Monthly Archives: April 2013

Puma Mobium Elites look to provide purrrrfect performance

Miaow…

Have you ever watched your cat sprint around the house and leap wherever it wants? That agility is definitely something to envy, and it seems that the boys over at Puma certainly agree.

Launching a new-to-market category of performance running—“Adaptive Running”, the new Puma Mobium Elite is inspired by cats paws, which compress together during its propulsion phase and expand during stance phase to provide cushioning, PUMA Mobium Elite’s ‘Expansion Pods’ on the outsole of the shoe expand and contract with the foot.

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New Brooks survey reveals waaaaay more about our running and personal habits than we ever thought possible…

Running = the solution to all your relationship problems?

We’ve always heard that the mark of a good runner is the ability to carry on a conversation whilst running. And it seems that those that can do just that have rather a lot to talk about…

A new survey from Brooks Running Company has found that guys enjoy chatting on the run more than their female counterparts. More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of men surveyed passed the time by discussing their team’s latest performance (sports, 51 per cent) or their cool new gadgets (34 per cent).

Ladies, on the other hand, choose to use their running time as therapy – and are most likely to talk about relationships (47 per cent), both the good and the bad. Surprisingly, all runners ranked their happenings in the bedroom as their least favourite running topic.

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Runtastic’s new biking apps should be all you need to get back in the saddle

Time to get out on the road

Time to get out on the road!

Having trouble motivating yourself to get out – even in the new sunny weather? Got a new bike for Christmas that’s just been sitting collecting dust in your shed or hallway? Then the folks at Runtastic might just be the answer, especially if you’re up for a bit of biking.

The company has today announced the release of two new apps, alongside some new kit to accompany it in the shape of the Runtastic Bike Case, and the Runtastic Speed & Cadence Sensor. Launching for the first time on Android, and with new features on iOS, the Runtastic Road Bike and Mountain Bike apps are aiming to transform your smartphone into the best cycling computers on the market.

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Kinomap app lets you run the London Marathon from the safety of your own living room

This Sunday sees the biggest running event in the UK, the Virgin London Marathon. But for those of us unlucky enough not to have got a place in the race, there is still a way to take part in the race – and you don’t even have to head to the capital.

Kinomap Trainer is a tool that offers geolocated videos and GPS routes uploaded by other users for you to run, row or cycle from the comfort of your own home or gym.

Place yourself in the midst of the marathon – from the comfort of your bedroom

In the case of the London Marathon, you can strap your iOS device to a running machine (similar to the Zone Dome we featured recently) and try to match the pace and running experience of the video as it was originally recorded along the 2012 event. An overhead view will also show an icon travelling along the route.

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We’re back!

Apologies for the absence, readers – TR has been on holiday for the past two weeks, and apparently the uploading rules we set up in order to ensure content was published during that time didn’t work!

Rest assured normal service will resume soon – so stay tuned…

Adidas sign up David Beckham to promote new climacool Revolution shoes

Adidas has signed up David Beckham to launch its newest climacool Revolution running shoe this week. The new shoes promise the coolest run yet, thanks to a “360 degree ventilation running experience”, that allows ventilation from the sides of the shoe, as well as from above, as in current climacool footwear.

Around the web: the weekend’s recommended reading

With the snow continuing to fall this week, TR has needed some serious motivation to get out and brave the freezing conditions. Luckily, we’ve had the following to spur us on…

Why Everyone Is Running a Half Marathon These Days – US magazine the Washingtonian investigates the motivations behind entering “the Usain Bolt of races”, particularly amongst women, as a recent report released by Running USA found that since 2000, the number of half-marathon finishers has increased by a whopping 284 per cent, making it the most popular race distance in the country. Last year saw a record 1.85 million finishers—60 percent of whom were female. (The Washingtonian)

Elle Magazine teams up with Nike to offer new 10k race series – Named “We Own The Night”, the first race will take place in London’s Victoria Park on Saturday 18th May, and promises a route filled with light, sound and the unexpected for a running experience like no other. The magazine is also offering weekly training sessions for new runners beginning next week. (Elle UK)

Barefoot running shoes review – The Guardian running blog runs its careful eye over the top barefoot running shoes available on the market right now, including The Adidas Motion, New Balance Minimus, and the old favourite, the Vibrams Five Fingers. Invaluable advice for anyone looking to make the first step into this field. (Guardian)

Fed up with the snow? Zone Dome will transport you away to run in the sun

If all the snow and cold recently have been making you feel unmotivated, then Running Unlimited have just the piece of escapist kit for you.

Kind of like a mini wrap-around cinema for runners, the Zone Dome features a 1.5 metre wide dish-shaped screen, which you can clip onto a treadmill and transport yourself to wherever in the world you wish. The dish hooks up to an app on your iPad, allowing you to choose your location, distance, and speed.

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Around the web – the week’s recommended reading

We’re back! Sorry for the Easter hiatus, but sometimes the lure of holidays and chocolate is too strong…now its time to work it off though! Here is some reading to get you in the mood:

Deckers Acquires Hoka One One Shoes  – In a great sign for minimalist runners everywhere, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, the parent company of such popular footwear brands as UGG and Teva, has fully acquired the upstart running brand Hoka One One. The acquisition is a sign that Deckers thinks Hoka’s unconventional shoe design will continue to attract more runners, and should signal a good amount of investment in the brand. (Runners World)

Deconstructed: The Rise of the Minimalist Running Shoe – Following in our minimalist trend, this handy list shows the development and evolution of minimalist and barefoot running shoes over the years, right from Abebe Bikila’s Olympic triumph up to the launch of Vibrams Five-Fingers in 2006. We’ve come a long way baby… (Outside Online)

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny talk cycle tech – Pocket-Lint grab ten minutes of interview time with Olympic medalists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny to talk Adidas Adistar, their sponsor’s new top-of-line cycling apparel range. (Pocket-Lint)