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And what's a countdown timer anyway? But most of us — whether we run a mile in 12 minutes or five — like to check our progress at least once in a while.
The most basic thing to look for is a memory function to record mile times in races or lap times in speed sessions. Many running watches also have countdown timers.
On top of that, the watches vary in terms of extra functions — some more useful than others. They cover the board from dual-time clocks to a pacing option on one watch which you can set to beep times a minute.
The good news is that most of the models are surprisingly easy to use, with prompts on-screen telling you which mode you have entered and what happens if you hold down a particular key. We've created a plain-English guide to watch functions, below, which should help you decide what you need.
The chances are that the watch you choose will also be water-resistant, and have a stopwatch, a wake-up alarm and an electroluminescent backlight the sort that lights up the back of the screen evenly, usually with a bright blue glow.