Little Runner Gal

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TomTom Runner Cardio: LRG meets Chuck

on August 26, 2014

If you’re on twitter you may have noticed that I’ve got a new gadget! The lovelies at The Running Bug generously sent me a TomTom Runner Cardio to test out on my runs this last couple of weeks.

Now, I’ve been running with a running watch and heart rate monitor (HRM) since the beginning of the year, so was very interested to see how this one compared.

I’m currently putting together a full comparison, which has seen me undertaking all my runs with 2 watches (and some funny looks – ‘she knows she has two watches on, right?!’) so the comparison article will be with you soon, but I didn’t want to leave you any longer without giving you a bit of feedback on my experience with the TomTom Runner Cardio so far.


Firstly, it looks fab, don’t you think? It’s beautifully packaged and a nicely designed watch. It’s very easy to get going with. I don’t have a PC or laptop at home, but I was able to switch it on, program in my vital stats and get running without having to plug it in first.


The screen options were easy to select. I like to see time, pace and distance when I’m running, so setting that up before the first run was simple. I did play around with the screens during the run, so that I could check out my heart rate (actual) and zones while I was doing a continuous hills session, which made for very interesting viewing.


Having the HRM on my wrist, rather than a chest strap, is great. It’s one less thing to remember to put on before a run (which most of the time is done in an early morning or after work daze!) and a lot more comfortable. Plus it appears to be just as accurate at the chest strap I’ve been wearing.


After my run it was quick and easy to download the TomTom MySports app on my iPhone and download the run to my phone (via Bluetooth) to analyse the data further.

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Since then, the watch (when I finally got round to plugging him in to my work PC I was asked to name my watch and he is now called Chuck) and I have been out for a number of runs and it’s really accurate, the pace (which is the most important data for me) is very quick and seems to be pretty spot on. Where other watches might drop out and see you running a 11 minute mile then a 6 minute one, for example, when you’re really running a pretty continuous 8:30 just with varying signal, the TomTom is a lot more accurate in real time.

First impressions are great.

As I got a bit injured after a few runs with Chuck (through no fault of Chuck’s) I have been cross training, and because the TomTom MySport app links up with I’ve been able to log my bike rides, using the mapmyride app, and manually enter my swims, so that all my workouts are in one place, easy!

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As I said, full comparison coming up, but all in all Chuck and I are getting on fantastically so far!



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