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garmin running watches | find your best running watch

We are partial to Garmin running watches.

They've served us well through the years in nearly every distance of race.

From our speedier 5k races to 10k races, and from obstacle course races to marathons and ultramarathon races, our Garmin watches have been right there on our wrists, giving us confidence in our training, racing, and related metrics.

On this page, you'll find our most highly recommended running watches by Garmin, as well as our current dream watch of theirs.

You're also invited to leave your own running watch review or marathon running gear review. We love hearing what our readers have to say!

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Our First Garmin Running Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 235 - when wrist-based heart rate monitoring was first introduced, we had to get our first, basic running watch with that feature.

We loved being able to track metrics from resting heart rate, to exercise heart rate, and being able to see data from our training runs, all uploaded to Garmin Connect.

We Love Data and Strava!

Coupling that same data with Strava, allowed us to better see our training and racing progress over time.

That was especially true when we compared the data from when we'd run the same training route, or had participated in the same race year after year.

The Garmin Forerunner 235 was an excellent introduction to the world of running watches, and we believe it is a great first running watch for anyone wanting tracking capabilities that include heart-rate monitoring without the absolute need for a chest strap.

Garmin Watches Available On Amazon:

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Our favorite watch for newbies: Garmin Forerunner 235 on Amazon (affiliate link).

Our Upgraded Running Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 735 - when we began to combine our loves of swimming, biking, and running into training and racing in triathlon events, it was time to upgrade our running watch.

The Garmin Forerunner 735 provided the capabilities that we needed to add multiple sport tracking to our workouts.

That is not to mention our racing, especially where it relates to the transitions in triathlon.

With the same wrist-based heart rate monitoring, additional activity options, downloadable customized watch faces, and the still present ability to store data with Garmin Connect (and to connect that with Strava), this is an excellent intermediate level watch. If there's one element lacking (for our needs), it would be in battery life specific to ultramarathon efforts, especially multi-day racing.

This is absolutely a watch that we would purchase again, whenever the time might come.

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A fantastic upgrade: Garmin Forerunner 735 on Amazon (affiliate link).

Our Dream Running Watch

The Garmin Fenix 6 - We've got our eyes on a very specific running watch right now. It is on our running gifts list for the holiday season.

Which watch is it, and what does it do?

It is the Garmin Fenix 6. And, it has a ton of useful features!

The Garmin Selection On Amazon:

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Our dream watch: Garmin Fenix 6 on Amazon (affiliate link).

Here's some of what to expect from this Garmin running watch:

  • High-quality design

  • Power manager - detailing various setting impact

  • Activity settings - all the usuals plus rowing, skiing, golfing, and more

  • ClimbPro Ascent Planner - info on your upcoming climbs

  • Navigation - turn-by-turn nav assist in-activity

  • Pulse Ox Sensor - see how well are you absorbing oxygen
  • PacePro technology - like a coach on your wrist

  • Advanced training metrics

  • Topographical maps - navigation for trails, ski resorts, and more

  • Golf course info - detailed info on course layout for your active rest days

  • Garmin Pay Service - ease of transactions when on the fly

  • Expedition Mode - ultra-low powered GPS reference, lasts for weeks

Best Of Luck in Choosing Your Best Running Watch

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In our minds, you can't go wrong with Garmin.

They've served us well in our multiple sport, multiple distance, and multi-day efforts in training and racing.

Do you have a favorite watch or running gear that you love?

Share your marathon running gear stories here.

We can't wait to read your story and to learn from you!

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