Let the battle of technology begin

This morning saw me standing outside my front door at 5 am waiting for two devices to find a signal. I don’t usually run so early on a weekend (mainly because hubby refuses to let me) but hubby was leaving for work at 7 am so knew this would be my only chance with football commitments both on and off the telly taking up the afternoon. (Along with Christmas shopping and an eye appointment)

Mrs Runkeeper got signal first Mr Garmin took three restarts and had to be moved to the roof of my car before he could find one. It was very foggy this morning.

By the time I got home he said I had ran 6 miles while she stated 8.64 miles! A huge difference I know but this was down to user error on trying to start both at the same time I managed to turn the garmin on and off within 4 seconds and did not discover this until 3 miles in! Luckily no one was around to hear the language!

The Garmin is easy in all aspects it sits on your wrist, you turn it on, it auto pauses when you stop at lights (RK might do this but have not found that setting yet), you press stop at the end, sync to lap top is easy although I don’t tend to do this, it gives you the necessary feed back at the end, miles, average pace, best pace, calories used, paused time and time taken. Down sides are it does not give splits (might when synced but have not found it yet), the screen is quite small to focus on when running and as I run in the dark I have to press the on button to get it to light up when I want to see how far/fast/slow I have been.

The runkeeper is taking a bit of getting used to. The first 2 runs did not transfer to the web site and seemed to vaporise from the phone yesterday. You can easily switch on the  camera when running and holding it (have yet to purchase an arm strap) it eats the battery of the phone, I don’t think the mileage is accurate so in turn the splits are slow (I do hope this is the case) On a plus side I do like the large easy to see screen, the splits are great (or would be if they said what I wanted them to say!) the email saying this is the furthest I have run was great and I can see that this would be a boost as training continues.

At the moment my loyalty lies with the Garmin (obviously as when with him I run shorter and faster!) although this was not a terribly fair test so I plan on running with both for a while before making a final decision.

At the end of the 9 miles, I entered the house to have hubby leave (perfect marriage!) but not before he told me I looked like a drowned rat! (Fog not rain!)

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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5 Responses to Let the battle of technology begin

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  2. abradypus says:

    My garmin, a 210, has a lap button which I can press to start a new split. I prefer it to run keeper because it’s on my wrist and easily accessible for when I’m doing intervals / hills and want splits for the efforts. Does seem to take a while to find the satellites though.

  3. plustenner says:

    I have been using miCoach on my phone sine Juneathon, and so far so good 🙂 Sometimes takes a while to find the satelite, but that is probably my phone, not the package. You are amazing to run so early in the morning!

  4. fortnightflo says:

    Smae as above- Garmin is more accurate and better for pacing, but I like the features on RK such as posting to facebook and the splits. I think you can upload garmin files into RK although I have yet to get mine to work (might have to get Louise to have a look at that when she next stays…)

  5. runtezza says:

    Great post, thanks — I particularly loved the human error interlude! What’s the point of technology if it can’t cope with people? I am thinking of becoming part of the Garmin generation but totally confused about what to ask Fr Christmas for in terms of all those model numbers. Would want one including heart rate monitor, altitude and tea making facilities as well as ease of use. V keen to store it all on a computer and beam it to an uncomprehending world via social media. Have not got a smart phone so the alternative is to stick with my trusty Nike plus iPod, though that requires the right kind of trainer. And well done on your nine before nine!

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