Whether time flies or doesn't fly when I'm running depends on whether my feet are flying—a relative term for this heavy-footed mother runner—or tromping.
Either way, like any good, data-obsessed runner, I want to record the time. And the mileage. And my pace. Oh, and while you're at it, average pace and fastest pace too, please.
And, of course, calories burned. Because if all the other numbers fail to impress me, the number of calories burned always helps to put a exclamation point on any run. Even if I ran slower or shorter than I wanted to, I tell myself as I scroll through the data, that is one impressive bang-for-the-buck number.
These days, Sarah and I are loving recording all our stats on Soleus GPS Running Watches, durable, accurate time- and mileage-keepers whose sizes and trendy colors mean the watch can stay on your wrist all day long. (Read: it doesn't scream I'm a runner! And I've got the semi-truck timepiece to prove it!) My bigger wrists, a natural match for my aformentioned heavy clompers, favor the GPS Fit, which is a bit larger than the aptly named GPS Mini, which is a perfect fit for Sarah's more delicate limbs.
In addition to tallying all your important numbers, the Soleus GPS Mini is truly compact. Its smallish size means it doesn't overwhelm the wrists of even the smallest mother runners, and it's charger, a USB port, is located on the band itself. (Yes, you read that correctly: no cords to remember!) Even its price is minimal: $99, one of the best prices going for a GPS unit.
And, like any good runner, we love the messages Soleus sends into the world; imprinted or etched onto the back of each watch are great words. Sanity is slow. Run wild. is on the back of the Chicked watch; Find your fast. declares the Dash watch; and the GPS Mini? Sweat can be sexy.
We've got one Mini to give away this week to give away to a random, lucky mother runner. In order to be entered, please answer this question in the comments below: What short, running-focused phrase would you put on the back of a Soleus?
[Some fine print for this mighty fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 2/26/14 and ends on 3/4/14; the winner will be announced on 3/08/14. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $99. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.