Training Update August 2018 & Light in the Dark

The past few weeks I have been ramping up my running mileage, and today marks exactly two months till my marathon! As the days get shorter, many of us are back to wearing headlamps and reflective clothing to both see and be seen! It is so important to wear bright clothing and flashing lights in the dark for safety.

Our favorite headlamp for running is the Black Diamond Sprinter. It is lightweight, bright, and rechargeable via USB. It does not bounce around and easily stays in place. There is also a flashing red light in the back allowing people behind you to see where you are. This is my go-to that I have had for several years.

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Use of GPS Watches and Activity Trackers

The use of GPS watches in sports has significantly grown over the past few years. There is a watch for almost any type of exercise. There are models for the obvious: running, hiking, cycling, and swimming. However, they also have specific versions for other sports such as golf and diving. The number of companies producing these watches is also huge: Garmin, Polar, Fitbit, Apple, Samsung, TomTom, and New Balance, just to name a few. The options are endless, and almost every endurance athlete owns one. Occasionally, I will see a runner with a standard watch that only has a clock and stopwatch, but the vast majority of runners have GPS watches tracking their data.   

I have a Garmin Forerunner 220 for running. The watch is middle of the road in terms of the options it provides, and it still does far more than I will ever use. Here are my favorite features:

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Spiking Your Winter Running Shoes

For those of us that live in snowy regions, it can be challenging to find places that aren't slippery for winter running. Running (and walking!) on slick roads not only puts us at risk for falling, but it can also change our running stride and put us a risk for overuse injuries due to altered gait patterns. I have tried many products to help me stay safe, but I've had trouble finding something that works well for me feet. 

I struggle with shoes that come with traction on them because I miss the feeling of my regular running shoes. I also have a hard time with external traction pieces that you can attach or strap onto your own running shoes because it makes my foot feel heavy and bulky. Hence, I decided to spike my own running shoes and it works great! It's cheap, the process is quick, and you can personalize it to your liking.

Read more for the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own along with reviews of the other types of traction I own. 

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Athletes

In the blink of an eye, here were are in the holiday season! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, joy, and good food. It's hard to believe December and Christmas are right around the corner. As we set out to get something special for everyone on our list (or you think about what you want!), I compiled a list of presents for various athletes below. Enjoy!

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