Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Emily: I am using the Garmin Forerunner 230 to help me train for the Horseneck Half Marathon I am running in two weeks! I started wearing the Forerunner 230 in April when I was about a week into training for the half. Throughout college I had been using MapMyRun, a web based distance and route tracker. It worked well for shorter runs but as I started to increase my distance it became clear I needed to watch my pace.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Emily: I started using the Forerunner 230 because I was increasing my distance each week and noticed I was really slowing down at the end of each run. I also got lost on a couple long runs and ended up running way longer than I had planned. It has been really nice to know my distance and pace while running. Now I am addicted and cannot run without my tracker.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Emily: Wearing the Forerunner 230 has made me realize I am faster than I thought. It also pushes me to maintain a pace. I used to tell everyone I run 8:30 minute miles but from using the watch I realized I consistently am able to maintain a 7:40 pace.
Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?
Emily: I love the accuracy of the watch. I can sync the watch GPS with the Garmin Connect app and I see a map of my run. It’s a great way to store my routes. I dislike the bulkiness of the watch but I know newer versions are smaller.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Emily: My co-worker is really into running and has been my coach and motivation for my upcoming half. We compare our distance and pace using the Garmin app. I also recently downloaded the Strava app which allows me to see other runner’s achievements and hope it will keep me competitive and inspired.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Emily: Go out and get an activity tracking device! I was not a believer but using a tracker for running has helped me tremendously. There is a tracking device for everyone no matter your activity level; it is just a matter of finding the best fit for you. Do not get discouraged if you need to test out a couple devices before you find the right one! A tracker will change the way you exercise and it’s totally worth finding the type that makes the most sense for you.