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Hi guys,

I am new to the forum, recently thinking to be more serious about monitor my running, hope to learn from you guys in this forum

Cheers!

Kian Hwee

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Hi Kian Hwee, congrats to picking up the new sport and welcome to the forum!

It is always good to start monitoring the runs so that u can have a more informed decision if you are improving or not...

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On 8/29/2020 at 9:22 PM, yeokianhwee said:

Hi guys,

I am new to the forum, recently thinking to be more serious about monitor my running, hope to learn from you guys in this forum

Cheers!

Kian Hwee

@yeokianhwee Welcome to this running forum. From your title, it seems that you are looking for suggestion on getting a watch to measure your running performance and heart rate strap.

1. For running watches, you can consider Garmin, Suunto, Polar, COROS etc. DC Rainmaker provides comprehensive reviews of such running measurement devices at https://www.dcrainmaker.com/

2. For Heart rate strap, I don't recommend chest strap due to possible abrasions and slippage of the heart rate belt when worn for prolonged period. I use the Wahoo heart rate arm strap which gives reliable readings when I do my exercises. https://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/heart-rate-monitors/tickr-fit-optical-heart-rate-monitor

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Hi @yeokianhwee, i realised i didnt answer your question in the subject title... these days there are also GPS watches where the heart rate is measured via wrist. This means that a single watch is adequate to receive all the data necessary for running. As for accuracy, i will say its less than the chest heart rate monitoring strap...

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For chest strap, I used Polar H10 since about 1 year ago. So far no abrasion. In the beginning might feel a bit uncomfortable, but now ok already.

I don't have a running watch so I just hold my phone while I run. The new Coros Pace 2 looks interesting though. I might buy that when it is in stock in Singapore.

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perhaps uncle will share in terms of benefits and usage...and since uncle used to have them as a triathlete...will tell you why...

which is more accurate?

heart-rate-monitors.jpg

so as a matter of preference...a strap worn around your chest...is preferred..

why you want to have monitor my running?

of course, uncle's question will be...will you be "hard run", "easy run" or "competitive run"...

meaning...runners normally pace...such that if it is an easy run...what will be that heart rate going to be (measure accurately) such that is hard run is at a certain range...then to improve...means...easy run upgraded to hard run...expect to pace faster...and the biomechanics of the body must make sure...able to handle with faster pace...

hence for beginners...expect "breathing hard"..aches and pains on certain muscles which will tear easily...training too hard means also injury...

of course, uncle trained with heart monitor in water for swim and cycling...different "physical" environment means different heart rates...

hope you get answers from fellow sgRunners who had just shared...the brand..and if accurate reading is important...then get a strap..

if in future, you may explore multi-sports...then you can also use it for the training and improvement...

finally...easy, hard and competitive effort...is a long term commitment...so always stay injury-free (rest and run) and as you progress in your run...and build on the foundation of why you choose to run for life...because you are "more serious about monitor my running"...we hope you have gotten your answers...here...at sgRunners...

running1-gif.gif and a gift of avatar for you from us...cheers.

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