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Hi all,

I'm totally new to the forum and to running and would like a bit of advice. I've started doing a "run /walk" programme (one from the Runners' World website) to try to build up some running fitness after not having run for 10 years.

At the moment i'm just using the second hand on my watch to time the intervals but that's obviously a bit of a pain so i want to get a watch that has timers i can set for both the run and walk intervals (so I think i'd need at least 2 timers) so it basically tells me when to start and stop. I'm not really fussed about much else at the moment (heart rate, speed etc) but looking ahead i suspect i might develop an interest in how far i've gone. With that in mind i wondered if it makes sense to get a "watch" that has the timer functions i need and also a distance measuring function or to buy a separate pedometer thing.

I didn't really want to spend over £30 initially (without the distance function) but i guess i'll have to to get both.

I really don't need anything fancy or computer compatible etc and wondered if anyone had any recommendations.

I've had a quick, slightly blind, hunt around the web and found a Timex Ironman 50 lap sleek for about £40 which has 2 timers and seems like it might do the trick without the distance function.

Also found one called a T5K093 Timex Ironman 50 Lap Fitness Tracker which seems to do distance, 5 timers and loads more (i can't attach a link yet but it's on "simply sports watches") but i can't find much info on it and if it does all it says for that price, seems like i must be missing something, perhaps that it's an additional item and you need to buy a watch separately.

I've never been much of a distance runner but am slightly starting to enjoy it; buying gadgets normally helps me with things like that! Any advice would be much appreciated.
 

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Save time and money by going out and buying a Garmin 405 straight off.

You know you want one and if you don't you will. The amount of people who start off not interested in distance and pace, myself included.
 

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They are expensive buy a Timex Ironman its does intervals you can pick them up off ebay for around £26
 

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They are expensive buy a Timex Ironman its does intervals you can pick them up off ebay for around £26

I agree. My slightly Tongue in cheek point it. You buy the timex. Then you want distance so you buy a Nike+. Then you want accuracy so you buy the 205. Then you want heart rate, pace, distance etc so finally you buy the 405.

It would be cheaper to buy the 405 first.
 

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Start with the Timex Ironman then when you are hooked get someone else to uy you the Garmin - I never went for the Nike + stuff.
 

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Thanks Guys, nice "devil on one shoulder, angel on the other" double act! I'm sorely tepted to revert to type and buy the more expensive Garmin, but, with a baby on the way i really think i should be more sensible and go for the cheaper option (for which read "my pregnant and hormonal wife will not be happy"!).

Is there a particular model of Ironman that i should look for to make sure it has enough timers to do different run/rest periods?

Thanks again.
 

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:)) I know what you mean about money

Most important thing at the end of the day is to run.
Agreed on both points.

I've run for ??? years only with a plain old stopwatch....suits me fine and cost very little.
 

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It might be worthwhile checking JJB Sports - its not normally a place I'd go for running gear, but I got a decent stopwatch+HRM in there for £25.

You might be able to pick up a bargain in there that includes a lap function.
 

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If you really just want the basics at this stage, then just go to a sports shop and you can pick up a stopwatch that will do what you want it to do for under £30 as others have suggested. I reckon you could maybe pick one up for a tenner. To measure the distances you are running etc, you don't need to buy anything fancy. Just measure out routes using something like Gmaps pedometer (type into Google and you'll get the site). This is free. Good luck with your running. You can always buy a Garmin later if you feel you want to measure more data, and they will become cheaper over time. And I recommend the 305 rather than the 405. It's a lot cheaper, does pretty much everything you want it to and has a better display. 405's are for people with an unhealthy obsession with fancy data ;)
 

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Yeah but if he's doing run/walk technique (thats how I started out) he needs a watch that does intervals. Timex Ironman 50 just make sure it does intervals and its in a butch colour so you don't feel silly on a run.
 

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all you need to start is the cheapest digital watch with a stopwatch you can find. I'm doing run walk too, and a normal stopwatch will tell you how long you have running/walking for, all for about £12.
 

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Get the Garmin right off! Arguments are right about a watch, then nike+, then a Garmin! I did all 3 and the Garmin is a big part of my motivation now.
My wife is pregnant too, I justified on the basis you can put a price on good health!
 

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Thanks everyone. I decided to go sensible and bought a Timex Ironman 50 for £32. If i find i'm enjoying the running i'll maybe think about treating myself to something more fancy for Christmas, gives me an extra incentive that way.

Can the Garmin 405 be used on a bike for speed and distance without any extras?
 
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