The new Garmin Forerunner 10 sports watch was announced this week. It is a GPS-enabled sports and running watch that is intended to be Garmin’s entry level model. The price point is cheaper than the rest of their Forerunner range, with the FR10 being billed as an easy to use and flexible wrist watch designed for runners, walkers and joggers. It comes loaded with easily accessible features that will not only improve your running experience but will keep you motivated.
One of the things I found out while researching the differences between heel strikers and runners who land on the fore or mid-foot, was that different styles of running shoes can offer very different experiences during the run. The vast majority of shoes have a very highly cushioned heel to accommodate the more common heel strike; whereas for the true minimalist or barefoot running shoes, there is little or no padding at all. What I was looking for – as a midfoot striker – was a cushioned shoe with a lower heel. Saucony Kinvara 2 was the choice I ended up making.
Compression clothing is one of the hot topics among runners these days, whether the discussion centres around compression shorts – and whether to wear other shorts over the top of them – or the pros and cons of compression socks. The latter are supposed to be great for supporting leg muscles during long runs, but I have a running friend for whom they caused all sorts of problems. And then there are compression tops. I opted for a lesser known brand, the long sleeved Time To Run compression shirt. These are widely available in the UK, including Amazon, and there are several reasons for wearing one, ranging from increasing your performance, to just pure comfort.
Most people will have heard of compression socks or compression stockings, whether they are exercise buffs or not, because these products have been shown to help patients at risk from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In fact, many people insist on wearing them if they travel a lot by plane. However, there are significant advantages to athletes in wearing calf compression sleeves, both during training, and for recovery afterwards. And although they can look a little dorky to some people, sports compression socks are beginning to make the move from pro athletes and cycling teams, and into the mainstream. The ones I recently bought are the 2XU compression calf guards.
Saucony ProGrid Phoenix 4 running shoes are designed to provide an element of stability to runners who mildly overpronate. My usual preference for road running used to be Saucony Ride, which are neutral and pared down for biomechanically efficient runners. However, this year, they didn’t serve me too well and after suffering with right hip pain after training, I investigated the possible causes. It turned out my right foot collapses – overpronates – during the stride cycle, and so I opted for Saucony Phoenix 4. The result? No more hip pain.
Whether you are competing in triathlons or just prefer the running – for fun or for other sports activities – your most important piece of kit is your running shoes. It is imperative that you know which shoes to buy, because wearing the wrong type can be a contributing factor if you are continually getting injured, or have unexplained pains. These pains can appear in your leg joints, particularly the knees but also the ankles, and badly chosen running shoes can even wreak havoc with your lower back, not to mention the fairly obvious foot pain you might experience.