Choosing the right Garmin watch for you

Garmin Forerunner

Our guide to the Garmin Forerunner Series

The Foreunner Series Garmin from Garmin offers a vast selection of running watches. We understand that navigating the endless models, features and differences can be a daunting and tricky task to say the least. If you’re toying with the idea of a Garmin, but struggling to pick the right one, let us guide you.

In our 3-part Garmin blog series, you’ll hear from Emma, Colleen and Finlay – proud owners of a Forerunner 15, Forerunner 235 and Forerunner 920XT – as they talk us through what they use their Garmin’s for, any key features and any watch-outs. First up Emma!

1. Forerunner 15

Hi, I’m Emma. I’m the Visual Merchandiser for Run4It, as well as the Assistant Manager in the Inverness store. As you can imagine that keeps me pretty busy!

I have been running since I began working for the company just over 3 years ago. Although, I’m not sure I would have classed myself as a runner back then! These days I run 3 times a week. 4 if I’m feeling particularly inspired.

I run primarily by myself, as I find it is a great way to wind down after a long day at work. I pop my headphones in, blast some Beyoncé and that’s me away to my happy place. But every Tuesday night I go out with a group of ladies, that includes my mum, and that is just as enjoyable. I probably average about 12-15 miles a week. All my running is done on the road. I absolutely love the idea of trail running, or blasting up some of the magnificent hills we have in the Highlands, but I just can’t seem to get the same zoned out feeling I get from pounding the pavements.

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When it came to picking a watch, I wasn’t looking for anything complicated – I just needed the essentials. Something that was going to tell me how fast I was going, how far I’d gone, and how many calories I’d burnt – so I’d know how much chocolate I could justify eating after! The Forerunner 15 gave me all that.

I’m not a competitive runner, but running with a Garmin (rather than au naturel) pushes me to improve on every run. It’s small, simple, but mighty in that sense!

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With customisable screens I am able to see my distance, pace, time and calories throughout my run. It also has a virtual pacer, which allows you to set a pace for each run. Especially in the beginning – and sometimes even now – I would set off like a rocket, and fade dramatically as the miles clocked up. The virtual pacer lets you know when you are ahead of pace, or behind it, and this helps to even the pace of your run out.

Motivation to Improve

Another great feature of the Forerunner 15 is the activity tracker. Not only does it count your steps throughout the day, it sets reactive targets based on your abilities. This was where my stubborn side really came through! I hate getting to the end of the day having not achieved the step target, and more than once it has resulted in a few laps around the house, just to hit it! For people that sit behind a desk all day, this is a fantastic feature to ensure you are getting up and moving. Especially as it beeps at you after 2hrs of not moving.

You can get the Forerunner 15 with, or without a heart rate monitor. It is important to note that the heart monitor is a strap that goes around your chest, and some people can find this uncomfortable. Personally, I don’t mind it. Having the heart rate monitor gives you a more accurate count of the calories being burnt throughout your session, and gives you the option to train within heart rate zones if that is something you are interested in.

Buy It For: GPS distance, pace, calories, basic step tracking
Battery Life: 8 hours in training mode
Price: Now £89 | Save £10

Next up? Read Colleen’s blog on the Forerunner 235

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Emma Buchan

Emma Buchan

Emma is probably the least competitive runner you’ll come across, but loves how her Garmin pushes her to improve on every run. She mainly runs 10ks, as she can get that done and dusted under the hour, and that definitely seems long enough… But who knows, maybe she’ll be inspired and up the distance this year!

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