Disclaimer: as a Polar Brand Ambassador, I received an M200 Running watch as part of my ongoing relationship with the brand. All opinions are my own.
For my friends and family in the US, you guys have been on a roller coaster ride over the past couple of weeks but I’m hoping that as you all prepare to celebrate your Thanksgiving, you can take some time to reflect, enjoy and find joy in the little things.
You also have this crazy tradition of Black Friday. I’ll admit…I don’t get it but I also am not a fan of shopping and avoid malls whenever possible so maybe it’s better that way. You’re tradition is so popular that here in Canada, we apparently celebrate it too (we just don’t get the day off to take full advantage).
In the spirit of the holidays, Polar has unveiled some sweet new tech to make all you runners salivate just a little.
Introducing the M200 GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate monitoring!
Some of the features of the M200:
- Integrated GPS, wrist-based heart rate and 24/7 activity tracking
- 6 hours of training with GPS and optical heart rate, fully charged
- Works with Polar Flow, the free fitness and training app and web service
- Comes with Polar Smart Coaching features, such as the Running Program
You also get to take advantage of Polar’s training benefit feedback feature. Motivating feedback that’s delivered straight to you immediately after exercise is something we can all benefit from. So if you want to know the effect of different training sessions, this feature will tell you exactly what you need to know. You get a quick overview after each session, and for more detailed feedback, you can either check your training file or you can get further in-depth analysis at flow.polar.com / polarpersonaltrainer.com.
With your training, not only can you take advantage of preset running programs, you will also have access to Polar’s running index feature. 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.
Polar M200 goes beyond providing training data and daily tracking and allows you to view your training, activity and sleep details in Polar Flow, the free fitness, activity and training platform available as an app and as a web service.
On Flow for web, you can join events and groups, watch your own or others’ training sessions via the Relive feature and search for and comment on others’ training sessions. Flow for mobile offers a you glimpse into your daily activity and provides suggestions to encourage you to meet your fitness goals.
I think the price point is fantastic for a wrist-based HRM running watch ($189.99 here in Canada)
I would say that the biggest drawback for this watch will be for endurance runners wanting to tackle a marathon or ultra. With 6 hours of battery life when active, not everyone will get the benefit of having a full session recorded. For most runners, this likely won’t be a big issue (unless you’re like me and tend to forget to charge your watch until 5 minutes before you head out!)
That said, I’m really enjoying trying this watch out and making use of the free running plans that it has to offer me to see how my winter training goes.
Stay tuned for more!