Toys for boys

Remember when running entailed pulling on a pair of sneakers, old shorts and a t-shirt? Basically it’s still the same but even something as simple as running has been upgraded and infused with technology. So what does the high tech runner need to be satisfied?

The sneakers – way back in 2005 Adidas launched a high tech sneaker with a 20-megahertz microprocessor in each shoe that gave the shoe the ability to self-adjust cushioning and support. The shoe makes 5 million calculations per second. But even without the computers the running shoe is a feat (sorry bad pun) of engineering.

The clothes breathe and dry. Letting out sweat and bringing in air. The socks are cushioned, supporting and breathing. Sunglasses are optional. There is a whole array of additional items from bandanas to sweat-bands.

But then, it’s where the real high-tech begins. Training software to help the runner keep track and share their results online. Electronic devices include mp3 players, headphones, pedometers, heart-rate monitors, GPS measuring. The list goes on and on. It makes your head spin.

Kind of makes you long for the old t-shirt and running shorts… Well to be honest I kind of like the gadgets!

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