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Fun Gadgets for the Runner on Your Holiday List

If you have a runner on your holiday list this year, get excited! There are so many great gadgets you can get them to help with their training. You may need to pick up two of each so you have one for yourself! MP3 Player. There are so many devices out there these days, but one of the best is still the iPod shuffle because it’s so portable. It clips right onto your shorts so that you barely notice it’s there and the price point of $49 is great. You can’t control what songs you’re listening to quite as easily, but if you put one big playlist of songs on there and start it up, you’ll be ready to go. The battery life on it is great too! Garmin Watch. There are … Read entire article »

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What your running shoes wish you knew

What your running shoes wish you knew

I love to write about funny, quirky, odd or interesting things that happen to me when I’m running or racing. It combines two of my favorite hobbies: running and writing. Sometimes, however, it’s necessary to bring the dreaded nine-to-five into the mix. Not that I mind… there aren’t many careers in the running industry available to runners (such as myself) who aren’t fast enough to get paid to run professionally. So we make do with … Read entire article »

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Top Exercise Walking Apps of 2012

Top Exercise Walking Apps of 2012

3 smart phone apps that will quicken your step! Are you just re-entering the workout world? Maybe you’ve had a prior knee injury due to athletic sports? Well, walking is probably the ideal exercise to set you on track with your fitness goals. The low impact sport of walking, and the following smart phone apps (which can be downloaded on your iPhone or Android devices like the T-Mobile LG phones), help you find walking route maps, … Read entire article »

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Ask the Experts: Running at Night

Ask the Experts: Running at Night

I took up running this summer, and I’ve enjoyed running both before and after work. Unfortunately during the winter, I get to work before sunrise and leave after sunset. Do people run in the dark, or do I need to find a treadmill? Michelle P. – Portland, ME Yes! People run in the dark all the time. Some people even prefer it. If you’re going to run at night, however, you need to take a few extra … Read entire article »

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Win a week’s worth of socks!

Win a week’s worth of socks!

I have a problem. It’s a sock monster. For years, I’ve worn thin polyester and nylon socks that are foot specific. Each sock has a little ‘L’ or a little ‘R’ that informs my cobwebbed early morning brain which foot I need to slide it on before I head out for a run. Sadly, the sock monster that lives in my clothes dryer only likes the left footed socks. One early morning last month, I was … Read entire article »

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Ask the Experts: Vibram Five Fingers

What’s your opinion on the Vibram 5-finger running shoes? Hideous, yes. But are they good for running? -Tricia There are few things that have polarized the running community more in recent years than the emergence of Vibram Five Finger running shoes and the movement toward barefoot and minimalist running. The first time, I heard this question, it was asked of an expert on stage while I was shopping for a shot glass at the 2008 Walt Disney World Marathon expo. “For every person who has had success wearing the Vibram Five Fingers,” he replied, “I’ve seen nine more who’ve injured themselves.” Case closed? Actually, I’m a believer in the movement toward barefoot and minimalist running but I also agree with the expert who was on stage that day (unfortunately, I can’t remember who he was). … Read entire article »

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How to Make Your Own Reflective Safety Vest

If you’re running in the dark, it’s always a good idea to wear some sort of reflective gear. If you’re running near traffic, it’s an absolute necessity. If you’re planning on running in an overnight relay race, you’ll probably be required to wear a reflective safety vest even when you’re not running. While reflective safety gear pales in comparison to shoes in the expense department, you can save a little cash by making your own reflective safety vest. What you need: Bright orange or yellow scrimmage vest (pinnie) Reflective tape Scissors Ruler Reflective tape is usually sold in 36-inch rolls. One roll will be enough for a maximum of three vests, and will cover one vest quite liberally with reflectivity. Step 1: Measure out strips of reflective tape and cut them to size. When covering three vests, … Read entire article »

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