What the Runner Saw: Lace tag anyone?

Loved this. At the end of the Adidas Hall of Fame there was a nifty little dispenser that turned out your very own lace tag as a little piece of memorabilia to take away. 

Couldn’t resist sneaking back to get two. These will be definitely adorn my running shoes when I line up for the Virgin Money London Marathon. 

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Me and Adi…
Couldn’t resist striking a pose next to the statue of Adidas founder Adi Dassler. He’s holding an old pair of running shoes (or football boots, it’s hard to tell with the old shoes). I’m holding the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost.
Wonder what he would have made of the new technology in shoes?
His rather nice cardigan-flared-trouser combo clearly out-styles my shirt-jeans look as well.

Me and Adi…

Couldn’t resist striking a pose next to the statue of Adidas founder Adi Dassler. He’s holding an old pair of running shoes (or football boots, it’s hard to tell with the old shoes). I’m holding the Adidas Adizero Adios Boost.

Wonder what he would have made of the new technology in shoes?

His rather nice cardigan-flared-trouser combo clearly out-styles my shirt-jeans look as well.

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What the runner saw… Dass ist sehr gut
Adidas founder, Adi Dassler keeps an eye on runners from the stands at the Adidas Herzo HQ’s very own running track.
I ran a bit on the track and it’s such a strange feeling passing this statue. You’re acutely aware of someone watching you on each lap.
(More photos from Herzo and the Adidas HQ and Innovation Labs)

What the runner saw… Dass ist sehr gut

Adidas founder, Adi Dassler keeps an eye on runners from the stands at the Adidas Herzo HQ’s very own running track.

I ran a bit on the track and it’s such a strange feeling passing this statue. You’re acutely aware of someone watching you on each lap.

(More photos from Herzo and the Adidas HQ and Innovation Labs)

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What the runner saw… Old school running spikes
Another piece of retro gold from the Adidas Hall of Fame at the Herzo HQ. 
These are crying out to be paired with Probably the Best Tracksuit of All Time.

What the runner saw… Old school running spikes

Another piece of retro gold from the Adidas Hall of Fame at the Herzo HQ. 

These are crying out to be paired with Probably the Best Tracksuit of All Time.

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Love this… The Adidas Shoebox pop-up store
Not to be outdone by Nike’s heritage VW Camper, Adidas has been demonstrating its own creative PR smarts with this Adidas Originals giant shoebox.
Love the fact it even has a sizing label and the laces sticking out. Very clever.

Love this… The Adidas Shoebox pop-up store

Not to be outdone by Nike’s heritage VW Camper, Adidas has been demonstrating its own creative PR smarts with this Adidas Originals giant shoebox.

Love the fact it even has a sizing label and the laces sticking out. Very clever.

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What the runners saw… being a big hit with the birds
Love this. The moment the geese attacked while we were out filming for Sky News tech programme Swipe last week.

What the runners saw… being a big hit with the birds

Love this. The moment the geese attacked while we were out filming for Sky News tech programme Swipe last week.

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What the runner saw… Running santas
The Santa Run. Sacks not included.

What the runner saw… Running santas

The Santa Run. Sacks not included.

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What the runner saw…
And the running track at the GSK Human Performance Lab. Same surface as the London Olympic track.

What the runner saw…
And the running track at the GSK Human Performance Lab. Same surface as the London Olympic track.

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What the runner saw…  The starting line
Snapped this at the beginning of yesterday’s Valencia Marathon. You can feel the anticipation.

What the runner saw…  The starting line

Snapped this at the beginning of yesterday’s Valencia Marathon. You can feel the anticipation.

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What the runner saw… Mirror, mirror on the wall
This appeared in my hotel bathroom mirror while I was showering this morning. Maybe it’s a sign? I’m not sure.*


(* This might be a completely fabricated story but it’ll never be proved either way)

What the runner saw… Mirror, mirror on the wall

This appeared in my hotel bathroom mirror while I was showering this morning. Maybe it’s a sign? I’m not sure.*

(* This might be a completely fabricated story but it’ll never be proved either way)

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What the runner saw… hotel signs - always better in Spain
Do not molest me. Come on in, clean the room but no molestar. Understand? Good.
This sign is a little disturbing in itself.
UPDATE (AND A LITTLE SECRET): I know what molestar really means.The clue is in the words underneath)

What the runner saw… hotel signs - always better in Spain

Do not molest me. Come on in, clean the room but no molestar. Understand? Good.

This sign is a little disturbing in itself.

UPDATE (AND A LITTLE SECRET): I know what molestar really means.The clue is in the words underneath)

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What the runner saw… probably the best PR stunt ever
Last night Playstation turned London’s famour OXO Tower into a giant billboard. Absolute genius from them.

What the runner saw… probably the best PR stunt ever

Last night Playstation turned London’s famour OXO Tower into a giant billboard. Absolute genius from them.

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Sometimes running does funny things…

So while I was out this lunchtime doing a cheeky five miler testing the new Adidas miCoach Smart Run smartwach I had the most bizarre chance encounter.

I was running through Hyde Park, went to cross the road that runs through the park when a Range Rover swerved to miss another car that had decided to switch lanes without indicating.

The Range Rover in question sounded its horn loudly and almost swerved into me. The driver was doing the best impression of a man with road rage and looked familiar in that way that celebrities make you think they’re old friends. Then I realise who the driver was.

David Beckham. David Beckham nearly ran me over.

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What the runner saw… Hello Chicago

One afternoon, one evening and one morning is all it’s taken to make me love Chicago already.

I’m flying solo in the city until Friday when a friend joins me from New York so I’ve been wandering mainly. We’ve had some stunning weather so far and it’s been a pleasure bumping into Chicago’s street art installations. Running this city is going to be real treat on Sunday.

Plans for pre-marathon clean weak took a nose dive last night though. I ran into a really top bloke at a bar who showed me around town a bit, incudling a whiskey tasting. At one point I believe we were even in a limo. Still it seems to have sorted my jetlag out in one drunken hit.

Useless fact: Everytime I’m in the US I seem to end up eating Mexican food.

Days in the US: 1

Taco count: 1

So is anyone else out there running Chicago?

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