5 gadgets that will enhance your daily run
I have to give it up to you runners – what’s fun for you, running 20+ miles in a single session, seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me. But I think I’ve found a way to make your run a bit more enjoyable via some fun gadgets. Don’t toil away armed only with your iPod strapped to your arm. Check out these gadgets and get a whole new experience as you hit the pavement.
Griffin Adidas miCoach Armband – ($26.53)
If we’re going to talk gadgets, we should start with the one I alluded to in the last paragraph – the arm pad iPhone/iPod holder. The Adidas MiCoach Armband secures your iPhone or iPod Touch to your bicep so you have your hands free to hold a water bottle or do whatever else you need them to do. The Armbad features a sweat proof screen cover, too, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your screen as you run. You can grab it at Walmart and get 2 percent Cash Back on your purchase.
Sony NWZ-E474 Walkman – ($83.91)
You might’ve thought with the proliferation of iPods and iPhones and, yes, even Zunes, that the Walkman had breathed its last breath. Not so at all! The E Series Walkman is a video and MP3 audio player just like the iPod. It provides up to 36 hours of continuous music playback or six hours of video playback on a single charge. The E Series models all come with Sony’s Clear Audio technology, providing different listening equalizations for different sound environments. These Walkmen also come packed with an FM Tuner, clock and alarm functions and a microphone for voice recording. And runners can use the device’s SensMe app to group music into channels based on beats-per-minute, perfect for staying up-tempo or cooling down when you need to. You can get the Sony E Series Walkman from Adorama along with 1 percent Cash Back.
Nike+ FuelBand – ($149)
Want to take control of your day? Start tracking it down to the last step. Nike+ FuelBand has a built in accelerometer that measures your movements in NikeFuel. Users of the band can set goals and then sync the band with the FuelBand app to see activity history and connect with friends. The app even contains special achievements you can unlock using the band. Right now you can grab the Nike+ FuelBand and a whopping 8 percent Cash Back from Nike.com.
Garmin Forerunner 610 – ($350)
For the next step up in activity tracking there’s the Garmin Forerunner 610. It may seem a bit pricy but it has a top notch feature set. You can track and view workout data with the monitor’s touch screen, which tracks distance, pace and GPS position for the wearer. It will even guide runners back to the starting point of their run so they won’t get lost. Users can also race against previous best time or race against other users’ times using the Virtual Racer feature. And best of all, the Forerunner is resistant to rain and sweat. It’s available at REI with a 3 percent Cash Back bonus right now.
Yurbuds Inspire Pro Earphones – ($59.95)
With resistance to sweat and water, the Yurbuds Pro earphones are exactly what a runner needs to keep listening to their inspiring playlist as they run. The earphones themselves feature a three button control system that can change track, volume, and call control (if they’re plugged into your iPhone). They’re also fully integrated with Siri and feature TwistLock Technology so they’re less likely to fall out. Grab the Inspire Pro earphones from the Apple Store and enjoy the 2 percent Cash Back offer, too.
Sure, these gadgets might not make you run any faster, but they will certainly make your run a little livelier and more interesting than it was before.