My advice on running technology is straightforward. Keep it simple. By this I mean commit to one device. This assumes that you decide to record data on your running, which I advise all runners to do.
The importance of data can never be overstated. Although it requires careful and thorough analysis, data supplements running by providing feedback during and after a workout. Regardless of ability, all runners can benefit from understanding their current and past efforts.
I also advocate for running according to how athletes feel in the moment. However, as long as the equipment is set up appropriately for the runner’s needs it can support their goals and journey.
In 2011 I received a Garmin Forerunner 305 sports watch for my twenty-first birthday. It is still the only measure I use to record my training and racing distance and times. I use my Garmin for most of my runs and is one of the most expensive and beloved items I own.
There are so many features that make it an impressive addition to my training:
1. The device is simple to use and a breakdown of statistics can be uploaded to a computer.
2. The display can be changed so that time, distance, average pace and current pace can all be shown simultaneously.
3. It connects to an accurate heart rate monitor, ideal for training workouts within set zones.
4. The battery life remains sufficient enough that charging it more than once a week is unnecessary (even during frequent long runs).
However, there is no need to spend much money or time on technology. There are so many basic tools to give you the data you need that all the focus can be on the running.