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Runways Review: Garmin Forerunner15

Pace judgment is crucial if you want success in running. The best way to get the right pace is to use a GPS running watch to make sure you are on pace.

Many runners mess up their training sessions and race day success by going out too quickly. Runners always worry about not going out fast enough or that they don’t feel good. As a result they invariably go out too quickly whether on a training run, interval session or on the biggest day of them all – race day.

Runways gave us the Garmin Forerunner 15 to road test – a simple and stylish GPS running watch with activity monitoring and running specific functions showing distance, pace, calories burned, lap, average or current pace and speed.

The watch was easy to use with single button operation to start/stop your runs and watch functions include time of day, date, alarm and auto time zone. Your daily goals are personalised based on historic activity and Garmin Forerunner 15 includes run/walk alerts countdown timer to guide you to fitness. The alerts can be annoying though if you wear it throughout the day and it tells you to move. Especially when you have a hard tempo run to come later that day.

It has great functionality though and you can upload your activities to Garmin’s free online community, Garmin Connect to save, plan, review and share your progress.

I like a simple to use watch and for a non-techy guy like me this was perfect and easy to use.

Below is my guide on when to use the Garmin:

Time to use your Garmin

– Tempo Runs

– When you need to get in a hard workout and pace is key

– Unfamiliar areas

– When you need to make sure you’re running a mile and not 0.8 miles

– Uncertified courses

– When there’s a chance that 5K course actually could be 3.3 miles

Turn off the GPS on the Garmin

– Recovery Runs

– When tracking your pace isn’t critical

– Certified courses

– Cities and wooded areas

– When you’re surrounded by trees and high-rises that block the satellite signal needed to accurately report mileage and pace

– When you want to get out for a good-old fashioned hard run and let the shackles off or you fancy running as slow as you like and not have a watch tell you slow you are running.

You can get yourself a Garmin Forerunner 15 from Runways and check out their site here

Editor's Rating

Functionality 95%
Style 85%
A simple and stylish GPS running watch with activity monitoring and running specific functions showing distance, pace, calories burned, lap, average or current pace and speed
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