Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Do You Need Two?

I guess I look stupid wearing two running watches during my run. 

Wait! Wait! There's a reason for it.

The Timex watch (the one in black) doesn't count distance. But that watch has plenty other nifty features - lap timing (which I rely on a lot nowadays), pace alerts, hydration alert, interval timer, target time pacer, etc.

The pink Nike+ Sportband on the other hand is a watch I got when I first started doing my runs regularly, which was in July last year. It is a free replacement for the old, faulty one I had earlier. I put it on just for to keep track of the distance I covered because other than that, it's too cumbersome checking on it with its toggle buttons.

Can't afford a GPS watch, be it Timex, Garmin, Suunto or whatever brand there might be out there in the market. I'll buy one when I'm already good at this running thing. An almost RM2,000 running watch and I'm still very much a tortoise? I better run good (and FAST!) to feel entitled to wear them. Maybe when I finally start "training" for a full marathon? We'll see.

Now? I'll just settle wearing both my RM268 Timex watch and RM229 Nike+ Sportband at the same time.

Never mind looking stupid (or macam poyo as my hubby would say) looking at both hands; alternately ye... not at the same time -  during my runs. hihihi

Anyway, I seem to be running faster than usual these past two weeks, looking at the total time I take to finish my runs. I think it's not that I actually run faster but because there's no more pit-stops made to the loo during a run! Not stopping for a pee can really save running time! Not wearing anything too tight that you'll need ages to put them back on helps reduce the timing too. heeeee....

36 comments:

  1. oh wow It's nice to see that you are so active in exercise .. err poor me... never had a chance to do even stretching or hitting a gym... no wonder why i started getting flabs hehe
    have a great day!

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    1. Stretching can be done while itting down looking at the computer. ^^

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, bluedreamer.

      My! You have a lot of blogs. Still reading them one by one. ;p

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  2. I think my problem is my posture cause I'm a sloucher XD;;; been trying to fix it for quite sometime. In due time, I'll run faster too. I use a garmin cause it's easier to track and mine cost less than RM1k hehehe. Amazon.com bargain which I got from ebay.

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    1. Looking at my running posture - not sure whether it's a good posture or not. It look too straight! LOL

      I bet you'll be fast during your BIM and SCKLM!

      In the meantime, happy training!

      How's the rib feeling now? All better?

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  3. well, not stupid at all!! indeed this gadis is setting the latest trend to wear two watches at a time!! :D

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    1. LOL

      One for local time.

      Another for international time, izit? ;p

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  4. hmmm, RM2000 for a running watch!! wow, i will never be able to buy that lah.. use that money to get an iPhone lah, then you can install apps for running, and also blog on the run!! haha~~ nice idea yeah??

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    1. I actually contemplated about getting an iPhone when my Nike+ broke down. xD

      But iPhone for running is way too big and ugly for me!

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  5. hahahaha!! not wearing something tight helps to reduce your pee time, but overall can help increase your speed or not?? :D

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    1. Tight clothes = less wind resistance. No? ;)

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  6. Garmin 210 costs <RM800 from The Marathonshop. Its features are more than enough to cater for a FM training. KY

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    1. Thanks Kah Yen!

      Maybe I'll just wait for both the Timex and Nike+ to "kong" first. Then, I'll get a Garmin. ^^

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  7. it should be fine wearing two as they hv different functions

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    1. I should just wear one to avoid looking weird though. ;p

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  8. You are not slow, and your speed is able to smoke lots of runners (that's will properly including me) :P

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    1. I smoke other runners kah?

      I eat all your "asap" got lah! LOL

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  9. I'm no runner and knows nothing about the watches, but that pink watch doesn't look like a watch to me :p

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    1. It looks like a wristband and may be able to fool this blur aunty.

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  10. Invest in a pricey watch and get motivated for running :D

    Hihihi, that's me la. Buy more sportswear and I'll do my yoga frequently. Change new mat and I'm following the class religiously.

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    1. That's what my hubby says too.

      But then, so wasted lah, got these two watches already. I'll wait until the two cannot use anymore only will think about replacement. Expensive replacement. ^^

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  11. What is macam poyo?! Even Google can't help me with this one! (You knew I'd ask, didn't you?!)

    Do the two watches weigh the same so that you are evenly balanced? :-P

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    1. Poyo you ask? Hmmm.... show-off, overdoing it, bragger, generally will be said if you are acting obnoxious and someone feels you are too keen on something. When someone calls you poyo, it's not really a good thing. You need to chill. xD

      Ha!Now that you mentioned it, having them on two hands is good for balancing the weights on both hands. LOL

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  12. I agree with Kah Yen. The 210 is also used by Ryan Hall :) - reliable and less whizzbang. I think less than RM750. If not mistaken, very worthwhile investment.

    I didn't know your Timex does Pace Alerts. How does it do that without a sensor/footpod or GPS?

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    1. If its good for Ryan Hall, then who am I to argue! ^^

      Pace alert with this watch is alerts after you finish a loop. Need to tap for each loop done for it to do reading and alert you whether you are too fast, on pace or too slow. Nothing hi-tech lah... but it beats mentally calculating my pace. LOL

      Without a foot pod, I need to run in loops to gauge my "performance". Otherwise, dunno the distance.

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  13. maybe both hand showing different timing or 1 side is heart beat and another side is distant counted by kilo meters? LOL

    :P

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    1. I got no gadget for heartbeat yet.

      If I buy hi-tech running watch, then with heart rate monitor can see lor.

      This one for timing and distance only. Very the basic one.

      I am a basic runner. ^^

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  14. GPS watch or what is kind of expensive . . . . last time use to be RM 1k or something, now RM 800 or less XD

    well u need GPS watch for what, u no jungle tracking also, got? LOL :D I want follow hehehe

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    1. No jungle tracking also, run around town needs GPS also what!

      In cities also can get lost. Not all of us run in loops around parks. ;)

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  15. Is that vermillion one a watch? Darn! I would have missed it. Gimme me a watermelon with three holes, I'll know it could be used for bowling. LOL

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    1. Yup, it is.

      Hahaha... what a great idea for a budget bowling ball. xD

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  16. My only exercise is climbing the stairs of my 3-storey house every day.. Oh wait, and the stairs at office too.. Ok la tu kan? Haha

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    1. OK lah tu.

      Naik stairs pun penat tau! ;)

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  17. Wah!! Wear two watches! I dun even wear any watch ! Poor me!!

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    1. poor also can have iPhone. Can ah? xD

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  18. Are u sure u can't afford GPS watch? You not going japan this year right? Enough money to buy GPS watch already!! : D

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    1. Save money lah. Big trip in 2014. It won't be cheap. ;)

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