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A good runner's watch isn't essential, but it's one of the most useful pieces of gear you can own, and one that most runners wouldn't be without. Not only do they help you keep track of the time, but they can also serve as stopwatches, lap counters, and timers. Here are a few tips on choosing a good watch.
• Price. You don't have to pay a lot to get a decent running watch. For about $25 - $30 you can get a good watch that provides elapsed time, lap times, a countdown timer, an alarm, and more.
• Band. Nylon is your best bet for a watchband. It's light, breathable, dries quickly, and doesn't rot like leather when exposed to repeated drenchings in sweat.
• Analog vs. digital. A digital watch is definitely the way to go. They're simply easier to read.
• Face. Be sure the numbers are large enough to read easily while you're moving. And if you run after dark or before dawn, get a watch that lights up.