Whether you are on a short or a long run, there are essentials that you need to take with you. I usually opt for a running belt as the pockets in my leggings or shorts, don’t hold everything I need comfortably. Today I’m reviewing the latest addition to my running gear, the SPIBelt performance series. Continue reading Carry All the Essentials on The Run with SPIBelt
Can you believe it is already September?! This year is flying by!! Fall is near and that means October is right around the corner. October is when we bring out all the pumpkin stuff, and it’s also breast cancer awareness month. One of my favorite companies, AfterShokz is joining the fight against breast and ovarian cancer by going (Bright) Pink with some pink Aftershocks headphones!
Aftershokz created some limited edition open ear Trekz Titanium Pink headphones that are only available now thru October 31st. My long time readers know I love the color pink, so when Aftershokz told me about this campaign, I was SO EXCITED! I already have a pair of Trekz Titanium, and love them, I take them on almost every run with me. When I found out they made pink Aftershokz, I was very excited to get some in my favorite color.
Besides being my favorite color, these pink Aftershokz headphones support a great cause. For every pair sold on aftershokz.com from September 1st to October 31st, 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of proceeds to Bright Pink, a non-profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness. How cool is that?!
The Trekz Titanium from Aftershokz are amazing. Here is what I love:
– open ear design allows you to be aware of your surroundings while you enjoy your music and/or calls
– wireless, so you won’t be tangled in cords
– sweat resistant
– they don’t go inside or over your ears, so you don’t need to worry about them falling out while running
– a single charge gets you 6+ hours of listening time!
– extremely comfortable
– you can turn your jams up as loud as you want without damaging your hearing! Because these headphones are bone conduction and not in your ear canal, it won’t affect your hearing. cool huh?!
– added bonus: a portion of proceeds raised from each unit sold will go back to Bright Pink to spread awareness about breast and ovarian cancer!!
For more info, you can read my previous review of them HERE.
Since I love social media, I think it’s super cool when a social media post can help do some good. Check this out –> Every time #AwareWithPink is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink to extend the awareness. Spreading the hashtag will fund Bright Pink’s ongoing efforts to educate and drive awareness about how being proactive can make all the difference. HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!
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Since I started running more miles, something I get asked about all the time is running shoes. What do you run in? Which shoes do you suggest? How do I pick the right running shoe? Shoes can make or break your run. I learned this early on in my running career. Today, I’m going to explain how to pick the best running shoe for you! Fortunately it’s pretty easy, and by the end of this post you will be well on your way to getting that perfect shoe!
Do Running Shoes Matter?
The shoes you run in matter a lot more than you may think. There are differing & strong opinions on shoes. Some runners swear by one brand or model, and some runners by another. Here is what I can tell you: no person is alike. You have to find the best running shoe that works best for you, your body, your goals & your run style. Just because Suzy Runner loves the ‘model T’ doesn’t mean it will be right for you, and vice versa. Shoes are not something to take lightly whether you run recreationally or are training for a race. Because shoes are so specific to each person, it is important to get fit for your shoes, which leads me to my next point.
How to Pick the Best Running Shoe
When I first started running, I just bought some running shoes that I thought were cute. They were comfortable for shorter distances, but longer distances they got uncomfortable. As I mentioned earlier, there are 4 major things that go into picking a shoe: your preferences, your body, your goals (i.e.: distance per week) & your run style. All of that needs to be taken into account when you pick a shoe, so the best thing to do is get fit for a running shoe.
What’s a ‘Run Signature’?
When it comes to getting fit for a running shoe, getting your gait tested is often something you hear about. There are all different ways gait can be assessed; most common are visually observing your steps or a treadmill with cameras. Run Signature from Brooks takes this to the next level.
Many times gait analysis involves just looking at your feet & your step. Run Signature, however, looks at how your entire stride functions from your knees all the way down to your ankles and feet. This is why I’m a huge fan of Run Signature; it gets the entire picture, not just a snippet.
Every body moves differently, which is why Brooks calls it your ‘Run Signature’. It’s specific to you and your body. It takes a lot of guess work out of finding the right shoe. For more scientific info on how it works, check this out.
My ‘Run Signature’
A few weeks ago, Brooks Running invited me down to their beautiful headquarters here in Seattle to test out Run Signature. Not only was it a lot of fun to see where all the Brooks magic happens, I also learned some game changing info about what kind of shoes I need.
The process is very easy and painless. You put two velcro bands on your leg, around your thigh above your knee and another on your calf. Then they place a sticky triangle on the back of your heel and you are ready to go.
Then you get on the treadmill and do a series of standing squats followed by a short run.
That’s it! Then you get some mind blowing results!!
My Results: I pronate slightly and need a ‘support’ shoe. (I’m giving you the short version, the results are much more in-depth than that)
Why are these so mind blowing? First, when you visually observe me walk, you don’t see a pronation. It happens when I run and was not something I even knew I was doing. Second, I currently run in Brooks and was running in a neutral shoe. This would explain some of the issues I was having with my knee during marathon training.
Another thing: your stride can change over time. So, when it is time to get a new pair of running shoes, also get your gait tested. The results can change and you may get surprised like I did!
Based on my Run Signature results, I’ve decided my next running shoe is going to be the Adrenaline GTS (cushion shoe). I would also love to try the Ravenna (energize) or the PureCadence (connect). I have plenty more miles to cover this year, so I probably have more than one pair of shoes on my horizon.
Find Your ‘Run Signature’
Want to find out what YOUR Run Signature is? Here are a few different ways you can do that.
- Local to the Seattle area? Visit the Brooks Trailhead store in Seattle and you can experience the Run Signature technology in person!
- Running a Rock N Roll race? The Run Signature technology & testing will be available at the “Brooks Run Happy Island” at all the Rock N Roll expos.
- Neither of those possible for you? Try this in-depth Shoe Finder quiz on the Brooks website!
Once you find out what your Run Signature and whether you need a ‘support’ or ‘neutral’ shoe, Brooks takes it one step further by letting you choose what experience you want.
- Cushion: Soft and protective to cushion your every step.
- Energize: Responsive and springy to add extra lift to your stride.
- Connect: Lightweight and flexible to naturally feel your run
- Speed: Fast and streamlined to propel you through your run.
No matter what kind of run you’re looking for, Brooks has got you covered!
A huge thank you to Brooks Running for having me out to their headquarters and allowing me this amazing experience!
Disclaimer: I received a Amphipod Handheld to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
If you have been reading my blog for sometime, you know that somehow I managed to survive half marathon training last summer without a good hydration strategy. I tried a hydration belt & didn’t like the bounce. I desperately wanted to use a handheld water bottle, but I didn’t like the feel for long distances. This winter, I found hydration packs, which I love; however sometimes you don’t need a pack, but you still want to bring water on your runs. Enter Amphipod Hydraform – the first handheld that I love!
How I use it
I have taken this water bottle with me on short 3 mile runs, middle distance 5 to 7 mile runs, and I even ran a half marathon with it!
Why I’m in love!
- Extremely comfortable to hold & run with
- Insulated sleeve, keeps water colder longer
- Huge, expandable pocket to hold phone and other running necessities
- Squeeze & squirt cap makes for easy drinking while running! No need to open or close the bottle to get a drink.
- Very easy to carry despite size & storage. Holds 20oz of H20!
- BPA free bottle (no chemicals leaching into water)
- Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
- Wide opening on bottle for easy filling + adding ice
- Lots of storage!
- BONUS: they are made in Seattle!!!
Hands down, this is the best handheld water bottle I have ever used. There is enough room for storage & plenty of water.
Where to Buy
Amphipod makes several different sizes of handheld water bottles. The one that I have is the Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra. It holds 20oz of water and has the extra large pocket. They also make a 16oz bottle – the pocket is still supposed to be able to hold a iPhone 6.
Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Hawaii1 to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
The sun is shining, warmer temps, longer days… summer is here! I am SO happy because summer is my favorite part of the year. I love to run in the sunshine, so you may be surprised to know that I never had a pair of ‘athletic’ sunglasses. I never felt like I needed them until recently, so when I was offered the opportunity to test out the Hawaii1 sunglasses from XX2i, I was very excited!
Before, I always ran in my regular shades. I never had a problem; however the shades were not designed for running. You can get away with regular sunglasses on shorter runs and even on longer runs too, but there is definitely a difference we you use sport shades. The warmer it is the more I sweat, and my sunglasses started to slip. On really bright days, I found myself squinting even with sunglasses on. Sport shades are made with all these things in mind and using them on long runs has been really great.
See it in Action
Pros & Cons
Wanna pick up some XX2i shades of your own? Use code XX2irocks for 50% off!! They have sport shades and casual shades + an AWESOME guarantee & return policy so you can feel good about purchasing from them. (see below – it’s the best I’ve ever seen!!)
WARRANTY: Lifetime Warranty! No questions asked, you break or scratch them, send them back to be replaced for a nominal shipping and handling fee!
RETURN POLICY: 365 Days! We know it may take some time to try on and get comfortable with a pair of sunglasses bought online so that’s why we give you a full year to do so!