After un-boxing my new Garmin last night, I exitedly pulled out each element of the package and was sure to connect it to a power source for its required 3 hours of initial charging. I left it overnight, so first thing when I woke up, I hopped out of bed to start playing around and learning all I need to know for enhanced running geekiness.
Since I slept in (til 8 AM) and then dilly-dallied around most of the morning, I didn’t get out for my ‘test run’ until early afternoon – and since I did my long run Saturday, I decided that I’d run just a mile to test out my new gear. I was going to just head out with the Garmin (no cellphone, etc) but hubs suggested I take both out (my iPhone has the Nike+ application, which I depended on a lot when I first started running) to see if the data matched. Challenge accepted!
I carried the iPhone in my iFitness belt, and therefore there is a several second delay for the data since I had to switch it on, then stow the device before starting/ ending the run.
When I returned home, I loaded up the info and this is what I found:
I was already somewhat familiar with the Garmin Connect software, as my previous watch was the Garmin FR60, a sans-GPS running watch – so this addition of seeing my course mapped out was pretty cool – not to mention the Elevation data!
As you can see, I chose a nice downhill slope, hit a turnaround (conveniently it was where the sidewalk literally ended) and proceeded back up until I saw 1 mile on the screen.
And now, the Nike+ data, from the iPhone…
The time matched up pretty close, given the imperfection of the experiment…
The map of course, checked out as well.
I know that for a more accurate test-out, it’d probably be more beneficial to do more than a mile, but I have to say that in my totally un-scientific mission today, I was pretty impressed by the accuracy of both instruments. This might beg the question – why would you then get a $100+ watch when you can get similar results from a $2 application? Well, good question – and depending on your individual situation, this could be a useful discussion to have with yourself.
Nike + pros
- Cool integration with social media (post to Facebook, Nike community, etc.)
- You can play your iTunes playlists through the application
- Tends to use lots of battery life
- You have to carry an extra accessory (I used to wear an armband with it)
- The website is slow!!
Anyway, it definitely is nice to have options when it comes to tracking running workouts. I am excited to see how this new piece of technology enhances my training.
Do you think technology helps/hinders your running?