The holidays are a great time to show the people in your life that you care and most of us do so by scratching our heads to try and figure out the PERFECT gift to match someone’s personality. If, like me, you have yet to decide what the ultimate gift might be for someone you treasure have no fear. The following is my list of my top four gift ideas for the runner or athlete in your life in both the stocking stuffer and under the tree categories. I do realize this list is a little late with Christmas next weekend, but it is better late than never. Have someone who keeps saying this year will be the one where they actually achieve their “workout” New Year’s Resolution? Get them a gift that will support their ambition and maybe you can be part of the reason they are able to accomplish that goal!
Runner’s feet are a funny and fickle thing. What works for one person does not necessarily work for the other, even if two people have a similar foot style. Sometimes finding the perfectly designed shoe for your pronation, supination, flat foot, or high arch still isn’t enough to provide you with the proper support needed to withstand the pounding of mile after mile on the pavement or trail. This is where aftermarket inserts and orthotics come into play. Tuli’s (a member of the Medi-Dyne umbrella of companies) has a product that just might pair well with your favorite pair of kicks to provide the perfect amount of arch support and heel cushioning you need.
Obviously I’ve been a little busy with the start of school and growing this tiny human inside of me. However I’ve really been trying to maintain some cardio throughout this last trimester. With that though I have had to accept the fact that running really isn’t an option anymore for me. At first I really tried to fight it. Then I remembered that this whole time I kept promising everyone that I was listening to my body and only running when it felt good. When it was time to keep up my end of the bargain it was definitely a tougher part of pregnancy mentally for me, but I think it has made me stronger in the long run which will carry over not only into future runs but more importantly into this new adventure we are about to start!
[Note: I wrote this article prior to the Leadville Trail 100 taking place. Unfortunately I was unable to post it before the actual event. So, I am keeping it written as is and posting it now. I plan to write a follow up article about how the actual event went and my experience being there. ]
My friend Andy is running in the Leadville Trail 100 mile race. He asked Abigail and myself, along with a few others, to help crew and pace for him. Abigail unfortunately had to decline due to her pregnancy, but I accepted his offer and request. In preparation I have taken a few measures to not only ensure that I am ready, but to also ensure Andy himself is ready.
[NOTE: As of February 2017, I have been selected to be a brand ambassador for Medi-Dyne. I have done my best to provide an unbiased opinion of this product. With that said, as an ambassador I have been given a discount code to share. For 20% off your Medi-Dyne purchase, use code ARM20 at checkout.]
So you’ve just come back from a run, taken your shoes and pack off, and put them in the sun to dry. The next day you go to grab them and sure enough they are dry, but they also reek. The stench of miles and miles of sweat, mud, gunk, and grime tends to cling and embed itself into the fabric of all our favorite gear. Well, those days are behind us. 2Toms has crated Stink Free Shoe and Gear Spray to eliminate the odors that cause us to curl up our nose, hold our breath, and say a little prayer as we wait for ourselves to “acclimate” to the very stench we ourselves were responsible for creating.
No matter whether you are a runner or not it is important to have long and short term goals for your future. Robert and I are planners by nature- sometimes too much, but in the last year and a half we have come to realize that there are many things you cannot plan for in life. However with all the uncertainties in life we have learned that having both long and short term goals helps us to stay on track and motivated no matter what life throws our way.
As someone who has been to Disney World numerous times and has an affinity to breaking out into movie soundtracks at any given moment I am the perfect demographic for runDisney events. Robert, Andy and I ran marathon weekend two years ago and since then I have been trying to figure out who I can convince to go run a different race weekend there with me. This post isn’t exactly about runDisney and its events though- its about two companies I wish I had known about before running the two days of the Goofy Challenge for Disney workout apparel and registration simplicity.