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PACEMAKER

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Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

£399, suunto.com

GPS-sportswatch supremos Suunto brought out the Spartan series last autumn, but it wasn’t really ready. Now the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is here. Any better? You’d hope so, right.

As the name suggests, the Spartan now has a wrist-based HR monitor. Which is neat, but like all wrist-based HR, still significantly less accurate than a chest-strap sensor. Daily HR data isn’t recorded in the Movescount app either – and you can only see your last 12 hours. Sixteen hours of GPS-recording battery life is merely OK and syncing can be buggy.

The touchscreen is impressive, though. It’s full colour and there are some nifty graphs. It seems Suunto’s priority here is to compete with the Apple Watch and like with the magic of the iPhone, you feel compelled to play with it without clear purpose. Notifications, from any app, are easy to read. You can also thankfully now customise workout screens, and an intervals mode is the first on any Suunto device. GPS accuracy is much better and software improvements are coming thick and fast. The Spartan was already the lightest and most comfortable premium GPS sportswatch there is.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained. A phrase, I’m sure, that can be applied to you and your running journey. At some point – many years ago or perhaps very recently – you decided to lace up your trainers for the very first time, step foot out the door, and go for a run. Whether it was for a school sports day, a New Year’s resolution or simple curiosity, you stepped out of your comfort zone and, presumably, liked what you discovered. This issue is all about pushing boundaries and stepping out – like that very first run – into the unknown. For Adharanand Finn, author of Running with the Kenyans, that meant a trip to California for his first ever ultramarathon: the Miwok 100K. Head to page 42 to find out how steel cups and flat Coke fit into his lessons learned from going ultra. At the sharper end of the field, the pros, too, have been attempting to step (really, really quickly) into the unknown – specifically, by trying to run a marathon in a frankly ridiculous sub-two-hour time. Nike’s recent, high-profile Breaking2 attempt saw Eliud Kipchoge fall agonisingly short with a time of 2:00:25, but what can we mortal runners learn from the event? Turn to page 48 to see how you, too, can maximise performance by echoing the project’s meticulous attention to detail – if not the millions of pounds of funding. Of course, inspiring stories, cutting-edge kit, training tips and nutrition advice also feature, in an issue made with motivation in mind.
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