Track and Field Watches
The big key for track and field is in having a watch that has accurate lap counters and timers for intervals, ladders and other types of
shorter duration training.
Generally speaking watches are divided in to two categories: 1.) GPS watches and 2.) watches that use foot pods, also referred to as accelerometer
technology. These two categories work best for distance and middle distance runners because they measure speed, distance, and heart rate
among other variables.
Field athletes, especially those in discus, shot put and javelin, would be best advised to look at watches like the Polar FT80 or the Polar
FT60. These watches have specific strength training functions and also display heart rate and have zones specific to both aerobic and strength
Distance runners should consider a Garmin GPS. The Garmin Forerunner 210 is the watch Ryan Hall used to pace himself when he ran a 2:04
marathon at Boston in 2011. Garmin also makes an even more advanced, touch screen navigation watch called the Garmin 610 that also offers
modes for cycling to display speed in miles per hour.
Middle distance runners and sprinters might consider the Suunto M5 running pack which comes with a foot pod and Suunto's Movescount software,
which was developed by Training Peaks. See your peaks and recovery times in clear detail on the software and use your data to help plan
future training sessions.
No matter what type of track athlete you are the basics of good heart rate monitoring can better help you maintain, plan and improve your
training sessions. Measuring your recovery rate, your top heart rate at various levels of output as gauged by speed, and many other factors
can help you better understand your training. Measuring is the key to improvement.
If you would like to talk to a real expert about which type of monitor is ideal for your track and field events or other pursuits then
call the experts at the Heart Rate Watch Company at 866-586-7129. We'll be happy to put our knowledge to use and help you find the device
that is ideally suited to your training requirements.