Why I Chose The Nike+ SportWatch GPS For Running

This is the 1st of 2 posts in a series.  I’m about to tell you everything you need to know about the Nike+ SportWatch with GPS from TomTom.  At the end of this 2 post series, you’ll be able to decide if this watch is a good purchase for you (whether you’re a truck driver or not).  But first, I think it’s important that you understand my background and why I wanted my Nike+ SportWatch in the first place, so that’s what we’ll cover in this first post.  If you want to jump straight to the full review, you can do that right now without any wait by clicking here


Me Running with Nike+ SportWatch

My Running Background
I’ve had a passion for health and fitness throughout most of my life, but really got into running as my main form of exercise about 2 years ago.  Prior to that I’d always lifted weights and done cardio, but could never shed the last 15 lbs I wanted to get off.  Once I started running regularly, the weight came off and stayed off…so I continued running.  At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked running or not – even though I liked the results.  Slowly over time, however, I really began to enjoy it and began entering semi-competitive runs.  I completed my first mini marathon last year and have run over 1,600 miles since starting.  I’m not the fastest runner out there, but I’m also not the slowest.  Over the last couple years I’ve learned a lot about running, so take my opinion for what it’s worth.  Now, back to the Nike+ SportWatch

The Problem
Ever since I started running, I needed a way to track my runs and also listen to music at the same time (have you every tried running without music – REALLY difficult).  The easiest solution to this problem was a device I already had: my iPhone.  This worked, but the only problem was that I was holding my phone in my hand throughout every run.  Holding your phone while running is slightly annoying, but really not a huge deal.  That being said, I knew it was just a matter of time until I’d drop it and then be faced with the unneeded cost of fixing or replacing my iPhone…not cheap!

I knew in order to do my best, I needed to be hands-free.  So, I turned to armbands.  Don’t even get my started on those…what a pain!  Very few of them actually fit an iPhone with a decent case on it.  This means every single time you want to run, you have to take your case off the phone and put it in the the armband case only to switch it back again when you’re done.  On top of that, if you actually run enough to keep a sweat – good luck with keeping that armband in place.  I’ll never forget running the last 5 miles of the mini marathon constantly adjusting my armband until I finally just took the dang thing off and held the whole contraption in my hand. 

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About Derek McClain

Derek McClain is a blogger with TheHealthyTrucker.net and co-host of the Mile Markers show. Derek has worked in the Internet & Technology industry for over 7 years dedicating last few years to writing about truck driving jobs and careers. McClain has always had a passion for exercise and fitness so with truck driver health becoming such a hot topic in the industry, it just made sense to work with TheHealthyTrucker.net. You can Connect with Derek on Google+ here