Thursday, April 30, 2009

Garmin Forerunner 405 - Navigation!


With Garmin 405.. U will never be lost again!! hope to use some of the Navigation features soon.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

NIKE FREE 5.0 ! or go BareFoot?

Got the opportunity to test trial the much talk-about, the new Nike Free 5.0 " Barefoot Training" shoes at the Nike Run Club SG @ Wisma Run last evening.
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I was handed a pair of Pretty Looking Size 8 Free 5.0 to test drive. Initially,i was worried that the shoe fit would be too tight for me. For Nike, i would normally need to up-sized to 8.5 as i have wide feet. Surprisingly, the Free 5.0 - size 8 fits my feet snugly and her toe-box area is rather roomy which is great for me! She wrapped around my feet very comfortably and felt very light even compare with Lunar Racer!

According to Nike, “Free feet” are “just like bare feet” and the Free is:
“….a revolutionary shoe that lets your feet move naturally. A shoe that awakens the foot’s sensors. Feet become stronger, more flexible. And ultimately perform better."

Since recovered from my running injury sustained in Seoul Marathon last November, i have been wanting to do more training on trail routes to strengthen my feet/ankles and improve my Running Agility. Due to my commitments to assist in the Nighthawk's Sundown Marathon trainings, the various HPB's i-Runs and the Nike Club Run, most of my runs are on hard concrete pathway or tarmac road at ECP , CDB and town areas.

Trail Running offers softer, less impact and varying surface conditions which strengthened the feet and ankles, besides improving one's running agility. Barefoot is the other alternative for feet strength improvement, but i seriously doubt that i can adapt to running BareFoot on roads,pathways or grass field here. The hot , rough and "strange" surfaces will " kill " my feet first! Nike Free "Barefoot" Training Shoes can be the ideal "Solution" for me.

The Nike Club Run took us from the NikeTown shop in Wisma Atria through some of the happening city streets to the Scenic and Beautiful Botanic Gardens. I was part of team that assist in run leading and marshaling of the nike run . During the run, I was sharing my running experiences on proper running posture and running economy with fellow runners .That gave me opportunities to try out and demonstrate some of the different " Foot Landings"- Mid Foot , Fore Foot and Heel Strike on the Nike Free 5.0 while pounding on hard concrete footpaths. I also tested the Free on tempo pace by increasing my stride and cadences on the park's tarmac surface, some Hill running up and back down the slopes at Botanic Garden.

Throughout the 5km city run, my feet are well protected, my arch snugly wrapped and very comfortable in the Nike Free 5.0. She was smooth and responsive during " takeoff " phase and provides ample cushion and stability on my landing. I feel that there is excellent cushion and support in her heel even for Heavy Heel Strikers. Her Mid Foot/ForeFoot Cushion is sufficient for most runners.

Nike Free 5.0 exceed my expectation for a "minimalistic" Training and Feet Conditioning Shoes in term of her ample cushion, stability and great flexibility. Neutral runners will be able to train in this shoe for tracks works and street runs distance up to 10km. But, remember to gradually increase your mileage on these training shoes, the feet and ankle need time to condition and strengthen !

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

# Sneak Peek: Nike Lunarglide+


New model called LunarGlide seems to be more forgiving and supportive than the current Lunar Tainer. Here is a post by Ernst from Nike USA. Enjoy!

"First, my apologies for taking so long to chime in on this thread. There's never a dull moment out here in Beavertron, but this week has been particularly interesting.
I'll start by saying that, as runners ourselves, we absolutely understand the frustration voiced by 50convert and others in this thread. We know how disappointing it is when a shoe that works perfectly for you is "improved" and just doesn't feel right any more. It sucks and it makes you mad because running is a super important part of your life and anything that gets in the way of your runs is a big-time PITA.
But we also know when a shoe can be better--we know this based on the collective knowledge and experience of the incredibly talented people I get to work with on a daily basis, from the feedback we receive from the hundreds of wear testers who spend countless hours in prototypes, and from the millions of runners who log countless miles in our production shoes year after year.
What does better mean in the context of the Nike LunarGlide+, which will effectively replace the Nike LunarTrainer+ come July globally and August in the U.S.?
First and foremost is fit and, based on the feedback we've received, the Nike LunarGlide+ provides dramatic improvements in this critical area. The toebox remains generous (though it better conforms to the shape of the foot), but there is more vertical volume in the tip to provide a "truer" fit for length. At the heel, the Achilles abrasion that some runners experienced is holistically addressed. And through the midfoot, a Flywire saddle (as per the Nike LunaRacer+) provides improved support without adding tightness across the middle of the foot.
On the women's side, the women's Nike LunarGlide+ is built on a women's-specific last (the Nike LunarTrainer+ was built on a unisex last) to provide a snug heel fit, while still accommodating the high variability in heel volume exhibited in women's feet. In addition, the medial midfoot of the women's shoe features our popular Arch Fit strap, while the medial forefoot features our very popular Dynamic Fit construction (meaning there's a panel of stretchy material alongside the base of the big toe to allow for dynamic width accommodation). The sockliner also features women's-specific geometry to more deeply cradle the heel for added support and to allow the fat pad built into the heel to more effectively engage on contact.
In terms of cushioning, the Nike LunarGlide+ features the LunarLite cushioning system that was introduced last July in the LunarTrainer+ and LunaRacer+. The LunarLite system basically boils down to a soft, yet resilient core foam encased within a firmer foam carrier. By manipulating the properties of those foams and the geometries in which they're molded, we can modulate cushioning, support, response and weight. As some have noted, the Nike LunarGlide+ features a different core foam from the foam used in the LunarTrainer+. Why would we change? Because, believe it or not, runners told us they preferred the core foam used in the LunarGlide+.
We know this because we conducted a test pitting the production LunarTrainer+ against a prototype in which the only difference was the core foam. At the conclusion of the test, a majority of both neutral and overpronating runners selected the version with the new core foam as their preferred condition. A majority of all testers also ranked the new core version with a higher "liking" score (all testers ranked both conditions on a liking scale from 0 to 9, with zero being not liked at all and 9 being extremely liked).
Maybe I'm crazy, but it strikes me as a good decision to use the foam that runners prefer. If we had known this before we created the LunarTrainer+ we would have used this new foam from the outset, but we didn't because a shoe called the LunarTrainer+ didn't exist yet and, as such, we had nothing to compare against. This is what innovation and progress is all about--you create something, learn from it, experiment, learn from that, apply those learnings, rinse and repeat.
If we lived by the recommendations put forth by some in this thread--meaning we limited ourselves to small, incremental changes to our shoes from version to version--we would probably frustrate runners a lot less often. But that world would be devoid of shoes like the LunarTrainer+, LunaRacer+ and LunarGlide+--shoes that represent radical departures from convention and show us that the old ways aren't necessarily the best ways--because shoes like these are not born of incremental thinking. Maybe that's a world with less frustration, but it's also a much less interesting world where the few people who are running are doing it on sponge rubber midsoles and nylon uppers.
I can also assure you that the introduction of the Nike LunarGlide+ this July/August has nothing to do with sales of the LunarTrainer+, as the latter actually sold better than anyone expected (the shipping delays late last year occurred because the inventory created for fall and holiday sold out very quickly). Neither does it have to do with the difficulty of manufacturing the LunarTrainer+ (the LunarGlide+ is more challenging to engineer and manufacture) or any of the other speculation. We just knew we could make a better running shoe, so we did.
All I can ask is that, before you pre-judge it as a failure, you give the Nike LunarGlide+ a try when it hits store shelves. I can't promise that you'll like it more or even as much as the LunarTrainer+ it replaces--there's no way for me to guarantee that. But we believe we've created a damn good shoe. So much so that we're managing the LunarGlide+ as a franchise model, much in the way that we manage shoes like the Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ and Nike Zoom Vomero+.
Hopefully this helps answer some of your questions. But, ultimately, the proof of the pudding is in the wearing, and you'll all have an opportunity to judge the Nike LunarGlide+ for yourselves in just a few months.

Warmest regards,
Ernest
Ernest Kim
Product Information Manager, Footwear
Nike Running
http://twitter.com/ernestatnike "

Monday, April 13, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Nike Run Club SG.!

TODAY Coverage - Apr01 Launch
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Today - 2 April
There’s now another reason to head down to Orchard Road,

besides shopping and eating. Nike has launched a running club in
the heart of the shopping district yesterday, with celebrities like
Julian Hee and Jessica Tan (left) and national triathlete Mok Ying
Ren (right, in blue) taking part. Enthusiasts can get together
every first and third Wednesdays of the month to run a 5km
route. Runners who join the Nike Run Club SG will receive tips
from running experts and will be led by experienced(Team FatBird) run marshals
at each session. Said Nike Singapore country director Stanley
Goh: “As running has become an increasingly popular sport
here, there is a demand from runners for a convenient and safe
training hub.” Participation in the Nike Run Club SG is free and
open to 30 participants each week. Registration opens a week
before each training run. Interested participants can log on to
www.nikerunning.com.sg to sign up. Nike
When running dow n Orchard Ro ad, you need to be decked out in style!!
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