When I first started running in 2003 at the age of just 11 I thought running was everything and the possibility of running a marathon was far out of my reach.
I remember seeing the likes of Paula Radcliffe achieving World Records on the streets of London and saying to my parents “I want to do that one day” (I think it was in reference to setting the world record but I’m not sure). With my running improving I thought the marathon was maybe, just maybe, a little closer to my grasp. 10 years into my running dream, I took the leap and entered the Berlin marathon to take the challenge I had only witnessed as a fan and the training became my life.
Eventually I got to the start line of the Berlin Marathon and once i set off in cruise control. I obviously found it very hard from 18miles on but my watch pulled me through, reminding me I had come so far and I only needed to keep going for a few more miles. Every bit of 26.2 miles were tough but I crossed the finish line in one piece.
The Suunto Ambit2 R has been released and is a watch that is optimised for the perfect running experience. At first I found the Suunto Ambit2 R a bit on the larger side compared to my standard day to day watch and was worried about the possibility of it being a bit heavy over longer distances. I first went for a run of just 5 miles to test it out and found I was looking at it every 3 or 5 steps as I was in awe of how good this unit was and how the size was a million miles apart from the light weight feel. It took a couple weeks to stop looking at it so often, checking my pace or how far I had been but now I have no issues at all. Their Movescount web service is great, to be able to download all your data to a laptop and relive the experience over and over again and analyse the run is really handy. The best thing about the watch during the training for me was even when you are bored on the 21 mile training runs the watch gives you the feeling that you are running with someone else and not on your own. If you also do some trail running this watch has built-in GPS and accelerometer, this is not standard in most units, providing accurate pace, speed, cadence and distance even if you lose your GPS signal for a period. The Heart Rate strap is comfortable and signal was consistant so no dropping out.
This unit really is something that has changed the GPS market and is appropriate for all runners of all abilities.
As a child inspired by electricity, time travel and space (see also: polo necks, Toy Story and Dip Dabs) it took a long time for me to accept the inevitability that as seven year old my exploration into the unknown wouldn’t stretch much further than my local playing fields. My hopes were lifted a little with the announcement of Virgin Galactic’s enterprise into space tourism, but that was quickly squashed by the $250,000 price tag.It wasn’t until a spaceship touched down on Alton Sports’ doorstep (literally a spaceship) that my childhood dreams were finally becoming a reality. The world and I had found a compromise – if I couldn’t go to space, space would come to me. Bright, sharp and almost intelligent-looking, the new Brooks Transcend had landed. With its coral-orange colour, it oozed that futuristic, space shuttle aura.Initially I was concerned as to how bulky they might feel as its uniquely shaped outsole looked large – a stark comparison to the anatomically designed outsole of Brooks’ Pure Project, which I’ve always got on well with. However, as soon as I put them on their size didn’t seem so much of a problem; they felt light, incredibly plush, cushioned and comfortable. Now it was time to run!
I had a read through of the tech-y business so I knew what to look out for. The outsole is designed to disperse pressure evenly across the foot in targeted Pressure Zones, the Guidance Rails acting like subtle stabilisers to keep you running straight and true and the new cushioning system boasting between an extra 20-25% energy return over their BioMoGo DNA. These features were all evident and all seemed to be working brilliantly. I usually run in a guidance shoe, a Brooks Defyance, Asics 1000 etc, the guidance rails seemed to be doing their job. I’m someone who doesn’t like to feel the support within a shoe, but know it’s there, so these seemed to be perfect as the support couldn’t be less intrusive. The cushioning was excellent and left my feet feeling supple and fresh and the initial uncertainty about the outsole,dismissed. Their cumbersome appearance never crossed my mind, I could only think of how soft and plush these felt on my feet. In short, they felt great; no extra bulk, no extra weight, just innate stable comfort.
If you’re looking for something new with unprecedented comfort to let you take off, explore and carry you home the Transcend might just be the rocket to take you on that journey.
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