It is August 21st and this morning I think I got frost bite on my fingers and this afternoon I got sunburned- Only in Minnesota. It was a chilly morning run and a hot afternoon walk.
So this month I celebrated my 27th birthday. I am officially in my “late” 20s. As a birthday gift from my husband I got this bad boy!
The Nike+ GPS Sports Watch
Before this running watch, I was using the Nike+ Sports Band . It did the job by recording running pace, distance and calories but it was getting old and worn out.
In this post, I am going to share with you my thought process for getting a new running watch.
Why I wanted a new running watch: My running watch was getting old (by five years) and worn from all the runs in the heat, sun, snow, rain, blizzards, etc. I could tell it wasn’t holding battery and the accuracy was not 100 percent. I also really wanted a running watch with a GPS.
What types of watches did I research: I looked at Garmins, Nike+, Timex, Motorola MOTOACTV and Soleus.
Where did I research: I went to several running stores, electronic stores, department stores, browsed the web and read blogs. I even asked my friends and friends of friends what types of running watches they liked.
Why did I like Nike+: I really wanted a watch that was easy and quick to use. I didn’t want to have to sit down and read a 50 page manual on how to operate my running watch. Nike Plus has a touch screen for light, a select button and up/down arrow buttons- piece of cake!
This watch literally came with just a diagram that explained the buttons. The watch is very intuitive- just like an iPad or iPhone.
Nike seems to have everything that was important to me in a running watch- Clock, GPS, easy start stop button, history, records, stopwatch.
Nike also has a software program that is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and laptop. You can sink all of your devices to www.nikeplus.com. There is a really slick USB port hidden in the watch that lets you download all your running history to nikeplus.com. It takes two seconds.
And because I was using a Nike brand watch before all my past runs were downloaded onto my new Nike GPS Sports Watch.
The price point for this GPS watch is also reasonable. It was under $200 and with some of the other running watches like Garmin I would have to pay around $300 or more.
Style: I am not too picky about what my running watch looks like but I like Nike Plus because it isn’t too bulky and I can wear it to yoga, strength training, hiking, rollerblading, etc. It doesn’t get in the way of my exercise.
Other Features: This watch does not come with a heart-rate monitor but it is compatible with one.
I love that while I am running the watch tells me my pace and distance on the same screen. With my old Nike Sports Band I could only see one thing at a time.
What did I learn- Even by speaking to all the “running experts” and sales people I didn’t have a solid understanding to which watch was best for me. All the watches had similar features but what I really wanted to know was how to work the watch. Being a morning runner and living in the Midwest there are a lot of dark runs and I don’t have time to fumble around with my watch. I need something simple and dependable. I am really glad I went with my gut because this Nike Plus GPS Sports Watch rocks! It is super easy to use and does everything I need it to do.
I am excited to start my fall running with my new watch! Amen.