The Gadget Geek's Guide to Marathon Training

By The Gadget Geek

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Think getting out of the house will get you away from technology? Think again.


The snow is finally disappearing and the looming guilt of not getting in shape for summer is nearing. You still have a couple of months before beach season, so why not start off on the right foot by hitting your park to run a few laps. Think getting out of the house will get you away from technology? Think again. There are a great deal of running products that can help you achieve whatever your goal may be.

Nike Flyknit Racer

Born from over 40 years of feedback from loyal clients, Nike has developed one of the most advanced running shoe to ever hit the market. The Nike Flyknit Racer is a marathon shoe that merged the snug feeling of a properly fitted sock that goes unnoticed as well as the support, breathability and flexibility you look for in a running shoe. Add it all together and you’ve got the lightest, best fitting running shoes Nike has ever created. The most unbelievable part is that the entire shoe is just one layer. While the shoe has not hit the market quite yet, word is they will be available in stores in July; the world’s best runners are set to wear this specific shoe at the summer games in London.

Price: TBA

Specs:Seamless, 5.6 ounces (size 9)

NIKE+ SPORTWATCH GPS

If you’re a seasoned hiker, biker or climber you understand the importance of having a GPS handy. At last year’s CES, Nike released a sports watch that not only enables runners to collect distance, pace and calories burned, it also collects route data. Best of all it is compatible with the Polar WearLink+ heart-rate monitor which is helpful for those who are training to lose weight. While this may be the most easy to use and most attractive GPS watches we’ve seen on the market, it comes at quite the price. Buy here!

Price: $200

Specs:Powered by TomTom GPS, 2.33 ounces, Nike+ Sensor

Zombie Running App

Need a little kick to get you off the couch and outdoors? Download the Zombies, Run! app to get your blood pumping just like your beloved FPS games do. Zombies, Run! is an immersive running game for the iPhone, iPod Touch and coming soon to Android. During your run, you have to rebuild a base from the post-apocalyptic world while avoiding the zombies along the way You’ve barely got your heart rate up when suddenly you can hear zombies gaining on you.. It’s safe to say that we’ve never had this much fun running in the park!

Price: $8

Specs:Create your own custom playlist (the story unfolds between your tracks) records distance, calories burned, time and pace as well as audio notifications for distance, pace and time

Sennheiser/Adidas Earphones

Designed exclusively with Apple, these headphones are a call to the prayers of many frustrated runners. Most neckbands don’t fit properly after you start working up a sweat, but the Sennheiser/adidas PMX 680i sports earphones are sweat-proof and fit snugly on any head shape. It’s water resistant, and can withhold cold temperatures thanks to the DuPont™ Kevlar® reinforced cabling. There’s also a volume adjuster, a 3 button controller and mic. We’re not sure why you’d want to take a call while you’re out of breath though. Buy here! Price: $69

Specs: Microphone for iPhone, Neckband locks into place


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