Once again, we're teaming up with Polar USA for a special feature leading up to this year's Boston Marathon.
Runners entered in this year's Boston Marathon are invited to throw their names in the hat to be chosen to test-run some cool gear from Polar, which makes personal fitness monitors and devices like GPS and heart-rate watches. Those chosen will be asked to blog about their training experiences as the marathon approaches.
Test team members will receive a selection of gear from Polar. A Polar expert will help match the right setup to the candidates based on their entry responses, but the gear we're talking about includes the RCX5, RCX3, and RC3 GPS training monitors.
The testers will be asked to blog once a week on Boston.com's Boston Marathon blog about their training experiences, their hopes and fears about the marathon, and other personal insights and observations as the race approaches.
Writing experience is certainly a plus, and you need to be tech-savvy enough to set up an account on Polar's web site and upload your data.
The test team participants will get to keep the Polar gear.
To register to be considered, submit your entry here. You must be entered in this year's Boston Marathon. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday (Feb. 22), and we'll reveal the test team on Feb. 25.
Nike unveils a new running shoe in Boston
Earlier today in Boston, Nike introduced the Nike LunarGlide+, a new lightweight running shoe with an innovative mid-sole design architecture called Dynamic Support, a patent-pending system which adapts to a runner’s gait with each step, providing superior cushioning and as-needed stability. Nike is calling the LunarGlide+ “the next game changing innovation for runners.”
Leslie Lane, global vice president and general manager for Nike running and Phil McCartney, global footwear product director for Nike running, unveiled the new shoe during a media presentation at 21 Dry Dock Ave.
“All runners are different and therefore need specific solutions,” said McCartney. ”The new Nike LunarGlide+ featuring the Dynamic Support system responds with cushioning and stability so runners will no longer have to compromise. Runners will experience a ride which is specific to them and how they run, even as their gait changes throughout a run.”
The Nike LunarGlide+ will be available globally beginning July 1, 2009.
A real long distance call
RunKeepr i-Phone application
Jason Jacobs, a Boston-based entrepreneur, is the founder of the company behind RunKeeper, an iPhone GPS fitness tracking application for runners and cyclists that has been downloaded more than 325,000 times since August and featured heavily by Apple in their iPhone ads.
Jacobs partnered with a team of undergrads from Emerson College as part of a social media class, they came up with the idea of having Jacobs run the Boston Marathon dressed in a giant iPhone costume.
Check out the filming the process of pulling the campaign together here.
Look for Jacobs running along the course tomorrow.
I have run the Boston Marathon a few times and every time Boston offers a new challenge! My first Boston was in almost 90 degree heat and I was also out there for the “Nor’easter” two years ago. My favorite was the year of the Americans with Meb, Brian Sell, and Culpepper all finishing in the top 5! It might also be because I finished well that year and the weather was perfect!
So, obviously there are many different challenges that can show up on April 20! No way to know right now what the weather will be but there are many other factors that can make or break your race day! Have you practiced taking water and/or fueling? Have you found your race shoe yet and broken it in? Have you done the same with regards to your race day outfit? These small details can absolutely guide your race in one direction or another.
1. Fueling -- At this point you probably have at least one long run left if not two. Practiced taking fluids in during the run and also make sure your “fuel source” is agreeing with your stomach. You don’t want to find out on race day that you don’t respond well to the Gu you bought at the expo the day before. Practice a few times and get your body used to the process.
2. Shoes -- Most people have an idea of what shoe is working for them by this point. If you are running Boston you are most likely not a newbie to the sport and hopefully you have been properly fitted for your footwear by a specialist. No make the mistake of changing shoes the days before or trying to break in a new pair during the race. Get at least 2 weeks of running in your marathon shoes before the race.
3. Race outfit -- Sounds funny but it’s important. Make sure you have run at least one long run in your race outfit so that you know for sure if there are any chaffing spots or other issues that can cause discomfort. Moisture transfer tops will keep you dry and warm and lessen the chaffing, so they are your best bet.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes