Monday December 9, 2013
If you run outside all winter long and find yourself slipping and sliding on the ice and snow, here's the perfect running gear to make your runs safer. Yaktrax Ice Grippers offer traction and confidence for winter running. They slip right over your running shoes, without adding any weight. The spikeless coils provide a solid, predictable grip so you don't slip or slide.
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Sunday December 8, 2013
The new year is right around the corner, so now's a great time to start thinking about your races for 2014. Having a few races on the calendar makes it easier to plan your training, and having specific goals will help maintain your motivation. In addition, more races now have lotteries or sell out very early, so it's important to plan ahead and make sure you don't get shut out of a race you're hoping to run. Here are some tips for finding local races or researching destination events:
Search the Internet for races. Some great sites with lots of local events to check out include: active.com or Running in the USA . If you're looking specifically for full or half marathons, try MarathonGuide.com and HalfMarathons.net. MarathonGuide.com has lots of helpful reviews about both U.S. and international marathons.
Contact your local road running club. Most clubs sponsor at least a couple of local races each year. Even if they don't, they'll probably know about some races in your area. If you become a member of the club, they'll put you on their mailing list. And most clubs give race entry discounts to members.
Stop in to your local running specialty shop or sports store. They'll probably have signs posted about upcoming races. If not, talk to one of the salespeople -- they should know about local events and will probably have some recommendations for fun races that are worth traveling to.
Saturday December 7, 2013
If you listen to music during your runs, you've probably been annoyed at some point when a Christmas song popped up in your random music shuffle. (And then you figured out how to prevent that from ever happening again.) But, this time of year, it can be fun to get into the holiday spirit by listening to some holiday tunes while running. Check out these Christmas running songs that will put you in the holiday mood. (Just be safe and only wear headphones when running on the treadmill, not outside.)
If you have other holiday songs that get you moving, share them in the comments section!
Friday December 6, 2013
A hectic holiday schedule can really kill your motivation to keep up your running habit. But exercise can help keep stress at bay and prevent weight gain. Here are some ways you can make sure you continue running during the holidays.
Set realistic goals. Don't try to lose weight or make serious fitness improvements over the holidays. Aim to maintain your weight and fitness, and you'll be less likely to give up completely if you miss a run or two.
Add some holiday cheer to your runs. Infusing some holiday spirit into your runs will give you a little motivation boost. Wear a Santa hat or reindeer ears during your run. Go for an evening run (but make sure you can be seen in the dark, of course) to check out the neighborhood holiday lights. Listen to some holiday running songs during your treadmill runs.
Be prepared with a home workout. Create a home workout routine for those times you just doesn't have time to get to the gym. Lunges, squats, heel raises, and push-ups, and many other strengthening exercises can be done without any gym equipment. You can alternate between running up and down the stairs (or marching in place) for a minute and doing a strengthening exercise for a minute.