Over 30 thousand runners began the Boston Marathon this week in Hopkinton, MA, some having trained and run for years to get to this point. Their completion medals will be well-earned. From your heart, through your circulatory system, to your leg muscles and kidneys, running a marathon is sort of like putting your entire body through a meat grinder.
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A popular approach to designing robots that can navigate a world built for living creatures is to simply copy Mother Nature's designs. But while trying to improve how a six-legged robot walks, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne actually found a faster way for six-legged creatures to get around.
Video: When you run over 240km on the same route over the course of a year and take a total of 98,366 photos of that route while braving the snow, the rain, the cold, the heat and all the crazy things the elements can thrown at you, you get a pretty fantastic hyperlapse video that blends all the different seasons together. It's really cool to see the environment and the city suddenly morph and change all around a single 8km loop in Montana.
Research from The University of Western Australia’s School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health has revealed that our arches evolved, in part, to allow for efficient endurance running. What does this mean for those who wear arch support or orthotics in their running shoes? They could be — literally — taking the spring out of your step.
TomTom's first running watch was a great first step two years ago. Last year it got even better, with an integrated heart rate monitor. For this year's watches, TomTom is adding full activity tracker capabilities and the ability to stream music to Bluetooth headphones, all for a pretty reasonable price.
Sure, this is totally normal behaviour. See mountain, hike mountain, run mountain. But not when the ridge of the mountain is so ridiculously narrow that you're basically standing on a 2D structure where you can just as easily fall off on either side. But that's nothing to Sebastien Montaz-Rosset, he runs and leaps and jumps all across the edge of the mountain like it's not a big deal at all.
People love Soffe Men's Running Shorts, a.k.a. Ranger Panties. That is evidenced in their 1250 Amazon reviews, the vast majority of which are five stars. People even like to include images of themselves wearing the comically tiny shorts, bragging about how close to exposed your penis is while flopping around on a jog.
Running is big business. There are shoes, clothes, fitness trackers, apps and countless other products that promise to make us faster — or at least distract us from our pain. For me, music is the only thing that's ever worked. So when Spotify announced a way to "change the way you run forever," I leapt at the chance. More accurately, I ran.
Running is one of the best things you can do for your health. In fact, a recent study found that running for just a few minutes a day lowers the risk of an untimely demise by 30 percent. That said, there is a good way to run and a better way to run. So make the most of your run with these cool and new technologies.
Polar has made plenty of GPS exercise watches, an activity tracker, and even a GPS watch-slash-activity tracker, but this is the first time the company has made a wearable device that looks good and won't break the bank. At $US200, we could actually see the Polar M400 ending up on some wrists.
The Fenix 2 is the watch Garmin has made to appeal to active people who might end up doing... well, just about anything outdoors. It's not just for runners, just for swimmers, just for snowboarders, or just for hikers, it's for people who want a single watch to track their complete athletic lifestyle. The good news is that the Fenix 2 is truly fantastic for almost all of those things. Almost.
The FuelBand is dead but who cares, really. Because who needs a fitness tracker that tells you how much you already ran? Now, thanks to The Onion, we have Nike's new +Runlogic, which can tell you exactly what you're running to escape.