Friday, July 31, 2015

Sports Running Belts and Water Bottle Holders

When it comes to racing, handheld water bottles, race belts, and hydration belts are incredibly important. You need them for training to rehydrate, carry your gels and personal belongings or to just carry your race bib. We hate it when they bounce because that is unnecessary extra weight that we don't need bouncing around on us and we want them to be able to carry what we need rather than adding on extra storage pouches. I have been able to try out so many different belts that I believe I have found the best ones.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Feel Good Story of the Month- The Power of Triathlons

This past weekend a video was posted on the BBC Look North Facebook page featuring a little boy by the name of Bailey Matthews. The eight-year-old is from Doncaster in the UK and just finished his first ever triathlon at Castle Howard. I should also point out that this young boy has Cerebral Palsy.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tips for Beginner Runners

Are you just starting to get into running? Don't know where to start? Don't know what things you should have and what things you shouldn't? 

When I began running, I did and made many mistakes that I eventually learned about through my own experiences. So I have put together my list of top 5 things I wish I was told to do and buy when I first started running because it would have been incredibly helpful in the beginning. I know it will be helpful for you!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

8 Ways To Appreciate The Moment Of Running A Marathon

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At the Austin marathon, I was gunning for a BQ. I had spent months training for the big day, suffered a concussion and still made it out to log my long runs. Unfortunately, on race day I was keeping my nutrition down and as a result, I did not BQ. In fact, I was lucky enough to even finish the race, but I did end up in the medic’s tent at the finish.

Even though I was disappointed, this experience taught me something. Typically in races where I am trying to get a PR or make the podium, I tend to not appreciate the experience of the race and where I am running. I don't take in the race day atmosphere because I am so focused on doing well. But because of my situation during this race, and the fact that I knew I was not going to accomplish my goal, I was able to enjoy myself and appreciate the race for what it was.

Thanks to the Austin Marathon, my boyfriend now will always remind to the appreciate the race for what it is and the fact that I can actually do these races. He also makes a point to say that I love this sport, so why not look around and enjoy the moment I am in rather than let it pass me by. If you are running a marathon, why not actually remember it rather than the pain you went through to finish.

So every time I race, I always try to follow these 9 tips for race day enjoyment, and I highly encourage you to do so as well.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

New York City Triathlon

New York, NY
.9-mile swim, 24-mile bike, 5K run
Finish- 2:42:28
AG- 10th
I returned to the big city this year to try and beat my time from 2014 but sadly, I did not succeed. Due to some bike issues, a minimal current, and a hot run, it was not my day. This year's race was a lot more humid thanks in part to the heat wave that rolled through. At 5 am, is was 80 degrees outside! But it was still an awesome race and very cool to once again run through New York City.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

This Ironman is Doing the Unthinkable for Charity

If you haven't been paying attention to the news recently, a man by the name of James Lawrence, IronCowboy to be exact, has been completing an ironman race a day. Yes, you read that correctly. He is completing 50 full triathlons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 states. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ways to Stay So Fresh and So Clean After Workouts

Do you like to work out in the middle of the day during lunch?

Do you have a shower available? 

If you don't, do you feel gross and haven't figured out a way to feel so fresh and so clean after getting your sweat on? 

Well, I can help you out! I work out during lunch a lot especially during the winter months because it is too cold in the morning and too dark in the evening. So these are my go-to tips for feeling clean and staying fresh after a tough workout.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Information Your Spectators Need To Know For Your Race

When it comes to race day, if you have friends or family spectating, it is your responsibility to tell them where things will be and where they should be if they want to see you. Why? Because you should already know a lot about this race, the course and if the start and finish line are the same. They are there to cheer you on, so it would be nice if they had someone tell them the information they need to know rather than try and figure it out on their own, because let's be honest, that's not nice.

When I have friends and family attending races, I already know where I want them to stand or stay so I can see them, but if it is a triathlon with many different points on the course, I always inform them of where the start, finish line and transition areas will be.

So what are some of the things you friends and family should know? Check out the list below.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Some Thoughts From Erin: Sometimes Life Just Gets In The Way

Even though I have a race coming up, I also have to move into a new home, by myself, which makes training a tad bit tough to do. However, I like to look at it as a workout in itself.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NormaTec Recovery Boots

If there is one product I fell in love with the minute I finished the recovery cycle, it's NormaTec boots. These recovery boots are like a massage but strictly for your legs. After a race, I immediately get in them (sometimes fall asleep because they feel so wonderful) and my legs feel refreshed and relaxed. The best part, is that it helps me get back into training immediately and helps with the recovery time. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm Feeling RAD

I feel like I should dub myself the recover queen because 1. I love to recover and 2. I love trying new products to help me do that. So let me preface this review by saying, I love how RAD this product makes me feel!

The RAD Roller is a set of two rolling balls attached to each other that were designed to roll up and down the back without putting pressure on the spine itself. The reason why is because all bodily movement begins at the spine. So even if your back doesn't hurt, the pain you are experiencing most likely originated there.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Some Thoughts From Erin: The After Race Slump

For those of you who wonder, yes I get exhausted the week after a long race such as a 70.3, and yes I don't want to train. Some get right to it, but after I put in many hours upon hours of training for that race to try and PR, I WANT A BREAK! If the race is in the middle of the season, I typically take a week off. If the race is at the end of the season, I don't get on my bike for 2 weeks to a month. Yes, it's insane, but it works for me. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

How To Be The Best Race Day Supporter

Having a support system at races is the most wonderful and important thing an endurance athlete can have. Parents, children, spouses and friends can not only provide support but be the athletes most important cheerleaders. Those are the faces that the athlete wants to see while competing because they mean the most to that person. 

But being a spectator and supporter can be a hard/tiring job. They have to get up early with the athlete, find a spot to cheer at and sometimes commute to the finish line if it's not in the same area as the start. They also need to help with preparing, setting up your transition spot, and ultimately be a helpful person they can count on in the early morning hours while the athlete is prepping for the race. 

So how can you be the best supporter and spectator? I have to tools to get it done. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

If Your Child Has ADHD, Consider Getting Them Interested In Endurance Sports

As a kid, I was very rambunctious, bouncing off the walls and had a lot of energy. So it's no surprise that at the age of 5, I was diagnosed with ADHD. That may be early, but I was literally climbing walls. At the time, I had so many interests in dancing, sports, arts and crafts that I wanted to try them all. But by no surprise, if they weren't keeping me busy (ie my brain) and constantly moving, I got bored and stopped. 

Credit David Smith 
When I started running a few years back, I noticed that my mind would wander a lot but give me time to think. Ultimately it would calm me down and help my mind rest. Exercise may give you endorphins and make you happy(which it did), but research shows that regular exercise can raise the levels of both norepinephrine and dopamine which are the same neurotransmitters that ADHD drugs such as Ritalin go after. When I started doing triathlons, I realized that my mind was constantly going because I was going from one sport to the next and so on. I had to focus on that one sport and then prepare for the next move I needed to take, whether it was another sport or a turn or eating. So when I came upon an article called "Riding is my Ritalin" in bicycling magazine, I realized why I fit in well with this sport. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This Incredible Runner Just Proved That All It Takes Is Determination

If you were busy racing this weekend, or spectating at a race, there's a chance that you might have heard about this incredible 70-year-old.

The Western States 100 was this past weekend, where athletes had to run 100 miles in California and finish in under 30 hours. The overall winners came in around 15 hours, but it was the final finisher that is making headlines.