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Trivia Time: 25 Fun Running Facts

August 9th, 2013

For runners like us, geeking out on statistics is almost a form of cross-training: we track our mileage with GPS watches, log our training details and carefully plan to reach our next PR. So when a rest day rolls around, what do we do? We hit up our old friend Google to find some fun running stats. C’mon, did you really think we’d waste a day on something unrelated to running?

  1. The average men’s finishing time in U.S. marathons is 4:26.
  2. The average women’s finishing time in U.S. marathons is 4:52.
  3. 57% of runners purchase at least two pairs of running shoes each year.
  4. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers’ favorite pizza topping is mayonnaise. Yep, mayo.
  5. In 1990, only 25% of road race finishers in the US were women. Now the ladies make up more than half of road race finishers in the US.
  6. Speaking of ladies and gents: many studies show that couples who run together also do…um… other things together more frequently as well. We’ll leave it up to you to guess the activity.
  7. If that fun fact doesn’t light your fire, how about this one: your feet can produce a pint of sweat each day.
  8. Speaking of bodily fluids, when we run, our hearts create enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
  9. The first New York City Marathon was held in 1970, when 127 runners paid one dollar each to run a few loops through Central Park. Fewer than half of the entrants finished.
  10. You can store about 2,000 calories’ worth of glycogen in your body to fuel your running. But it’s important to replenish your stores, so chow down on the carbs post-run.
  11. Fauja Singh is the oldest person to ever complete a full marathon, finishing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2011 at the age of 100. So no, you’re probably not ‘too old to run.’ Read more…

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How to Care for Your Sports Bras

June 19th, 2013

Your running sports bras take great care of you when you’re running hard, so make sure that you return the favor when you’re washing them. How exactly should you be caring for your sports bras? Just follow these simple steps:

Start with Three

Sports bra manufacturing superstar Moving Comfort recommends that you keep (at least) three sports bras in rotation at all times, so you can get the most life out of your bras. Here’s why: you should have one sports bra that you’re wearing for your workout, one in the wash, and one hanging to dry. You might need more than three if you frequently engage in different types of activities, because you might not want to wear your high-impact running sports bra for a gentle yoga session, for instance.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Sweat, sunscreen and bacteria aren’t great for your technical fabrics, so it’s a good idea to wash your sports bras every one to three wears, depending on the intensity of your workout. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to wash a bra, wash it. Keeping your sports bra fresh and clean will also help prevent your après-work sports bag from developing a funk.

Give Them a Hand

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Wear Heels? How to Treat Your Runner’s Legs Right

June 15th, 2013

Not the Best Solution for Your Next Run

Many of you ladies wear high heels on a regular basis. Some studies say that up to 40% of you wear heels to work every day. While most of us at the RW offices sport a pair of running shoes on a typical workday, we get it. Heels have a certain something – they give you a little extra boost and show off those sculpted calves you’ve carved on the roads and trails.

But be careful, because constant heel use can cause foot and leg damage that can inhibit your running. Achilles tendon injuries are one of the most common problems experienced by runners who wear high heels frequently. Take our tips to treat your Achilles right and keep your training on track – don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to throw your fave heels away.

Pack a Pair

If you want to don a classy heel at the office, try wearing a more comfortable shoe for your to-and-from to give your feet and legs a break.  Stash a pair of flip-flops or flats in your purse to slip on during your commute. Wear your comfier shoes if you go out on your lunch break, too. Giving your feet a break from all-day heel wearing will help prevent permanent damage to your Achilles. Read more…

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Introducing New Running Sports Bras

May 22nd, 2013

Hot summer runs just feel better in a fresh, fun sports bra. And to, um, support you this summer, we want to introduce you to seven brand new bra models worth a look.

New Balance Shockingly Unshocking

New Balance is bringing the heat with their new Psyche Bra Collection this spring, and we’re excited to try something new. The Shockingly Unshocking offers maximum support for full-busted women, with smooth adjustable straps and a convenient and comfy padded back closure. Molded cups offer great support, while mesh panels enhance breathability. A higher neckline offers full-coverage and a little extra modesty.

New Balance Fabulous Framer

The New Balance Fabulous Framer is a racerback bra that offers sporty coverage with molded cups for great support. The racerback design has a flirty little back cutout for enhanced breathability and a sexy look. A small internal pocket gives you a place to stow your key while you’re out running, and paneled construction creates a feminine silhouette. We like the contrast colors on the Dazzling Blue model, but you can keep it plain and simple with Black as well.

New Balance Seamless Genius

If what you seek is supremely soft seamless comfort, then reach for the New Balance Seamless Genius. High-density knit material has engineered shape cups to help keep you in place, and seamless construction prevents chafing and rubbing. We really like the streamlined racerback design of this bra, which allows for full range of motion on your run so you can find your stride with freedom.

Moving Comfort Endurance Racer Bra

Finally – a high-impact bra for larger busted women that feels sleek and lightweight! The Moving Comfort Endurance Racer Bra offers exceptional support, yet is made with some of Moving Comfort’s most lightweight materials. The adjustable straps are secure and soft against the skin, and molded cups with compression keep the girls supported. The back design allows for nearly effortless on/off, so you won’t have to wrestle your way into this bra.

Saucony Curve Crusader Bra

The Saucony Curve Crusader Bra is a fresh and sexy cross-back bra with encapsulated cups for support. Front mesh detail enhances breathability and an open back design lets you show off your hard-earned physique. Adjustable hook-and-eye closure makes this little number easy to get on and off, and it’s comfortable enough to wear on your long run – and even running errands around town post-workout.

Saucony Athlete Avenger

The Saucony Athlete Avenger has an elegant silhouette and a comfortable feel. Seam-free cups have light contouring for support and shape. This bra is a really nice choice for the petite-busted woman who wants a little more feminine shaping than they would get just from a pure compression bra. The racerback design allows for full range of motion, and a back cutout further enhances breathability.

Saucony Diva Believa Bra

The Saucony Diva Believa Bra gives you adjustability and contour cups in a full-coverage package. Adjustable straps and adjustable hook-and-eye back closure allow you to create a more personalized fit, and modest cut provides plenty of coverage in the front. The hidden underwire boosts the support factor for this bra, and the back keyhole cutout lends a feminine look.

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Do You Run Like a Girl?

April 24th, 2013

We’ve come a long way since the 1950′s and 60′s when women were barred from competing in many top races, but we may still have a ways to go. If people still question women’s ability to perform athletically the way men can, we may not be there yet.

As women, we might not have the same propensity for muscle development that our male counterparts have, but so what? Some of us grew up roughhousing and playing in the dirt. Some of us grew up as competitive, aggressive athletes who didn’t really like Barbie, thankyouverymuch. We’re not even sure how we feel about the phrase tomboy, because as women we can be tough athletes and there doesn’t have to be anything ‘boy’ about it.

Lauren Fleshman, pro runner for Oiselle and mom-to-be, touches on this subject in her first article for her new Runner’s World column, “The Fast Life”. Fleshman discusses her journey as a female athlete with wit and honesty, and her article had us rolling. Here’s her opening line:

I have a confession to make: I wish I had a penis. Just kidding. Kind of. Not really. Oh, boy. Let me explain.

Yeah. She went there. We dare you not to read the rest.

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5 Tips to Fit Run Training into Your Schedule

March 18th, 2013

The alarm goes off like a starting gun in the morning, and the rest of the day looks something like this: Wake kids up. Shower. Wake kids up – again. Breakfast. Schlepping to school. Work. Kids to music/sports practice. Grocery shopping. Pick kids up from practice. Home. Homework. Dinner. Kids ready for bed. Wash dishes. Clean kitchen. Glass of wine (seriously). So how do you fit a consistent running program into a schedule that busy? We’ll show you!

1. Workout Early

If you workout in the a.m., you’ll be far more likely to actually run because nothing else will have time to get in the way of your training session. So when your alarm goes off, pretend it actually is the starting gun. Grab a quick bite to eat (like a small banana with a smear of peanut butter, or half a bagel with a little cream cheese) if you feel like you need it, and then lace up and head out the door. Bonus? You’ll already be humming with that post-run glow before most people have even opened their eyes for the day.

2. Include Your Family

If you have children, try running with your kids. It will help you fit your workout in, model a healthy lifestyle and give you an opportunity for some quality family time. Running with little ones can be a great way to bond, and there’s a way to share running with children of all ages. If you don’t have kids, try running with roommates or your significant other. Combining workout time with quality time with loved ones can help you make the most of a busy schedule.

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D’Lite in Playful Brooks Running Apparel

February 13th, 2013


We had a few warm, sunny days here in January, and we were ready to believe spring would come early. False. But it will be here sooner than we think, and we want to be ready. We were pleased – dare we say, delighted – to try on the new lovelies from the Brooks Women’s D’Lite collection when they arrived this week. Our verdict: these pieces are even better than last spring’s, and we kind of want everything in the collection. Like, now.

Brooks D’Lite Low Rise Short

Fabric is soft and silky against the skin, and a lacy mesh side splice adds breathability and a splash of fashion to the D’Lite Low Rise Short. Wide contrast color rollover waistband and contrast color liner let you turn this short into an even flirtier on-the-run option. Pair it with a cute tank or just a sports bra and hit the track for a workout.

Brooks D’Lite Racer Short

Looking for a short that will perform well on long runs but still packs plenty of style? Look no further than the D’Lite Racer Short. Two back stash loops let you store your gels and a back envelope pocket provides additional stow room when you log long miles. Abbreviated side ¼ splits allow for full range of motion so you can let loose and go fast.

Brooks D’Lite Reversible Short Sleeve

With a playful and sporty look, the D’Lite Reversible Short Sleeve performs on your workout and still looks great after. Side ruching adds a feminine touch and a universally flattering fit. Sheer fabric is highly breathable, and the reversible design lets you tailor your wardrobe to your mood. What will your flavor be today?

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Sassy Run Apparel: 2013 Running Trend

January 22nd, 2013

We’ve seen it already…more and more ladies taking to the streets (and shops) in their workout apparel. What does this mean for technical run product in 2013? We’ll see more manufacturers designing run-specific apparel in colors and silhouettes that flatter the female form with a healthy dose of fashion.

If you love the function of your running apparel, don’t worry. We have faith that our favorite running brands will keep performance as priority number one (where it belongs, in our opinion). It’s just time to mix things up a little. Are you ready?

Functional Fabrics

We’ve grown accustomed to technical run fabrics giving us a lightweight, breathable feel. But the texture and look of these fabrics will be refined in the coming months to create apparel that is supremely comfortable and feminine. We’re already seeing some innovative uses of integrated mesh and strategic paneling in key zones like the underarms and back where range of motion is essential.

Color & Patterns

Throughout 2013, we’re predicting an array of space dye fabric treatments, printed and textured patterns, and bold colors accented by some softer shades. Subtle heathered fabrics like what you see here on the Moving Comfort Women’s Urban Gym Capri are very in style this year.

Sexy Silhouettes

The days of running in boxy men’s shorts and baggy tees are out, thanks to women-focused brands like Moving Comfort and Oiselle that put a focus on women’s technical running apparel. Expect flirty tops and tights that look as good with flats as they do with trainers.

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Women’s Running Shoes: A Few Faves from 2012

January 9th, 2013

2012 came and went, leaving us with fond memories of the Games in London, epic moments at our own races, and a collection of exceptional running shoes. Here’s a spotlight on five of our best selling women’s running shoes from 2012.

Asics Gel Nimbus
If you’re on the prowl for a supremely cushioned, neutral daily trainer, the Asics Gel Nimbus 14 would definitely get a second date. And after a month you’ll probably want to elope. The shoe has that comfy Asics step-in feel, and the heel-to-toe transition is nice and smooth. The ample heel and forefoot Gel units offer premium impact protection, and the mesh upper is breathable and secure.

We also like: Saucony Triumph 10 and adidas adistar Ride 4.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS
You need support to correct overpronation, but you don’t want a heavy, super built-up shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS deserves a look. It has maximum support and a nice dose of cushioning to keep your feet happy. This workhorse of a shoe is built to stand up to the long runs you’re ready to log.

We also like: Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12 and Saucony Omni 11.

Nike FREE Run
The Nike FREE Run+ 3 has been a popular choice for women who want something lighter and more flexible than a traditional trainer, but don’t want to take the plunge into the “barefoot” shoe world. This neutral trainer is designed to give you a more natural running feel, but still packs a cushioned platform for a bit of protection. Add in a seamless upper and a wide array of color choices and you’ve got a fun performance shoe for many occasions.

We also like: Brooks PureFlow.

Saucony Kinvara
For long epics or short jaunts at almost any pace, the Saucony Kinvara 3 can be your new running partner. Seriously. This baby can handle speedwork, racing and daily training with ease for all you neutral runners out there. The soft platform still provides the responsiveness you need to feel energized on longer runs. The upper remains light but still provides a secure fit thanks to welded overlays. And did we mention all the pretty colors?

We also like: Asics Gel Lyte and Brooks PureConnect.

Mizuno Wave Rider
If you want a firm, responsive ride in a traditional neutral trainer, then get stoked on the Mizuno Wave Rider. The open mesh of the upper is incredibly breathable to keep you cool, and hugs your foot with a close and secure fit. Mizuno’s Wave technology spans from heel to the midfoot, offering ample shock absorption. And the ride is so smooth it might just encourage you to log a few extra miles.

We also like: Saucony Ride 5 and adidas adizero Boston 3.

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Yes, Please: Women’s Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant

December 15th, 2012

Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant

Christmas tunes are playing in every store, Starbucks has brought back the Gingerbread Latte and Ugg boots abound. There’s no way around it… it’s wintertime! Every year winter brings us a season of hot tea, hot-tubbing and cold training sessions. We were hesitant to head into the chill this year, until we met the Sugoi Firewall 180 Pant. This pant seriously gives us the warm fuzzies. Here’s what we love:

Thermal Interior

The interior of this pant is fully brushed, which gives it a fuzzy, cozy feel reminiscent of your favorite flannel pj’s. The peached interior ups the warmth factor of this piece, so you’ll stay nice and toasty even in frigid conditions.

Waterproof Shell Fabric

The exterior fabric is windproof to keep the icy gales off your gams as you workout in wintry conditions. Although the fabric is highly technical, it maintains a very soft and flexible feel, giving you great range of motion.

Adjustable Waistband

The elastic waistband hits just below the natural waist, and has side Velcro tabs that allow you to get an extra-secure fit, so these pants won’t slide down as you run.

Pockets

Two large front zip pockets give you ample room to store an mp3 player, pair of gloves/arm warmers or other essentials on the run. Lockdown zippers with guards will keep zippers from bouncing up and down while you run.

Reflectivity

Winter means it’s not just getting colder, it’s getting darker, too, so we were stoked that Sugoi was generous with the reflectivity on these pants. Reflectivity around pockets, behind knees and down the sides and front of these pants will help you be seen by motorists when you’re running in low light.

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