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Review: Love for TomTom’s chest-strap-free Runner Cardio

Runner_Cardio_Sport_Watch_White manufacturer image It’s hard not to be fickle when it comes to gear.

For the most part, I’m monogamous. I always grab the same pair of Nike shorts to go long, and if my Sherpa long-sleeve shirt isn’t clean, that’s grounds to skip a winter run. And don’t even think about taking my favorite Buff. Don’t.

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But when it comes to GPS watches, I’ve been flirting with several options.

My long-term relationship with Garmin ended badly after the release of the poorly performing original Fenix. I’ve been seeing the Suunto Ambit 2 R for a few months now, and while things are going well, I just keep wishing for a little more.

But with the TomTom Runner Cardio — my current fling — I’m smitten.

PT365 Run Plans | Finding the right balance

Безымянный-2As I round the halfway mark of training for my first marathon, I find myself answering — and asking — a lot of questions about finding the right balance.

My friends ask me how I balance it all. With a full- and a part-time job plus a husband and two small children, how do I find the time to train?

At the same time, I’ve been asking myself whether the Run Plan has provided me with the right balance when it comes to training. I’m trying to find the middle ground between training carefully so I don’t get injured and training hard enough that I feel confident about running 26.2 miles next month.

Marine Corps Marathon to allow hydration packs

Marine Corps Marathon to allow hydration packs

Runners at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., will once again be able to race with hydration packs, race officials said.

“Following the 38th MCM in 2013, the MCM reviewed its event policies and procedures with law enforcement and came to the decision that runners could be allowed to wear hydration backpacks or hydration vests and belts during this year’s event,” Tami Faram, MCM public relations coordinator, said in an email.

“All runners and spectators will proceed through screening points located at the MCM and MCM10K start and finish areas on event day. Law enforcement will have the authority to prohibit participants and spectators from bringing in anything that is suspicious or damaging to the event,” she wrote.

In 2013, citing safety concerns, race officials banned the popular backpack-style hydration packs. This year, while hydration packs will be allowed, runners won’t be able to bring any other type of backpack or rucksack without permission from the race director.

The marathon will take place Oct. 26. For more information visit www.marinemarathon.com.

Coverage from the 2014 Warrior Games

Coverage from the 2014 Warrior Games

Military Times staff photographer Mike Morones is heading to Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the end of the month to cover the 2014 Warrior Games.

Wounded warriors from across the services will gather to compete in seven sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball.

Events will take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 4 at the Air Force Academy and the Olympic Training Center.

Check back for more details.

Military Muscle | 2 weight vest workout options, plus tips for choosing a vest

Military Muscle | 2 weight vest workout options, plus tips for choosing a vest

Weighted vests are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to turn any workout into a real gasser. The rule of thumb is that wearing a vest that equals 10 percent of your body weight results in an additional 8 percent caloric burn in most workouts. 

RelatedWeight vest amps up simple exercises cheaply

I have designed two workouts that I feel really fit the vest capability. But first, let’s talk a bit about weight vests.

1. Do not try to save money by getting the cheapest product. It will last only a couple of workouts before the zippers start to snag and then break or the pockets start to tear from the jostling of the weights.

2. Choose a vest that that comes with all the weights you will need versus an empty vest you fill yourself with your weight plates. The pockets are always a bit big, which allows for more slop in the weight pocket.