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How Accurate is a GPS Running Watch?

There are many times that I have been asked, just how accurate is a running watch with GPS? Can they really tell you how fast and far you are running? As a case study, we can look at two of the most popular GPS running watches, the Garmin Forerunner 305 and 405.

Both the Forerunner 305 and the 405 have an integrated, high-sensitivity SiRF star III GPS receiver. Honestly, I have no idea what this means. But I can tell you that they are both incredibly accurate.

The Garmin watches have a feature where they will tell you how many satellites they have located and tracking you while you run. On this same screen, it will give you an accuracy range. Typically, this range is between 10 to 20 feet plus or minus. This means that the satellites orbiting the earth know that you are within a 30 to 40 foot diameter circle. At worst case scenario, 40 feet would only take a couple of seconds to run so the watch would be off only by a couple of seconds.

After logging several hundreds of miles with a Garmin watch, I have found very little inaccuracies in its distance or pace. As I have run the same routes with the Forerunner, it will consistently beep on the mile markers in exactly the same spot along the route. On my regular 5 mile loop, I have learned to expect the beep signaling the start of my last mile as I am passing the third power pole on the right.

As another test, my running partner and I both wore a Forerunner watch for a 20 mile training run. As we finished the run, we found that the distances on the GPS watches were nearly identical. Over the course of 20 miles, there was less than one twentieth of a mile discrepancy between the two watches.

In short, the answer is that a GPS running watch is a very accurate measure of your time and distance. Garmin GPS watches provide critical information that can help you understand and analyze your training. The ability to track your pace, distance, heart rate, etc. gives you the tools to improve your running, get more out of every workout, and become a better runner. Click here to see more ways that you can maximize your performance by training with a Garmin GPS running watch.

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Posted by The Running Guy - September 19, 2009 at 1:06 am

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Running to Lose Weight – How to Burn More Fat by Running

Running is a popular way to lose weight. A lot of people take up running when they want to shed a few extra pounds. They hope that this cardio activity will help them burn off the extra fat.

And indeed, running can be very effective. However, some runners get excellent results and shed fat fast while others hardly seem to be getting anywhere. Why is that and how can you make sure that your running will help you lose the most fat?

1. You need to be able to run comfortable for a long time so comfortable shoes and clothes are a must. Your shoes and clothes can have a dramatic effect on your results so make sure to get quality running attire.

2. Try to run at a moderate incline at least part of the way. Even a small incline can mean hundreds of extra burned calories during a single job. Needless to say, it can be quite effective.

3. Try to avoid running at steep declines to avoid placing too much pressure on your knees. Too much pressure may lead to injury.

4. Include some sprinting during your jog. Sprinting has a double benefit because it contracts the stomach muscles so you get a belly stimulation as well as a cardio one.

5. Run at intervals by changing your pace every few minutes. This will help you workout your cardiovascular system at different intensities and allow you to do a more challenging workout in less time.

Running to lose weight is something that I highly recommend as it’s the way that I lost weight myself. Just follow these tips and get the best results possible.

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John Davenport lost over 30 pounds in his twenties after being overweight most of his life. He now runs a weight loss forum and publishes a diet and fitness newsletter.

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Posted by The Running Guy - September 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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Should I Be Running Everyday?

The passionate runners who want to train their bodies to an elite level frequently ask: Should I be running everyday? In this article, I want to talk about when running often is recommended and if running everyday is the right decision for you.

Whether you should be running everyday is determined by your experience as a runner. The biggest issue with running every day is the commonality of the overuse injury. Runners become really passionate about running and feel so freaking good that they get a positive addiction to it. This leads to running more than your body can handle due to the lack of development on your joints and muscles.

The fact of the matter is that every runner needs at least one day off. The reasoning for that critical one day off is for the body to heal and rest from all the pressure it has been put under over the past week. If a runner doesn’t let their body rest, an injury will creep up and destroy any hopes or dreams of competing in the next race.

For new runners, it is recommended that you run every other day. You don’t want to place too much pressure of your joints and muscles by running everyday that are accustomed to running for extended periods of time. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself before the start of the second week of training. Even if you are an on-and-off runner, make sure that you start with at least a couple of days off and not rush it. Make sure that you understand the challenges your body faces as the weekly mileage increases and how it adapts to the extra running.

Note that one these days off, there are a few simple components of your rest day each runner needs to make sure that are in place: proper nutrition and hydrated, a full night’s rest and low amounts of stress (tell the wife to back-off.)

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Posted by The Running Guy - September 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

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