Shanghai Running Magazine Volume 3 - Page 36

only one in stock at the Decathlon store when I was there). The watch sells for 499RMB. The watch has one feature that I love, the ability to upload runs to and compare the intensity of your workouts with other runners worldwide. For the month or so during which I was using this watch, I had to work hard to stay in the top 100 users worldwide and although I didn’t personally know any of the other runners, I was definitely motivated to hang on to a top 100 spot. Sadly the watch has two fatal flaws 1. It displays only time and distance. There is no pace information available. The only way to get pace information is to upload your data to My Geonaute, but even then only average pace is displayed 2. Battery life is about 5 hours, but if the battery goes flat, you lose all the stored information on the watch. In my case I did a great 45km trail run in Ireland and I wanted to upload the run to see exactly where I had been (and I needed the points to stay in the Top 100!). The battery lasted for the 4 ½ hour run but died on the way back to the house (the watch displays time even when off so there is always a slight battery drain). When I went to upload my run I discovered it was gone and was irretrievable. The watch also had a charging cradle that was tricky to use. Several times I plugged it in and thought it was charging only to come back later and discover the watch had no charge at all. While I’d consider another Geonaute product I feel like this watch was not very well thought out and 36 overall I can’t recommend it to all but the most casual of runners. Garmin Forerunner 310XT By now I am far enough into my marathon training plan that I know exactly what I need from a running watch. It must display time, distance and pace on the same page, it must hap a lap time and pace function and it must have decent battery life. Throw all of that into Google and the answer is the Garmin Forerunner 310XT. This is a watch that has been on the market for several years but then again GPS technology is not changing much. The watch has a list price of $299 US but can be had online for much less (at least if you have someone from the US that can order it and bring it to you). There is a lot to like about this watch. It gets a signal quite quickly, measures distance accurately, displays all of the information any serious runner could want including my precious lap times and an accurate lap pace. You can customize several screens to display whatever information you like. I particularly like that the watch can vibrate on completion of each lap. If I’m listening to some tunes at high volume trying to eke out a little extra performance, I might not hear a quiet beep but with the © Shanghai Running 2014 vibration I know another km is complete and can glance down for the lap time. The battery life is also exceptionally good. Garmin claims 20 hours and I have used it continuously on a 10 hour ultramarathon after which is still showed 66% remaining. With this watch I plug it in about once a week and there is no problem with it lasting for the 100-120km weekly mileage I am doing. The only drawback is that the watch is a little bigger and heavier than the others reviewed here. I’m also concerned that the charging contacts on the watch are in contact with my skin which means they spend 1-2 hours wet with sweat each day. I’ll have to see how long the charging system works. Conclusion My “Run Faster” training program has gone well and my goal race is rapidly approaching. There are five or six different types of run in