Suunto has expanded the Spartan family of sports watches with the new Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. The Spartan Trainer is smaller than its older siblings, yet delivers great, versatile training features, daily activity tracking, as well as wrist heart rate measurement by biometrics supplier Valencell.
The World Athletics Championships are about to start with the flagship 10,000m event one of the forst to be decided. Most of the world’s eyes will be on the legendary Mo Farah. But an analysis published at Runner’s World privides some interesting insights into the differnce between training and racing.
Garmin Australia has announced the Forerunner 935, a GPS running and triathlon watch with new performance monitoring tools and Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Polar has expanded its running portfolio with the introduction of the Polar M200.
The M200 is a waterproof GPS running watch equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, 24/7 activity and sleep tracking. Polar’s optical heart rate measurement uses a unique algorithm developed and optimised by Polar to meet its industry-leading heart rate standard.