Chicago Marathon 2017: clothing

What did I wear while running the marathon and why? How did I figure out the best clothes to wear while running for 5+ hours? How did I avoid chafing and blisters (well, for the most part). Continue reading for the answers and more. 🙂 When I first started running, I just wore whatever exercise…

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What did I wear while running the marathon and why? How did I figure out the best clothes to wear while running for 5+ hours? How did I avoid chafing and blisters (well, for the most part). Continue reading for the answers and more. 🙂 When I first started running, I just wore whatever exercise…

Chicago Marathon 2017: clothing was originally published on Self Evolve

Chicago Marathon 2017: shoes

What started out as a light at the end of the tunnel I was in has turned into the brightest star in the sky for me. This past Sunday October 8th I ran 26.2 miles for the first time in my life. And not just for myself, but to bring clean water to those who…

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What started out as a light at the end of the tunnel I was in has turned into the brightest star in the sky for me. This past Sunday October 8th I ran 26.2 miles for the first time in my life. And not just for myself, but to bring clean water to those who need it in Africa. Through the help of many who donated out of love, I was able to provide clean water to 26 people for their lifetime! One person for each mile I ran in Chicago on Sunday. Aside from the amazing support system I found in my friends and family, many people have been interested in what I used to help me get through the training and prepare myself mentally and physically to run my first-ever marathon. So I’m going to take some time, write a few posts, and make a few videos on what helps me log my miles, run farther, and run faster.

For someone just starting to run, there are a few essentials you need to run. These are nonnegotiable items that without running would be very hard if not nearly impossible.

  • Running shoes. (I know there are barefoot runners out there, and more power to you if you’re one of them!)
  • Running clothes. (shorts, shirt, bra, and socks)
  • For long distances, a water bottle to stay hydrated and a way to fuel yourself (for distances over 10 miles).
  • Reflective gear/lights if you’re running in the dark. (i.e. early morning or late night runs)

These are nice things to have but aren’t necessarily needed:

  • A way to track your run. This can be anything from a printed map of your route to using a device or your phone with GPS to track your pace in addition to your distance and route.
  • Something to carry your stuff including that water bottle. I.e. your keys, phone, and anything else you might need to keep with you while running.
  • Headphones/music to listen to. This tends to help on those really long runs.
  • Gym membership/access to a treadmill to pace yourself and incorporate incline training.

Today I’m going to start out basic and talk about shoes. I know I’ve written about shoes and the importance of getting fitted before but this is more specifically related to the shoes I used to train and get through my first marathon. And yes I went through two pairs!

I got fitted by Fleet Feet Sports in Lincoln Square back in August 2014. I was fitted and fell in instant love with the Brooks Ravenna 5. As running shoe brands keep coming out with new models, the old models get discontinued so it is nearly impossible to find the Ravenna 5’s these days. I upgraded to the 6 when I had to, and they worked just as well for me. It was when I tried the 7’s that things started to go awry. I quickly stopped using my new 7’s and switched back to the 6 (thankfully they were still available and I was able to grab up an extra pair). So the Ravenna 6 is what I ran in during Marathon training and through the race itself.
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I love these shoes, but unfortunately they are hard to find since now the Ravenna 8’s are out! I plan on trying the 8’s in hopes they may be better than the 7’s, but I also am open to other shoes. Being a part of the running community in Oak Park, I have been given many opportunities to try other brands and types of running shoes during a short and sweet 3 mile run or sometimes a little longer. I’ve found that running in shoes for 3 miles is a decent way to test them out and enjoy trying other brands of shoes to see which types help or hinder my running style.

What shoes do you wear while running? Do you like more cushion or less? Or somewhere in-between? Do you have a source for old, retired shoes and if so, please comment below!

 

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What does athletic mean to you?

When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter? What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours…

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When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter?

What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours a day with a rest day each week, so about 10 hours week. And the type of training depends on what they’re preparing for, but across the board most athletes incorporate strength training and cardio into their workout regimes. And high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a common go-to training style across the board.

In addition to athletes using HIIT, there are many benefits being seen through recent fitness studies on this style of training. Beyond it being one of the best ways to train, it has benefits on the cellular level. HIIT combined with weight training can improve cellular function and slow the aging process at a cellular level. So not only will you look athletic and fit, you’ll also feel younger and better! But back to the image that comes to mind..

When you hear athletic, do you think about muscles or just a slim body? Do you like the athletic body or do you prefer a little more cushion? Do you think athletic is sexy or scary?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Running with the runs

If you’re a runner, you’ve likely either have heard of or experienced firsthand a case of runner’s diarrhea. I’ve been a semi-serious runner for about four years now and I can safely say that my running friends are the ones I know the most about in regards to their bowel movements. There’s a special level of…

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If you’re a runner, you’ve likely either have heard of or experienced firsthand a case of runner’s diarrhea. I’ve been a semi-serious runner for about four years now and I can safely say that my running friends are the ones I know the most about in regards to their bowel movements. There’s a special level of friendship that you achieve once you spend hours running with someone. All modesty goes out the window.

I’m here to share some expert (or just witty) tips to avoid running with the runs. These may help you run further without having to pop a squat.

  • Pay close attention to what you eat before a run. Not just the day of, but also the day before. If you’re consuming a lot of fiber, expect a lot of poo to follow. Most runners learn what works best for them. For me, a light breakfast i.e. a banana and Clif bar does the trick prior to my long runs. Avoiding cheese, dairy, and lots of fiber the day before also helps.
  • Try your absolute best to poop before running, like when you first wake up. And for me, avoiding coffee until after the run helps me not have the urge to go.
  • You may be trotting along and get what I call bubble gut. Is it a fart? Or a poop? General rule of thumb: don’t trust a fart after mile 10. Some runners don’t trust a fart ever.
  • If you do have the urgency to go, please find a bathroom or port-a-potty. It’s not worth it to destroy your clothes and dignity just to get that goal race time. Just saying.
  • If you are gonna pop a squat and have no other option, come prepared with toilet paper or something similar to wipe the bum. No one likes chafing poo.

I hope these tips help you on your long runs and on race day. Let me know what works for you in the comments below! And happy running!

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How to be stealthy

Are you a loud runner? Do you make a lot of noise when landing and everyone around you knows when you’re coming up on them? When being chased, are you super easy to follow? I’m here to tell you, you can change the way you run in order to run more quietly and make another…

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Are you a loud runner? Do you make a lot of noise when landing and everyone around you knows when you’re coming up on them? When being chased, are you super easy to follow? I’m here to tell you, you can change the way you run in order to run more quietly and make another step towards becoming a stealth ninja.

Runners can permanently reduce impact forces through biofeedback. In a study done by Irene Davis and Harrison Crowell, they used a form of biofeedback to successfully encourage runners to reduce their peak tibial acceleration by half. Peak tibial acceleration is basically a measurement of how hard the runner lands on the ground with each step. And Davis is known as one of the world’s leading pioneers in gait retraining for runners. Gait retraining consists of encouraging specific changes in the strides of runners that correct habits that are associated with increased injury risk.

All of the ten runners in the study started out as stompers. Davis placed an accelerometer to the lower leg of each runner to measure tibial acceleration as they ran on treadmills. The data collected by the accelerometer was displayed on a screen in front of the runners, which allowed them to see a simple graphical display of their impact force. They were told to adjust their running in order to reduce their impact force result by half, bringing it down to normal range.

All of the runners were able to do this. They weren’t told how to change their strides to reduce impact. Instead, they were given the freedom to adjust as they saw fit in order to comfortably reduce their impact force. Over time, Davis took away the “crutch” of the biofeedback until the runners were maintaining their new lower-impact strides on their own, in their own way. Then the runners were sent out into the world with the instructions to continue to run in this way. A month later on recheck, the runners were still maintaining their new strides with lower impact.

This study shows that you can change your gait and stride in order to avoid preventable running injuries. All you really need is some feedback on how much impact you’re creating while running. Since I started out initially as a martial artist and then became a runner, I feel like I’ve never really been a stomper. But that’s only because they train use to be quiet and light on our feet in Kung Fu.

Do you pay attention to your impact force? Do you try to land softly and quietly? Do you try to sneak up on people when you run?

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What to wear while working out

For seasoned athletes and beginners alike, what you wear while exercising can either help or hinder you. Clothing goes beyond what it makes you look like in today’s article, although for some it does matter what they wear to the gym or that exercise class with the cute guy in it. There are some key factors…

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For seasoned athletes and beginners alike, what you wear while exercising can either help or hinder you. Clothing goes beyond what it makes you look like in today’s article, although for some it does matter what they wear to the gym or that exercise class with the cute guy in it.

There are some key factors to think about when trying on workout clothing prior to purchasing it.

  1. Material: What is the material of the clothing you’re wearing? While cotton is soft, it isn’t very breathable. Many athletes prefer polyester, or a technical blend of materials that are more breathable. It’s helpful during a sweat sesh to be able to cool down more effectively with the proper materials.
  2. Fit: How do the clothes fit? Are they tight or loose? It’s ideal to wear looser clothing, especially for activities that get you moving in all directions. But you don’t want the clothing to be too baggy where it’s drooping off of you. Some opt for tighter fitting clothes, but keep in mind that material may stretch and become see through during that downward dog position in your Yoga class.
  3. Color: For the most part, the color doesn’t matter. But if you plan on running in the early morning or late evening, buy those brightly colored shirts and shorts! Also, get reflective gear to go along with it. There’s this new Safety Skin (see below) that basically is a reflective skin spread that you can rub on your skin so that you’re visible in the dark.
  4. Style: While style isn’t the biggest concern, it is helpful to get clothes that you at least feel cute or handsome in. For me, there are days I don’t feel like working out until I think about how cute my outfit is. Sometimes it’s the little things that push me to get my butt into the gym.
  5. Brand: Brand doesn’t matter too much, but some brands cost more than others. I’ve found great clothes at Old Navy and Target that are comparable to Athleta and Lulu Lemon clothes. While my favorite workout clothes usually come from Athleta, I can’t always afford their high prices. I try to keep an open mind when shopping for exercise gear, and I’ve had good luck with the clearance rack at Dick’s sporting goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s.

 

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What do you look for in a workout outfit? Do you pay attention to what you wear or do you just throw on whatever is clean enough to be presentable for the gym? Do you have a favorite brand? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Barre it all

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few free Barre classes at two different The Barre Code locations and this is my review. I went into these Barre classes thinking “how hard can it be?” and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was sweating and…

Barre it all was originally published on Self Evolve

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few free Barre classes at two different The Barre Code locations and this is my review. I went into these Barre classes thinking “how hard can it be?” and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was sweating and…

Barre it all was originally published on Self Evolve