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5 Attainable Tips for Better Running

This post gives you 5 tips for better running!

HEY GUYS!

It’s been a while since I’ve given you a short + sweet + fresh piece of writing directly from my dome + head + noggin. I have been witnessing how impactful good form and lifting weights have been on my running routine and am inspired to share. Ready, set…BLAST OFF!

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  1. Lift weights! (The singlemost important)

  2. Shove Those Hips Forward

  3. Run With Your Muscles (think: shock absorbers)

  4. Knees Up

  5. Breathe Efficiently + Rhythmically (deep + full breaths + in through your nose + out through your mouth)

…and remember: we’ve got this one body for all of time. Enjoy the opportunity to take it for a spin!

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Janji Running Shirt & Crops Review

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Janji

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Janji:

“On the way to the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Mike and Dave had an idea: what if they could connect runners around the country to solve one of the world’s most serious problems?  By the time they came home from the track meet, Janji was born.

Mike and Dave knew runners like themselves were charitable.  But they saw that philanthropic running only begins — and unfortunately ends — on race day.  They want Janji to change that.  Through Janji’s high performance apparel, runners can fund solutions and raise awareness for the global food and water crisis in a meaningful and lasting way.  Now, rather than racing just one day for a cause, runners can give back through everyday training.

Janji’s goal is to create a community dedicated to running for another.  That was Mike and Dave’s goal on that bus, and that’s what Janji will always be about.”

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Black Running Capris

About:

“Each pair of capris gives 3 year of clean water to a person in Tanzania.

Details

• 88% Polyester / 12% Spandex
• Black calf-length
• Wrapping ergonomic seams for optimal movement
• Zippered back pocket for convenient storage
• Wrapped hand drawn pattern across capris
• Signature Janji logo elastic waistband interior
• Reflective logo for added visibility.”

Giraffe Long Sleeve Shirt

About:

“This tee gives 1 year of clean water to a person in Kenya.

Details
• 65% Polyester 35% Cotton, moisture wicking material
• Relaxed fit with a lightweight feel
• Designed and tested by runners
• A sleek, lightweight fit
• Featuring the black, red, green, & white of the Kenyan flag.”

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My Thoughts:

This is a really neat running apparel brand that I have been lucky enough to try once before. I’ve also tried out their gray running capris. You can read that review here.

During the colder months, having a stash of comfortable long sleeve shirts in my closet is a necessity. The material composition of this shirt is nice because the cotton makes it cozy and the polyester provides the moisture wicking quality. It breathes and performs like an activewear shirt, yet it is cozy enough to wear to be or to lounge around. I also love the unique giraffe traffic on this shirt–it’s little things like that that set one running apparel brand apart from another. My daughter also digs it, as she loves animals!

When I want to wear a pair of capris for a long run, volleyball practice with my team, or a tough workout, I grab my Janjis. The fit is unparelled, they stay put, they are comfortable, they look cool, they are figure flattering. I couldn’t ask for more in a capri. These capris hit me right below the knee, not below the calf like many capris do. I like having pants of varying lengths in my closet–and when I want a knee-length capri, Janji gets my vote every time. Having these pants in gray and black hanging in my closet is absolute gold for my running wardrobe.

Not the least important of which is the fact that Janji is a brand on a mission. As you can see above in the product descriptions, they donate proceeds from their sales to fund folks in Tanzania getting access to clean water. Awesome apparel and awesome mission–I’m so into it!

Swiftwick Socks Review

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Swiftwick

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Swiftwick:

“The ASPIRE™ Line is thin and light for serious runners and cyclists, yet still perfect for athletes of any sport. Our Managed Compression™ prevents bunching and hot spots by supporting all 3 arches in the foot. Our Linked-Toe technology prevents blisters by eliminating bunching in the toe-box. The result is a sock designed to fit your feet perfectly while helping you do what moves you.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t normally get this excited about a single pair of socks, but let-me-tell-you. These socks are a DREAM runner’s sock. They feel like a light layer of second skin. They don’t rub, catch or gather in any of the wrong spots. They truly feel like they were made for my unique foot.

My second toes are longer than my big toes–which sometimes is an issue with socks. That’s not the case with these Swiftwick socks, though. They are flexible and forgiving for the unique shape and length of my toe box. I also love (and find it very unique) that Swiftwick offers socks with so many different varying ankle heights. This is so smart. I find that I sometimes like the look of a low-rise ankle sock, but don’t find it practical for long runs, as my achilles ends up exposed after several miles. The “one” height is the perfect height for my outdoor ventures and workouts.

I’m not sure what else to share about them without sounding redundantly positive. I LOVE these socks. I need more pairs because I find myself doing a tiny load of laundry just to have these socks clean for the next day’s run.

Camelbak Mantra Powder Drink Mix Review

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Camelbak Mantra

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Camelbak Mantra:

“NATURAL INGREDIENTS: No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

ZERO CALORIES: Made with the natural sweetener stevia

LESS WASTE: Great tasting drink mix is designed for reusable bottles

CONVENIENT: Powder stick packs are great for hydrating on-the-go

ENHANCING: Antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes replenish as you hydrate

FULL INGREDIENT LIST for Blueberry Pomegranate (for example): Monopotassium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Lactate, Citric Acid, Stevia Leaf Extract, Fruit and Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Retinol Acetate, Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, and Cyanocobalamin.”

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My Thoughts:

The Camelbak brand is invaluable to my family’s vigor for nature and being outdoors. We love all of our Camelbak backpacks as well as the water bottles–of course, I’m a big fan of the fact that they are all BPA-free. This large purple Eddy bottle is perfect for our little girl her fluid capacity gradually increases. It’s a bit bigger than the kid’s Eddy and is great for long days or trips away from our home water filter.

As far as electrolyte replacement and hydration goes, I’m very easily to please. Water does it for me. I drink only water before and after activity, with the occasional squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lemon essential oil into my water bottle. I don’t naturally gravitate towards sports drinks or mixes. If I try them, my standards are pretty high. I want the ingredient list to be chock full of recognizable, whole food ingredients.

In the case of Mantra, it’s tough for me to stand behind a product that does not use organic ingredients. I do believe it to be a large step in the right direction (and better than the big lines of sports drinks–not naming names) for these Camelbak Mantra powder mixes to be free of artificial ingredients, colors and sweeteners– & I like the choice to use stevia in these mixes. However, to make it into my daily routine, these ingredient lists would have to look much more appealing and recognizable.

I appreciate the idea of this product, but in actuality–the ingredients are not up to par for this running girl.

 

Skora Fit Training & Running Shoe Review

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Skora Fit

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About the Skora Fit:

“The human foot was designed for action – footwear shouldn’t get in the way. Whether upping your mileage or putting in time at the gym, FIT is designed for comfort, speed and agility. Train naturally, without sacrificing cushioning and protection.

  • Medium cushioned midsole provides ample cushioning
  • Zero-drop construction lets the foot move naturally
  • High abrasion rubber optimizes durability
  • Anatomical fit matches the foot’s shape
  • Seamless air mesh upper provides sock-like fit
  • Antimicrobial insole helps fight odor

Specs:

  • REALFIT™ last
  • Stretch air mesh upper
  • 3D printed dynamic support pattern
  • Asymmetric lacing
  • Compression Molded EVA midsole
  • High abrasion HD Rubber outsole
  • 0mm heel-to-toe differential
  • 16mm forefoot/16mm heel stack height.”

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My Thoughts:

My first thoughts upon discovering Skora were that this is a brand, who at it’s core, truly have a passionate for movement, a passion for running and a passion for doing those two things in a more primal and minimalist type of way.

The Skora Fits that I have been wearing are categorized on their site as “training” shoes. To me, this means they are perfect for cross training. They can cater to a running habit or other practices like bike riding, crossfit & resistance training.

I started wearing these shoes on the heels of my first marathon and was open to trying a new shoe and giving it a fair chance. I also do some kettle bell work in combination with my running–so I wanted a shoe that would cater to both. My favorite thing about these shoes is that they let your feet be feet. There is no massive sole on the bottom of them. To me, that is the quickest route to injury and discomfort. I believe the feet were built with an arch for a reason. They are made to withstand weight from above without the need of support from below.

That said, different people & different runners get accustomed to different shoe profiles. Their muscles and gait slightly adapt to the thickness of their soles. These shoes (with a zero-drop, meaning the soles are fairly thin) were not a hard transition for me because I typically wear semi-minimalist shoes. I would imagine that someone using thick-soled shoes for runs and workouts would need a bit of a transition period before they felt comfortable in these shoes.

For me, they were awesome! I always look forward to wearing my Skora Fits. Not only do they feel like a dream, but they are vibrant and fun. Post-marathon training, I have slowed my running down to about 20 miles a week–with more strength and resistance training. These shoes work perfect for that mileage, and I’m sure they would continue to feel great on longer runs.

I have nothing but positive things to say about Skora. Their interaction with my has been gracious and pleasant–and their posts on social media are always inspiring me to run with more gusto.