Welcome to our weekly Tuesdays on the Run! Today we are talking about technology, so linkup with Patty from My No Guilt Life, April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere and me with your running technology post. Don’t have one? Any running post will do!
I’ve run two half marathons with it now and a few shorter runs around my neighborhood. I really want to love it. After all, I joined the kickstarter to help it come into existence. I like it more than when I wrote about it last time, but I still don’t love it.
Here’s what I do like about it:
- The watch itself is cute, lightweight, and comfortable.
- The auto load is some kind of awesome.
- The company is new enough that they are still making changes and the technology that they use allows my watch to update instantly.
- The report you can get on the website is pretty cool too. (I think Garmin does something similar, but I’ve never had success uploading from my Garmin to my computer…)
Here’s what I’m on the fence about:
- I don’t love the go stick. I don’t think I ever will, but I have found ways to wear it. If I’m wearing on of my Happy Girl Skirts, I stick it in one of the leg pockets and hardly notice it’s there. Otherwise, I can carry it in the pocket of my handheld water bottle. It’s not often that I don’t have one of those options.
- I feel like I had more control over what I was seeing on the screen with my Garmin. The company keeps adding options though, so I think that there are more things I can do than I currently know how to do. I hope to figure more of it out soon, but lately all my runs have been slow slogs and not really anything where laps matter.
And here’s what I still don’t love:
- I find the results to be inconsistent. For both of my half marathons, it measured way over the actual distance. For a 7 mile run I did the other day, it measured about a third of a mile over. For my 3 mile run today, it was .08 LOWER. (I also ran RunKeeper today and it was closer to the Garmin’s distance.) I don’t expect them to be exact, but I run the same routes regularly and Garmin is very consistent with where I hit 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles, etc. Every.Single.Time. So far, the Bia is consistently inconsistent and it drives me crazy. I have hopes that this will improve.
- The screen is still hard for me to read. Not really anything that they can do to change it, it’s just a case of old eyes and small print.
In the end, I’d have to say I’m still on the fence. I think if I could trust that the GPS is accurate, I could get used to using it and begin to run with just the Bia. But for now, I’ll continue to play with it and hope that they continue to make it work more accurately (or at least consistently…)
Have you tried the Bia? What technology do you use when you are tracking your runs?
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