm in a challenge with other Fitbit users! It really makes my competitive side come out and can push me to get more steps.  I will admit I rarely get to 10k unless I have a race and work in the same day, or a race that's a 10k or longer.  Sometimes I get scared when it buzzes at me!  My only complaint is that the HR monitor doesn't show nearly the burn/HR it should, but I know it's not entirely accurate and use it more for overall daily burn.

When I run, I use my Garmin Forerunner 220. I had the 10 before, but wanted a fancier device.  Mostly I wanted to eliminate the need for both a GPS device and HR monitor.  This was at a time I was very involved with calories in vs. out and had my Fitbit Flex.  I love the HR monitor because I can see if I'm pushing too hard.  I also love that it vibrates for my run:walk interval, which the 10 didn't.  Sometimes at races there are other people using the Galloway method and I need to know which beeps are mine!

The last device, which I don't use as much anymore, is my Polar FT4 HR Monitor watch.  Like I said, I used to be very involved with calories.  Sometimes if I'm going to be in an intense cardio session in the gym I'll want to know how many calories I burn, etc.  This one is mostly getting put on the back burner for now but I do love it! It's super lightweight and gives good data.

What devices are your favorite?

1 comment:

  1. I have the Garmin 10 and I love it Bc it is so simple. I do not need all the bells and whistles.