No matter whether you're a hardened runner or a newbie, the latest running devices and apps can really give your training a boost.
Whether it's accurately tracking your distance and pace with a GPS running watch, or strapping yourself up to train more efficiently using heart rate zones, wearables are the key to great preparation and smashing PBs.
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That's why we've assembled this collection of in-depth guides to applying your running tech to get results. From understanding the numbers, to implementing a heart rate training plan, our collection of guides can help turn you into a better runner.
Buying a running watch is more difficult than ever as there are just so many to choose from. A few years back it was simple - Garmin, Polar or a Casio stopwatch but now there are now countless brands and hundreds of products to choose from.
Our running watch buyers' guide will get you on the right track, letting you know the key features you should be looking out for.
None of the above guides are any use without the right gear, and there's now a baffling array to choose from. Never fear, we've rounded up and rated the top running watches to help you out, and ordered them by price so you can reap the benefits without breaking the bank.
Choose your perfect running watch.
It goes without saying that our running watch buyer's guide is suited for all runners, regardless of gender. However, we've taken the time to round up the trackers and watches that might appeal more to women looking for smaller sizes, stylish form factors and a little more customisation and flexibility. And crucially, there's no slacking on performance.
Check out our guide to the best running watches and fitness trackers for women.
When you get beyond basic distance and pace, running watches can provide a cornucopia of stats and insights. The top models from the likes of Polar and Garmin offer a level of stats previously reserved for top athletes.
Our guide to running watches looks at the jargon and data, and not only explains what it means but helps you to use the data to become a better, faster runner.
Check out our guide to running watches.
The trend for adding heart rate monitors to wearable devices isn't just a fad. Understanding your bpm is the key to working out more efficiently.
Intelligently working out within designated zones will ensure you're not only building the right types of fitness but also recovering properly, too. But you need a wearable to do it. This guide explains it all.
Read our guide to heart rate training.
Injury is every runner's worst nightmare, and very few people run regularly without picking up a niggle or two. However, the main causes are over-training and bad form, which can be prevented.
Our guide reveals the tech you need to keep yourself on the roads rather than laid up with an ice pack – which science tells us is bad for your training plan.
Check out our guide to how to stay injury free.
When it comes to fitness, the lower your heart rate when you're doing nothing, the fitter you are. Tracking your resting heart rate is a great way to demonstrate how your running regime is impacting your overall health – and your wearables are a great way to do it. Read our guide to find out more.
Find out how to check and lower your resting heart rate
There is also a huge range of running apps to consider. Most big-name sports brands all boats their own offerings, and of course there's stiff competition from the likes of Runkeeper, Runtastic and Wareable fave Strava.
Here's our pick of the best running apps.
They used to be placed on the chest and now they're increasingly moving to the wrist: heart rate monitors are getting wearable, and they're transforming the way we train. Don't buy without reading this guide first.
Choose the best heart rate monitor for you.
A key way to make gains in your training is to start with intervals. Short bursts of high intensity activity can increase speed and stamina when running, as well as improving recovery times. Our guide reveals how to create your own HIIT plans using your running watch.
Whatever your fitness level, there are plenty of ways in which your running watch or fitness tracker can help you to get fit. This collection of tips and tricks are designed to give runners of all levels ideas for using their devices better whether it's shedding some pounds or training for a half marathon.
Unless you're mentally imbalanced, running 10 miles without music is too much to bear, which is why we've rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones for running. Other than the freedom from annoying cables, Bluetooth headphones can connect to the growing range of running watches and smartwatches that support music playback. A win/win.
Bag your perfect pair of sport headphones.
There are plenty of good reasons to grab your running shoes and head out into the sunshine. Not only can it improve running performance and help your body acclimatise to different conditions, but it also gets you off the treadmill and away from the looping music and news channels. But when you're running in the baking sun, there's ways to make sure you're prepared.
Read our guide for tips and tricks for running in the heat with wearables.
Running a marathon is no joke, especially if you want to try and smash through your personal best. But thankfully, a bevy of running watches are out there to help you take a lot of the guesswork out of a gruelling training process. With features like GPS, an in-built heart rate monitor and a host of metrics to help you stay on track with recovery, you'll be at the starting line in the best shape of your life.
Read all about how to use your running watch to train for a marathon.
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