Pajama Eating Again and Polar RC3 GPS Review

*The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.

 

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. This weekend has been a blur. In the best way possible of course.

I’m still here in LA for my last night at the IDEA World Fitness Convention with Reebok and FitFluential. It’s been one workout session, fitness expo trip and Starbucks stop after another. He he. Can’t wait to share. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with everything from the convention, just the fun stuff (and man there has been a lot).

 

Anyhoo…

Highlight of the expo yesterday was finding my beloved Quest Nutrition bars.

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Today it was finding my egg whites and going back there 3 times for a little “shot” of their egg whites and protein mix.

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Also, I just cowed down room service yet again while in my pajamas again.

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Yep, pretty darn close to exactly what I ate the other night. Followed it up with a few goodies and this new gluten-free Pure Power bar I scored at the fitness expo.

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It was darn good. All of it, which it better have been because room service is pricy. What’s up with that?

 

 

Since I’m multi-tasking and also charging my Polar RC3 GPS, I realized I haven’t written my review on it yet.

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Um, and yeah, I downloaded the polarpersonaltrainer.com so it automatically syncs with my computer when I charge it. How cool is that?

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I’m trying to figure out how to export the data into my MCM training plan because that would just be awesome, but since I’m not too good with all the tech stuff and have been super busy I haven’t gotten to that just yet.

I always wanted a cool GPS watch for running that could tell me my mileage and pace and keep track of it without having to use the GPS on my phone.

This Polar RC3 GPS pretty much does it all.

The RC3 GPS is a running and multisport watch with integrated GPS that has pretty extensive heart rate based training features called Smart Coaching.

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It comes with everything. The GPS watch, the heart rate monitor strap and sensor and the USB cable to charge it with a computer.

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If I’m being honest, I’m really not one to read the directions right away. I do the minimum amount of reading and set up that I need to do so I can just use things right away. Luckily, this is very user friendly and I pretty much did nothing before my first run with it. I may have glanced over the introduction.

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Ha ha.

The first time I didn’t do much. Got it ready, charged the battery, set up the basic settings and put it on.

I made sure it was set to running as my sport option, let it locate the satalites quickly and pushed start. Easy.

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Without even reading the instructions and just pressing the up and down buttons after my run  I realized just how cool this little watch is.

During the run or other activity there are eight different views with various information and then at the end

it shows you a summary of those eight different things.

 

They include:

 

what kind of training you did based on intensity level along with a little explanation of that training level,

 

start time, duration and distance,

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average, maximum and minimum heart rate,

 

calories burned and fat burn % of calories,

 

average pace and maximum pace,

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running index,

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altitude,

 

and duration of sports zones.

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Charging the battery is a cinch as all I do it plug it into the computer.

It also keeps track of all your files and provides weekly summaries.

 

It has a bunch of Smart Coaching features that include a fitness test, endurance programs if you want to develop a training plan on your own, recommended programs depending on your fitness level, motivational feedback right after exercise, a zone optimizer and your running index.

I wasn’t sure what running index was, so I looked it up on the Polar website.

If you’re looking to keep on top of your running performance you’ll find this feature a big help. Regular use over time allows you to see how efficient your running is. Your Running Index score is calculated automatically after every run, based on your heart rate and from the speed data collected from your GPS or stride sensor. A higher reading indicates that you can run faster with less effort.

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Pretty cool, huh?

 

I really like that you can use the RC3 GPS for other sports. It won’t keep track of distance when you’re on the elliptical or doing spin, but it will still keep track of everything else. I love that so you can keep all your training together in one place. It’s so nice to be able to look back over your files and see your weekly summaries and improvements.

I was sporting it all weekend for all my classes (HIIT, step, spin) and a little run outside.

Pretty much it just goes with me everywhere these days.

It’s a little bigger in size, but still confortable and lightweight so it doesn’t get in the way when you’re doing your thing. He he.

It’s especially helping me keep track of my running mileage right now as I build it back up. It’s a great tool to use to look over my weekly summaries and see what improvements (or not) I’ve made from week to week.

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You can find other additional information on the Polar RC3 GPS on their website here.

It’s a might multi-functional machine I tell ya.

It also comes in black, but I’m pretty darn excited about my fire red color.

There’s also a video here on how to get started. I should’ve watched it before, but I like to live dangerously. Ha ha.

 

You can get 25% off right now on a new Polar RC3 GPS if you use code “fitfluential” on the website.

Offer good until August 31, 2013.

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This was from my spin class this morning.

See, running, spin, HIIT, you name it, you can wear it. The GPS is the main feature, but it’s multi-functional. Gotta love the multi-tasker. Yes?

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Can’t wait it catch up!

 

Do you wear a GPS or a heart rate monitor when you workout or run?

I always just did the GPS on my phone when I ran outside. Not anymore and I just recently got into wearing the heart rate monitor when I cross train and teach my classes. I’m really liking the idea of keeping track of everything at the moment and the different intensity levels so I can make sure to alternate hard days with easy days, etc. and record everything in my Runner’s World Challenge training plan.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Linda says:

    I did the MCM last year! It was my first full marathon. There are a lot of people running……I think over 30,000 last year! The course is beautiful, the fan support amazing and you will absolutely love running through Georgetown, DC, etc. That said, I don’t know if I will run a race that big again. 🙂

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    Linda says:

    Just went back and read your watch review….oh, that looks like it will have to go on my wish list. I have the basic Polar which I love and a Garmin. The only thing I like about the Garmin is that it gets my running distance and pace. I don’t like the heart rate monitor because it’s just an estimate where the Polar is accurate. So when I run I where both my Polar and my Garmin.

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    Becky says:

    That watch seems so cool. My husband got me a Garmin 310 XT for Christmas last year, and I absolutely love it! I don’t wear a heart monitor, but I have thought about it before. Hearing you and other people say how much they like theirs makes me want one!

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    Laura says:

    Looks like you are still having an awesome time! Can’t wait to hear more about it!! 🙂 I wear a Garmin forerunner when I run. It is simple enough and works for me! (and isn’t huge!!) Maybe if I ever need a new one, I will look into the polar one- you gave it a great review!!

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    Dang, I missed chatting with you!!! Got to the Quest booth though but not the egg whites. 🙁 One day I will try the Polar – can’t afford right now so if I don’t win in a giveaway, it ain’t happening soon! 😉

  6. 6
    lindsay says:

    i loved the smart coaching on the polar, heck i loved everything. P.S. i want to try that pure bar! yum!

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