What does it take to get you on on a run besides motivation? Some runners love to be pimped out in the latest high-tech clothing–the kind that wicks the sweat off you and makes you feel light as air. Others just want to make sure they have enough water to make it to the next pit stop. There is a breed of runner (the serious and geeky kind) that love a good gadget when they see one. From watches and pedometers to heart rate monitors and running packs. Here’s a list of resources for the latest in running technology:
Watches: The latest crop of running watches include GPS devices, timers and stopwatches, calories burned counters, and computer upload/download capabilities. Go to runningwatches.org for a look at what’s available.
Pedometers: Is it still true that if you walk a certain number of steps per day, you are guaranteed to lose weight? Find out with some of the high tech pedometers that the Pedometers USA website sells. Models from Omron, Yamacs, Accusplit, Garmin and others lea the best sellers list and come in a variety of price ranges.
Heart Rate Monitors: The Engadget website lists the WearLink + as a top pick. The device is a collaboration between Polar and Nike. The Polar FT7 just came out this Spring and is listed on Amazon.com. The Garmin FR60 Women’s heart rate monitor is touted on the Competitive Cyclist blog.
Running packs: The fanny pack is back if you’re running far from home and need a convenient place to store your stuff. Check out these beauties at the runningwarehouse website.
Of course, if these high tech gadgets can’t get you off the couch, there are books and videos to put you in the mood as well.
What is your preferred gadget? Show us at the Salt Lake Half Marathon and Relay on September 4. Registration is open.