I'm lucky enough to have friends who are sponsored by Garmin - a company whose stock has been pretty incredible - driven by it's amazing products (except they're not waterproof). I got a new Forerunner 201 to help me with my run pacing and workout tracking. I took this new toy out for my long run in Z2 with a few mins in Z3/4 towards the end of the run. It doesn't have an HRM - so I have to wear my Polar 520 to track my HR + carry my iPod - so my right arm is pretty full of stuff. Below is a picture of the Garmin software's opinion of my workout. I call in an opinion because it's not all true: there are 2 hills on the chart one is 29% and the other is 41%. It also shows I was sub-10 min miles on a 41% grade hill. It also shows I was on a -26% hill (I live at the bottom of a 25% grade that I have to climb UP). It also shows I start at 1,500 ft and since I can jump into the ocean in less than 5 yards - I'd say I was closer to sea level.
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It shows I ran an 8:36 for 1:22 mins - I actually ran a bit further but deleted some of the odd files I saw (it didn't pick me up with GPS for about 5 mins) and then due to the clouds it appeared to have lost GPS reception a few times.
The software Garmin provides is terrible - you can't change the scale to make sense of the data. Hopefully they'll fix that and make some improvements - or at least get closer to Polar's software. They do have a nice (very) integration with Google Earth - here's my run:
Despite all of the issues I mention - it is cool and fun. You can set a training partner with goals: pace, distance, time, or mixes of both. I plan on getting out for a 10k with a goal time of 42 mins.