Oh the trials and tribulations of living in New York City and trying to use a GPS car device, watch, app, etc. etc. No matter what kind of GPS gear you are using it doesn’t work.
I had been using a Garmin 210 for about a year and loved it, but when my iPod got stolen I naturally switched over to using my iPhone for everything. I was picking up my watch less often because it was easy enough to use a GPS app on my phone, plus I had my music right there with me. Also, my Garmin 210 could take up to 10 minutes at some points to connect! ARE YOU KIDDING? That is more than a mile of running for me. So my Garmin got retired to my mom, YOU’RE WELCOME MOM!, and I was left with my GPS apps for iPhone.
SOOO AnYwAyZ…Log Your Run (lite not pro) was the app I started using for GPS. Worked great for awhile then just sort of started biting the dust. Not sure why. Then I decided, after reading a GPS device review, to try RunKeeper. I will keep this short and sweet. NO.
I used this app two times before deleting it. The first time I ran home from work, which is approximately 2.1 miles. RunKeeper told me I was ran 2.5. Not horribly off…the second time I used this app I went on my normal 4.5ish mile recovery run. WOW. This app was awful. It told me I was running 6:15 miles or something crazy like that and then ended up saying I ran 5.99 miles in 42 minutes. Um…yeah I wish! All signs were good for my signal, I didn’t veer off track or anything like that–just didn’t work.
Unfortunately I do need some type of GPS tracking and have been debating for several weeks on what to do about the predicament of not having one. At this point I re-downloaded Log Your Run because I do think it is the best GPS for iPhone app out there–5 star rated in app store etc.–and I do not want to spend the money on a watch right now. Hopefully deleting the app and re-downloading plus synching my iPhone will get it all back to normal!
Does anyone else use GPS when they run? Do you use apps? Watches? Are you a city-dweller or are you lucky to be living in suburbia and get better GPS coverage?
Today I am hoping to get in a rainy 14 miler after work, please keep positive thoughts for my running partner and me that the storms will cease and we can get on with our run!!
ps: I randomly got an iPad yesterday (the 2 not the “new” because frankly the “new” was not different enough to justify such a price increase, c’mon Apple!) so be on the lookout for new cool bloggy stuff from me 🙂