As soon as I walked in, I was very happy with my decision. Although it was the second day of the show and I had missed most of the speakers (In particular - Matt Long, author of "The Long Run" was speaking Friday afternoon. I really, really wanted to hear him because i absolutely loved his book - but alas, you can't do it all), there was still a pretty nice crowd. As I looked around, there were so many booths, I didn't know where to begin! Here's a recap of some of my favorites.
|JackRabbit was offering their own treadmill analysis. I was curious to see what shoes they would put me in, but my legs were just too tired!|
The first booth I headed towards was Adidas. The first thing I noticed was a display showing off their micoach pacer system. Since I'm a total sucker for new toys - I had to check it out. Basically, it's a chip that you clip on to your belt, and it works with any mp3 player, and it measures speed, distance, and heart rate. There's another sensor that you need to clip onto your shoe to measure your stride, and then of course you need to wear the heart rate strap. But the cool part is that it works with your music player, so the system can "coach" you through your run. Then you can log on to your computer, and check out the stats. I would definitely be interested to try it out on a few runs, since I seem to really struggle with pacing.
|Adidas micoach system|
I also took some time to look at their shoe and clothes display. I need more workout clothes like a hole in the head, but what can I say? I love fashion, I love running, so I like my running clothes!
|Adidas clothes - bright for spring!|
|Just looking at these beauties makes me want to run fast!|
Next stop was Brooks. Their stuff is great and very technical - but both the shoes and the clothes don't really work for me that often. The shoes are too wide (curse of the narrow foot) and the clothes usually seem to be cut a little bigger (or maybe I'm just really petite).
|Love the muted tones - so on trend with the runway!|
|Brooks Nightlife line|
They also had their tri shoe on display, the Gel-Noosa. Again the whole-horrible-feet-and-gait combo does not make this a shoe for me...but it's just so cool looking, I had to snap a pic
|Asics Gel-Noosa - you def won't be missed on the race course wearing these!|
My next booth was Moving Comfort - aka the best running bras around. I think any girl can understand how hard it is to find a comfortable bra for your size! I'm a huge fan of the Vixen and the Alexa bras, but of course it all is dependent on your size
|The Alexa bra in pretty spring colors! Hey if it's 95 degrees out and the shirt has to come off, at least the bra will look good out, right?|
Across the way was CW-X - the original compression tights. Some runners will claim that compression tights solve ALL their problems. I'm a bit skeptical because I don't think any one piece of gear can magically make all your problems go away. But, gear can help, and I must say whenever I do wear my CW-X capris, I do feel a difference. The rep told me they started coming out in some colors because some women requested more than boring black. Hey, I can get on board with that!
|I think I might just have to upgrade my black ones for pink and black pair!|
|I would so rock this for Kettleball class|
All in all, it was a great show - and I definitely have a new items on my spring shopping list!