If you’re inclined to do so, you can download workouts to your computer and dissect them pretty much any way you’d like to. And if you’re one who uses Training Peaks for your daily workout log, the Run Trainer will integrate seamlessly with that program.
However, since I don’t download workouts, I’m mainly focused on how the Run Trainer works as a daily use GPS, and on that basis I’ve been very happy with it. I love how the numbers are large and easy to read, even with four lines of data. I like the option of customizing different display screens that can be scrolled during your run. And with an 8-hour GPS battery life and water resistance to 50m, the Run Trainer functions equally well through a 30-mile training run or a driving rainstorm.
Most importantly, the GPS and altitude measurements are super accurate. The Run Trainer uses SiRFstar IV GPS technology, which is reportedly among the fastest and most reliable signals (note: I have no idea if this is true; that’s just what the ad copy says). It maintains its signal in canyons and under tree cover, and the altitude readings are usually within a few feet of marked elevations on almost every landmark I’ve encountered.
Until recently, if you wanted a GPS with the number of features that the Timex Run Trainer has, you’d have to shell out 400 bucks and wear a device the size of a deck of cards on your wrist. It’s great to see both the price point and physical size of these devices decrease as technology has improved, and the Run Trainer is a very attractive choice for an affordable feature-dense GPS for high-demand everyday use.
The Timex Run Trainer GPS retails for .
“Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS: Getting Started” by Timex USA (click to play):
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