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Garmin connect

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 00:30

FR 620 syncing with Bluetooth to iPhone is often problematic. Took three attempts today to get my runs across there.

Other times it gives an error message saying sync was unsuccessful, but when you refresh everything's there.

Apple Watch

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:31
I have to say I'm a bit baffled as to why they haven't given it built-in GPS.

They could have mopped up a whole sector of the market overnight if they had.


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 14:10

Think we can file that under "lesson learned".

Personally I only use the Events section as a guide. There are several mistakes, duplications etc in the database.

Karrimor Running Shoes

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:12
I tend to gear-watch at runs and races, and an awful lot of people do run in Karrimor shoes. I think that does show that there is a place for them in the market - people are shelling out and getting out there with these things on their feet. It's snobbery and denial to suggest otherwise. Certainly there are plenty of Parkrunners creaming me in these shoes whenever I go along.

I just wish they were being marketed properly though for what they are - a budget equivalent to the bigger brands. There's no shame in that, and armed with that knowledge people will happily shell out ??30 knowing it probably won't be as good as a ??60 shoe.

It's when it's so aggressively pushed as the NO-BRAINER purchase, EXACTLY as good as the competition and IT'S BEWILDERING why it's so cheap, and (I've actually heard this in a branch of Sports Direct) TO BE HONEST I HAVE NO IDEA WHY WE STILL STOCK NIKE AND ASICS BECAUSE THESE ARE BOTH BETTER AND CHEAPER.

You can probably leave one of Mike Ashley's stores with ??60-worth of kit and shoes that will all be perfectly suitable for running. And that's fine. In fact, that's great.

But why bend the truth? It's cheaply made, cheaply sold gear. Nobody has a problem with that if they're armed with that knowledge and able to make their buying decisions accordingly. Many will still buy it - it all certainly looks alright.

The tactics leave me utterly cold though, and being told a pair of shoes is the best thing in the shop when they're on your feet and almost feel like the shoe box they're packaged in does nothing for the brand's reputation.

If you run in Karrimor shoes and are happy doing so and content to look no further, congrats, frankly. But they're not for me and both Sports Direct and Sweatshop are last-resort destinations nowadays.

Old Peg 30 -v- New Peg 31

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 22:56
I'm phasing out a trusty pair of 29s and am breaking in a pair of 31s. The 31s feel extremely firm in comparison out of the box.

One trick I swear by is to take the insole from the new pair and get some miles on them in the old pair, and vice versa.

North London half marathon- A must do or A must miss Race?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:23

Yeah, that little grass section was weird seeing as though they clearly had a load of temporary surface to hand.

If the forecast heavy rain had emerged that could've been … er … interesting.

North London half marathon- A must do or A must miss Race?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:52
Loads of glitches and the route is far from inspiring, but overall it was a very good event that has a good base to build on.

Roads for pre-paid parking were horrendous and we ended up baling out 15 mins walk away. Badly needed a police presence helping to organise things from the main road as hundreds of cars were taking a wrong turn and then clogging up the junction by turning around.

Signage everywhere was really poor. All needed to be a lot, lot bigger and a lot more plentiful.

Not a clue what went on with bag drop but the queue was huge when I got there. Seemed badly undermanned to me.

The Lucozade station outside Wembley was terribly thought out. It was on a sideways slope so any bottles flung left were rolling down on to the course. It was like quarter of a mile of hopscotch, and I still ended up booting about half a dozen bottles.

Interestingly the guy finishing 2nd on the chip timing started the race half an hour late, so was way down in the 600s on gun time. A user on Facebook claims they were spotted taking a shortcut at one point as well! Be interesting to see how that plays out.

North London Half Marathon

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 22:40
Published capacity was 10,000 so unless there's a mad late flurry I'm guessing it's coming up well short.

Blurb talks a very good game and I'm a big fan of the chip/race number combo, so really looking forward to this.

North London Half Marathon

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:29

Mr and the Mrs got our race numbers yesterday.

Surprisingly low, given we weren't exactly first-day signees. I'm 600-odd, she's in the 700s.

Any word on how many entrants they have for this?

Any old shoe will do

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:06

I used to be cynical about "innovations" but after wearing a pair of Vomero 1s cured a long-standing and eternally recurring shin splints issue more or less overnight, I now bow to gait analysis.

I think weight has a lot to do with it, and there's a tipping point where the stresses running puts on your lower body are no longer perfectly manageable and need cushioning or stability help.

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