Running watches, GPS watches, Heart rate monitor and more

Running watches, GPS watches, Heart rate monitor and more.

If you want to train smarter try using a heart rate monitor or a GPS running watch.    Most people have a GPS for the car why not for your runs.  This site has articles to help you train smarter like how to use heart rate monitors and GPS running watches to get the most out of your training. Check it out it will help any runner from the novice to the elite level.


TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer with GPS Technology with Heart Rate Monitor- Product Review

Dave Erickson is a TV anchor and two time Ironman Triathlete. Below is his review of the new Timex Global Trainer with GPS technology.

It’s December and my triathlon season wrapped up in mid-September and I’m feeling fairly good about how things went. I earned my first ever podium spot at a Sprint triathlon in Rathdrum, Idaho in June. That was pretty exciting for me.

This season consisted of 3 Sprints, 3 Olympics and two 70.3’s which included my first ever Ironman Boise 70.3, in June. It was soon after that race that I picked up a new training device, the TIMEX Ironman Global Trainer with GPS technology with Heart Rate Monitor. It went Global in September.

This is the first GPS device to go head to head with the Garmin line of sports watches and for my money TIMEX is far and above the better value. I’ll tell you why in a moment.

My previous watch was a Garmin 310xt, a solid watch but a bit more spendy. Over the years I’ve had a number of different sport watches, some name brands, some generic, then as I got more series, I started using HRM watches, Polar, Garmins and most recently, TIMEX.

Here’s what I like with this Global Trainer. It was designed with the multisport athlete in mind and with a 15 hour rechargable battery life even an Ironman athlete can utilize all of it’s great features without the worry of it dieing or going blank mid-way through your race.

I’ve used the Global Trainer now in all three disciplines during training as well as full races and I love it! It works great in the water in part because the large display face makes it easy to read. It’s water resistant to 50 meters which is more than enough but like the Garmin it does lose it’s GPS below the surface; in the pool and in open water. It’s still works fine underwater, keeping track of my overall time, number of laps (up to a thousand if your that ambitious), split times, everything TIMEX watches already do, it’s the same system. And when I’m done I can review my workout. It takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours for a full charge. It comes with a USB port adapter for the wall too.

Here’s one of the features that is exclusive to TIMEX and the Global Trainer, after your workout you can download your performance to the TIMEX Ironman Online Training log software which is powered by Training Peaks. My favorite mode on this watch is the MULTISPORT. This is perfect for the triathlete. Not only does it have a screen for and calculate your swim, bike and run time, it’s also set up to track your T1 and T2 times, just by pushing one button. It takes the guess work out of racing so you can focus on the task at hand.

I’ve had this watch going on 6 months now and it’s the only watch I use when training; its an “all-in-one” training device. It’s worth every dollar I spent.

Once you use it, I’m positive you’ll be happy with your investment.

Super Bowl Champion Running A Marathon?

Timex Ironman Global Trainer w-GPS Technology

New York Giants and 2007 Super Bowl Champion Amani Toomer will be trading football cleats for running shoes on November 7, 2010.  Amani will be the first NFL player to run the New York City Marathon in 17 years.  The last NFL player to run the New York City Marathon was Pittsburgh Steelers great Lynn Swan.  Lynn Swan ran 4:26:11 in the 1993 New York City Marathon.  This is the time Amani Toomer wants to bet.  Amani’s only competitive running race was a Draft Day 5k with the New York Giants but that sparked the desire to run a full marathon.  He retired from football in 2008.  He holds New York Giants records for catches, receiving yards, touchdown catches and 100 yard receiving games.  He also had 5 seasons in a row with 1,000 yards.  But is this enough to get him through the marathon.

Timex is helping Amani train by providing him with the new Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS watch.  The watch is Timex’s latest design and a top of the line-training instrument for endurance athletes.  The watch shows up to four windows of information, and advanced online training log software analyzes uploaded data.  The watch was only released for sale in August.  If you would like to see the newest Timex watches Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS with Digital Heart Rate Monitor and Timex Ironman Global Trainer with GPS technology visit Web Warez Timex is also giving Amani  a personal coach (USAF Amateur Triathlete of the year and Times Multisport Member) Chris Thomas.

Amani will be starting in the back of the race and Timex will donate $1 to the New York City Road Runners Youth Programs for every runner he beats.  The New York Runners Youth Program currently serves over 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and community centers to promote children’s health and fitness, character development and personal achievement in underprivileged communities.

Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS w-Digital Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitors- What are they and why a runner needs one

Heart Rate Monitors- What are they and why a runner needs one

The heart rate monitor comes in two parts: a chest strap which detects the individuals heart rate and transmits a weak radio signal to the receiver a watch you wear on your wrist.  Heart rate monitors are a useful tool for runners because they give instant feed back to the individual if they are running to hard.

Heart rate monitors watches help runners train within their target heart rate zone by monitoring your heart rate you get an accurate measurement of how hard or easy you are running.  Most runners don’t have problem training hard more importantly heart rate monitors let the individual know if they are running easy on their easy days.  Heart rate monitors can be set to beep if you are above (to fast) or below (to slow) your target heart rate zone.  Heart rate monitors are particularly helpful if you are training for a marathon.

The formula to help determine your heart rate zone is 220 minus your age giving you your maximum heart rate (MHR).  If you take 85% and 80% of your maximum heart rate you get your target heart rate zone.  The upper limit represents 85% (MHR x 0.85) of your maximum heart rate.  The lower limit represents 80% (MHR x 0.08) of your maximum heart rate.  While you are training keep your heart rate monitor between these two numbers.  When you train with a heart rate monitor you can set your upper and lower limits that represent your heart rate zone.  The heart rate monitor will beep letting you know if you are going to fast (above your upper limit) or to slow (below your lower limit).  Since you will know instantly if you are above or below your target heart rate zone you can adjust your pace accordingly.

After you finish running the heart rate monitor will tell you how long you where above, below or within your target heart rate zone, average heart rate and calories burned.

Deciding on which heart rate monitor to get depends on the extra features you want.  Bottom line is all of them will answer the question am I training hard and easy enough.  By measuring your heart rate you get an accurate measure of how hard you really are training and more importantly are you running easy on your easy days to let enable body recover for the next hard workout.

Training within your target zone will help your body adjust to the pace you will be running for your marathon. If you start your marathon to fast the result could be walking by mile 20. I personally trained for the Philadelphia Marathon twice. The first year I ran the beginning to fast. By mile 17 I was walk/running. The next year I was in the same shape but trained with a heart rate monitor within my target zone. I wore it during the marathon race to keep me within my target zone early in the race. I ran the first 17 miles over a minute per mile slower but my final time was 35 minutes faster finishing with a personal best time of 3:17, which qualified her for the Boston Marathon. For a larger selection of heart rate monitors than stores with color variation to fit anyone likes visit Web Warez

Lose Weight With The All Day Activity Tracker!

Timex Ironman Triathlon Fitness Tracker - Blue

Currently, about 31%, or about 59 million people, are obese. Obese is defined as roughly 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. Almost 65% are either obese or overweight, 10 to 30 pounds over a healthy weight. Being over weight or obese will increases ones chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer and a host of other health problems.

Americans often want to find an easy way to loosing weight.  Some get the gastrial-bypass surgery or stomach stapling.  This surgery shrinks your stomach resulting in the person eating less.  But to often the person falls back into old habits and gains the weight back (sometimes more than they lost).  Weight takes time to put on and to take it off.  The amount of food a person needs each day depends on the person’s energy needs.  These energy needs are directly related to periods of growth, age, and physical activity.  Simply put the more active person will require more calories (food).  If you intake 2,100 calories and you expend 2,000 calories over a moth you will gain 1 lbs.  Doesn’t sound like much but if this pattern continues over a year you will gain 12 lbs., and that is only if you eat 100 calories more a day.  What will happen if you eat 200 or 500 or 700 extra calories over a year?

Timex Ironman Triathlon Fitness Tracker - Black

The hard part about figuring out your caloric expenditure daily activity for 24 hours) and caloric intake (everything you eat or drink for 24 hours) is all the calculations.  Timex has made a new product to help figure your caloric expenditure and caloric intake out.  The Timex Ironman Fitness Tracker is an all day activity tracker provides fitness information including steps, distance, pace and calories burned.  It can track your activities all day giving you your caloric expenditure.  Believe it or not you burn calories even when you are sleeping so make sure you where it to bed.  The training log stores workouts by date, with best lap, average lap, distance and pace per lap and total time working out.  The activity information is wirelessly transmitted from the transmitter to the watch.  With all this information you will know daily if you are eating too much or not enough.

Timex Ironman Triathlon Fitness Tracker - Pink

In conclusion there is no easy way to lose weight.   It takes time, patience, someone that is committed to loosing the weight and a lot of hard work. You did not gain the weight over night and likewise you will not take it off overnight.  Don’t worry you are not the only person trying to loose weight

Best Heart Rate Monitor for a Tight Budget!

Timex Zone Trainer HR Dark Gray

The Times Zone Trainer Heart Rate Monitor is accurate and simple to use, affordable on a tight budget.

For those looking for a simple heart rate monitor, the Timex Zone Trainer is one of the best values.  Everything you need to use it is included, and it even comes with its own carrying case.  Many heart rate monitors require you to ship them to the manufacturer for a battery change, which can be quite a hassle, but the Zone Trainer’s battery can be swapped for a new one by the user.  And you won’t need to do this very often, because this heart rate monitor boasts an outstanding 3.5 -year average battery life.

Timex Zone Trainer HR- Blue

The Zone Trainer  displays average heart rate and total time spent inside your pulse rate zone once you manually configure your target heart rate.  It’s a shame that this model can’t automatically set the zone for you, but with a little research you should be able to configure your correct zone without much of a problem.  The large display makes it easy to read. Other functions for this heart rate monitor include 27 -lap recall for runners, a 100-hour countdown timer, calorie tracking, and a one minute recovery timer.

Timex Zone Trainer HR Gray/Black

The Timex Zone Trainer  heart rate monitor is great for more casual training, or for someone who has recently started a fitness program.  It’s accuracy even makes the Zone Trainer a dependable model for cardiac rehab patients.Despite its ease of use and accuracy, this is not the best heart rate monitor for highly competitive athletes.  It doesn’t provide statistics they would want for interval training, and doesn’t give any  information about pace or distance traveled or computer support.
For Timex Zone Trainer Heart Rate Monitor and others products visit  Web Warez Watches

Children Need To Exercise More With Products Specially Made For Them

As a certified K-12 grade Health and Physical Education teacher in the State of Pennsylvania and a childcare worker I see children getting fatter.  Children need to work on the three key elements of fitness endurance, strength and flexibility.  Endurance is developed over time as children participate in aerobic activities. During aerobic activities the heart beats faster and they breathe faster.  When done regularly over time it strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to circulate oxygen.

Elementary schools across the United States are trying to fight the battle of the bulge.   Children need to exercise more!  It has been recommended children over the age of two get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise on most day preferably all days of the week. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  Obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008.  Today 1 out of 3 children are considered overweight or obese in the United States.  If the rates continue at this pace 75% of children will be overweight or obese by 2015.  Programs have been started during recess to encourage children to walk laps to earn prizes.  Recess is usually only 30 minutes so we need families to encourage their children to exercise at home as well.

I have found two products that are specially made with children exercising in mind.  They are the Youth Timex Collection Tween Digital and Timex IronKids sports watch.   Children like to see how fast or how long they exercise.  What better way to encourage children to exercise is by having their very own watch?    The Youth Timex Collection can be clipped the child’s belt loop making it easy to workout and share.  The Timex IronKids watch is the first child’s sport watch with fun colors and easy to use features.  It  comes in two colors variations  blue/black and  pink/silver.

I personally  founded the Jamison Elementary School Roadrunners running program in 2005.  To read more about starting you own running group read my blog titled “How to Start A Children’s Running Program” I am  a mother of three children ages 9, 6 and 1.  Her 9 and 6 year old girls think nothing of lacing up for a local 5K race. For Timex IronKids and Youth Times Collection Tween Digital visit Web Warez