running round in circles

Do you ever get lost when training…..? I do….I have had to resort to Google Maps on my phone on more than one occassion, which doesn’t always get me out of the woods as well as I had hoped!!

Sally Perkins, a cross-country runner tells us her thoughts on how to avoid running around on circles with the help of a handheld GPS device;

“I often like to go wherever my feet and heart take me. It’s also a good way to work on navigation and stamina, but sometimes you can end up a little lost. As someone who also enjoys camping, I’ve always found it useful to carry a GPS device – I know my phone can work as one, but I like to carry a dedicated machine.

Training for long distance events —especially for something as intense as a triathlon—can be an exciting but a difficult challenge. If you’re ready to take the plunge, you may be thinking of purchasing a new gadget to make the routine of training more enjoyable.

Buying a handheld GPS is not only a great investment for you if you like to travel or go camping, but it is also an essential tool for training and running. Having a gadget that fits easily in the palm of your hand can allow you to track your routes, try out new trails, and know where you are in any geographic location.

The top ten handheld GPS devices on the market today that can make your training routine much more effortless include:

  1. Garmin eTrex
  2. Garmin Montana 680 Touchscreen GPS
  3. Garmin Rino 750
  4. Garmin Oregon 650t GPS
  5. Garmin 64st
  6. Garmin eTrex 10
  7. Garmin eTrex 20x
  8. DeLorme InReach SE
  9. Bushnell Back Track G2
  10. Garmin Foretrex 401


For more details on the way these gadgets can improve your running, see this full guide to the best handheld GPS devices.

About the author Ellie Barnes

Ellie is widely qualified and experienced within the fitness industry and she also competes at a high level so she knows at first-hand what it’s like to set demanding goals and achieve them.

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