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The simple act of running has come a long way in the last 20 years, and technology has had a lot to do with that revolution. When I first started running, I had to map my run beforehand and time myself with a watch if I wanted to know my split pace. With today’s fitness trackers, GPS watches, and smart shoes, it is easier than ever to track your progress and focus on improving your times. With the peak running season quickly approaching, it is always nice to have a new gadget or two to test when you’re getting back outside. Try any of the following running gadgets to get the most in-depth running analysis and enjoy your runs more than you ever have.
Arion is a fully functional pressure sensor monitor that you wear as an insole in your running shoe. It monitors a number of factors that make up your gait so you can better understand where you may be losing efficiency, or why a certain part of your body is bothering you when you run. The data is transferred to a smartphone via a small pod. If you use the same smartphone for your running music, you can get audible cues to improve your stride and fix your form.
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium
Listening to music when you run can be dangerous. You need to be able to hear your surroundings at all times, and with these headphones you get the best of both worlds. The Trekz use bone conduction to send sound to your temples instead of covering your ears. With your ears uncovered, you will be able to hear everything around you while you can still hear your favorite running songs.
New Balance RunIQ Smartwatch
New Balance is branching out into the tech world by releasing its first smartwatch, and it is as powerful as it is stylish. You no longer need to carry your phone for Strava since the watch has a built in app to track your progress and log your runs. New Balance added a small dedicated lap button, which I haven’t seen on any other smartwatches. It’s a nice addition to be able to monitor your splits at any time during your run.
Most of us know know how long it takes to recover from our more grueling runs. This recovery time may not cooperate with our training schedules. With the LumiWave, recovery is sped up through LED pods that cause a photochemical reaction in your muscles. This reaction causes a release of nitric oxide, and that release tells your body it’s time to make repairs.
Whether you are just getting in shape or training for a marathon, these gadgets will be beneficial to your running program. There’s no better time than now to jump into the running tech world and find the gadgets that work for you.