...there were no garmins. Folk still managed to learn to run pretty fast. There's something to be said for running to feel every so often!
I've not seen any GPS traces from the olden days, so I think it might just be a fiction that they ran at all. No I'd say the opposite. Rather than comparing one GPS watch with another, take it down the track, run a mile on the track and see what it measures. I was convinced my Suunto was far superior to my Fenix until I did this.
Cheers Oli- yeh I don't look at my pace until after reps generally but I'm monitoring the fenix function as the whole point of it was to use for navigating routes (not running across water as it thinks I do) but yes in the olden days people were much better, stronger faster than the soft youth of today
Ps When I say navigating I don't mean cheating! I mean reccying races in the future!