HRM vs Nike Sportsband

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    Aug 04, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    I wanted to get some peoples' thoughts about which would be more beneficial as a training tool: the nike+ sportsband or a basic heartrate monitor. I'm still a beginner as far as serious running goes but was thinking of investing in either one or the other as a training a tool. The perks of the sportsband are that it measures pace and distance, while the HRM would allow for zone training. Obviously, one watch that can do both distance and heart rate would be ideal (like the Garmin GPS watches), but trying to start off with something basic on a budget. Anyone have an experiences to share using either tool and which one they prefer?
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    Aug 05, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    It's different for different people. I'm kind of a time and pace guy, and I'm very competitive. That's not usually a good thing, so I use a simple heart rate monitor (polar) to keep me from pushing too hard so I can be sure to get the most out of the workout itself and maximize my recovery. I've always been one to push the pace, and it's gotten me injured. If I see a number that's too high on my heart rate monitor, I'm more apt to ease off. Right now I know that if I keep my heart rate around 153 (ideal for an easy run for a 31 year old male) I'm running about 8:15/mile in cooler temps and 8:30/mile in the heat. Heat and humidity as well as extreme cold play a factor in how hard your body works during a run.

    Since you're new, and you're working on building a base I'd probably go with the heart rate monitor and not worry as much about the pace. If you start racing, pace becomes more of a factor, but it's still not something one should obsess over.
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    Aug 05, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    I use the Nike+ iPod gear (watch remote, shoes, ipod, et cetera) and I love it. It's great in many ways: you can track your past runs, it tells you how far you've run your pace blah blah blah. It's an investment to a degree though.

    If you are a beginner and are worried about investing too much money into something you are unsure of I would recommend you get a cheap HRM and a pedometer. See how you like that before purchasing something more expensive.
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    Aug 05, 2009 5:49 AM GMT
    I'm thinking about getting the Nike+ sportband as well. It's affordable and it has the basic functions that I need.. distance, pace, time.

    I personally don't need the advanced features that comes from the GPS and HRM kits. I think those are excellent for training tools for marathons and such. But if you're running for leisure and general fitness, it might be overkill.
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    Aug 05, 2009 8:28 AM GMT
    I have a Polar HRM and the Nike+ I-pod thing.

    Both have their benefits but it really depends on what you want to achieve with your running. If you just want to know how fast and how far you have gone, get the Nike+ stuff. It also has cool stuff online to track your runs, see how your speed changed, get cumulative distances over time, etc. If you are training for endurance, I would suggest the HRM to make sure that you are staying at the right pace throughout your run so that you can last the distance.

    I basically like to set my speed using the HRM (as it varies day to day depending on if I am tired, getting a cold, had breakfast, or just randomly) and then I like to know the distance and how it stacks up against my other runs (Nike+) and I can't go running without my music (i-pod with the Nike+).

    Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
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    Aug 12, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    I just bought the Nike+ SportBand and took it out for its first run this weekend. I'm hooked. I didn't want to be tied to my iPod, so the band works great. And though I run in Nikes, they're not Nike+ shoes, so I picked up the Marware sensor pouch from Amazon. It slips behind your shoelaces and velcros shut. Happy with that, too!

    I'm a newbie; just up to six miles. Training for a marathon in January.