I was always a sporty person but since last year I definitely focus a lot more on sports and found my passion for cycling and took part in my first sprint triathlon. To track my activities I always used my Fitbit Versa watch (Review can be find here) and I was really happy with the watch for a long time, but at a certain stage I felt that I needed an upgrade to connect my watch with my trainingsplan and have a better GPS connection. With the Garmin Forerunner 745 watch you have the possibility to see your training plans directly at your watch which makes it much easier especially when you have interval sessions. This was actually one of the main reasons why I thought a long time about a new watch because it always frustrated me during interval sessions to not see my plan in front of me and not being able to focus 100% on the times I should run.

The Garmin Forerunner 745 is currently available for 1931 AED and comes in four different colors - Black,  Neo Tropic, Magma Red and Whitestone. I choose the funky color Neo Tropic because I always love to wear color when it comes to sports. The strap material of the watch is out of silicone and really comfortable to wear. The GPS watch has a color display and is especially made for runners and triathletes and is to the same time Garmin's smallest, lightest full-featured running and triathlon smartwatch. Beside insightful information you get daily workout suggestions or run and ride recommendations which are based on your current training and fitness level. Additionally to that you get an overview about your recovery time, about your sleep and you can also see information about your body battery which gives you an indication when it is the best time to train or when you should better rest. 

To track my workouts and share them with my friends I use the fitness App Strava. Garmin is compatible with Strava and some other fitness app which makes it easy for you to share and compare your workouts and check if you have improved over a certain time. On Garmin Connect you can find the best running and cycling routes which previous users have uploaded online. I think this is a really nice feature to discover new tracks in your area. 

If you love to listen to music while working out you have the possibility to store up to 500 songs from selected music streaming services directly on your watch. Even the contactless payment and receiving emails, texts and alerts is possible with the Garmin Forerunner 745. In case you want to change your watch face you can download your preferred design from the Connect IQ App. Inside the app you can also find different apps and widgets you can download for your watch.

I hope I could give you a better understanding about the watch and help you with your decision in case you are currently looking for a new model. 

All the best, Patty

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