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Changing Landscape

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                 It’s been a weird summer. I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel like this has been one of the stranger seasons and it’s caused us to change how we do things around here. Let me try to explain and as usual, my ramblings will most likely end up going somewhere.

                Last month a running shop a half an hour away from us closed its doors. While they were not close in proximity, they were still technically our competition. I had known the owner from a charity race I put on and he always seemed like a very nice guy so I was sorry to hear he was closing. I went up on his last day to wish him well and try to get a sense of what he felt happened over the past few years to his business. A lot of what he felt was interfering with his growth were things that we deal with here. I left feeling pretty darn freaked out and I vowed that I would not let us fall into the same pitfalls.

                Since then we’ve have been out and about in the community pretty much weekly. This week I was in Mt Airy, the week before Hanover, and before that Gettysburg. We have been really trying to get out and say hello to fellow runners and make sure everyone knows that there is a place in Westminster that is a friend to all runners. Just because stores like Dick’s are much larger than ours, current shoe models cost the same as dictated by the manufacturer.  But, with us, you get a shoe recommendation based on injury history, goals, gait, and the other pieces of information that we try to take into consideration when helping you choose a shoe.

                We recently have had a few people that have stopped in and asked us to give them our help and have had us record them walking, running, and suggest shoes only to pull their phone out and go online to shop for older models on discount in front of us.  It truly is a changing landscape and I could not imagine going into a small business and treating people that way. It would be like going to a restaurant and asking what the special was for the night, the recipe, directions on how to prepare it from the chef and then going home and trying to mimic it using ingredients from McDonalds. I just don’t think I could ever do it to a small business. When we sell a pair of shoes for $120 I think people think we made $120 on the sale. Unfortunately, the jerks that manufacture them want a lot of that. In fact, they want most of that $120.

 I feel that what sets us apart is the service and knowledge. It’s always touching when people take the time to review us and give us feedback on their progress after we work with them. It feels like too often in life people want to go online when they have a bad experience somewhere and voice their feelings. We are fortunate enough to have a tremendously positive rating on all social media and review platforms. We don’t take that for granted and if anything, we want to continue to improve on it.

So, to my point – we want your vote. We try so hard here to differentiate ourselves from big box stores out there and if you appreciate the time and energy we give to our customers, please take a minute and vote for us for Best Shoe Store and Best Sporting Goods Store in Carroll County. We won Best Shoe Store last year and finished just behind a major chain store for Best Sporting Goods Store. We want to win both this year. “Shop Local” is not a phrase we take lightly here and I really try my best to buy from one of my neighboring business as much as I can. In fact, last year I can almost guarantee Run Moore donated more to local charities than the box stores in the area that are 10X our size. We give back as much as we can to the community that supports us. Now I want your help to win an award that has no prize other than bragging rights. It’s also more proof that as larger chains continue to expand their reach in smaller communities that at the root of every good business is good customer service and even better knowledge and that we can go toe to toe with the big guy. Thank you for your support!


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On My Road To Find Out

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I admit it, I am one of those guys. A guy who runs with music. I don’t know why there is such a stigma with running with tunes but I know two of my favorite running buddies openly mock me for going for the MP3 player on solo runs (I am looking at you Dave and Steve). My relationship with tunes and running go back to the Sony Sport Walkman in the early 90’s and have has included stops along the way with portable CD players that skipped every nine seconds, the original Ipod that was more valuable than anything else I owned and thus brought terror on every run, Ipod shuffles that broke once they got wet to now a little MP3 player I found on a running message board. Adding new songs on my running playlists is a delightful pleasure that is almost as enjoyable as picking up a new pair of shoes. On a run a few weeks ago I had one of those running moments that make my decision to run with music on solo runs so amazing and also verifies my belief that my friends that won’t run with music are in fact aliens.

I am once again attempting to run a fall marathon and am slowly building my base back up. On a rainy Wednesday I hit the road for an easy 5 mile run. I was feeling tired and sore from some of the recent miles I had put in and within a few minutes was in a crappy mood because I had managed to leave all my running caps at the house and I was leaving from the shop. It was also a very humid day so I was sweating and struggling to breath despite the rain and I had no hat to keep the rain out of my eyes. I did a loop around downtown and headed to the track to do a few boring laps around the track to help freshen up the legs a bit. I was pretty miserable and just was putting in the miles when that perfect song came on at that exact perfect moment. The second I hit the track On the Road to Find Out by Cat Stevens came on the headphones and I was instantaneously transformed.

There are so many great lines in that song that are so relatable to running and even though I have heard the song a thousand times it hit right when I needed it and before I knew it I was running hard. The soreness in my legs was gone and I found myself zipping around the track while smiling like an idiot. My millionth comeback attempt from my latest injury is essentially just leading me On a Road to Find Out. Find out if I still can do it, if I still want to do it, find out how hard I can push and find out what I will find on the journey. As the song came to an end and I thought about slowing down AC/DC Thunderstuck came on and I ended up pounding the last bit of the run with no intention of slowing down. Nothing could stop me at that point.

I am not saying you should race with tunes or even in areas you don’t know. I’m just saying that there are times that I think music can take you to a different mental state and maybe give you the kick in the butt when you need it, or even slow you down when you need it. If you are already a music runner you don’t need to be ashamed anymore. Listen loud and be proud!

Music to my Ears by Michele Pearson

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           I am a big fan of music at all times, but especially on a run. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when silence is best, but nothing beats some great music on a run. How do you choose some great music? There are programs that match your race / run goal to the beats per minute (BPM) in a song. What this means is you can listen to songs with a higher BPM and your cadence (foot to ground turnover rate) could actually speed up to match that rate.

            What is the benefit of upping your cadence? Research shows that increasing your cadence can help you avoid over striding; therefore, it can help prevent injuries. It can also help you to become a more efficient runner. So, how do you figure out your cadence? While there are more accurate ways, here’s a simple way to estimate your cadence. After a warm-up, go for a run and count the number of times your left foot hits the ground in thirty seconds. Multiply this number by four (to account for your right foot) and that number is your estimated cadence. Once you know your cadence number, you can find songs that have a higher BPM and start running to their beat. If you research this online, most sites recommend trying to reach a cadence of 180. I asked some of my running friends to share their favorite songs and I’ve included their BPM (according to


Postal Service – Such Great Heights–  175 BPM

Carbon Leaf – The Boxer – 135 BPM

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger – 109 BPM

ColdPlay – Fix You – 139 BPM

Neon Trees – Animal – 148 BPM

Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench – 176 BPM

The Killers- Mr. Brightside – 148 BPM

Capital Cities – Safe and Sound – 118 BPM

Barenaked  Ladies – The Old Apartment – 160 BPM

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire – 145 BPM

Rusted Root – Send Me on My Way – 119 BPM

Queen- Another One Bites the Dust – 110 BPM

Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic  (2003 Remastered) – 164 BPM

AC/DC – Thunderstruck – 134 BPM

Carbon Leaf – She’s Gone – 120 BPM

Use this information as an excuse to add some new tunes to your library and check out the BPM for your favorites. Whether you’re  Sweatin’ to the Oldies,  Runnin’ Down a Dream, or Born to Run,  make sure aren’t Running on Empty.


Lace up and Head out!


Happy Trails!




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My buddy is a huge baseball fan. He is quick to pull out a statistic from a player that died well before he was born, and talk at length about why he is better than whatever current player is leading off SportsCenter these days. Statistics and numbers are so important in baseball and there is always talk about who is the Greatest of All Time (GOAT). Could The Babe hit off today’s pitchers or if Ty Cobb would make it out of today’s game without being booed like John Rocker? He’ll make mock GOAT fielders teams and hitters lineups at certain parks based on where the outfield is positioned. I am a baseball fan, but not at that level. One day he asked me if runners debate the same minutia about who is the best runner of all time. I explained that yes, we do talk at nausea about certain runners from certain eras and about how many gold metals Pre would have run and yada yada yada. However, when it comes to the GOAT, most everyone who is in the know doesn’t really need to debate it; It’s Emil Zatopec. What I think interesting is that most people have never even heard of him.

Zatopec was a Czechoslovakian born runner who turned the running world on its head during the late 1940’s to the mid-1950’s. During the height of his running he set world records in the 5k, 10k, 20k, Hour Run, 25k and 30k. He also had the greatest Olympics of all time (sorry to any swimmers reading this). At the 1952 games in Helsinki, Zatopec looked to improve on his 1948 Olympics where he won gold in the 10k and silver in the 5k. During the first 6 days of the games he won gold in both the 5k and 10k and setting Olympic records in both events. Instead of celebrating and watching his fiancé compete in the javelin, he decided to go ahead and jump in another race. Why not, right? So despite having never competed in a marathon in his entire life and only two days after setting an Olympic record in the 5k, he found himself on the starting line of the marathon. He ran next to Jim Peters, the current world record holder, through the first 10 miles as they ran at breakneck speed.

Having never run a marathon and not knowing the type of pace they should be running, Emil innocently asked Jim if they were in fact going too slow. Jim, in an effort to trick Zatopec into running too hard early and dying off, told him that they were indeed running too easy and that Emil should make a move. The good natured Czech did just that and ran the rest of the way alone, winning the gold and setting a third Olympic record. He is the only runner in history to win the 5k, 10k and marathon in a single game.

Emil was known not only for his loud breathing, unorthodox form, and pained facial expression (which garnered him the nickname the Czech Locomotive), but his intense and brutal training techniques. He competed while serving in the army and often did his training while running in place in his army boots. He would run up to three hours in a large laundry tub full of the army’s dirty clothes for resistance training. His favorite workout was 400’s and he would often do up to 100 before his bigger races. When it snowed, he would run while carrying his wife on his back up hills to build leg strength. The stories of his training are legendary and often amusing. He was always regarded as respectful, polite, upbeat, and hilarious. A classic example of his temperament and naiveté occurred during his gold medal debut in the marathon. Emil went past every aid station and water stop without indulging in anything from a sip of water to a quarter of an orange offered along the route. Asked after the race if that was a strategy, a confused Zatopec answered it was not a strategy – he did not run with his wallet and did not know those items were free for runners.

There are so many interesting and amazing stories about Emil Zatopec . I sometimes feel like not enough people study or appreciate the older generations of runners who paved the way for the Ritzes or Flannigans of today. Runner’s World used to do a great section on a historical runner or race but even they have stopped sharing those wonderful stories. Next time you are looking for a good book, pick up a copy of Running with the Legends, Duel in the Sun, or The Four-Minute Mile and learn about and appreciate some of the heroes in our sport.

Even Stephen

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Even Stephen

  By Steve Moore

              Next week I am turning the ripe old age of 36, and in my time here on Earth, I have been very consistent in my inability to keep an even keel. I have a very hard time not letting my emotions get the best of me and it’s something that I struggle with in everything from my family, running, and business. The past few weeks I have experienced some amazing highs and lows and I am trying my best to keep everything in perspective (especially with what is currently going on around the world). I swear this will get to a point, so just bear with me.

A few weeks back I was involved with a local race that, in my opinion, went very well. I spent way more time preparing for it than I’d care to mention and after the race we received a lot of great feedback from runners and the race director. The day after the race I received an email from one unhappy runner out of a thousand participants. He went into tremendous detail telling me what an awful job we did and called me some very harsh names and attacked my personal character. I received this email during a cookout that I put on for my staff as a thank you for the extra hours and work to make the race go so smoothly. I was beyond upset and I stayed up all night over it. I went from being on top of the world to down in the dumps despite all the positive feedback, I could not let the one negative comment go.

Just this past week I had a follow up appointment with a manufacturer who I have been trying to build a relationship with since April of 2014. I have been given every reason in the world as to why they will not allow us the chance to buy and sell their products, and despite knowing better, I had high hopes that this would be the day we would be granted permission to hand them thousands of dollars to represent their brand. Once again, I was told no and not to plan on it anytime soon. This brand is not interested in working with any more independently owned stores in the United States. They are only selling to newly opened chains stores like Dicks or Kohls. I was totally crestfallen afterwards and spent the whole day in a serious funk and since I am currently dealing with bronchitis, I could not take my frustration out on the track.

Then on Thursday night, I got to post something on Facebook that made me smile from ear to ear and it brought me back out of my malaise – I got to post a picture of a giant Peep display. Not just any Peep display, but a Peep display of my logo. I got the most flattering request from two customers to turn my logo into a submission for the world famous Peep Show. They did an amazing job and it reminded me that we have so much love and support here that if one out of a thousand racers does not like me, or if one brand hates small businesses, that I need to move on and enjoy the positive things. I need to look at all the good around me and let it carry me through the down times.

I have always done the same with my running as well. I tend to dwell way too long on the bad race and not enjoy the good ones. We should all try to enjoy each day that we can get out and run instead of beating ourselves up for missing that 5k PR by a mere five seconds. I hope in this coming year that I can slow down and appreciate all the little good things in my day and allow the bad stuff to roll off my back.

Be safe out there everyone and hopefully I’ll see you out pounding the town soon.


Nothing Says I Love You Like Running Accessories

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February is the month for love. Nothing says, “I love you” like running accessories. Below are my top five picks for the runner you love:

1. Flip Belt – This item has been a game changer for me. It can hold the things that you normally take with you on a run. It also has a reflective quality. This is a great alternative to the bulkier belts that stick out. The FlipBelt is very low profile and it stays in place for your entire run. One of the things I love about this product is the key clip. You can clip your keys and not worry about losing them. Money, iPhones, ID, and so much more can fit into a FlipBelt.


 2. Swiftwick Socks – I never thought socks mattered when you were running… until I wore these! These socks are thin, light, and leave your feet feeling amazing. These socks blow regular cotton socks out of the water and when you buy three, you get one free.

3. TomTom GPS Watch – I cannot say enough about these watches. I have tried various GPS watches and this one is still my very favorite. It is simple to use, uploads effortlessly to your phone, and it is very user friendly. This watch also has the lowest profile design that I’ve experienced, which makes it a great everyday watch.



4. The Run Moore Under Armour shirt – This long-sleeved shirt is the perfect way to say, “I love you” to your sweetheart. The ladies’ shirt comes in a great pink color and the men’s is in gray. This shirt is great for running in cold or warm weather. It is functional and fashionable.

5. Mace – Nothing says I love you like mace. Run Moore has you covered with mace that fits comfortably in your hand while you run. Now you can give your loved one safety in the palm of their hand.

I hope your February is full of love! Don’t forget to lace up and head out!

Happy Trails!

Why Low Drop Doesn’t Have to Mean a Minimalist Running Shoe – By Adam Gerard

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I started getting serious about my running around two years ago. I guess I really do enjoy the actual running aspect of running, but if I’m being honest, one of the things I love most are the shoes. Pretty early on, I became obsessed with reading running shoe reviews and trying to find the perfect shoe for me.

As I was doing research, I started reading more and more about “the drop” or “offset” of shoes. 12mm, 8mm, 4mm, Zero Drop. What did these numbers mean and why did I find myself scoffing at the larger ones?

What is Running Shoe Drop?

Think about a man’s dress shoe. There generally is a small heel that keeps the back higher than the front. If you rest your foot flat on the ground in a man’s dress shoe, your actual foot heel will be a tiny bit further off the ground than the ball of your feet. The difference between that distance (heel height minus forefoot height) is the shoes “drop” or “offset.”

Even though running shoes don’t have a heel as prominent as a dress shoe — I mean, they generally look flat — it’s still there. How much heel there is (called the “heel stack height”) tends to be a signifier of how much cushion a shoe has. The more height, the more cushion.

In most running shoes, that heel stack height tends to be higher than the forefoot height, and again, we have a “drop.” The measurement of that difference is so small that it’s done in millimeters (usually ranging from 0 to 16mm, often somewhere in between).

Born to Run Changes Things

All of this “drop” and “stack height” existed before 2009, but most people didn’t care all that much. Then the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall came out. In the book, McGougall writes about a lot of things: Our natural running gait, a native Mexican tribe that runs hundreds of miles in sandals, Caballo Blanco, Vibram 5-finger shoes, Nike, shoeless running, ultramarathons, Scott Jurek, oh and running shoe drop.

The running shoe minimalist craze was born from there. People started being OK looking ridiculous in their Vibram 5-finger shoes, and those that weren’t instead looked for shoes with as little cushioning as possible. These shoes with minimal cushioning tend to have a very low drop (4mm or less) and, somehow, the drop became a signifier for minimalist shoes.

You’re Wrong About the Drop

But here’s the thing: minimalist shoes are low to the ground. The running shoe drop tells you nothing about that. In fact, running shoes have changed A LOT since 2009. And from the minimalist craze has sprung a maximalist rebellion. I mean, have you seen HOKAs?

Here’s what we can do. Let’s look at two shoes on opposite ends of the spectrum, both with 4mm drop.

Saucony Kinvaras


These are super popular among road runners who want just a little cushioning during training runs. The bottom of these things are almost all foam with just a little strategically-placed rubber.  The Stats  Heel Stack Height: 22mm  Forefoot Stack Height: 18mm  Offset: 4mm




My goodness that is a tall shoe, and I don’t think pictures do it justice. If Kinvaras are verging on minimalist, HOKAs are the definition of maximalist. And yet…  The Stats Heel Stack Height: 33mm  Forefoot Stack Height: 29mm Offset: 4mm

And we can go even lower! Altra (my shoe brand of choice) only makes shoes with a zero drop. Sure, they have a minimalist shoe like the One 2.5 that has a 23mm stack height and nothing but soft foam on the bottom. But they also have the Paradigm 1.5, which has a height of 34mm (similar to HOKAs) and is still completely flat across the bottom.

Fine, But I Have a Question

“OK, OK, I get it, Adam. Low drop doesn’t mean a minimalist shoe. But a minimalist shoe is always going to have a low drop, right?” Well…Let’s look at one more shoe.

adidas adizero adios Boost 2


That name is “adiotic.” Still, it is the shoe worn during the fastest marathons ever run, including Dennis Kimetto’s world record marathon at Berlin 2014. The shoe is kind of a soft racing flat. Is it minimalist? Kinda. Is it low drop? No.  The Stats Heel Stack Height: 23mm  Forefoot Stack Height: 13mm  Offset:10mm

Compared to the numbers we were looking at above, that drop is huge! Yet this shoe is still pretty low to the ground. Maybe not “minimalist,” but certainly in the same neighborhood as the Kinvara.

So what does all this mean?

It’s Just a Number

At the start of the minimalist shoe trend, running shoe drop was probably a significant number that told you a lot about the shoe. Now it’s just one of many numbers to keep in mind when selecting a shoe, and on its own doesn’t really tell you much at all.


Back to Basics

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                 So I had a column for this month’s blog all ready to go but something happened this weekend that is forcing me sit down and put together a whole new piece. As some of you may know I am currently getting prepared for a marathon. I had a race that I wanted to do but due to an injury I had to reassess my goals for the year and now I am hopping in a different race later this year. Anyway, that’s not all that important to the story but I wanted to disclose my current headspace.

                On Saturday I was scheduled to run 15 miles and as anyone who has run and trained for a longer race there are plenty of days you wake up and just don’t want to go run. The idea of going out by myself and running 15 did not sound like a great time. I got up early and headed out feeling sluggish and not very motivated. I parked at the Tahoma Farms parking lot and started my run up to the newly opened Wakefield Valley Golf trail. This is the old golf course here in town that closed last year and is now open to the public as a running and walking trail. My original plan was to do a few miles on the trail and then add a 12 mile loop around town. As soon as got out to the trail and did one loop around on the old cart path something changed.

                I guess I should back up a second and talk about what the Wakefield Valley Golf Trail. The golf course closed down a year or so ago and is now owned by The City of Westminster. They locked up all the buildings on the course, cut the grass and made loops connecting the cart path around the course. So now when you show up there is a big map on the old starters shed with color coded loops with a few different distances. You can now pick a distance you want to run and just follow the marked lines that are all around the path.

I had plans just to do the outside loop, which is about 2.5 miles around. It was so peaceful and pretty running around the course I had no choice but to stay out and keep running. To have a place like this that allows you to run or walk for miles without seeing a single car is pretty fantastic. When I was on my first loop I saw what I thought was a pterodactyl (turns out it was a heron) as well as other smaller furrier animals. I saw the morning mist coming off Lake Moore and Moore’s Pond (pretty sure that’s what they are called). I honestly felt as if I could run out there all day if not for the fact I needed to come back and get ready for work.

It felt like it had been a long time when I just ran to run. When you are training for a race or even just training to get in shape there are a lot of times when it just feels like work. This run totally rejuvenated me and I’ve been back out there a few times since. We talk a lot about keeping fresh, healthy, hydrated and all kinds of physical parts of running. Sometimes it’s important to take care of yourself mentally and this run helped me get back to feeling like a young newbie who was running out for the simple joy of running.

So I am challenging anyone who is feeling in a running rut to head over and get back to the basics of what we do. Leave the watch in the car if you need to and just run. I hope to see you out there!

Wakefield Valley Golf

Cross Country

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cross country image


When I sat down to write an article for this month I drew a blank. Should I talk about the 1 Year Anniversary or maybe our upcoming radio show? Then it hit me, Cross Country. This month student after student came in with their (usually indifferent/confused) parents to purchase their first pair of training shoes and sometimes their first pair of spikes. I found myself getting giddy when I had a newbie here who was taking the plunge into the wonderful sport of cross country. I was so happy to get to show a new runner how to use a cross country wrench and about why such a shoe even exists. I have mentioned my old high school coach before but it goes without saying that without Mr. Link I don’t know what direction my life would have taken.

When I was in high school in the mid 90’s every Summer involved a trip to our local running shop, Racket and Jog (now called R&J) to pick out my new cross country shoes. I would wait until the Fall Shoe Buyers Guide from Runners World would come out and I’d have the shoes I wanted to try all picked out before we left the house. I would bring my magazine to the shop and attempt to talk running with the staff. Once I was equipped with my new gear our unsanctioned summer practices commenced at a hilly state park near my school. My mornings and evenings were spent running with friends. Friends that I still talk to and friends that I shared 100 degree days charging up dirt trails all summer long. We would run twice a day and spend all the time between the runs hanging out or watching the Olympics in Atlanta before heading out for more running followed by more hanging out.

It makes me so happy to know these Summer rituals still exist and that year after year kids are out doing virtually the same thing I was doing 20 years ago. Runners are a different breed of student athlete and I remember at times feeling like an outsider and being involved in a sport “where you just run around.” My coach taught us to embrace our niche lifestyle and feel proud to be runners. He made running feel cool and mainstream sports like football and lacrosse to feel lame. One of my favorite things my coach did was run to the main office every time there was bad weather and other sports were canceled to make sure they knew cross country practice was still on. I remember awful storms outside or even snow during indoor track and during last period someone would come over the loud speaker to announce that football, soccer, cheerleading, golf and every other sport practices were canceled for the day due to inclement weather. Then there would be a pause followed by “cross country…still on.” It made us tough and formed strong bonds as we went out and ran in awful weather and helped us develop the mindset that there are no days off in running. It also helped us learn to not make excuses for anything come race day.

Those lessons still live on in many of us adults and not just from my school. I love seeing people out running during bad weather or on big holidays. I feel like runners in general have a giant chip on their shoulder and we can channel it when we need to when it comes to everyday running and then into life. We are breed to believe that if you work hard, every day, that you will see improvement. I carry that with me and I know it comes from my summers running cross country.

So this Fall thousands of kids will start their own journey of discovery in fields and woods all over and I hope they can carve out their own sense of pride and learn a little about themselves in the process. Joining and sticking with cross country was the best thing I ever did. Without it I would never have made it to college which lead me to Baltimore which lead me to my old job which lead me to my wife which lead me to start a family which lead me here to Run Moore. Good luck this season and don’t forget: it’s rude to count the people you pass. Out loud.

TomTom GPS Watch Review – By Michele Pearson

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TomTom GPS Watch Review – Michele Pearson


I love when I find a product that I LOVE. The TomTom GPS watch is exactly that. I was looking for something that was simple, comfortable, and that could be worn all day. This watch is all of those things tied into one. For starters, I found the TomTom watch easy to navigate. It was very intuitive as far as getting started and finding the GPS signal. Turning on the backlight is a cinch; you just tap the watch face in the space indicated by three small dots. This is a very easy and useful feature for night or early morning runs. The light is very bright and turns off automatically.

The next great feature is how light it is. This is definitely a watch you can wear all day and not feel like it’s bulky. It feels very similar to a regular sports watch. The TomTom watch is light and easygoing. The band is flexible and does not get caught on things (shirts, shorts, etc.…). That was a huge problem with previous watches. The band would come undone or the watchband excess would constantly get caught on my shirt or shorts, which was extremely annoying.

The next point that I love is that the TomTom watch easily connects to the computer via a USB cord that connects to the watch portion. You can remove the watch part from its band and charge it, or just leave it attached. This watch charges in no time at all. It also holds a charge for a long time. On average, I use the watch five days a week as a GPS watch. The first time I had to charge it was 10 days into owning it. It is very easy to check the battery life and to charge it.

There is a square panel below the watch part that controls the watch. Push the button once (on the right), and you are given the option to use the watch for a run, treadmill, or stopwatch. If you want to run, make sure that Run is highlighted and push the right hand side again and the watch begins to find the GPS signal. This is perhaps the best selling point for me. The watch finds the GPS signal within a couple of seconds. Other watches I’ve owned have taken several minutes to find the GPS signal. This watch tells you when it’s ready by displaying “Go” with a runner. Once you tap the right hand side of the control panel, you are ready to start timing your run and distance.

If you’re like me and you’re a little picky about your running gear and perhaps a little technologically incapacitated, then this is the watch for you. It is versatile, not too large, and easy to use. I think you’ll fall in love with the TomTom watch just like I did!

New running gear always provides more motivation for me to get out and get going! Hopefully it does the same for you! I definitely recommend checking out the TomTom GPS watch.

Lace up and head out!

Happy Trails!