Outdoor retailer Cabela’s new XPG line features a collection that includes backpacking tents, shells, active apparel, running shows and even packs to pack it all in. The line is the eXtreme Performance Gear, and is aimed to help the company branch out beyond hunters and fisherman – and includes hikers, backpackers, peak-baggers and trail runners.
Tracking runners once just required a stopwatch, but today coaches have more options and now the XBand Speed Pro offers coaches as way to track speed and agility metrics through a new wearable device. A wearable body module is paired with a finish line module and smartphone adapter and can be used to interpret data and display the results in the accompanying app. It utilizes a microwave sensor, accelerometer and RF modules to precisely measures and transmits key performance data to a smartphone app as runner’s train, and with this information runners can improve their speed and performance.
The XBand Speed Pro is being developed via a Kickstarter campaign, and the designers hope to have it off and running later this year. Video after the jump
Next Monday TODAY’s Natalie Morales will take part in the Boston Marathon while wearing a custom Adidas Energy Boost 2 thanks to a generous donation from adidas Running to One Fund Boston. Natalie will be one of several wearing these limited edition shoes on race day, which represent supporters from around the world as a part of Adidas’ #weallrunboston campaign. Thanks to the passion and support of thousands, Adidas raised and donated more than $1.3 million for One Fund Boston in 2013. This year, to help Natalie’s fundraising efforts benefiting One Fund Boston and Challenged Athlete’s Foundation.
“I’m running in honor of the victims of last year’s attacks and hope to raise money for Boston’s One Fund,” said Natalie Morales, TODAY co-host. “Their resilience and ‘Boston Strong’ attitude have been a huge inspiration to me and to so many of you across the country.”
New Balance is once again offering a special running shoe to commemorate the Boston Marathon. This year the Limited Edition Boston 890v4 (M890BOS4) is ready to hit the streets of Bean Town, and is a tribute to the supports and competitors of the historic race.
It features a custom color along with the image of Massachusetts ghosted on the side. This shoe uses no-sew construction to keep the wearer’s foot secure at any speed, while responsive REVlite midsole and ABZORB crash pad will ensure runners can go the distance.
You can’t keep Boston down, and even after last year’s tragic and cowardly attack on the Boston Marathon – this year the race will go on. Competitor Group Inc. shows its support with its “Boston Strong” hubt, which includes videos, articles on the course, a spotlight on key Boston players, and facts on the growth of the Boston marathon including breakdown of the runners and number of finishers over the past few decades.
While the winter is finally over that just means we now have mud and water to deal with. For those looking to hit the trails there is the SealSkinz, a British made sock that features a polyurethane membrane that makes the socks waterproof but air-permeable. This means feet will breathe but still stay dry.
We recently heard about a particularly extraordinary Boston Marathon Story, and it involves Larry Grogin, a 59-year athlete who took part in last year’s Boston Marathon. On April 13 he’ll set out to run 250 miles from his home town of Franklin Lakes, N.J. all the way to the Boston Marathon and average about 32 miles a day. A long-time volunteer for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization founded by Paul Newman that helps children suffering with serious illness, Grogin was running for his favorite charity that day and was just turning the corner toward the finish when the first bomb exploded.
“I have run hundreds of marathons all over the world, but the Boston Marathon is like no other. Filled with patriotic messaging, people saluting, crowds cheering and chanting “U-S-A”…it is hard to describe the incredible vibe,” he said.
Like so many, he did not get to finish the marathon that day and has a very hard time forgetting the horrible unfolding of the day’s events. Having been told by the police to get away from the scene, Grogin was unable to help victims of the tragedy and suffers from tremendous “Survivor’s Guilt.” He is, however, inspired by the remarkable children at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and has now made it his mission to help raise funds for a cause so dear to his heart. Read the rest of this entry »
From Runner’s World: When Can I Run In The Park?
When Peter Shankman was cited by the New York City police for breaking curfew by running in Central Park at 4:27 a.m. on a Thursday in late February, it was an eye opener: So Central Park has operating hours? And, in a city known for banning trans fat and trying to limit soda sizes, they’re actually enforced against a grown man jogging for recreation? Yes and yes. Anyone who enters Central Park between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. runs the risk of being issued a citation for “unlawfully in park after hours,” as this offense, PRR 1-03(a), is officially called. Read the rest of this entry »
You can smell a sock and know when it needs to be laundered but the Sensoria Fitness Sock by Heapsylon – a so-called smart sock – can do more than tell you it needs to be washed. This sensor-filled sock and attachable anklet can be paired with a smart phone and help coach users on their running technique.
The Heapsylon sock utilizes e-textile sensors, which can count steps, measure speed, track calories, distance and even altitude. There are plenty of heart rate monitors and step counters that can do that already, but this sensor can also track cadence and foot landing technique and even weight distribution on the foot, which can help runners know what they’re doing right and wrong.