I have a big secret to share with you all.
Are you ready for it?
Are you sure?
Ok here it goes…
I love to run!
Oh, you already knew that? Awe nuts.
Ha! Ok all jokes aside, I really do love to run, and I’ve started accumulating a bunch of random running stuff totally necessary running gear and trinkets – compression socks, hydration tools, sunglasses… the list goes on. When I decided to run my first marathon, I wanted to get myself a GPS watch to track my times and distances and post pictures to brag about my mileage hold myself accountable on instagram, naturally.
For the past year and a half, I’ve been running with a Garmin 610. It’s been good to me. I still love and run with it, but when Kohl’s reached out to see if I’d want to try their line of active watches, I figured – why the heck not?!
A few days later, a shiny, new Timex Ironman Run x20 GPS Watch arrived at my doorstep (and when I say doorstep I mean my desk at the office because this chick doesn’t have a doorman to look after her doorstep).
This post is sponsored by Kohl’s.
Oooo ahhhhh – pretty new running thing. Perfect for Fit & Fashionable Friday, don’t ya think?!
I immediately unwrapped it and plugged that baby in to charge so I could get to using it.
The functionality of the watch is pretty intuitive, so I quickly got acquainted with my new toy. The next morning, it was off for a run to test it out.
It took a while for the watch to find the satellite, but that’s pretty common in NYC. My Garmin is slow on the uptake, too, so I can’t fault the watch there. For my first test, I just put it in stopwatch mode for a nice slow run. This mode pretty much just tracks your run.
I tried playing around with different screens. You can change what you want to see on each screen in settings (avg pace, current pace, calories, distance, etc), which is nice, but switching between the screens whilst running is a bit tricky. It’s not touch-screen, so you have to press the button on the bottom left. The buttons are a wee bit sticky, so I usually had to press them twice to get them to do what I want – not the best when you’re bouncing around.
The watch beeps at every mile and alerts you of your pace. Since I run in a pretty loud city, I wish it could also vibrate, but oh well. I ran a route I’d done many-a-time to test the watch’s accuracy, and it was pretty spot on – so it gets a solid check next to the most important thing.
You can save each run to the watch and go back in your history to check it out whenever you like. However, it only stores 10 workouts (and there’s no corresponding app as far as I know), so keep that in mind.
A few days later, I decided to test out the interval functionality of the watch. You can plug in two intervals and pick between time or distance. I set up intervals of .25 miles FAST (you can’t put in specific speed goals) and 1 minute WALK. The watch will beep to alert you of the change in interval. Again, I wish it would vibrate, but it’s decent enough. I also wish you could do a warm up before the intervals and cool down after, but the watch will just keep going with the intervals until you stop them. So I suggest warming up, then starting the watch for intervals and then stopping it afterwards to cool down.
I really wish the watch told me my pace during intervals. I felt like I was going fast, but there was no way to actually see my mph. Ok, I figured, I’ll just push myself and I’ll see how I did after when I look at the splits.
I finished the workout, saved it and went into the activity history to check them out. Well… they weren’t there. Apparently interval runs don’t record splits. Whomp whomp. That’s kind of a bummer. I’ll just have to trust that I ran as fast as I wanted to. I put the watch in normal stopwatch mode and did a nice slow cool down run to get back to my apartment.
Overall, I’d say this watch is a good option for runners looking for a basic GPS watch to track their mileage. It’s a good one to have on race day when you’re not trying to do intervals or anything fancy. It’s functional and easy to use; it just doesn’t have all the bells and whistles.
Here’s a quick summary rundown.
- Includes: activity band & charging cable
- Calendar: day & date
- 12/24-hour formats
- Distance calculator
- Pace counter
- Acceleration sensor
- Calories burned
- 2 interval timers
- 99-lap counter
- 10-data workout memory
- Water resistance: 50 meters
- Rechargeable battery
- Intuitive and functional
- Light weight/not bulky
- Simple and straight forward tracking
- Sticky buttons
- Alerts are sound only, no vibration
- No warm up or cool down for interval workouts
- No pace tracking for interval workouts
ORRRR you could take your chances and ENTER TO WIN the same watch I received right here! Yep, Kohl’s sent me an extra Timex Run X20 GPS Watch to give to one of you! Woohoo!! Just fill out the little widget below and you could be running with this baby on your wrist.
Ready. Set. ENTER!
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