TomTom multisport watch review: a smartwatch fit to run with Mo Farah

July 24, 2014 - running watch

THE GOAL

I have no goal. And that, apparently, is a problem. we started running final year, after 8 years of doing no practice other than drag tiny children turn by their ears (good for a forearms, releases tension). we like running. I’m delayed and don’t run unequivocally far, yet we suffer my varying routes turn a park and we adore a insane post-run serotonin rush. we do it for a high: all other advantages are secondary.

But, with sport, as with many things in life these days, we are meant to have a Goal. What are we aiming for? What is your motivation? A hangover-free hum is not enough. I’m heedful of fitness goals, as we used to be a rival person. Being rival during competition when you’re not an contestant and approach past 40 is a unequivocally bad idea: we worry I’ll consider I’m Usain Bolt and scurry myself to a heart attack. So, we have been using but timing my runs, but meaningful how distant I’ve gone. I’m deliberately Goal-averse.

Still, when my editor said, “Why don’t we run a race?”, we said, OK, and sealed adult for a 10k. we had no thought how distant I’d run before we did this; we usually knew a marathon was out of a question. we picked a Bupa 10k since a track was glamorous: start on a Mall, finish in front of Buckingham Palace, loads of other people to demeanour during if we get wearied of a scenery. Plus: Mo Farah!

THE METHOD

For a some-more organized chairman than me, this territory would include of a eight-week programme of delicately increasing timed runs, cross-training and rest days. Instead, we irregularly attempted out a few using apps; we hated flattering most all of them. The Nike app suggested that we told Facebook we was going on a run, and afterwards when a crony “liked” my status, we would hear a hearten in your ear! Can we imagine! And a Adidas one was uttered by a mate, that was usually too weird.

The usually apps we favourite were Zombies, Run! and RunKeeper. Zombies, Run! has a 5k option, devised by experts, structured training, blah blah, that we didn’t worry with. Instead, we went for a story version. Every time we go for a run, we hear a section of a story (devastated world, zombies everywhere, usually a few humans left, including you). You are Runner No 5 and it’s like you’re in a mechanism game: as we run, a discarnate voice says you’ve picked adult some medical apparatus or some food. Then there’s a “drama” bits, in that a story unfolds. Best of all, during certain points a Zombies follow you, so we have to sprint. It’s a right laugh.

RunKeeper is some-more straightforward. It usually tells we how distant you’ve run, how high, gives we a map of your track and either you’ve left any faster than before. It’s good since it’s unfussy, a satnav is accurate and discerning and, as we run, it tells we –not too mostly – how many miles you’ve covered.

I also attempted a TomTom watch-type thing called a Multi-Sport, that primarily got me into a frenzy since it takes a prolonged time to get itself prepared for we to run. But once we got used to that, we finished adult fondness it since it’s unequivocally reliable. It doesn’t speak to you, it’s usually giving we a time, how many calories you’ve burnt (yuk), or how distant you’ve managed to get. If we have a goal, a Multi-Sport is happy to assistance we get there, by a way; there’s a website where we can tract your progress, tell your mates, do all a amicable things we hate. Also, we can use a Multi-Sport for cycling and – even improved – swimming, where mobile phones are useless.

THE RESULT

You know what, we don’t need any of this things for a 10k. You usually need to run really, unequivocally solemnly and splash a lot of water. Before we did a 10k, a farthest I’d ever run in my life was usually underneath 5k. we ran a 10k with dual friends who were gifted runners, who were kind adequate to delayed down to my snail’s gait and we chatted all a approach round. And we didn’t stop! we didn’t even walk!

Mo Farah was there, doing his arm-heart thing as we changed solemnly off along a Mall. There was lots of song along a approach – coronet bands, bongo drums, some awful DJs – that was interesting in a don’t-laugh-you’ll-be-sick way.

The track was great, a highlights of London trip, with no traffic. Overall, a atmosphere was like a festival: queuing for Portaloos, massing of people in a park, terrible fun outfits, ubiquitous geniality. we was in a final 10% when it came to time. But we did it. we got a award and everything.

If we run a small bit – dual miles per run, each week or so – afterwards a 10k is really within your reach. Run with mates; they’re a gadget. Still, if we could, we would keep a Multi-Sport watch. The some-more we run, a some-more we like using but listening to anything. Not song (makes me run too fast), not Zombies, Run! or a Freakonomics podcast (though we still do during slightest one run a week listening to one of those). we suffer using but synthetic extras, usually vouchsafing a pad-pad-pad of my feet and a pumping of my blood peace my chattering mind into a arrange of high-energy, attentive doze. You arrange out all your head-rubbish while running.

And when we get home, we block in your watch or phone to your mechanism and your efforts are recorded. Ignore those records, obsess over them: it’s adult to you. TomTom Multi-Sport or RunKeeper, those are my recommendations, either you’re goal-less or going for gold.

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