Marija B :) haha.i use garmin forerunner410.i didnt have it with me for 3 months,managed not to pack it. :D and in those 3 months i had my HM :) so i just used counting Laps on a forest trail. Which i would from time to time manage to miscount, than had no idea how much was my distance. The method of passers-by confirmed to be unreliable.So i just got used to have my phone on me. Now i m back with my garmin , i can tell he missed me too since he has stopped the time since our last run 3 month ago. How do u set an automatic watch?
You'll recognise us at starting lines fiddling with our wrists and adjusting ear pieces. And you might just notice us getting better and faster. We are the Polar, Garmin and Ipod App loving gadget freaks who track everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) and believe that to measure is to improve. So get measuring, tell us your tool and admit to the craziest length you've went to measure performance
If You See Me Collapse, Please Pause My Watch Challenge rules
- Tell us what you use, what you measure and how it helps
- Tell us the craziest thing you've measured and the lengths you've went to to get accurate readings
- Please be careful. Telling the girlfriend to change positions as she's blocking your GPS doesn't go down well
- Not all types of physical activity are suitable for everyone. Users take Challenges and training advice at their own personal risk.
“Timex RunTrainer. LOVE it. I absolutely love being able to get a good accurate gague on myself, though i find that on days where I want to push myself for speed, I'll run with my regular watch because I seem to get better times if I can't look at my pace. ”
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Ben M Timex Run Trainer (Admittedly with the Garmin HRM strap since it was cheaper AND more comfortable!). I used it during some of my medic training to see what my heartrate was getting to during our stress trauma lanes. A very noticible spike to about 180+ in the first 5 minutes of treating a patient, leveling off after about 7min down to the 120-130 range
Marija B encouraged this.
Mirja E Found mu weirdest tracked workout. I was cycling home from work and forgot to turn off endo. So it tracked the following over about 1.5 hours on my bed :P
Anxy D logged 1.69 km of Cycling in 0:29:26
First I used only Endo on my android, now I have Polar watch+belt too. If I go cycling or walking, I use both. "Nicest" tracking was when I was skating on the icehockey field. it was really nice track LOL
Mirja E I use my Suunto M5 with a footpod to get heartrate, calories, distance, speed, etc. Sometimes I also double it with endo on ipad to get the route too. But I absolutely adore the simplicity and logic of my dear Suunto :)
Anxy D encouraged this.
Jim G I was headed for a quick run during half-time of a football (American), but my Garmin 405 wasn't functioning properly, so I went back inside and drank a beer. Now it's working so I'll probably have to go out this evening, after this and another game. Now, I probably should keep the beers to a minimum ... :o) to avoid RWI (Running While Intoxicated).
Madiantin . I have a Garmin 910xt. My gosh I love that thing. It's AWESOME. I love its swim function - though it's pretty slow at counting laps and sometimes won't count any for a while then will suddenly jump several laps.
I haven't really measured anything terribly crazy. A 24 hour period once or twice, just to see what it looked like. That's about it really. =)
Gemma A I use mapmyrun on my htc phone....i have it programmed to tell me my pace and time every 5 k so i know when i need to up my game...
Jeremy O I use my Garmin to track my pace, distance, time, elevation gain & heart rate. I find it invaluable in being able to closely analyse my runs, and determine if I slowed down for no good reason, or maxing my HR.
Kara A I have a Polar RS200sd with the footpod. I track mileage, calories burned, times, speed, elapsed time and heart rate. The strangest thing I used my HRM for was to track a day at work doing massage therapy. I write every thing down in a log book.
Loren O My main tool is Runkeeper on my Samsung Galaxy S3. For all of my other outdoor activities I use my MotoActv GPS/MP3 player/Golf thingie. I may be the only guy out there measuring steps and distance while playing basketball and softball.
Now, the reason this applies to this challenge, is that I don't exactly trust either GPS. So I use both when I go on my walks and runs so I can ensure that one of them is accurate.
Kevin D i have several i have a nike + which i mainly use inside either on a indoor track or treadmill. it is good to keep track tho i don't think the older ones like have have the accuracy that you need sometimes... that is why i got a garmin 405 which is fantastic as long as you are outside and not under a bridge or over hang... i also have several polar heart rate monitors including a 520 and a couple f1's. I also have cycle computer that i use mainly for distance and cadence. i love all of them oh yea all my watches 4 or 5 have lap timers LOL... i used to be a techno geek what can i say.....
Jeff B I use the Nikeplus app on my Droid, and yep I track everything! not sure it is crazy (which means it probably is) but I track anything and everything and I cant wait to get my Nike Fuelband that will help me do just that!!!
Pete D i used my garmin 110 on a yasso 800 session with a twist, i pushed myself through 8 sets so hard that i lay on the grass completely wiped out and you guessed it....i puked...now thats a good workout!!! ....not pretty to see on a sunday morning in the park though!!!
Jeconiah M " I use an app called NOOM on my android phone. I don't ever go running without my phone. The app speaks......telling me how fast I run, the distance covered as I run, the number of calories I burn, as well as mapping out my run course in real time ( through GPS ). Having this kind of data at my disposal has helped me improve my performance & keep me motivated .
Abigail H I laughed as soon a I saw this challenge. I saw my neighbour (who loves a chat) this morning and went out of my way to avoid him so it didn't interrupt my time (I went back later for a chat cos I felt mean). I had used a Polar for a number of years for heart rate but upgraded very recently to a Garmin 610 so I could track my route, distance and time too to see if I'm improving.
Klara R I use my (or I should say "our") Garmin GPS when running. Nowadays I measure the length I can run in 30 mins, and will be very happy when hitting the 5K. Now I'm at 4.37 km. It's pretty challenging with a stroller... I also watch the ave speed and try to improve it. The funny thing is that my lap's length (I run around a lake) is always different, it varies bw 670 and 735 meters...
Jesse N Endo on android, i try to track any activities i can
it helps to know how far i go and how fast, i tracked my martial arts and running in a storm and i would carry an extra battery also on the long runs
Scott S My bootcampers and I LIVE for our Polar HR monitors. We record calories burned, Avg HR, and Max HR. My favorite story is a guest at bootcamp who was so excited at how many calories she burned, she continued to let her watch run...while she was at the bar! Everytime she burned another 100 or so calories she'd order another drink!
Maria G I'm actually a recovering Garmin addict! It was a Christmaspresent from my husband, and for a while I didn't consider a run w/o it a real run! I also got very competitive with myself, and if a run was slower than the last one, I got frustrated. It took a lot of the fun out of running for me. I had to put it away for several months. Now I use it because I like to know how far I run, and I don't pay too much attention to the time anymore. The craziest thing I ever did, was probably when I ran the whole route over again, because the Garmin froze somewhere in the middle of the run. I think I have a healthy relationship with my gadget now, and I run for fun! : )
Shawn C encouraged this.
Why not ask for some advice from other Challenge takers, or read some of the Challenge guides first?OK, I'll keep working at it!