Running Free: Ditching the GPS and Learning to Obsess Less

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My relationship with running has changed a lot this year. In many ways I feel like I’ve come full circle back to where I started – running simply for enjoyment, the release, and the health benefits that it provides. I ran only a single race this past Spring, a ten mile trail race that kicked […]

Another Example of a Garmin Forerunner 620 Tracking Problem

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Several months ago I wrote a post in which I discussed GPS accuracy issues I’ve experienced with my Garmin Forerunner 620. Though on the whole I like the watch, I still experience episodes where it seems to flip out and lose track of real-time pace and/or the correct track. This often manifests as the watch […]

Garmin Forerunner 620 – Some Fun With Running Dynamics Data

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I’ve been working on a long overdue review of the Garmin Forerunner 620 – it’s been a tricky GPS watch to review because it does so much, but also because I’ve had some issues with it. One of my original reasons for buying the 620 was that I was interested in the ability to record […]

Biggest Drawback of the Apple Sport Watch For Runners: No On-Board GPS

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The big news yesterday was Apple’s announcement of two new iPhones as well as the Apple Watch. Like most people, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the announcement of the Watch since rumors have consistently hinted at a slew of fitness-related features. Done well, the watch had the potential to be a game changer in the fitness […]

Timex Introduces Ironman One GPS+ Smart Watch

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I’ve reviewed a number of GPS fitness watches over the past few years. One of the most impressive was the Motorola MotoActv – it had a beautiful touch-screen, could play music via Bluetooth, and was solid on the tracking side. Unfortunately the MotoActv had some fatal flaws, namely poor battery life and ineffective waterproofing, particularly […]

Garmin Forerunner 15 (FR15) Review: Activity Tracking and GPS in One Watch

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Last summer I wrote a very positive review of the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch. The FR10 is Garmin’s entry level GPS watch, and I was more than a bit surprised by how much I liked it. It provided accurate tracking, stable pace readouts, a small form-factor, and an intuitive, simple menu system. The device […]

Garmin Forerunner 620 Watch GPS Accuracy Issues

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In the comments section of my recent review of the Garmin 910XT a friend mentioned that he had seen reports of GPS accuracy issues for the Forerunner 620. Fellrnr also has done some extensive testing of various GPS devices and his 620 did not fare well. Garmin has acknowledged this problem, and has a sticky […]

Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS Watch Review

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My first ever GPS watch was the Garmin Forerunner 205. I loved that watch and used it on every run for several years. It was rock-solid when it came to tracking, the battery seemed to last forever, and it carried me through multiple marathons without issue. My only real issue with the 205 was that […]

Garmin Forerunner 610 (FR610) GPS Watch Review

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My first GPS watch was the Garmin Forerunner 205, and I used it for several years without a hitch (still works well to this day!). It displayed tons of data, tracked speed and distance nearly flawlessly (except when surrounded by tall trees or buildings), and had great battery life. However, my one big problem with […]

Garmin Forerunner 620 and 220 GPS Watch Previews: The Future of Running Tech Looks Bright!

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Next to running shoes, running tech gadgets are probably my biggest weakness, and lately I’ve found myself drooling over some of the running tech that is coming down the pipe. I’ve tried a few products that were “almost there” in terms of being ground-breaking fitness devices – the Motorola MotoACTV is a good example. It […]

Timex Run Trainer 2.0 GPS Watch Review: A Much Improved Update!

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My day-to-day GPS watch for tracking workouts right now is the Garmin Forerunner 610 (still need to review it!). Previous to that, I was a longtime user of a Garmin Forerunner 205. I’m starting this review with this information so that you have an idea of where I am coming from in my opinions – […]

How to Download Garmin Forerunner Data Directly to An iPhone, and Then Upload to dailymile

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A few minutes ago I glanced over at my Tweetdeck screen and saw this tweet: This is why @dcrainmakerblog is the best: dcrainmaker.com/2013/06/garmin… — Sara J (@sarajacobson) June 11, 2013 Intrigued, I followed the link and my world changed. The skies cleared up, birds started singing, and my 3 year old told me he really […]

Garmin Forerunner 10 (FR10) Review: Great Performance in a Small, Low-Priced Package

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Update 7/8/2014  –I have now posted a review of the Garmin Forerunner FR15. The FR15 is basically an update to the FR10 that adds step counting, heart rate monitor sync, and longer battery life. One of the first reviews I wrote here on Runblogger was of the Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS watch. That was way back in April of 2009! […]

Motorola MOTOACTV GPS Workout Recorder Review: Close, But Not Quite There

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For the past three months or so I’ve been using the Motorola MOTOACTV GPS on almost every single one of my runs (disclosure: this product was a media sample provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer for review purposes). About a month into using the MOTOACTV I was prepared to write a review […]

Soleus GPS 1.0 Watch Review: A Minimalist GPS Watch at a Minimalist Price

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Although I tend toward minimalism in my footwear, I’m a major tech geek and stats junkie, and a GPS watch is a constant companion on my runs. I’ve flirted with the thought of running “naked” more often as espoused by my friends Mossy and Robbo of the Naked Runners Podcast, but I can’t seem to […]