Mio Alpha Review

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Shorts? Check! Shirt? Check! Socks? Check! Shoes? Check!  Water-bottle? Check!  Watch? Check!  You open the door, go outside, stretch, take a deep breath, and hit start on your watch.  No heart rate….  Has this happened to you before? It’s funny to me that the most common complaint about wearing a chest strap is the lack of comfort, but, honestly, that … Read More

Garmin Forerunner 110 Review

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The Garmin Forerunner 110 (henceforth known as the FR110) has been around since early 2010. It is the least expensive model in the Forerunner series ($179.99 w/o a HRM strap, $229.99 w/ a HRM strap) that offers both GPS and heart rate tracking (the FR70 and Forerunner 10 are $50 cheaper, but the former is HR-only and the latter is … Read More

Hack Your Fitness: The Hidden Ecosystem

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Activity trackers, heart rate monitors, wifi scales, calorie-intake trackers/food diaries, GPS watches, goals, and achievements are just some of the many things we can use to keep track of our fitness.  The trouble is that even though we have all of these great technologies to help us along our path to become better athletes or shed some pounds, it’s difficult … Read More

Hack Your Fitness: Garmin Fans Rejoice! You Can Still Use Nike+.

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, how could this be possible?  Why would Garmin allow this?  Better yet, why would Nike allow this?  Well, for all of you Nike+ users who have hundreds of miles logged on your account, but have now purchased a Garmin GPS (which has its own website, Garmin Connect, for uploading running data files), boy do … Read More

Nike Plus SportWatch GPS Review

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Before I begin to bury everyone in stories and specifications of the Nike Plus SportWatch, I want to explain my decision to try out a Nike HRM/GPS watch rather than a more popular Garmin Forerunner or Polar.  Anyone who knows me would be able to explain my passion for electronics and my obsession with reading product reviews, along with doing … Read More

Running Wired or Wireless

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Heart rate monitors, sport watches, iPhones, and Nike+ are just some of the technologies we choose to run with.  Recently, I began to wonder how these tools are affecting our runs and whether or not all of their effects are of a positive nature. How do tech-based tools help? In an article from Runner’s World by Bob Parks, he asks … Read More

Polar FT4 Review

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The Polar FT4 The Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor Watch is one of the more basic, and less expensive (retails for $99.95), heart rate monitors offered by Polar. On their website, they recommend it for people looking to improve their fitness and “for those who want basic heart rate-based features to keep their fitness training simple.” Because I already use several different … Read More