This is not a sponsored post. I was given a Magellan Echo watch to review and all opinions are my own.
With just 43 days to go until I take part in the Surfcoast Century with 3 other women, I’m getting a little nervous. I don’t normally get pre-race jitters but I’m just a little concerned that I haven’t put in enough training.
There are three key runs scheduled into my training each week that incorporate a tempo run, some interval training and a long run. The longest I’ve run so far has been 8kms. I’d better get moving hey?
Admittedly, I’ve missed a couple of runs due to a couple of sleepless nights but that’s to be expected with a newborn.
Now I’m a bit of a gadget junkie when it comes to my fitness. I have my own section in one of the cupboards at home that is full of my gadgets. Anything that makes a run easier, warmer, faster, I’ve got it.
Whilst in training for the Melbourne marathon back in 2012, three things really did my head in on my long runs.
My headphones that kept falling out, my iPhone4 that would completely die at the 24km mark (which meant that my music would completely stop and so would my legs), and having to pause my iPhone every time I got to a traffic light. I always seemed to get the red ones.
The only way I could pause my run would be to pull my iPhone out of my arm band, manually pause it then re-start it and place the phone back into my arm band.
VERY. VERY. FRUSTRATING.
I still haven’t sorted the headphones out yet but I have found a watch that lets me control my music and pause my runs through the actual watch. I’d like to introduce you to my new bestie – the Magellan Echo.
Some key features of the Magellan Echo include:
-The watch pairs with popular apps (Strava, Mapmyrun) that then streams data from your smartphone straight to the watch. (Via Bluetooth technology).
-At a glance, you can see your time, distance, pace, and much more.
-The funky style of the watch allows you to wear it as an everyday watch (which I just love).
-Comes with a heart rate monitor so you can track your heart rate on every run.
-With your phone tucked away in a pouch, (protected from the elements), remote controls make it easy to perform app functions such as Start, Stop, Lap as well as Music controls like Play/Pause, and Next Song.
-You can also tap the screen to turn the page to see additional data screens.
-The battery runs on a coin cell battery which is as cheap as a protein bar to replace. No charging! I love it. The battery life is 6 months depending on how much you use it.
-The watch is waterproof
Overall I have found the Magellan Echo to be a clever little watch that serves its purpose to me as a runner.
The watch itself has very basic functionality so it doesn’t have the vibrating or beeping function to notify me of key checkpoints but I’m ok with that. All I’m really interested in is the number of kilometres, my pace and my heart rate. Perfect.
The only minor issue I encountered was connectivity whilst at the gym. As the Magellan relies on the brains of the smart phone, if there was no GPS service available, then it can not easily track the run.
If you’re new to running or, like me, a casual/social runner, then I highly recommend the Magellan Echo. Oh and go the blue, it’s the best!