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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 15

    Welcome to Week 15! This week we will talk about all the miles you’ve been logging on your shoes, and if it’s time to replace them.

    What you should know about running shoes is that they generally last 300-500 miles. This will vary greatly depending on the type of shoe, running surface, your running gait, etc. After these many miles, even if the outsole still looks good, the midsole will have lost its ability to compress and rebound, thus no longer adequately absorbing shock. Your body will be forced to absorb more of the forces generated by running, which can lead to discomfort and injury.

    Sometimes the best way to know for sure if you need new shoes is to try on a new pair. If you notice a big difference right away, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace your old shoes.

    In terms of timing, now is the perfect time to break in a new pair of shoes before your big race. Remember, we highly discourage running your race in shoes you’ve never worn before.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 14

    Welcome to Week 14! This week we will discuss a couple of really useful accessories for runners.

    First of all, let’s talk about race belts. Think of a race belt as a smaller, more convenient version of the fanny pack. A race belt is a great tool for all of your training runs, plus it’s lightweight. You’ll hardly notice it. Come race day, you can pin your bib to it to avoid poking holes in your shirt. A small expandable pocket easily holds a cell phone, ID and/or keys.

    Next, let’s talk sunglasses. Gazelle Sports sells sunglasses that will stay put even when you’re on the move. Keep the sun out of your eyes with a stylish pair specifically designed with the runner in mind.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 13

    Welcome to Week 13! This week we will discuss cross training, which is important for every training program participant.

    Cross training is beneficial for runners of all distances and skill levels. When you use the same muscle groups over and over again by running, you’re at a higher risk for a repetitive-use injury. You’re also at risk for boredom.

    The goal of cross training is to utilize other methods of exercise (cycling, swimming, yoga, strength training) in order to increase flexibility, strength and endurance. Plus, trying something new can decrease boredom, and you might just find a new activity that you like! The most important thing is to have fun and keep moving.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 12

    Welcome to Week 12! This week we will talk about all things headwear.

    Hats, headbands and Buff bands are great for keeping hair and sweat out of your face and eyes, plus many offer UV sun protection. Hats are a great option for rainy days. They help keep the rain out of your eyes, plus, when you also wear a rain proof jacket you can stay completely dry! Buff bands are not just for keeping your face and ears warm in the winter, they are also a great way to protect yourself from the sun in the warmer months. Check out all the different ways you can wear them here (add a link to the http://buffusa.com/wear/ways_to_wear_a_buff) With so many options, a Buff band is great to have for every run! Ladies: don’t let your flyaways affect your run, try one of our headbands! With so many options, you are sure to find one that gets the job done and looks great.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 11

    Welcome to Week 11! This week, we will talk about taking care of your tech apparel - shirts, shorts, pants, socks and bras.

    We always recommend washing technical apparel with sports washes, such as Sweat X Sport. Sweat X Sport is a specially formulated high performance sports laundry detergent that is designed to remove even the toughest sports stains and stench from technical fabrics. Bonus: it’s 100 percent biodegradable, 100 percent non-toxic and nearly neutral pH. This stuff works so well that we tried it out on 10-year-old Patagonia base layers. After three washes (and wearing in between), the base layer looked and smelled as good as new.

    Remember to check the tag on your apparel before washing it. Sometimes they include special care instructions.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 10

    Welcome to Week 10! You’ve made it so far, and the end is in sight!

    This week is all about treating yourself. You are about to accomplish something amazing and you should celebrate. Now is the time to reward yourself with that Patagonia top you’ve been eyeing or that dessert you’ve been craving. Whatever it is that motivates you, use it to your advantage on race day.

    And what about after race day? You may be asking yourself, “What’s next?” Lucky for you, we have a lot of resources to keep you moving. Whether it’s a triathlon, adventure race, trail running or yoga, we want to support you on your next adventure. Stop in and see us – we’d love to hear how you’re doing!

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 10

    Welcome to Week 10! This week we will discuss what happens when you suspect you have an injury.

    The bad news is that most runners will experience an injury during their lifetime. Here are a couple facts about injuries that you should be aware of:

    ■ Almost all running injuries are repetitive use injuries. Sure, a runner may twist an ankle from time to time, but most injuries are caused by overuse - either a biomechanic issue, muscle imbalance or a combination of the two.
    ■ Strength training is critical to both preventing and treating running injuries.
    ■ Footwear and insoles can play a critical role in treating and preventing injuries, though they are almost never the magic cure.

    So what should you do in the event of an injury? We recommend that you see a medical professional ASAP. Medical professionals may encourage you to try lower impact activities, such as swimming or biking while you wait for your injury to heal. Whatever you do, don’t participate in activities that cause your injury to become worse. We also carry special straps, wraps and socks that can help ease your aches and pains as you progress through training to prepare for race day.

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 9

    Welcome to Week 9! At this point, we are officially halfway through training. Can you believe it? What you probably can believe is how incredibly tired your legs can be after a long run. This week, we will talk about something that may just help - compression.

    Compression gear helps keep fresh blood flowing to your muscles, which can decrease recovery time and reduce soreness in muscles. For example: compression socks and calf sleeves can greatly reduce the pain of shin splints. Many of our staff members swear by CEP knee-high socks to help get them through long training runs and races. The best way to see if compression can benefit your training is to try it out! We carry socks, calf sleeves and tights in various lengths to suit particular needs.

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 9

    Welcome to Week 9! Now that you’ve been training for a while, you might be wondering what other exercises you can incorporate into your running routine.

    This week we will focus on cross training. Cross training is beneficial for runners of all distances and skill levels. It can help you avoid injury and get stronger in other areas. Cycling, swimming and yoga are great examples of cross training for runners. Look for activities that are lower impact and focus on flexibility, strength and endurance. The most important thing is to have fun!

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  • Half / Full Marathon Training Programs Week 8

    Welcome to Week 8! This week we are going to dive a bit deeper into everyone’s favorite topic - nutrition.

    Specifically, this week we will talk about gels and chews. Gels are very popular among hikers, cyclists, paddlers and runners for on-the-go (during-workout) use. They are syrupy, semi-liquid products–usually high concentrations of carbohydrates–that come in small, squeezable packages.They swiftly deliver a very-easy-to-digest energy boost—offering perhaps the quickest energy input of any performance food option. Some gel makers create specialized gels by adding varying doses of caffeine (a potent fatigue fighter) or sodium (for people sweating excessively due to high temperatures or humid conditions). Caffeine enhanced products are usually clearly marked. Gel packets are small, very light (1 or 2 oz.) and easy to stash just about anywhere.
    Some people find the gooey texture of gels less than appealing. Electrolyte chews were created for these folks. Chews are offered in varying consistencies. Some are like gumdrops, or gummy bears, and others are more like jelly beans. They provide essentially the same function as a gel—infusing the body with carbohydrates (to delay fatigue) and electrolytes (to replenish stores of salts). Because their soft-yet-solid texture requires slightly more digestive work than a gel, their benefits may be slightly slower to impact your body. Chews are designed exclusively for the during-working stage of activity.
    Finally, always remember to try any gels or chews in training before you decide to use them on race day. It’s always best to know how they affect your body, so you can plan ahead.
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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 8

    Welcome to Week 8! Congratulations on making it this far. Race day will be here before we know it! This week we’ll be talking about your race day outfit and taking care of your apparel.

    Leading up to your big race, you’re probably thinking about what to wear. While it’s tempting to buy and save an outfit for race day, we don’t advise running in something you’ve never worn before. So if you do purchase a new outfit, remember to try it out before the actual race to make sure it’s comfortable and does not cause chafing.

    Speaking of new technical apparel, now that you own it, how do you keep it smelling fresh? We suggest using a sport wash, such as Sweat X Sport. Sweat X Sport is a specially formulated high performance sports laundry detergent that is designed to remove even the toughest sports stains and stench from technical fabrics. Bonus: it’s 100 percent biodegradable, 100 percent non-toxic and nearly neutral pH. We’ve tested this stuff out on 10-year-old base layers from Patagonia. After a couple of washes, the base layer smelled as good as new!

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  • 5k / 10k Training Programs Week 7

    Welcome to Week 7, but who’s counting, right? If you’re like many people, you might actually enjoy keeping track of your fitness. This week, we will be talking about electronics that help with just that.

    Garmin’s Vivofit is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to track their daily steps, calories, distance and sleep. It can give you personalized daily goals, tell you when it’s time to move, works 24/7 and can help keep you motivated with online challenges and virtual badges.

    Another option is a GPS watch. For those looking to keep better track of their training, a GPS watch is the perfect tool. You’ll get more accuracy in keeping track of your run, and most watches offer metrics like calories burned, current pace, average pace, and the ability to store and look at your runs on your computer.

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