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!)