So I’d been looking for a running watch for some time and found the Garmin Forerunner 110 had all I needed. Last year I purchased my wife the Polar Heart Rate watch which she wears… well, sometimes. She likes the features but honestly having to put on the chest strap she’s not too keen about.
I even got her the sports bra that comes with the monitor strap. It’s comfortable but she likes to walk more than run and so having to take the time to put it on as opposed to just running out the door is what keeps her from using it. OK, this review is not about my wife’s watch… sorry.
A little history on why I first chose the Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-enabled running watch.
I’ve always been a runner… in more ways than one. But it started as cross-country in high-school and after getting burned out on it then I avoided it as much as possible for years. However, I would always eventually go back to running when life got a little too hectic and I needed to start feeling good about myself. In the spring of 2010 I began running again quite regular and begin entering 5K’s and looking at doing a triathlon.
I needed something to track my time but didn’t have a lot of extra cash at the moment and already owned an iPhone. So I researched iPhone apps for runners, tested several and finally settled on using Runkeeper. So if you have an iPhone and want a free solution, try Runkeeper. I will admit though, these iPhone GPS apps I’ve used for running, aren’t near as accurate.
For months I was using Runkeeper and thought I was a consistent lower 8 to high 7 min/mi pace runner. The first week I started using my Garmin 110 I realized that was a pretty optimistic average and I’m closer to upper 8’s. I wondered why all my running friends were always commenting on how good that was.
The iPhone apps worked fine for a while, but if you’re a serious runner the time came when I really just wanted a watch that was easier to carry and did its job well. I wasn’t too crazy about the Forerunner 305 series as they always looked dorky to me. I wanted something that actually looked like a watch. After extensive research I chose the Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-enabled running watch. I like it… watch the video for a more in-depth review and below are the specs.
What I really like about this watch is the simplicity of use. Time, distance, and pace + I can connect it to a heart rate monitor if I ever want to add one; which I’ll probably do at some point. As it says in the product description, “It’s GPS-enabled so it knows how far and how fast—with no extra bells and whistles.” Another great feature, it actually looks like a watch.
You can store and upload the data to Garmin Connect and within seconds your run data is logged and mapped for you to compare or share with friends. The heart rate monitor is connected via Ant + technology or with an existing Garmin heart rate monitor.
In a nutshell, the Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled running watch is perfect if you want easy to use, accurate, and simple.
- GPS-enabled trainer watch accurately records your distance, time and pace
- High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked on satellites, even near tall buildings or under tree cover
- Rechargeable battery provides 8 hours life in training mode, 3 weeks in power save mode
- Upload data to Garmin Connect site to view workout summaries, create goals and more
- Add ANT+ heart rate monitor for heart rate-based calorie computation
Here are some screen shots of the interface while I’m wearing it. Although this running watch doesn’t claim to work for cycling, it does have a setting where you can change it from Pace to Speed… which works somewhat for using while cycling. I share a lot of those statistics in my running blog posts. Check out a cycling activity as recorded on the Garmin 110.
Here are some basic screen shots of the menus and main screen with pace, distance, and time: