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Tech to Help You Prep for the Pittsburgh Marathon

May 01, 2017 08:23AM ● By Matt Hill

As runners in the Pittsburgh area gear up for the Pittsburgh Marathon, there are tons of tech items— from device wearables to sports headsets— that can assist in their quest to reach peak performance. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.

Bose Soundsport wireless headphones – Track your performance without missing a beat. Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones not only deliver heart-pumping sound, they also monitor your heartbeat as you move to the music. Get real-time heart-rate readings with the Bose Connect app. The sweat- and weather-resistant StayHear+ Pulse ear tips stay in place even during intense workouts.

Samsung Gear S3 – This new smartwatch is engineered for adventure. It resists water, dust, extreme temperatures, and the occasional drop so you can venture out with confidence.  And with the built-in S Health app, track your steps, monitor your heart rate, set goals, post results, and check leaderboards to see how you stack up. It’s Bluetooth connected so you can receive texts, emails, and alerts without reaching for your phone. With a built-in speaker and microphone, you can also make and answer calls hands-free. One of the coolest features? You can make payments with this watch anywhere credit cards are accepted. Mid-run power-up snack? Check.

Noke Bluetooth Padlock – Take a 21st-century approach to securing your gym locker. The Noke Bluetooth Padlock features a keyless design that unlocks using Bluetooth on your iOS, Android or Windows device. No more lost keys or forgotten combinations.

Runkeeper – The Runkeeper app tracks your run no matter where you go. Use the app to create training schedules for upcoming races, compare miles you’ve logged with friends and keep track of calories burned. And it’s also a standalone app for Android Wear, meaning as long as you have GPS capabilities or cell connectivity, you’ll get credit for your run even when your phone sits this one out.