Knowledge vs. Knowhow

Today, you are able to track and monitor your physical performance down to the nanosecond, with a variety of personal technology advancements at your fingertips. But now that you have this mountain of personal data, how do you begin to successfully incorporate your information into a training regimen?

Fitbit Ambassador Dean Karnazes explains that while analytics have the potential to change everything, a runner needs to first understand the difference between knowledge and know how.

Fitbit Ambassador and Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes at The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Expo in 2015.

Fitbit Ambassador and Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes at The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon Expo in 2015.

“One thing that has been sort of the quantum leap beyond the GPS tracking, has been heart rate monitoring and how that helps you train within a target range,” says Karnazes. “This is where a coach can be helpful because we are able to accumulate so much knowledge as far a data, but how do you put that into practice?”

Not every runner has access to a coach or professional trainer. Therefore, it can be helpful to use a performance-tracking device to help you categorize, log and, most importantly, interpret your data. Fitbit is one of the leading performance monitoring tools on the market today. They enable you to log your workouts, view your progress, and analyze your trends with easy-to-read charts and graphs.

“From training time and hitting the trails, to tracking my nutrition and sleep, everything I do makes a difference on race day. That’s why you never see me without my Fitbit Ionic — a running watch from Fitbit that has built-in GPS, sleep tracking, onscreen workouts and much more. It’s my go-to for all things fitness. SF Marathon runners can get one of their own with this special offer from Fitbit—the Official Wearable of the San Francisco Marathon.”

Many of Fitbit’s product offerings monitor, review and track sleep cycles. Sometimes, you might not even realize you’ve experienced a restless night of sleep until you struggle with your training and look back at your Fitbit’s sleep log to find there is a correlation.

Fitbit can also track your elevation, log your food consumption and monitor calories burned. All of these factors will help you collect, categorize and translate personal information into enhanced physical performance.

With a tool like Fitbit, you can turn your knowledge into know how – no problem!

Named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME magazine for his long list of personal accomplishments, ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes is not only a record-breaking endurance athlete, but also a New York Times bestselling author and successful businessman. California homegrown, but world-renowned, Dean will be back again this year to run the UltraMarathon at The Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon on July 29, 2018, sporting his trusty Fitbit Ionic to track yet another epic athletic endeavor. Fitbit Ionic’s race day data will be helping Dean fine-tune his performance real-time and effectively crush 52.4 miles.

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