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XBand on the Run

XBandTracking 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

New Balance Runs Back to Boston

M890BOS4-Limited-Edition-BoNew 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.

New Balance Limited Edition Boston Marathon Running Shoe Official Website

Weekend Reading List (04.12.2014): Sport Studies, Name Game, Weight Loss

Sport Studies

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From Sport Techie: #SportsInSTEM Series: Applying Sports to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Issues
In recent years, the United States has fallen behind other nations with educating students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Only 16 percent of U.S. high school students are proficient in math and actively pursuing STEM careers. In a world run by technology, where the majority of jobs in the near future will require advanced education in technical fields, these trends are troubling and must be reversed. Read the rest of this entry »

Back to Boston

Boston-StrongYou 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.

The 118th Boston Marathon will take place on April 21, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (03.29.2014): Stop Running, Take or Share, Crowd Funding

Stop Running

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From Runner’s World: Should Runners Jog In Place At Stoplights?
You’ll look ridiculous if you do. Then again, the world’s best runner does it, so maybe you should too? Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (03.22.2014): BikeRadar on YouTube, Total Madness, Famous Falls

BikeRadar on YouTube

BikeRadar launches new-look YouTube channel
Eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed that our YouTube channel has been overhauled and that content is cleaner, slicker and sharper than ever. Not seen it? Head to the channel right now to check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (03.15.2014): Park Run, Camel Down, Samsung Gets Moving

Park Run

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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 »

The Other 1%

treadmillThere is much hatred of the 1%, but at the same time 1% has seemed to be the default. No, we’re not talking about politics or economics. We’re actually talking about how there has been a long standing debate as whether 1% should be the default setting on a treadmill incline to simulate outdoor running. The idea is that running on a treadmill with a slight incline simulates the need to displace the air in front of the runner.

Casey Kerrigan, founder and president of Oesh Shoes, says that there is no science out there to support this theory.

In her blog she writes:

“What many people don’t realize is that in that same study, there was no difference in energy between running outside and on a treadmill with 0% incline for speeds up to 7.5 miles per hour (equivalent to a 8 minute mile). In any event, if you feel like it’s easier to run on a treadmill, all you have to do, is increase the speed.”

[Via Runner’s World: Biomechanics Expert Debunks Treadmill-Running Myths]
[Via Oesh: My Scientific / Personal Advice for Treadmill Training]

Adidas Gets a Boost 2

AdidasLast week Adidas introduced its Energy Boost 2, which offers a complete technical upgrade including BOOST cushioning that returns more energy than any other foam in the running industry. The new running shoes further offer a one-piece translucent heel to mid-foot fit cage that locks you on top of the full-length BOOST midsole to create an enhanced, more stable fit. Visually, the new design allows for more a more refined aesthetic.

“BOOST has blazed the trail for Energy Running and reflects adidas’ commitment to strategic performance innovation,” said Eric Liedtke, global head of performance at adidas. “As the shoe that helped us introduce BOOST, Energy Boost 2 demonstrates the elaborate research and cutting edge development required to satisfy today’s Energy Running crave.”

Adidas Official Website

Weekend Reading List (03.01.2014): Stay at Home Workout, Squirrel Hole, Looper

Stay at Home Workout

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From GearPatrol: Great Home Workout Programs
Despite Mother Nature’s best laid plans to keep winter in full swing, spring and summer are on their way. Dropping some extra winter weight (we’re looking at you, Christmas and Thanksgiving) now can help jumpstart your fitness goals for summer, especially if you’re staring down something crazy like your first Ironman 70.3 or GORUCK Challenge. Sure, you could shell out some cash for a personal Jillian Michaels or Tony Horton lookalike at your local Globo Gym, but unless you want to feel like a boot camp recruit or Biggest Loser contestant, there are better options. We’ve been testing a few home workout programs this winter to help keep our edge. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (02.22.2014): Olympic Tech, Flu Recovery, Curling Tech

Olympic Tech

From Sport Techie: Three Technologies that Have Helped Define the 2014 Sochi Olympics Read the rest of this entry »

Heel Spur

LightSpurA heel spur is something most runners fear but the LightSpur designed by Nathan Sport could be something no runner will want to be without after dark. It clips around the heel of a shoe and grips against it while providing an LED light that can help drivers and even cyclists see you at night. The LightSpurs are fully waterproof and powered by a replaceable CR2031 watch battery that should provide more than 100 hours in flashing mode.

These spurs won’t make you run faster but they’ll help ensure you aren’t run down after dark.

Nathan Sports LightSpurs Official Website

Nike Looks Rather Fly(Knit) With Lightweight Shoe

Flyknit-Lunar2Lighter is better. At least that’s the thinking that Nike designers have when it comes to running shoes. But the Nike Flynit Lunar2 aren’t just light, these are also stronger than the average running shoes. These utilize the Lunarlon cushioning to provide a responsive, fluid platform that will have you feeling like you’re running on air, while the Flynit provides a light but very supportive upper. One the company calls a “magical combination.” Video after the jump

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