Back to work. And back to track!I don’t usually like doing track workouts so early in the week (since my legs are still a bit tired from the weekend’s long run), but since I have a half marathon in four days my schedule has been shuffled!
Anyways. The game plan was four 1200s, which equals three laps per rep. I was shooting for 5:00 reps, and managed to squeak just under 5:00 for all of ’em! Much more consistent.
There were a tone of runners out there today. Apparently Capital Area Runners, another large club in town, meets at my track on Thursday mornings.This is the part of the post where I usually show you pictures of food, but today I’m going to show you a picture of gadgets.
Polar sent me their RC3 GPS watch + heart rate monitor to review. I was happy to give it a shot! I’ve taken it on a couple shorter runs over the past week or two and have been quite impressed. I seriously doubted it could compare with my Garmin 210 (which was the case with the Nike+ Sportwatch)… but actually, it shows solid performance as a GPS running watch and heart rate monitor.In terms of distance and pace calculation, the RC3 was basically spot on with my Garmin. Over an easy 5.4-mile run, both my watches were within 1 second and .01 miles in average pace calculations and distance calculations. Awesome!
Since this is my first time testing out a heart rate monitor, I can’t compare the RC3 to anything else I’ve tried; but since Polar is one of the most trusted names in the HR monitoring industry, I’ll assume the HR calculations were quite accurate as well.
I’ve always been curious about my heart rate while training and think that having this information could be a good tool. For some tips on heart rate training, here’s what Runners World has to say. I could see a heart rate monitor being especially useful for: beginner runners; runners who have difficulty pacing; runners looking to lose weight; and ultra and long-distance runners. What’s nifty about the RC3 is that it has a lot of different training options so that you can even monitor your heart rate when you’re at the gym or cross training, too!
Other pros: Viewable history on the watch; toggled screens and settings; and loads of information, of course (heart rate maximum, minimum, and average; calories burned; duration; pace; time; heart rate zone report).
A couple minor cons: Less flexibility in programming/settings/display than the Garmin, and a less intuitive internet upload dock.
All in all, though, I was really impressed with this watch and would definitely use it in the future. Since my main concerns are pace and distance accuracy, the RC3 is a winner!
For those of you interested in reading more, I’d highly recommend the DC Rainmaker’s full review of the RC3!
- Do you use a GPS watch? If so, which one?
- Are you in a running club? How big is it?
- Heart rate training? Yay or nay?
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