I like to keep my running simple which means I tend to shy away from running technology. However, once in a while, a really amazing running gadget hits the market that just blows me away! The Garmin FR220 is just that that product. Not only is it incredibly accurate and super slick looking. It also has every feature a runner could possibly dream up…including being easy to use. It really is the perfect running watch.
–Run/Walk alert which allows you to set a predetermined Run Time (ex. 5 mins) and set a different Walk Time (ex. 1 min.) your watch will then alert you at the set time intervals until you re-program it. This is great for interval runs or for those looking to complete a race using a combination of running and walking.
–Personal Records prompts you when you have created a new personal best such as ‘Longest Run’ and ‘Fastest Kilometre’. This doesn’t serve any function other than giving you an ego boost, but who couldn’t use a little pat on the back every one in a while. Sometime we miss the little milestones in our training and now Garmin is here to remind us to celebrate the small things. It is like a little electronic cheerleader worn on your wrist!
–Customized Workouts allows you to program any training targets into your Garmin such as pace, speed, heart rate or cadence. Allowing you create challenging interval workouts with the click of a few buttons. This feature has helped me figure out my different paces – training pace, race pace etc. allowing me to make better use of training programs.
–Live Tracking allows you to send a link out to your friends and family by Facebook, Twitter or email that will allow them to stream your run live. This feature is great as a safety mechanism and also incredibly useful at races so your family can see how close you are to certain checkpoints on course.
–Garmin Connect Software is one of the easiest and most comprehensive GPS softwares to use. I was astounded at how easily I navigated through the screens.
The Garmin 220 would provide all the information and features that most runners would ever want (and for those who need more there is the Garmin 620)! It is comprehensive and easy to use. Waterproof, lightweight and did I mention that they come in colours…because they do. And that might be the most important thing of all!
For more information on the Garmin 220 or any other GPS watch – please visit us and talk to any of our knowledgeable staff members!