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UTG ULTIMATE TECH GUIDE

THE BEST... WATCHES

If money is no object, keep track of your progress with these top-of-the-range watches

30 BEST TECH PRODUCTS

Running’s a simple sport, but who's to say it shouldn’t be jazzed up every now and then?

Our selection of the 30 best gadgets and gizmos sorts the innovative from the inane, with the all the products in each category representing what we* believe are the very best in show.

The categories chosen are:

1. WATCHES

2. FITNESS TRACKERS

3. HEADPHONES

4. APPS

5. HEADTORCHES

*All products listed were tested by members of the Men’s Running team.

THE BEST... WATCHES

If money is no object, keep track of your progress with these top-of-the-range watches

GARMIN VIVOACTIVE HR

£209.99, garmin.com

The vívoactive HR is Garmin’s attempt to assimilate all of its specialities into one device. It’s a smartwatch and your ultimate sport companion – use it for running, cycling, swimming, cardio, golf, rowing, SUP and many, many more. The watch is easy to navigate – there are two multi-use buttons, as well as a touchscreen – making it easy for runners to scroll through options before, during and after training.

It uses Garmin’s Elevate wrist-based heart-rate monitoring. We found this pretty accurate compared with a more traditional chest-strap system – and it’s much more comfortable to use. In terms of reviewing your activities and data throughout the day, the Garmin vivoactive HR o•ers the best of both worlds. You can view progress on your wrist on the colourful display, which is great if you hate the hassle of pairing a unit with your phone. For more in-depth analysis, the bluetooth connectivity allows automatic synching with the Garmin Connect app. It’s here that you can really dig into all your activity data, as well as sync with thirdparty apps like Apple Health. You can also get notifications from your phone, including call and text alerts and even weather reports.

WITHINGS ACTIVITÉ STEEL

£139.95, withings.com

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We all think we’re giving 100% in races. But watching some elite athletes, their faces contorted in late-race agony, I can’t help but ask myself: how hard am I really trying? In Matt Fitzgerald’s How Bad Do You Want It? – a brilliant book with a toe-curlingly bad title – he writes about our ‘unreachable physical limit’. That’s not to say we are all super-athletes of unlimited potential. Quite the opposite: we are all wimps unwilling to break free from our mind-forged manacles. It is not the body that slows us down, but the brain. The bravest athletes – the Prefontaines, Radcliffes and Brownlees – get closer to their physical limit than most. The rest of us? My guess is that we rarely realise more than 80% of our physical potential. Yet we can, with consistent training and iron-willed determination, walk a little further along those hot coals. Perhaps not as far as Radcliffe or Brownlee, but further than we’ve ever gone before. It’s a theme that David Smyth explores further in the month’s ‘Suffer club’ article on page 60, speaking with some of these athletes about how they’re able to push themselves to their very limits. So next time you find yourself in a race, telling yourself the same old lie that you’re trying your hardest, be brave and ask yourself honestly: can I give more? The answer is, inevitably, yes.
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