Category Archives: Running

Bye-bye Strava – why you lost me as a customer and advocate

For the last couple of years, I’ve been a Strava user. I’ve enjoyed the social aspects of the service, it’s been a useful tool for tracking mileage and other training metrics, and I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the activities of the Strava community. So much so that I’ve paid the money and been a Premium user.
But I’ve discovered something – and I’m not alone. Strava has an accuracy issue.

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Strava for Apple Watch 2 Updated – does Strava have an accuracy issue?

Strava has been my “go to” running and cycling app for a while now. Although I prefer to not run with my phone, Apple and Nike’s decision to not allow easy sharing from the NRC app or Apple’s own Workout app means I prefer not to use those apps.

Strava has been promising an update to their app that uses the new Apple Watch’s integrated GPS receiver. They delivered that update last week.

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Running is NOT bad for your knees

A recent article at Women’s Running looked at longitudinal study of runners’ knees.

The study by Professor James Fries of California’s Stanford University found runners from the study (now in their 70s) found those who run consistently can expect to have less arthritis than non-runners as they age and a lower risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacements.

The full article can be found at Women’s Running.

 

New Balance gets into the smartwatch business with RunIQ

New Balance has jumped into the running watch business with their all new RunIQ. The Android Wear equipped watch works with iOS and Android devices to deliver realtime information on heartrate, pacing and distance. It works with Strava – you get three months of Strava Premium if you order the RunIQ before the 1st of February – and there’s also a partnership with headphone maker Jabra so you can listen to your tunes while running.

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Under Armour expands connected shoe range

Earlier in the year, Under Armour released the first of their connected shoes as part of their Record Equipped product range . Now, we hear the company is about to launch three new shoes – the UA SpeedForm Gemini 3 RE, UA SpeedForm Europa RE and UA SpeedForm Velociti RE.

Under Armour’s approach to providing data to runners is interesting. While they have trackers available as part of their HealthBox system, connected shoes add a significant overhead and sacrifice some flexibility.

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Running lowers knee joint inflammation

A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, a group of researchers measured inflammation markers in the knee joint fluid of several healthy men and women aged 18–35, both before and after running.

They found the GM-CSF and IL-15 markers, which indicate kneee joint inflammation in synovial fluid decreased in concentration in the research subjects after 30 minutes of running.

When the same fluids were extracted before and after a non-running condition, the inflammation markers stayed at similar levels.

The study’s lead author Robert Hyldahl said “What we now know is that for young, healthy individuals, exercise creates an anti-inflammatory environment that may be beneficial in terms of long-term joint health”.

You can read an abstract and access the full article here.

Apple Watch Nike+ Review

watch-nike-hero-solo_pr-print-2The original Apple Watch felt incomplete – almost as if Apple released a product they were testing in the lab to see what the market thought. Lacking integrated GPS and waterproofing, they nonetheless tried to pitch it as an activity tracker using Christie Turlington to spruik its credibility.

But the new Apple Watch Series 2 running watchOS 3 changes that considerably. It’s now a viable, if imperfect alternative, for runners.

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Garmin integrates with Strava Beacon for safety

A few months ago Strava introduced their new Beacon feature – it allows runners to notify someone when they are out on a run. Beacon has now been integrated into Garmin’s LiveTrack so that STravis Premium members using the Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000, Edge Explore 820, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT, and Fenix 3 can not only let people know where they are but also the battery level in their device.

Garmin announces new Forerunner 35

imageGarmin has announced the Forerunner 35, its newest GPS-enabled running watch with their built-in Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology that allows runners to monitor their heart rate 24/7 without a chest strap. The Forerunner 35 tracks essential data like distance, pace and personal records, and thanks to its built-in GPS, runners can track how far, how fast and where they’re running all without worrying about carrying a phone too.

In between runs, the Forerunner 35 doubles as an all-day activity tracker as it counts steps, calories and intensity minutes, so users can still record progress and activities even when they’re not running. The Forerunner 35 also includes smartwatch functionality including smart notifications and music controls.

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