Runners Improve Training With GPS Watches
For many years, runners have been tracking their distance and progress using a wide variety of devices. Pedometers were used to calculate the steps runners took but this device does not measure distance well. With advancements in technology, runners of all skill levels are using GPS watches to help them track distance, routes, miles per hour and times.
There are many different GPS watches on the market from a wide variety of brands. The concept is simple: GPS watches use global positioning satellites to track were you are in the world and combines this information with where you traveled to let you know your total distance. This is a huge improvement over the use of pedometers, which required you input your length of stride to be able to calculate an approximate distance.
Long distance runners are using GPS watches to train for their races. A runner is able to accurately measure their progress and speed with GPS data. When long distance runners are trying to reduce their overall time, calculate their standard run or match their personal best, GPS technology is their best option. GPS watches have helped to improve runners training practices.
GPS watches let runners track the pace at which they are running. This might be the best advantage to training with a GPS watch. Runners get feedback in real-rime, allowing them to adjust their running on the spot.
GPS watches are also useful for rigorous interval training. Runners can choose to run a certain distance, such as two miles, or run for a specific length of time, such as 30 minutes. Runners are able to compare past data to their current run to see what they should improve and determine what is working.
The International Journal of Exercise Science noted that GPS watches help runners run at a steadier pace while they are training in comparison to runners who trained without this technology.