With so many sports watches available, you'd figure there would be plenty of sports watches for running on the market, yet many of the cheap ones are lacking in the functionality that is useful for runners who train to improve their performances.
If you are a jogger and just need a watch that can time your long runs, then all you need is a watch that can keep a record of your running time. You should have no trouble finding a cheap, digital sports watch that can handle this essential task for around $ 10-20 USD. But if you want something more than this, you should be prepared to spend at least $ 30-40 USD for a watch that can record lap splits, run a countdown or interval timer and allows you to configure the display screen the way you like it.
If you are seeking a heart rate monitor device to assist in your training, your cost will rise a little higher, or considerably higher depending on the quality of the heart rate monitoring device you are after. While a cheap heart rate monitor can be purchased for as low as $ 30 USD. Expect to pay at least $ 40-60 USD if you want something that is reliable, and much more than this if you want a top-of-the-range heart rate monitor watch.
Do you want speed and distance tracking? Again the cost will correlate with the quality of the watch decide to purchase. A pedometer watch can be purchased for as little as $ 20 USD, but if you want technology that is accurate, expect to pay at least $ 130 USD for an entry level GPS or foot pod speed and distance watch or more if you want advanced features.
A basic running watch does not cost a lot of money, but if you need something more sophisticated, the major sports watch manufacturers scale up in price and features to cater to just about any need you might have in your performance training. It's just a matter of what you want to spend.