Soleus Turbo

Product Review: Soleus Turbo GPS Watch

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not my reviews of running products/gear are 100% honest, just read this one…

A couple of months ago, I received an email asking if I would like to try a new model of a GPS watch in exchange for a written review on the blog after I’d had a chance to use it for awhile.

I accepted the offer, and in a few weeks the new watch arrived in the mail.

Soleus Turbo

Soleus Turbo

After using the watch for a couple of months, it’s time to share my experience with the Soleus Turbo.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty, I feel the need to explain how I am judging this watch.

In order to receive my stamp of approval any GPS watch must be accurate and easy to use.

Other bells and whistles are nice, but accuracy and ease-of-use are easily the most important features to me.

Soleus Turbo: How Accurate is the Data?

In terms of accuracy, I am not sure how to rate this watch.

I don’t know for certain, but it seems like the distance data is off a little bit.

When running with friends who have other brands of GPS watches, we would run the same route and end up .1-.2 miles different in distance.

Which is a lot.

I could see a slight difference due to tangent lines and whether or not they stop their watch when we stop for a drink (which I never do), but only .03-.04 of a mile.

Also, I’ve noticed that over the first few miles our watches basically would go off at the same time to alert us that we’d gone a mile. But as the miles add up, the gap between our alerts would grow.

I am not 100% sure that my watch was the one to blame, but I am not sure that I trust its accuracy either.

Soleus Turbo: Is it Easy to Use?

In a word, no.

I have had so many issues with this watch, I almost don’t know where to start for this review!

First and foremost, the manual that accompanies this watch is almost useless!

And calling it a manual might be a bit generous. In truth, it’s a pamphlet that looks like it has lots of information and instructions about how to get the most out of the Soleus Turbo on it, but in actuality it is a few basic instructions (that in my experience didn’t even work) in a number of different languages.

To illustrate my point, it literally took me almost 20 minutes to set the time! And this was with me legitimately trying to use the directions!

My first time using the watch to run, everything seemed to go OK.

But for my second run, not so much…

While on my second run, I was doing mile repeats and I hit the lap button after the first mile and again after the recovery before the second mile.

In hindsight, I must have accidentally pressed the button that automatically turns off the GPS.

Yes, there is a button that you can simply press that kills the GPS signal.

I didn’t realize what had happened until half way through that second mile, and I pretty much felt like…

Seriously, WTF?

Seriously, WTF?

At this point, I stopped using the watch for anything but tracking time and distance (or at least an estimate of distance).

I was no longer using the lap function, for fear of losing the data of another run.

The next several runs went off without a hitch, and it seemed like it was working OK.

And by everything, I clearly only mean that it was giving me an idea of how far and how fast I was running.

The Soleus Turob also syncs to Strava, which is nice, but even that is more difficult than it should be.

Apparently, you can also set interval timers on the watch to alert you for different workouts, but I can’t figure out how to do it.

There is a user manual that you can download from the Soleus website that would probably explain the process, but I want a watch that I can figure out without spending an hour in front of the computer trying to figure out simple procedures.

Honestly, I wish there was something good to say about this watch in terms of its ease of use, but there isn’t.

Pretty Much Sums it Up...

Pretty Much Sums it Up…

Other Features of the Soleus Turbo?

When it comes to other bells and whistles, there really isn’t much to report.

The watch will monitor your pace, distance, time, and a few other normal data fields but nothing out of the ordinary.

Final Grad for the Soleus Turbo

My final grade for this watch is a D-, and I almost wonder if that is too generous.

The amount of frustration that I have experienced trying to use this watch would really make me struggle to recommend this watch to any runner.

I guess it is better than nothing, but not by much…

***FTC Disclosure: I received a free Soleus Turbo GPS running watch in exchange for an honest review of my experience with the product. This review and the opinions expressed in said review are mine and mine alone, and in no way were influenced by anyone associated with Soleus Running.***

Time for a Change

Sometimes, A Little Change is a Good Thing

“Progress is Impossible Without Change.”

~George Bernard Shaw

There are so many great quotes about change, and you’ know I’m a sucker for a great quote…

But this one from George Bernard Shaw really stands out to me at the moment, because it reminds me that I need to be open to change if I want to continue to see progress in the different areas of my business.

And in an effort to accelerate said progress, it’s time to make a change.

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The Running Shoe Debate Continues

The Shoe Debate Continues, But Are We Missing the Point?

 The “great running shoe debate” continues concerning whether or not running barefoot is better for you than running while wearing shoes.

The Running Shoe Debate Continues

To Shoe, Or Not To Shoe? That is the Question

I originally wrote this post back in 2013, and things really haven’t change much in the last 2.5 years.

review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine does little to help steer the shoe debate one way or the other.

The research fails to draw any definitive conclusions about the risks of running barefoot as opposed to running while wearing shoes.

However, many have hailed this review as a good starting point to begin taking a more evidenced based approach to answering the question, as opposed to the subjective running shoe debate that continues to be had between the two camps with little progress being made one way or the other. Read more


Running Terminology 101: Training Plan Edition

One of the things that I sometimes struggle with as a coach is forgetting that my running terminology shorthand isn’t exactly universally understood.

For example, “10 min W/U, 10×2 min w/ 2 min recovery, 10 min C/D” makes total sense to me, but when that shows up on a client’s training plan, he or she may not be able to decipher the message.


Granted, that is a bit of an advanced case of training plan shorthand, but those of us that have been around running for awhile have picked up on much of the running terminology that gets thrown around in running circles.

Splits, tempo pace, fartlek, and taper make perfect sense to us.

Shoot, if you’ve been running long enough you might even find that you no longer chuckle when someone talks about a fartlek.

But for for someone new to our sport, the running terminology that so many of us take for granted is one more barrier to feeling welcomed as a member of the running community.

So today, I want to define some of the running terminology that you’re likely to see in a training plan, read in blog posts, or hear in conversations with other runners.  Read more

We Need to Celebrate More!

Why Don’t We Celebrate Our Own Accomplishments?

“We don’t celebrate what we did, we punish ourselves for what we didn’t do.”

~Christina Castro


That one cuts deep.

I am definitely guilty of beating myself up over the littlest of imperfections, even in the face of real success.

It sucks, but I do it far too often

The Struggle with Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome

The ladies from the Ultra Ordinary Running podcast did an episode recently talking about Imposter Syndrome.

Impostor syndrome, in case you’re unfamiliar with that term, is basically the feelings of inadequacy even though the feelings may be completely unjustified.

Impostor syndrome manifests just about everywhere, from academia to business and just about everything in between. And in this case, in between definitely includes running.

And it’s something that I struggle with on an almost daily basis. Read more