A GPS running watch is quickly becoming commonplace for runners of all types. Although most of you are familiar with the common use of GPS,Â to get directions while driving, a GPS runner watch has a different purpose. A GPS watch is also known by another name, a pedometer watch.
A GPS watch for runners is primarily used to track the distance you have run. With some watches, you can track the distance of your run down to the 100th of a mile or kilometer. With an accurate distance run, you can log this in your running diary and know that the distance is exact. Runners who have become hooked on their GPS watch have been known to hit the end of their run, only to keep going a few more meters just to hit an exact number.
Another key use for a GPS running watch is to map out your running routes. This is a great feature to know that a particular route you run is a specific distance. This is how runners have come to love certain runs, for example, a park loop that is exactly 5 miles.
Running watches with GPS have several different features. Generally, the higher the price, the more features you get. Typically, you want to make sure that your GPS watch can connect to your computer or the Internet so that your runs can be automatically saved.