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By Heather Cass Erie Times-News staff blogger
If you want to know anything about the local running scene, ask Heather Cass. A member of the Erie Runners Club for 10-plus years, she is immersed in the local fitness culture, and she's taking your questions.   Read more about this blog.
Archive for the ‘Gear’ category
Posted: April 17th, 2014

Worth reading:

Dr. George Sheehan wrote this essay in 1976. He was a man who was way ahead of his time: You Let a Girl Beat You?

According to this article, what you eat the week of a marathon can make or break you. Meh…I don’t know. I suppose it probably matters, but “make or break” seems pretty dramatic. My husband can run a 3:30 marathon on chicken wings and beer.

Q&A with Shalane Flanagan, a hometown Boston girl and our best chance for an American female winner on Monday.

Speaking of marathons, here are 10 mistakes to avoid on marathon day.

Runner’s World’s best new gear choices for 2014.

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T-shirt of the Week

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Posted: March 20th, 2014

Worth Reading

Star Tribune: She found running and left troubles in the dust

How to pick the right running partner (Tip: If your goal is to get faster, your best running partners are those slightly faster than you. This means you may curse them while running because they will push you, but…that’s how you improve).

Because we can: Why we all need to run

Undies for running women (cute concept, but…pricey — 3 pairs for $48. Ouch).

Forget Fitbit -  This T-shirt embeds fitness sensors into fabric (interesting)

Funny stuff

 

How Are You Training? from Boss Hog on Vimeo.

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Posted: February 27th, 2014

Worth Reading

* You don’t need a gym membership or weights so strength train. Use your own body weight.  Check out these exercises that will  challenge your whole body (and there are links to more, too).

* The Art of Running Shoe Maintenance has some interesting tips (some I’ve never heard before) to keep your running shoes in top form.

* Beware of signing up for any races directed by The Shadiest Man in the Racing Business.  (Can you imagine signing up for a marathon, doing all the training, booking the hotel, and then find on race morning that there is no race???)

* Runners are often Type-A people who don’t love to sleep because..you know, it’s just not that productive and they’d much rather be doing 10,000 other things and maybe go for another run, but making time for serious Zs is just as important as your weekly long run (maybe more). Need more convincing? Here are 25 things that happen if you don’t get enough sleep. (and having made an effort to increase my own sleep time, I can tell you it makes a world of difference).

* A friend and I were just talking about the latest FitBit craze and we both agree, we won’t be getting one…pretty much for the reason this woman dumped her Nike Fuel Band.

 

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Posted: February 20th, 2014

 Worth Reading

* Let’s keep it real.

* 17 things you should know before you date a runner. (“If you ever consider going on vacation together, chances are they will look into running a race while they’re out there.” LOL…true dat).

* 11 charts that show everything that’s wrong with our modern American diet (No. 1 is shocking..and, yet, not. And, no. 11 is eye-opening; I’m still angry about it…we were duped my friends.)

* There is such a thing as too “healthy”: The end of hyperbole as we know it.

“You don’t have to study physiology for very long before you discover that Goldilocks was right; there’s always a sweet spot between the extremes. Laboratory research and personal experience tell us that things that are beneficial in small amounts often become toxic in larger doses.”

* Need some new tunes? Check out Another Mother Runner’s list of 50 perfect running songs.

 

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T-shirt of the Week

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Available here for $20.

 

Posted: January 28th, 2014

Did you know there’s a whole website dedicated to funky running gear?

I didn’t until Tom Madura, Erie’s barefoot runner, sent me this note:

Are you still looking for feedback on what gear people got for Christmas?

I got a great Nike Dri-Fit cold-weather shirt, and three new pairs of tights from Running Funky.
As soon as the Arctic temperatures subside I’ll be rocking these on the road!
Because, you know, running barefoot doesn’t attract enough attention.

Here’s Tom in his funky tights:

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Running Funky has dozens, literally dozens, of funky fabrics (click on the drop menu under “tights colors”) you can choose from and  tights are just $53, which isn’t a bad price considering a pair of boring old black Under Armour tights (like the 18 pairs I have in my closet) will run you $60 to $100 each.

Aren’t these way more fun?

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Bedrock

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Solar flare

 

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Wild turkey (order now for the ERC Trot!)

And, good news…there’s still time to order these for the St. Paddy’s day run:

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If you  hurry, you might even be able to get these in time for the Valentine’s Day Prediction run on Feb. 15:

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And now, I must share this earworm because I want to take you to…I want to take you to funky town:

Posted in: Funny stuff, Gear
Posted: January 16th, 2014

Worth Reading

* 7 Habits of Highly Effective Runners and Eaters

* Don’t be fooled by the claims on the front of the package. Check the nutrition facts. Here are 16 supposedly healthy foods with more sugar than a Snickers bar

* Tight shoulders are common among runners, particularly among runners who have desk jobs. Here are some tips to help you loosen up.

* Completely unrelated to running, but Outside online wrote a fascinating piece on Iditerod racer Lance Mackey: The world’s toughest athlete.

* Again, not running related, but…cycling is good cross-training and I stumbled upon this offer for a free e-book from Vello Mom — Road Biking for Beginners. You have to join their mailing list to get a link to the book (a 22-page PDF). I haven’t read it all the way through, yet, but it looks worth reading.

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Video of the Week

T-shirt of the Week

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Available here for $12.

 

 

Posted: October 17th, 2013

Worth Reading

* So the last 40 years of federal research into nutrition has been fatally flawed? I’m not surprised. I figured out I’d been hoodwinked a couple years ago. Truth: I think the food pyramid and it’s emphasis on grains & corn is what made America fat …well, that and highly-processed and genetically modified foods and the fact that food manufacturers have inserted sugar (in some form) into nearly everything.

* Speaking of processed foods: Why you can’t resist Doritos (Confession: Doritos are the only “chip” I can’t resist…so yeah, they got me with the nacho cheese).

* One marathon is refusing to publish complete results, citing privacy issues.

* The government shut-down could mean a shut-down of the Marine Corps Marathon (*shakes head*)

* I sure hope some runner went and adopted Boogie, the 1/2 marathoning dog.

Funny Stuff

True for me:

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T-shirt of the Week

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Available here for $23.

Posted: September 19th, 2013

Worth Reading

* Training for a marathon? Here’s how to avoid injury.

* Treadmill, Elliptical Trainer, or StairMaster: Which gym machine is best for weight loss? The answer may surprise you (and it’s DEAD on, in my personal experience.)

* Looking to hit the hills? Check out some of these routes (and upcoming races) at Penn State Behrend (yeah, I wrote this, but it’s OK to put myself on the “worth reading” list, right? Right? ;-) )

Funny Stuff

* 20 great triathlon spectator signs. (I swear to God, I would stop dead at sign No. 2 and make him drop trou…er, sign.)

* 6 ways to pass the time while waiting for Boston confirmation.

T-Shirt of the Week

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Available here in a variety of styles and colors.

 

Posted: August 29th, 2013

Worth reading

Western States Winner Pam Smith on Training with Kids.

NPR: ‘Why this Compulsion to Run long distances?’ A Runners’ Beautiful Confession (“…but when I run the world goes quiet.” Me, too, Oatmeal)

“Widespread” doping in Track & Field? *gasp* But, seriously, does this news really shock anyone? I hate to be jaded, but it’s seriously a matter of time before they bust Bolt or one of the other running superheros.

4 easy post-workout snacks that aid recovery.

Cool stuff

Make your own marathon brag board (below). Step by step instructions here.

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Fun stuff

I don’t think that “Sunny Orange Creamsicle” would fit on a race bib though. :-)

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 T-shirt of the Week

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Available here in various styles..and various prices.

 

 

Posted: August 22nd, 2013

Worth Reading

* Find out why slugs may be a runner’s new best friend.

* Why it pays to be a newbie.

* 5 Key Speed Workouts.

* 8 “healthy” foods that are too good to be true.  (Seriously, was anyone really fooled by “veggie chips?”)

Funny Stuff

Watch Anti-Irritation Expert, John McEnroe, prepare real men for the potential “pit”-falls of running a marathon. (Hilarious).

 

White is not enough

You’ve probably noticed the days are getting shorter and if you think wearing white is sufficient for night running,  watch the video here. Then, buy yourself some reflective gear. Seriously. As my wise old friend Chuck always says, “Runners make ugly hood ornaments.”

Also…a tip: Carry a flashlight with you and when a car comes, turn it on and point the light at your feet. They’ll see your feet shuffling and know you’re a runner.

Tshirt of the week

I need like five of these:

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Available here (but IMHO way overpriced at $44)

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