This is and update to my previous post on GPS that talks to you. There has been a lot of hype recently about the launch of the Nike + iPod running module. Although the price is right at $29.95 US, it is still just a pedometer. A pedometer simply registers that you took a step. You have to calibrate the system to tell it how big your step is. But that assumes that you are running at the same pace, over the same terrain. If you are running uphill, then your distance will be off. If you are sprinting, or hill training, then your distance will be off.
The only way to get accuracy is to use a GPS device. One of the more popular units is the Forerunner from Garmin. However, these units are very expensive. They run in the $300 range.
In May I had the pleasure of testing a new unit. The Adeo from Motion Lingo. The company has been great about updating their firmware. The unit is a full GPS system, that talks to you as your run. You decide how often you want updates and what should be updated. Distance, Height (for skiers), Speed,Â and Pace are a few of the updates you can get. The unit comes with software that connects to the Web, so you can track and update your runs, or cycles.
The image below shows the screen where you add the updates you want to hear.
The software also allows you to set intervals. For example, if you train with the Running Room you are familiar with theÂ 10 and 1 method. This is where you run for 10 minutes and walk for 1. You can set that up in the screen below.
Once you have completed a run, you can upload your run onto the Motion Lingo web site and see your run on a Google map.
The bottom line is that you will bet accurate readings ofÂ your run, your speed and your distance.