A GPS watch can be a big investment (though we have several GPS watches priced under $150). If you’re going to drop the cash, you want to make sure you’ll get the value during your workouts and races. We all know that the big benefit of GPS is that it lets you easily track your pace and distance covered. But here are 5 more things a GPS watch can help you do.
1. Online Upload of Data
Many GPS watches sync up with online programs that store your run data and allow you to compare stats from one run to the next. If you’re working toward a specific running goal, tracking your progress over time is a powerful tool to help you qualify for that next race, or set a new PR.
2. Real-Time Pace Info
Set your goal pace before you take off for your run, and your GPS watch will notify you (typically via a beep or a buzz) if you’re running too fast or too slow. Some models, like the Garmin Forerunner 10, can notify you as soon as you set a PR on a run. This kind of pace information is extremely valuable for training and on race day.
3. Customizable Display
Most traditional run watches don’t let you choose a personalized display, but GPS watches do. Select the info you want to see when you’re on the run, so you don’t have to scroll through different screens to get the data you need.
4. Hands-Free Split Markers
All GPS watches will record split times for you at pre-set distances, so you can keep your focus on running hard. Pre-set your split distances before you leave for your run, and you won’t have to lift a finger to record your split times.
5. Map Your Routes and Share with Friends
You can use your GPS watch to plan out new running routes. Map the routes you run and share them with fellow runners for a little friendly competition, or get inspiration to try a friend’s route. It’s a fun and motivational way to take part in the running community, even when you’re running solo.