Anyone know if there is a map of the course available anywhere? Also a map showing where the start is (or at least a street address) Finally, how early would you recommend arriving if I need to register on the day?
Especially in the wetter months, I always alternate to give the shoes chance to properly dry out. I think that a damp shoe ages much faster than a dry one. Additionally I will normally buy a pair of shoes with an event in mind and aim to have run approx 100 miles on the shoe before the event to ensure it's nicely worn in.
I know at least 10 people with this piece of kit, including myself and none of them have had any issues at all. I don't know what you folks have been returning your units for but I certainly haven't had any problems.
Of course, one must have realistic expecations of what the device can achieve. It's the leading device in it's class but of course there are limitations to the technology.
McTizzzle - that's just not true. Treadmills do not naturally slope downhill.
Lack of wind resistance and a moving track effectively leading to a higher efficiency are the reasons why many people cite the 1-2% gradient as being required to simulate outdoor running.
On the flip side of the coin, many taller people run on a treadmill with a shorter stride length which leads to an increased perceived effort. Also, many treadmill manufacturers are now compensating for these inaccuaracies in their algorhythms and adjusting the design of the equipment as well as the way in which the speed measurement is displayed.
I for one have always found it easier to achieve an PB at any distance outdoors than on a treadmill.