After what seems like an endless winter of miles upon miles of treadmill running, I am absolutely loving being out on the road again. I’m still forced to do some miles on the treadmill because of scheduling and child care issues, but for the most part it’s just me and the pavement.
What better way to welcome back spring and connecting with the road, than with a new GPS watch?
I’ve had my current GPS watch for a little over 3 years. I mostly use it for one thing – tracking distance. I love to just be able to step out my door and run. There’s no need to plan out my route to get xx miles. I can just wander wherever my feet may go. Most people assume if you wear a GPS watch, you are obsessed with the pace. I do pay attention to it when I’m doing specific pace based workouts or if I’m aiming for a certain goal race time. Otherwise, I just run by feel.
I never thought I would want more from a GPS. Needless to say, the new Timex Ironman One GPS+ has me wanting to do more with my watch.
Check out the specs:
- Phone-free connectivity
- Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through an online platform.
- Powered by a Qualcomm processor with embedded modem to provide wireless connectivity.
- Always-on, sunlight readable Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display for easy reading.
- Built-in MP3 component that stores and plays music.
- Live Tracking via 3G (no phone required)
- SOS Mode (safety alerts, no phone required)
- 4GB of Music storage space.
- Instant messaging application (no phone required).
- Bluetooth Smart sensor support.
- Touch screen.
As you can see, there’s a huge emphasis on the connected side. But more than just connectivity – connectivity straight to the internet, without the need for carrying a phone. What? I don’t mind carrying my phone with me, but it’s nice to know that I don’t have to now to stay connected for personal and safety reasons. As you can see on the screen above, I could have sent a message to Ron (or any other contact) that I was done running and stopping for coffee on the way home. All WITHOUT my phone!
Obviously, the main thing the watch does, is track your time, pace and distance. It’s all controlled with a touchscreen. The first time I wore the watch on a run was the Boston preview run on Saturday. If you’ve seen the pictures, you saw that it was snowing and rather heavily at times. I was a little worried about how the touchscreen would function while being wet. No need to worry. It worked just as if the screen was dry AND it worked with wet gloves on.
There is so much that this watch can do that I haven’t even begin to scratch the surface of it’s possibilities.
Here’s what I like so far:
- Time, distance, pace are in large font and bright. All it takes is a quick look at the watch face to see all the stats.
- Beep and vibrates. I love that the watch beeps and vibrates when the run starts/pauses/stops in addition to at every mile.
- Touchscreen. The touchscreen is so easy to use. With my previous GPS, I needed to push buttons and use a bezel which at times either passed what I wanted or just wouldn’t work.
I don’t wear music while I run outside so I haven’t been able to test out the music capabilities. However, you can use the Timex Ironman One GPS+ for inside workouts too. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I’m on the treadmill (which hopefully won’t be for a long time!).
I’m really excited to see what I can do with the Timex Ironman One GPS+. It will most definitely be on my wrist as I continue on with marathon training for the next month (and beyond!).
What feature do you look for in a GPS watch?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential.