Best GPS Running Watches For New Runners

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If you have you decided to become more serious about your running, then you should get one of the latest running watches GPS.

One way to motivate yourself to run more frequently is to invest in a GPS enabled running watch. With the use of a running watch with GPS, you can keep track of your pace, distance, and heart rate which is particularly crucial if you are a new runner.

Here are some of the best running watches with GPS capability that you may want to buy:

  1. Garmin 910XT

The Garmin 910XT GPS-Enabled Sport Watch is a multi-sport watch that other athletes as well as runners will find handy. Even bikers and swimmers will be able to use it.

This watch will monitor the distance you have covered, your pace, height elevation and heart rate.

It has numerous running features like the Virtual Partner function, which compares your performance against a virtual competitor who runs at the pace you have set. This helpful function motivates you to run faster in order to win a race against your ‘virtual partner.’

The 910XT also has a run/walk function. With this feature, you can set the time you want to run and walk. This is particularly helpful if you are the type of runner who tends to walk most of the time after a few minutes of running.

  1. Garmin 310XT

The Garmin 910XT is an enhanced version of the Garmin 310XT. If you are impressed with the running functions of the 910XT like the Virtual Partner feature but want to pay less for your running watch, then the top selling and very popular Garmin Forerunner 310XT waterproof GPS watch may be a good purchase for your needs.

The 310XT has almost the same running functions as that of the 910XT, except for the run/walk function.

However, you can use it for running, bike riding and swimming especially if you are monitoring your heart rate while working out. You can set heart rate zones depending on the session, with the target heart rate anywhere between 60 and 95 percent of your maximum heart rate.

Plus, since the 310XT is an older version than the 910XT, you’ll be saving more dollars if you opt for this model.

  1. Nike + SportsWatch

If you want to look more stylish while on the run, then the Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom is your best bet. Of course, seeing the familiar Swoosh logo on the front of the sports watch gives you the assurance on the quality of the product.

It has a battery life of up to eight hours, which is almost the same as that of the Garmin models when the GPS is activated. It also has a personal coaching mode that reminds about your scheduled runs, and keeps you motivated.

Plus, you can share your run details through Twitter or Facebook.

And because it is a normal-sized watch, the Nike+ SportWatch can also be used as a regular watch something that you can’t say of the Garmin models because of their size.

These are just three running watches GPS that you can buy to help you track your progress in running.