couch to.... 30 mins (and that's actually how far?)

I understand why you run to 30 mins and not 5k, different pacing, speed, stride length, etc but now that I'm almost at the 30 minute mark myself, I'm curious to know how far i'm actually running.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a sports watch that would give basic information, like distance run and time taken? I've had a look but there is a baffling array watches available and I'm a little lost as to which would be best.

Does anyone here own one, any recommendations?

By the way, first post - hi all!

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  • Hi Mibbsy, well done in getting so far in the program.. sounds like graduation week is soon.🏃

    I know what you mean, its interesting to know how far you are covering in your run, but certainly not something to stress over or worry about at this stage. You could use Strava or map my run on your smartphone if you have one.

    I didn't look to see my distance til after graduating and then saw it was only about 4.2k which gave me sonething to work on, but also felt a bit slow..SLOW is good though and necessary.

    You could pop on a treadmill for a run to see what distance you cover.

    Anyway, good luck and we will look forward to hearing how your graduation runs go.😊

  • Yes Forerunner 10, and there's a whole new forum to get lost in, and everyone else's run to look at too if you want!

  • Hi and Welcome to the forum !

    I have a Garmin forerunner 10 . It tracks pace , distance , time . Quite a few of us on here have one , and you can upload the data onto Garmin Connect .

    There are other Garmin models that track heart rate, cadence, stride length if you like loads of stats .

    Nice Graduation pressie ! :-) xxx

  • Yep - Forerunner 10 is great. I'd recommend that as well

  • Yep, me too.

  • And me.

  • Well it seems like the consenus is a Garmin f10 so graduation present indeed... in 2 weeks time hopefully! Just finished week 7 :). Thanks for the advice!

  • I only use my phone for all of that. It tracks steps, speed, pace, cadence, distance, calories, and displays the map of the route. What else do I need? 😀

  • Hi why not download an app like MapMyRun on your smartphone and take it along for the run. It's fair accurate.

  • I would say that the Garmin Forerunner 10 is a good starter watch and will do everything you want:

    This was my first watch and it's perfect as easy to use and accurate too

    Good luck 😎

  • As our poppypug says, Garmin Forerunner 10.. simple and well for me :)

    Welcome to the forum... you must be near the end of it.. so slow and steady as you go !

  • I've stuck with Runkeeper on my phone, with the addition of a Fitbit Charge HR to see what my heart rate is up to which has been interesting.

  • I used map my run on my phone during the programme. I now use Strava. Again a free ap on my phone. Good as a record of what you have done too. I wasn't even doing 4 k at graduation a few weeks ago, but have built up to 5k since ( takes me about 45 mins).

  • I have a Garmin Forerunner 10 now but you could download the Runkeeper free app. I think uts freat and will five you all the info you need plus route maps, a.c. pace etc.☺

  • Garmin f10 here too 😊

  • I'm having the same dilemma Mibbsy. Hate too much choice. Decided I might at some point to use heart rate and there are 2 new watches with heart rate coming out in next week or so. Garmin forunner 35 or Fitbit charge 2. I know there are many more already on the market. I'm going to check them out when they come out and then make my decision.

  • I've been using map my run since starting last year and re-starting outside this year (I can't run outside in the winter due to my asthma) .. On my last run the app seemed to go crazy and was mapping me running 2 minutes per km!... I'm not that speedy! 😀 I'm thinking I need to try a different measuring tool too .. Good luck 😀🏃🏃

  • I'm old fashioned "Christopher Columbus" MAP man myself. But we all know what happened to him. Thought he was in India but was actually in America !

    I found a website called think it's called "Runjogwalk" It's very rough you can point at points in your run to give you a rough distance. works for me at moment regularly doing 5K inching up to 6 K. will do post today about my run which went well.

    I may look into getting something in the future. First priority for me is to get rid of my baggy pants after losing loads of weight !

  • I have a tomtom cardio 2 which I love but Garmin is generally considered to be the King of running watches and you can pick up for a decent price on ebay, etc. If you wanted to check with a running app which maps your distance or clock it manually on a site like walkjogrun like joepublic says then those are options too!

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