As I prepare myself to get back into my fitness and running post birth, I am motivating myself with a few new gadgets and some gorgeous, comfortable, tech filled running gear. I ran a half marathon in a decent time 7 months after my last birth so I would love to be able to back up that (crazy) effort – I had better book a race so I actually do it! From watches to shoes to running apps, here’s the running tech of 2019 that I am loving and am excited to get to work in.
Top Running Tech 2019
Apple Watch Series 4
The Apple watch series 4 was a present from my husband and so far I am obsessed!! I switched from a Garmin Fenix to this and the jump in technology and it’s functionality for fitness and life in general is incredible. I feel like I discover a new function each day, but here’s what I am loving about it so far:
- I can make or receive calls and text messages
- I have access to Spotify meaning there is no limit to my music library
- I can bluetooth my music to wireless headphones
- apple pay with my watch
This means all I need if I go out is wireless bluetooth headphones and a watch and I have my music, my running apps and the ability to buy a coffee after my run without having a card. Now all they need to add is the ability for it to unlock my house and start my car – get on it Apple! In my opinion this watch is definitely ranking as some of the top running tech in 2019.
Under Armour HOVR Run shoes
I have a couple of pairs of these Under Armour HOVR shoes because I just love their comfort! One feature they released earlier this year though was the inbuilt pod embedded in the midsole of the right shoe that connects via Bluetooth to MapMyRun, a popular running app (also available for use on the apple watch). The technology tracks the runner’s journey and records data on their gait, stride length, pace and more. The result? Just by wearing these shoes, you can receive virtual personalised coaching to improve your running efficiency and therefore, results!
Under Armour have just dropped the latest HOVR Run Suite in a variety of colourways. To help you decide which style will best support your running style and routes, I’ve detailed their range along with the new colours (because that’s just as important), below!
UA HOVR Infinite: The perfect feel to go the distance – $200.00 AUD
The foundation and anchor of the UA HOVR Run footwear suite, the UA HOVR Infinite is a high-performance running shoe made for the runner’s runner. Starting with the UA HOVR technology, Under Armour created a neutral training shoe that’s perfect for long runs, laying base mileage, and even recovery mileage Obsessing over the details allowed Under Armour to develop an entire system that works like a symphony under your feet. From the fit and feel to the breathability, flexibility, and durability, UA HOVR Infinite delivers a super-smooth ride.
UA Phantom SE: The most versatile running shoe in your arsenal – $200.00 AUD
The UA HOVR Phantom SE is the “sport edition” of the Phantom Series that features improved breathability and a more anatomically shaped collar to better fit the foot during speed and endurance runs, while maintaining the luxury ride feel of the plush 3D moulded foot-bed and midfoot structure
UA Sonic 2: Light and flexible for a smooth run – $180.00 AUD
The UA HOVR Sonic 2 combines cushion and energy return with flexibility – created for the runner who wants something easy to throw on with no distractions, the UA HOVR Sonic 2 offers a smooth transition and the perfect blend of cushioning and responsiveness.
UA Guardian: Added support to go the distance – $220.00 AUD
The UA HOVR Guardian is built specifically to provide extra support for long distance training.. The UA HOVR Guardian is a stability shoe named for its unique ability to help protect from and control over-pronation.
UA Velociti 2: Light Low and Sleek to keep you fast – $200.00 AUD
The UA HOVR Velociti 2 is a tempo trainer for the runner with a need for speed. The newest model incorporates a thinner layer of HOVR cushioning, providing maximum energy return, while Micro G foam frames the dynamic mesh under the HOVR foam, delivering a light and snappy ride. The HOVR cushioning also resides in the forefoot, to get the runner farther up on the foot for a faster gait.
Top Running Apps – Strava vs Map my Run
I’ve always run with Strava because of the social engagement through following friends on the platform. I love being able to encourage my friends when they workout! I also love that it has a competitive edge in placing you against others who have run the same routes. However as the HOVR shoes sadly only sync data to map my run, when I am running in HOVRs now I will also use that app for gaining those additional metrics for coaching purposes. It’s a great app too for tracking and visualising metrics etc but I’ve found it just doesn’t have the same social interaction as is available on Strava. More info comparing the apps is available here.
Happy Running for the rest of 2019 friends!