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Garmin Forerunner 310XT PDF Print E-mail

I have long been a fan of the Garmin Forerunner 305.  I got one back in 2006 and have used it steadily since then.  It is a great tool for both the runner and triathlete.  There was no better device for monitoring your workout and for keeping track of your training history.  (See the recent article on RunningAhead.com's ability to upload Garmin data.)

That may no longer be true.  Garmin has recently released an upgrade to the Forerunner 305: the Forerunner 310XT.  On paper, this new GPS unit offers some serious advantages over the 305.  For those with limited attention spans, here is a list of features:
RunningAhead.com Training Log PDF Print E-mail

Running Ahead has always had one of the best free training logs available, but recently they added some new features that make it even better.  First, a few month ago, they made it much more multi-sport friendly. 

You can now customize your summary page to include all kinds of summary stats and graphs.  For example, in the left column of my summary page I have weekly bike and run statistics.  The weekly statistics displays the most recent 6 weeks of data.  In the middle column I display monthly statistics, also for the past six months.  Finally, in the right column, I display 7 and 30 day rolling totals as well as year-to-date and all-time totals. 

You can also add graphs and calendars to your summary page.  

Of course, the RunningAhead log already had the most user friendly interface for adding runs, shoes, and courses to your log.  The google maps feature is particularly slick.  I know plenty of sites have mapping as part of their log, but Running Ahead's interface is easier and faster than most.

Their newest feature is an integration with the Garmin Forerunner.  I tried using this lately and it is pretty easy to set up...even on a Mac!  I do wish I could add the course name, equipment used (my shoes), weight and other data when reviewing the uploaded data rather than going back in and editing these records later, but that is a small price to pay for an otherwise slick tool.  


Socks PDF Print E-mail

Most people don't think much about socks, but as runners, we do.  We learned early on that cotton tube socks aren't really good for anything (well, except maybe disposable hand and arm warmers for the start of those cold marathons) and certainly should never be placed between foot and running shoe.  

I did once find the perfect running sock.  Thorlo made a pair of super thin running socks.  Most of their stuff is over padded, but these super thin socks were intended for racing.  They lasted for ever (I still have a pair after 20 years), didn't force you to buy a larger shoe, were light, wicked away moisture, and had almost invisible stiching.  Alas, they were always hard to find and I haven't seen a new pair in ages.

In the interim, I've tried many different running socks: Wright, DeFeet, Smart Wool, (all pretty good, but they don't last if you insist on throwing them into the dryer), Wigwam (their thinner versions are pretty good, but still not all the thin so they make great winter socks), and numerous versions from various shoe manufacturers (usually overpriced).  

Last week I picked up a pair of Feetures Light Coolmax socks.  Obviously, it is still to early to know how long these socks will last, but I am very impressed with the fit and thinness of these socks.  The seams are perfect and I can't imagine these socks causing blisters.  Finally, these socks are reasonably priced.  So if you are looking for I nice, thin pair of running socks, pickup a pack of Feetures.


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