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Time:12:50 am
I did another W4D1, at a faster pace than the first day but significantly slower than Saturday's run. That was the right thing to do. I'm going to camp here for a while, then start increasing my speed.

I think I want to buy a heart rate monitor. Specifically, I want one that will let me record a workout, then feed the information into my computer for graphing and analysis. Anyone have a recommendation?
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bittercrackbaby
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Time:2011-02-08 10:05 am (UTC)
polar!
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whipartist
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Time:2011-02-08 05:51 pm (UTC)
I tried to get information from their website last night-- "please show me a list of heart rate monitors and a feature comparison." After about five minutes, I gave up.
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backtobaseball
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Time:2011-02-08 06:32 pm (UTC)
I have purchased two polars. One is the absolute low end (FS1, I think). It has large numbers that I can read while running, even though my lenses have stiffened. It came with their absolute low end chest strap. I use it all of the time. While in exercise mode, it displays current heart rate (5 second average, I suspect), elapsed time, and time of day (you switch displays by briefly holding the watch close to your strap). At the end of your workout, it displays elapsed time and average heart rate.

The other is toward the high end, lots of functions. But I have a hard time reading the numbers. The high end chest strap does not stay put because it is less flexible than the cheapo -- if your chest doesn't expand much when breathing hard, this will likely not be a problem.

I keep the high end gear in my gym backpack as a backup in case I forget to bring my low end unit.
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clutch_c
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Time:2011-02-08 04:50 pm (UTC)
This looks cool.
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whipartist
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Time:2011-02-08 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, though I don't really need a GPS for the treadmill. I may buy one anyway.
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chrishartman
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Time:2011-02-08 10:35 pm (UTC)
Add one more vote for that. You'll have fun with the GPS, whether for biking or merely to see how far you walk to lunch or whatever.
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whipartist
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Time:2011-02-08 11:01 pm (UTC)
My phone does a reasonably good job of that, plus I can automatically have it create a Google map if I want to.
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chrishartman
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Time:2011-02-08 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ahh, yeah, I'm not a smartphone user, so I didn't think of that. The GPS software will automatically make a google map too, if you want. Or a google earth path, etc.
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clutch_c
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Time:2011-02-08 06:45 pm (UTC)
I actually have an older Polar Accurex IIa you could have if you want to see if you can tolerate wearing the strap. It doesn't download data or anything, just gives you a heart rate and some basic statistics (average rate, time in zone, above zone etc.) Needs a battery but does have a manual.
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whipartist
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Time:2011-02-08 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I might just buy the Garmin. I was eyeing it last year for use when bicycling, so it kinda makes sense. Plus, the price has dropped dramatically.
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mickdog
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Time:2011-02-08 08:46 pm (UTC)
I got it for xmas and love it. I've had no problems with the heart rate monitor (as some do in the amazon comments). The heart rate is in the upper right corner on the default more and is hard to read but you can customize the view to solve that. It is a big receiver unit but doesn't bother me running at all. The strap is a normal heart rate strap which I completely forget about while I'm running. All in all, 9/10 rating from me.
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loser_variable
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Time:2011-02-10 12:12 am (UTC)
Outstanding that you are back to running.

For me the definite choice is the Garmin 305 and (free) third party software called SportTracks. It captures, graphs,and reports on *everything*. For any run, overall or at at any moment, I can get aerial and topo maps, know my heart rate, speed, elevation, calories burned, etc. It reports out by the week, month, year, on everything. It may be overkill if you plan to stay on a dreadmill though.

See an exhaustive review with lots of screen shots here: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2007/11/review-of-garmin-forerunner-305.html

If you enjoy fondling data, as I do, this is the way to go. Unit with strap runs $129 on Amazon. Software don't cost nothin'.
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loser_variable
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Time:2011-02-10 12:49 am (UTC)
I might have added for treadmills you need to buy a footpod since the gps can't deduce your pace. Not sure how much more that costs but I suspect not much more. It will also report leg turnover then. Which makes me realize, I need one too. One more data point to analyze.
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whipartist
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Time:2011-02-10 05:08 am (UTC)
Actually, I ordered one yesterday and it showed up today. Yes, it's overkill for running on a treadmill, but I was eyeing one last year for bicycling. The price has dropped quite a bit.
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