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Get in Gear: Garmin Forerunner 405 Watch

I like a multifunctioning gadget. Take the iPhone for instance. It gives you phone, email, music, and Internet all in one. Runners no longer need to be envious of others' tech-savvy gadgets, the new Garmin watch could definitely compete with the iPhone when it comes to multifunctioning. The Forerunner 405 ($318.74) is a watch that not only monitors your heart rate and tracks your time, distance, pace, and calories burned, but it has a GPS! And all that data fits around your wrist.

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The Forerunner 405 can store data from your runs, and then wirelessly sends it to your computer so you can analyze it and assess your fitness goals, using the thumb drive pictured in the left-hand corner. You can also download recorded courses or race a Virtual Partner. This watch also allows you to also have the ability to send data to other people who own the Forerunner 405. That means you can send your favorite workouts to a running buddy to try, or you can compete against a friend's recorded course. Sounds like great motivation to me.

Since the GPS uses satellite signals, it's great for using outdoors and even under trees. You can also track your training when you're inside, too. You can get the optional Foot Pod ($119.99) that clips on to your laces (like the Nike+ iPod Sports Kit), and it will tell you your speed, distance, time, and calories burned. If you're into bike riding, you can also buy the Bike Sensor ($60) and track your workouts while cycling.

I love that it has a touchscreen so you don't have to futz with hitting specific buttons to find out how long you've been running. What kind of stinks is that if you want to track your heart rate, you need to buy the band that wraps around your chest for $60 extra. I know this is kind of pricey for the whole shebang, but if you're in the market for a new heart-rate monitor and had your eye on a handheld GPS unit, this might be the new gadget for you.

I would love to get one, but since Christmas is over I think I am going to have to wait. With a price tag like that, this watch is a serious splurge. Do you want one? Tell me about it in the comments section below.

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