High-Tech Gear to Improve Your Run/Walk

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It’s easy to get distracted by every new thingamajig that hits store shelves in today’s high-tech world. While some may seem a little impractical (like awashing machine that tweets when your laundry is done), technology has generally improved our abilities to do things more efficiently.

The world of running has been no exception to this trend, and we’ve compiled a list of a few gadgets, apps and gear to help you hit a new personal record in 2013:

  1. Sennheiser PMX 680 Sports Earbud Headphones – We’ve all been there: running along to your favorite song when your earbuds slip out and cause you to fall out of stride. These earbud headphones have an ergonomic neckband to keep them secure. They’re also water- and sweat-resistant to keep from burning out when things get a little damp.
  2. Nike+ Fuelband – This wristband tracks your body’s activity throughout the day, making working out and burning calories seem more like a game then an obligation. You can unlock special achievements for hitting daily goals or milestones, plus track your progress on your smartphone or computer.
  3. Garmin Running Watch – With a wide variety of features – from GPS capabilities, heart rate monitors and calorie counters to personalized workout routines based on your progress – wearing one of these is like having a personal trainer on your wrist.
  4. Oakley Polarized Fast Jacket XL – Not only are these high-tech sunglasses made of materials designed to stick to your face no matter how hard you sweat, but the lenses also feature Nano-Clear Hydrophobic coating so moisture instantly beads off. Bonus: Thanks to Switchlock Technology, you can switch out lenses to adjust to different light levels faster than you can lace your shoes.
  5. RunKeeper (App) – RunKeeper is a fun, social way to track your training progress while share your times and mileage with your friends and followers. The app can trace your running route through your phone’s GPS, which you can then save or share with fellow runners. RunKeeper works with both iPhone and Android phones.
  6. Adidas Porsche Design Bounce Shoes – Splurge alert! Adidas sought out sports car manufacturer Porsche to help with the design of a car-inspired suspension system that uses energy from the road to help propel runners forward smoothly. The shoe’s comfort and breathability are just icing on the cake.
  7. runcoach – Kick your workouts into high gear with this online training program. runcoach creates a custom plan for you that automatically adjusts to keep your training at the right level to ensure a great race day! Plus the program includes workout emails, an interactive running log, live chat feature will real running coaches and an iPhone app. (Bonus: runcoach is offering Columbus Marathon participants 50% off their training program! For details and to register, click here.)

Looking for more high-tech running gear or apps? Check out our “Gear” and “There’s an app for that” boards on Pinterest!

What other high-tech tools do you use in your training? Let us know!

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