Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
This fall I came upon a new product called Nuun, pronounced noon. The thing I love about Nuun is that it contains no sugar, nothing to upset my stomach. And with less than 8 calories per 16 ounce serving, I am not wasting my run burning through the calories that I have to drink to stay properly hydrated.
Nuun contains: 6 calories per tab
Sodium 360 mg
Potassium 100 mg
Calcium 12 mg
Magnesium 24 mg
Here is what Nuun has to say about hydration:
How do I figure out my personal hydration needs?
No two people are the same, so figuring out your sweat rate is the most accurate way to figure out your personal hydration needs. And weighing yourself before and after exercise is the most effective way to gauge your fluid needs. Any weight loss corresponds with fluid loss, so try to drink enough to replenish that weight. (Weight gain could mean you are drinking more than you need.)
Studies have found that a loss of 2% or more of one's body weight due to sweating is linked to a drop in blood volume. When this occurs, the heart works harder to move blood through the bloodstream. This can also cause muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue and even heat exhaustion or heatstroke. For all the athletes out there, it can mean a major drop in performance, and for the rest of us, it makes for a really uncomfortable day.
Many elite athletes use Nuun and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
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Friday, November 25, 2011
With the icy cold weather just around the corner it`s important to know how to be happy and comfortable on your runs. Just as shoes are extremely important for support and comfort, apparel can play a crucial role in your running experience.
1st layer should be support: Bras/Underwear. This is actually important year round. Guys and girls need to be secure while running to be able to focus on the running instead of chaffing, bouncing, etc. Guys, if your running shorts don`t provide enough support for you with the built in liner, get some good running underwear. This is also important for use under running tights. This is important for those of you who plan on having a family. Enough said.
2nd layer is a base layer: technical shirts, shorts/tights, running pants. This is the layer that touches your skin. These materials should be moisture wicking and non-chaffing.
3rd layer is a thermal layer: long sleeve shirts, running pants. In Utah it is frequently cold enough to need an extra layer to stay warm. Sometimes one layer of running pants isn`t enough, and tights need to be your base layer, with running pants as your thermal layer. For this purpose, all quality running apparel is made very thin. It keeps you warm with less bulk. SWEATS ARE A NO-NO. They are bulky and stay wet and heavy. Long-sleeve technical shirts are extremely versatile from mid-fall through the spring. When it isn`t cold enough, a long-sleeve technical shirt can be used as a base layer.
4th layer is a protective layer: Jackets. This layer protects you from the rain, wind, snow, etc. It keeps you dry, comfortable, and happy. Any time it`s gray outside, this is an important layer to bring with you. They also work well for some extra warmth and have zippers to release heat if you get over-heated, while continuing to protect you from the elements.
Other essentials. Keeping your head heat regulated has a lot to do with keeping the rest of your body heat regulated. A running cap or ear warmers are a great idea and are easy to take off and stash in a jacket pocket later in the run. Running gloves are also extremely important if you value the use of your fingers. Many models have thermal and protective layers. The last important item is arm-warmers. These are great for races where you want to wear your favorite running singlet and still keep your arms warm. Use them in any combination. The special materials used in these products are designed for comfort and efficiency.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The display screen is divided into four sections that allows easy access to your running stats such as average mile pace, distance covered, altitude, and even calories burned at a glance.
This watch is available at 26.2 Running Company starting at $349.99
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Distance, Pace, Heart Rate, and more!
Garmin somehow keeps managing to improve upon their previous GPS watches. Anyone who has run with a Garmin knows that it is an extremely reliable and accurate GPS source for any kind of runner. The new 610 now has new and enhanced features, clearly making it the favorite in the Garmin lineup. Garmin is constantly improving upon the durability and accuracy of their already durable and accurate watches.
TOUCHSCREEN – Touch, tap or swipe for an easy to use, yet technologically advanced GPS watch. Stands up to rain, sweat, and some water; yet sensitive enough to operate with running gloves.
VIRTUAL RACER – On top of the famous Virtual Partner function that allows you to keep on goal pace, the Virtual Racer now allows you to Race your previous bests or an activity from another user. Accounts for varying speeds and real-time conditions.
TRAINING EFFECT –Train smarter with this effective training tool that categorizes heart rate into zones to help you to not over or under train.
VIBRATION ALERTS -Choose sound and/or vibration to notify you when you hit distance or time marks chosen by you.
CUSTOM WORKOUTS – Design your own custom interval and Fartlek workouts based on time, distance, pace, and heart rate.
- Compatible with fitness equipment to easily track and store indoor workouts
- Compatible for Cyclists. Switch to MPH and Cadence
- Optional Auto Lap (mile splits) and Auto Pause (when you stop)
- Easily sync your workouts with your computer on Garmin Connect
COME PICK UP YOUR NEW GARMIN 610 GPS WATCH AT ONE OF OUR LOCATIONS TODAY!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Many may have heard that caffeine causes dehydration. In actuality, it takes up to 550 milligrams of caffeine to really affect hydration levels. This is equivalent to 5 cups of coffee! A few studies have also shown a link between bone-mineral loss and caffeine—but a close look at the data reveals that caffeine itself doesn't cause the mineral loss. Many coffee lovers may drink it in place of beverages rich in calcium (such as milk), and as a result, decrease their intake of this bone-strengthening mineral. Caffeine also has recovery powers, too! Within four hours after a hard effort, caffeine has been shown to boost glycogen rebuilding by an amazing 66 percent, as compared to carbs alone.
To improve performance during a marathon or similarly hard effort, take caffeine tablets 60 to 90 minutes before the marathon at a dose of three milligrams per pound of your body weight. This has been shown to produce a lower perceived effort, which can really boost your confidence during the marathon.
There are nutritional products, such as GU Roctane gels, that now have added caffeine. Even with only 35 Mg of caffeine (a cup of coffee has about 100 Mg), Roctane has been reviewed as having an energy effect that is almost immediate. The caffeine serves as a small “kick” to the system, giving you more energy than carbs alone.
While caffeine has been shown to increase performance, caution should still be used. It is recommended that those at a high risk for heart disease should avoid loading up on caffeine before a run. Also, if your body isn’t already used to caffeine (if you’re not a coffee drinker), studies that find a connection between caffeine and performance aren’t meant to encourage you to start. If you want to introduce caffeine into your training, start off slowly with small doses, to make sure that your body reacts well to it. Never try it new on a race day, as the extra exertion plus the extra stimulation could be dangerous for your heart. All in all, caffeine can produce good results as a low-grade performance enhancer, but only in smaller doses and when used with caution.
(information from articles found on Runnersworld.com)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Are you in need of a motivating running partner? Perhaps, even a partner that will track your distance run, heart rate, pace, and calories burned all while setting goals and encouraging you? Lucky for you, 26.2 can provide you with that perfect partner in the new Nike + SportWatch GPS.
Introduced in April of 2011, the Nike + SportWatch powered by TomTom GPS combines the accuracy of GPS with the shoe-based Nike+ sensor to track time, pace, distance, calories burned, and heart rate. Winner of two innovation awards at the Consumer Electronics Show in both the Health and Wellness and Personal Electronics categories, the Nike + SportWatch offers top of line technology to track and motivate runners worldwide.
• Different from other GPS watches, the Nike+ SportWatch GPS combines the accuracy of both a GPS and the shoe-based Nike+ sensor to track both indoor and outdoor runs.
• Onscreen run reminders help you get out the door and special programming lets you know when you have reached personal records.
IT’S EASY TO USE!
• The large numbers and touch screen features make the Nike + SportWatch very user friendly!
• The wristband conceals a USB connector that you just flip open, plug into your PC and start logging every detail of your run.
• Your runs are chronicled by date, available for others to see, plotted against Google Maps, and your pace is overlaid in full color.
• 26.2 customers can purchase this watch and everything it has to offer for their running for a very affordable $199.99!
Monday, October 3, 2011
GU at mile 6. They did their job just fine but the real magic happened at mile 12 when I took my first ROCTANE. I went with the Pineapple because it was the only one without caffeine. By mile 14 I felt amazing! At mile 16 I started picking people off one by one, it felt pretty awesome!
At mile 18 I knew it was time for another GU, I picked threw my stash until I found another Roctane. My energy continued on. I think I actually started annoying people as I whizzed past them, usually by this point in the race I am tired and barely holding on but this one was different. I suppose I could have just been having a great running day but realistically I think it had to do with the Roctane.
I think this was my first race that I consumed enough calories to sustain my energy. I decided that GU Roctane gels work much better for me, I’m still not crazy about the consistency but I will just have to get past that. When I have used Chomps in the past I never ate enough of them, I would eat 1 maybe 2 on a good day. The serving size for Chomps is 4, NOT 1. With the gels I finished the pack and got the calories I needed. Plus, with the Roctane I got a lot of added nutrients.
This is what GU has to say about Roctane. “Roctane is GU to a higher power. It packs more of the stuff that makes GU so effective: more amino acids, more caffeine, more sodium, and more potassium. It even includes a new amino acid complex (OKG) that reduces muscle damage and speeds recovery.”
It has a blend of semi-essential and essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be manufactured in the body or are manufactured in insufficient amounts. For this reason they must be obtained from our food supply. Histidine is considered a semi-essential amino acid because of its rate of synthesis. It cannot be manufactured by the body at a rate that will support growth.
Histidine slows lactic acid build-up.
Leucine, Valine, and Isoleucine provide extra energy, reduce fatigue and aid in recovery.
Roctane has Citrates which speed the conversion of carbs into energy. It also has the amino acid Ornithine Apha-Ketoglutarate (OKG) which helps athletes go longer and it promotes speedy recovery, Roctane is the ONLY gel on the market that has OKG.
GU recommends that you use one Roctane 15 minutes before the race and then again every 45 minutes. I find it easier to go by miles because of the water stations. You always want to drink water (8-10 ounces) after having a GU to get the nutrients absorbed into your body faster and avoid gastrointestinal problems.
After my experience with Roctane I would highly recommend it to any athlete!!
By: Stephanie Anderson
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sometimes you come across a product that you love so much that you want everyone to be able to reap its benefits. SportLegs is an amazing product that I have been using about a month now but I never want to do another leg work out or long run without it.
I’m sure we have all been excited to go out running but soon after we begin we realize that our legs just don’t want to cooperate, they feel like they weigh 100 lbs. There is no better way to ruin a perfectly good run than to deal with tired legs.
... A month ago I found SportLegs, I decided to take them on my “leg day” I got done with all of the squats, lunges and a whole array of hard stuff. I then headed into a spin class. I found myself going crazy, I couldn’t feel any pain or discomfort in my legs, usually it is quite difficult to do a spin class or run for that matter after working my legs. I was flying and it felt awesome. After the 45 minutes of spin I headed out for a quick little run. I did a 5K faster than ever before. I then went home and took another pill to help lessen any soreness that I could have inflicted upon myself. The next day I was sore but it was not near as bad as I thought it was going to be.
The next Saturday was my first 18 miler of the year that was NOT to be completed on the treadmill. I woke up and took SportLegs. Two weeks previous to this one I had gone on a 17 mile run outside and by mile 14 I just wanted to blink myself home…I was DONE. This time though was a very different story. I felt AMAZING! I think I could have run all day long, my legs weren’t tired at all. I didn’t have anything holding me back. In fact, once I got home and drank my protein shake I went on a 4 mile walk with my kids.
The good thing about SportLegs is that you don’t have to take it every day there is no “loading” where you have to take it for a few weeks in order to start noticing its benefits. You take it 1 hour before you start exercising and again after your work out is complete, if you want to help ward off excessive soreness.
Here is what Sportlegs.com has to say about the science behind their amazing product:
Lactate, commonly called lactic acid, is turning out to be seriously amazing stuff. Science no longer regards it as a waste product of anaerobic exercise, as was thought for most of the 20th century. Lactate is now recognized as a key carbohydrate muscle fuel source which muscles produce, exchange and consume both at rest and during exercise. And it's the primary ingredient in SportLegs. What's alternately termed the Lactate System or Lactic Acid System is now recognized as the primary source of energy for short-term "sprint" activities. Since most competitive sports are nothing more than sequences of sprint activities, lactate remains a focus of current research. For instance, during exercise, it's recently come to light that your blood may actually transport more lactate than glucose to fuel muscles (20). At rest and during light exercise, your muscles balance lactate production and consumption, producing just as much lactate as they consume (21). But kicking up the pace upsets the balance:
When you start serious exercise, muscles produce more lactate than they consume (1,2,3,4,5), particularly at altitude (2,6), which is why skiers and mountain bike racers suffer more "burn" than most. This continues until the concentration of lactate in your blood rises enough to signal muscles to stop producing excess lactate (7,8,9,10,11,12,13). Until this happens, a domino effect begins which limits your subsequent performance: Lactate accumulates in muscles; limbs "pump up" and feel heavier. The harder you exercise, the more lactate accumulates (14). Lactate accumulated from flow imbalance quickly becomes acidic (14,15) and even less mobile (16), further exacerbating accumulation. This "Lactic Acidosis" is classically associated with reduced Lactate Threshold, reaching the "burn point" at a lower level of exertion. Muscular strength plummets as well (17,18,19).
How taking SportLegs first helps performance: SportLegs uses lactate, your body's primary high-exertion muscle fuel, to signal muscles not to overproduce lactate before you even begin exercise. Muscles switch from lactate overproduction to net lactate consumption in response to a rise in blood lactate concentration, regardless of whether blood lactate is raised naturally or from exogenous infusion (7,8,9,10,11,12,13). That's precisely what SportLegs accomplishes. It's 86.4% lactate. Taken an hour before exercise, SportLegs raises blood lactate, so you experience exercise with less limb "pump" and heaviness, and improved lactate transfer facilitates a noticeably higher Lactate Threshold. Reduced lactate accumulation means less retention of free radicals and other metabolic wastes in muscle tissues, for faster recovery and less next-day soreness.
SportLegs also contains calcium and magnesium, which are two things that are lost when we sweat. You don’t get calcium or magnesium from sport drinks. SportLegs is one supplement that I would recommend to anyone who loves to run but hates that heavy leg feeling that drags you down.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Product Review: CEP Compression Sleeves, Socks and Shorts
By: Kari Clifford and Joe Bradley
“While racing in CEP Sportsocks I noticed that my legs felt sharp the entire run. Whenever I asked my legs for quicker turnover they were able to respond. I also noticed a faster recovery after racing with my CEP compression socks- and recovery is key to any great performance.”
- Andy Potts, Ironman 70.3 World Champion
“I don’t go anywhere without my CEP Clone. The 41 custom measurements and medical grade compression make all the difference. Whether it’s after workouts or while I’m traveling, my clone is always with me.”
Josh Cox, US 50K record holder
“ After 15 years of racing professionally, I believe that recovery and taking care of your body is vital and possibly the most overlooked aspect of racing by athletes of all levels. I use CEP socks in hard training sessions, and most importantly, in daily use. I am on my feet a lot with training and two kids… Life doesn’t stop so I need to know I am helping my legs throughout the day.”
Matt Reed, US Olympian & Triathlete
How the body works- According to CEP technologists, efficient, healthy blood flow is crucial to maximizing athletic performance. CEP technology enhances blood circulation, delivering more oxygen and improving the body’s ability to process lactic acid. To understand our technology, first learn how blood flows throughout the body:
- Transport oxygen-rich blood from the heart to organs and extremities.
- Use outer and inner muscular walls to maintain pressure and diameter.
- Arterial circulation is key for the athletes, assisting “peak Performance”
- Transport de-oxygenated blood from extremities back to the heart.
- Leg veins have the greatest pressure at the ankle because of gravity.
- Carry lactic acid and waste back through the blood’s filtration system to be re-circulated.
How CEP works: Every cell in the body needs oxygen for power. The arteries which have inner and outer walls that maintain diameter deliver these key nutrients. Recent discoveries reveal that inner arterial walls relax when a consistent, optimal amount of compression is exerted on the artery. Compression can increase arterial blood flow up to 40% during activity and 30% during recovery. As a result, athletes who use CEP products benefit from more oxygen and nutrients, gaining power, recovering more quickly and improving performance.
CEP is equipped with medi compression, which represents innovation, technology and expertise in medicine and sport. Six decades of research and development on the effects of compression flow into every CEP product. Dr. Wolfgang Kemmler, in the 2009 edition of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, published a study showing that runners using CEP Compression Sport socks had 5% faster running times while using 6% percent less energy.
- Enhances Performance and speeds recovery
- CEP technology helps athletes perform at their best in individual sport disciplines by combining compression and functionality.
- CEP products offer optimum physical comfort and the fastest possible regeneration before and after sport.
Reference- CEP Official Website