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Coros Pod Review

Coros Pod Review

Coros Pod Review

Recently, I got to try the Coros Pod. After running New York and taking time off, I didn’t explore all of the features the Coros Pod has. It didn’t make sense to review the Coros Pod before diving in and trying out various features.

I learned more about my running with the Coros Pod in a few weeks than the last several years combined.

Coros performance pod

First and most importantly, what is the Coros Pod?

The Coros Pod provides advanced metrics, including power and form data.  This data can help turn you into a smarter and more efficient runner.

How does the Coros Performance Pod Work?

The Coros Pod uses a ratio of speed to power-to-weight measures how much energy is involved in propelling your body forward. For those who don’t know (I didn’t before using the Coros Pod), when your speed increases and power decreases, you improve your efficiency. By becoming more efficient, running becomes easier. Is it ever “easy”? No, but it does become easier.

What kind of data do you get with the Coros Pod?

  • Cadence
  • Stride Length
  • Left/Right Balance
  • Stride Height (Vertical Oscillation)
  • Stride Ratio
  • Running Power
  • Run Efficiency – derived from running power

So Here is a More In-depth Look at Some of Those Features:

The Coros Performance Pod Calculates Cadence and Stride Length:

Most watches these days will calculate your cadence and stride length, including the watch I already use: The Coros Apex. However, no watch is perfect, not even Coros.

Coros performance pod

So why use the Coros Pod if your GPS  Watch already calculates that? The Coros Pod also calculates Stride Height, Ground Contact Time and Left/Right Balance.

I also learned, when running and by staying closer to the ground, and having a faster cadence running becomes “easier.” I think the left/right balance is one of my favorite features of the Coros Pod.

Using the information from the left/right balance, I learned what I need to work on to run healthier. I never realized my left side was stronger. However, it does make sense since my right side has had more of the injuries lately.  While .4 doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a fairly substantial amount.

Coros performance pod

The Coros Performance Pod Calculates Power:

The Coros takes into account weight, speed and several other inputs to calculate your Running Power.  Not only will the Coros Pod calculate your power horizontally, but it will also do so laterally, vertically.

Coros Performance Pod

Do you Need a Coros Watch to use the Coros Performance Pod?

No, but as someone who uses the Coros Apex, I do recommend any of the Coros GPS watches from the Coros Apex Pro to the coros vertix.  If you already use a Coros GPS watch, existing Coros users just put the watch in run mode and go.

In fact, you can use the Coros Pod alone if you prefer. To pair the Coros Pod, you just download the Coros App and start running. Running with just the pod will tell you all of the information like heart rate, stride cadence, and running efficiency without feeling tied to a watch. For some people who prefer to run naked and not know the pace, they can tell their information without a watch. I do appreciate that I can know the information without ever using a watch. When you’re done with your run, the Coros pod will sync with the app and track your run.

You can also sync the Coros Pod with third party social media sites like Straa and Training Peaks.

Will I feel the Coros Performance Pod While Running?

No. I’ve run just over 100 miles with the Coros Pod and it’s neer inhibited my run. I even raced with it once and it didn’t fall off or bop around. I highly recommend it for someone who wants the features of a GPS watch but doesn’t necessarily want a watch on their wrist.

If you’re interested in the Coros Pod, it’s available here.

You can read more gear reviews here.

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

Questions for you:

Do you have a stronger side?

What is your favorite piece o running technology? 

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November Training

November Training

November brought a whole bunch of a lot of things. I ran my fourth marathon, took some time off, and now am getting back into running again. I didn’t really have a “goal” for November but to run the marathon, take time off, and then get back into running.


Miles Run: 150ish

Range of Paces: 6:34-11:15-untimed

Rest Days: 12

Races:

TCS New York City Marathon (3:27.19)

Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k (21:38)

Medford Lakes Turkey Trot 5k (20:33)

Thoughts:

In all, it was a good month of training. I met my goal of starting and finishing the marathon healthy.  After pulling out of the Big Cottonwood Marathon because I pulled my hamstring, I was happy to start and finish New York healthy.

Now that the marathon is done, it feels like forever ago.  I can’t believe it was only a month ago. My goal for December is to build mileage and to ease back into running. I want to start running and training for shorter races consistently. Although I said that last year, I’m hoping to get back into a shorter distance shape.  I wrote a post about marathoning and why it’s not my favorite or for me. My 5k PR is about five years old now.

During December, I’ll focus on building a base.  I had a decent base for the marathon, but I would prefer to be comfortably running between 50-60 miles. Then go from there in January (which…who knows what the weather will be like in January, I’m sure NJ will get some snow days).

Posts from the Month:

Hiking:

Chimney Rocks Trail via Hermitage and Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hiking the Pulpit Rock-Pinnacle Loop (Appalachian Trail)

Product Reviews:

Sport Suds Laundry Detergent Review

PonyFlo Hat Review

What Makes Maurten Energy Gel and Drink Mixes Different?

Shoe Reviews:

Asics Nimbus 22

Saucony Triumph 17 Shoe Review

Newton Gravity 8 Shoe Review

Diadora Mythos Elite TRX Shoe Review

Marathoning | Not for Me

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

Questions for you:

How was your training in November?

Do you have any plans for December? 

 

Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k (21:38)

Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k (21:38)

Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k Race Recap

On paper, the Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k might the slowest race I’ve run in a very long time. It was windy, my legs felt stiff, and I was tired. Early in the week, my body felt great. I felt like I could run fast. Friday and Saturday, my legs felt stiff and tired. They felt anything but ready to run fast.

I tried to remind myself that I’m coming off a marathon, but in 2019 it feels like I’ve taken 12 steps back when I was never forward. Anyway, I got the race around 8 did a 3-mile warmup and got to the start at 8:55. I knew my body wasn’t feeling great and because it as on the water, the wind was worse.

Once I got to the start, I chatted with friends, including Skip. The Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k started a few minutes late around 9:05-9:10. There were a lot of fast people out for a small 5k.

During the first mile, I knew it was a time I would “feel awful in the warmup and also when I raced.” My legs felt heavy and like I had no turnover. I hit the first mile at 6:38.

The second mile of the Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k turned around and headed back where we came.  I knew when we got to the end of the road and ran parallel to the water; we were going to be running into a headwind. Once we made the right, we went straight into a headwind and it felt like I was standing still. There was no one around me, so I had no one to block the wind from. I just kept running. The wind was so strong, it muffled the beep of my watch and I never heard it.

We turned right again and got out of the wind. My legs were tired and my mind was just as tired. Since I realized doing a 3-mile warmup and then racing was probably not my “smartest idea” because 6 miles was the longest I’d run since New York City.

The final mile of the Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k felt better since we only ran a small stretch into the headwind. By the time I knew it, I could see the finish line. I powered through and finished in 21:38.

Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k Thoughts:

2019 has been the year of me thinking: Can I get any slower? Which reality has been yes! 2019 hasn’t been my year of running PRs or running fast. I’ve had more important things to focus on. I’ve enjoyed myself and had good workouts and races. The Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k was in hard conditions on a hard day. Do I think I’m capable of running a 20:XX when I’m not racing into a headwind? Yes. I’m happy I ran the Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k and it is a beautiful tribute to Cpl. Marc T. Ryan.

Question for you: What’s your least favorite element to run in? (for me, it’s wind)

 

Training Log: Getting Back to Speed

Training Log: Getting Back to Speed

I’m not training for anything right now. The rest of 2019 is about regaining speed and enjoying myself while doing so. Last week was the first time I ran since New York. My legs didn’t feel sore early in the week, but they began to feel the mileage in the later part.

Monday: Easy 30 minutes + 4-mile hike
Tuesday: Easy 45 minutes
Wednesday: Easy 30 minutes
Thursday: Rest
Friday Easy 45 minutes
Saturday: Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k 21:38
Sunday: Long Run 10 miles at 8:02 pace

Thoughts:

I’m happy with my week and getting mileage in. My body doesn’t feel as sore as previous marathons, which is nice.

I’m looking forward to getting back into training and getting speed back.  Easy runs are just that, easy and uneventful to build mileage back up.

Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial 5k (21:38):

It was windy with gusts of 40 MPH and mile 2, was almost exclusively into a headwind. On top of that, my legs didn’t feel good. I don’t know the last time I ran a 21+ minute road 5k, but it gives me a relative baseline to work from.  I’m happy I showed up and I’m looking forward to getting to more 5ks.

Sunday Long Run: 10 Miles 8:02 pace

I prefer the 10-mile distance above 15 or 20 miles. 8:02 pace isn’t an “easy pace,” and I felt as though I was working hard but not 100%.  Right now, my easy pace is more like 9-10 min miles, but I’m probably going to keep a faster long run each week for now.

Posts from the Week:

Diadora Mythos Elite TRX Shoe Review

Marathoning | Not for Me

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. This week has a big giveaway! 

Questions for you:

What are your goals for the rest of 2019?

Do you have any big winter plans? 

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