The Nike 'Run To The Beat' half-marathon is coming up in September, and while it may be too later to enter in 2013, there are as ever a number of running events around the country that are still open to applicants.
Thanks to Nike, HuffPost Tech editor Michael Rundle is participating in this year's race. And by all accounts the race looks set to continue to incorporate a ridiculous amount of music into a gruelling - but glorious - trek around South East London's finest sites, parks and music venues.
We've been training hard to get ready for the event - and naturally the bulk of that work has relied on our amazing physical prowess, Nike's local run clubs and not our technical baubles.
But yes, we've also had to geek out over the best gadgets, sports equipment and training apps to help us on our way.
So before we get down to the tricky business of actually making it around the 21,097 metre loop, let's run through the kit that's got us this far.
Here are our top running 9 gadgets, apps and doodads for autumn 2013.
Nike Free Flyknit
These shoes are kind of crazy. They're <a href="https://twitter.com/michaelrundle/status/368317389751853056" target="_blank">insanely bright</a>, fit like a literal sock (with a clingy upper and no tongue) and feel like barefoot runners. But they're also really surprisingly decent to run in, giving you just enough support while letting you break into the mystical world of "barefoot" running without going all the way. But for sheer style alone, there aren't many shoes that can match them.
Philips Running Headphones
The market is overwhelmed with headphones aimed at runners, and really you can pay your money and take your choice, just as you would with regular headphones. But for us, these Philips neckband headphones struck a nice balance between features and cost. They're waterproof, durable, bright and sound good. They're easy to pick up at <a href="http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio/headphones/headphones/sports-headphones/philips-shq4200-10-headphones-orange-grey-21328901-pdt.html" target="_blank">Curry's for £29.99</a>, and come with a handy collar clip. They won't replace your main headphones - and they could use an in-line remote. But they're very solid.
We loved these shoes <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/14/adidas-boost-running-marathon-launch-pictures-video_n_2684398.html" target="_blank">when we reviewed them earlier this spring</a>, and they're still our main runners. The energy-returning tech is genuine, tangible and it works, while the stripped-down aesthetic is still gorgeous.
We're not just saying this because Nike sponsors the Run To The Beat event - the <a href="http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/fuelband/pid-691777/pgid-670534" target="_blank">FuelBand</a> really is our favourite of the current crop of fitness gadgets. Why? Because it's simple. While the Jawbone UP, FitBit, Pulse and others all offer more features, the FuelBand is the only one with a simple, beautiful LED screen that displays how far we've come each day, at the press of a button. It's also the only fitness gadget we've really been able to use while mostly forgetting that it's there. For motivation, it's invaluable. Here's hoping that the next iteration - either on its own, or part of a potential Apple wearable - keeps that momentum going.
For all the Bluetooth-enabled MP3 players, smartphones and running devices in the world, our favourite exercise media player is still the iPod shuffle. It's simple, it has no screen to worry about, it's durable and <a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/ipod-shuffle/" target="_blank">it costs £40</a>. Done.
Zombies, Run! 2
If you're a runner in need of a motivational tool (and you like zombies) look no further than <a href="https://www.zombiesrungame.com/" target="_blank">Zombies, Run! 2</a>, the great new update to the original drama-running concept. You turn it on, head out for a run, and try to keep pace with the story being told through your ears in between music tracks.
Garmin Forerunner 610
If you're a serious runner, you want more details about your performance than the Fuel Band provides - and you have a spare £280 - the Forerunner 610 is a great choice. This waterproof, durable sports watch gives you the ability to track your runs via GPS, race yourself and your friends with Virtual Racer and Virtual Partner, and upload your data straight to Garmin Connect so you can view your routes and laps in stunning detail back at home. It works with Mac and PC and is ANT+ enabled.
Nike Training Club
If you can't make it down to one of Nike's regular Run Clubs, this Android app is the next best thing. It gives you access to a bunch of 15-45 minute workouts right from your phone, and talks you through exactly how to get the best of each of them. It's also aimed at women, which is rare and nice to see. <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nike.ntc" target="_blank">Download it on the Google Play store.</a>
Andrew WK 'Party Hard' Tank Top
There are plenty of fitness T-shirts, tops and jackets out there to keep you cool, warm, wet or dry. But there is only on top that will keep you party. Cult rockstar Andrew WK <a href="http://andrewwk.com/store#!/~/product/category=271394&id=1003232" target="_blank">sells these incredible tank-tops from his website for just $20</a>, and we can't think of anything more motivational - for you, and anyone who sees you wearing it. Party hard, runners!