Whether you're prepping for your umpteenth race or you're a newbie on the track, training watches are one of the best ways to track your daily runs. But with an abundance of sporty timepieces to choose from, how do you know which is best? Here are three digital watches sure to give you a run for your money.
For Beginners: Polar RS300X
One of the simplest watches to master, the Polar RS300X ($169.95) is a reliable watch for runners who want to track three basic elements: speed, distance and heart rate. The Polar RS300X lets you monitor your aerobic fitness at rest, the number of calories you've burned, and your progress from start to finish. You can also determine your optimal running speed using the unique OwnZone feature.
The Casual Runner: Garmin Forerunner 110
Let's say you want to set a new personal record (in runner-speak, PR) but you're not sure how to do it. Consider the Garmin Forerunner 110 ($179.99) your personal cheerleader. This watch can motivate you to run harder, faster and longer. A user-friendly GPS tracking device enables you to log your mileage and determine your running speed. If you want to go that extra mile, upload your data to the company's website, where you can record and analyze your progress.
Best Universal Watch: Garmin Forerunner 305
The Garmin FR305 ($199.99) is perfect for both recreational and serious runners. This high-tech wrist candy features a GPS receiver, online mapping, a data storage program, an in-depth analysis of your workout, and a wireless heart rate monitor. As popular blogger and triathlete DC Rainmaker explains, the Garmin Forerunner 305 is simple enough for beginners, but advanced enough for experienced runners to "grow into" the device. Accessorize yours with additional features like the foot pod for treadmill running.