Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ThinkSport - Practice Safe Sun!

This may not be the most shocking news ever, but a new study has recently been published that proves that people who use sunscreen correctly on a daily basis are 24% less likely to show signs of aging.  Now, we all know about the health risks of excess sun exposure, like skin cancer and painful sunburns, but simple vanity is another great reason to make an effort to protect your skin.  Regular sun exposure without sunscreen leads to wrinkling, spotting, and less elastic skin... all signs of aging.

As runners and walkers, most of us are outside VERY regularly, and that time spent in the sun means we should be wearing sunscreen.  I'm the first to admit that most of us are not using sunscreen, myself included.  It gets slimy and is one additional thing to worry about.  But we are now carrying ThinkSport, a SAFE sunscreen that is specifically designed for active lifestyles.  Not only is it free of biological chemicals, but it also has the highest level of UVA and UVB protection and the highest level of water resistance, ensuring that you are protected even when you are sweating like crazy on a hot summer day.  Best of all, in my opinion, it absorbs quickly and doesn't create that oily film on your skin!

Next time you are heading outside for a run or walk, make sure you have ALL of your gear on, including sunscreen.  Incorporating this one simple thing into your routine will ensure that all of the hard work you are putting into taking care of your body through working out will be worth it, because you will also have healthy and youthful skin to go with that toned body of yours!

Friday, June 14, 2013

City of Edgewood/Tri-State Running Company 5K

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s 5K season! Don’t forget the City of Edgewood/Tri-State Running Company 5K this 4th of July.

Last year we had a record number of participants, and we are expecting this year’s race to attract over 1000 runners and walkers. This family friendly event features a kids’ fun run for children age 9 and under to get involved in the excitement. Plus, you will all love the complimentary bagels, fruit, and slushies post-race! Stick around after the 5K and enjoy the City of Edgewood Independence Day Parade.

We are excited to announce that Tri-State Running Company will be offering a $250 cash prize to both the male and female race winners this year! As usual, Tri-State Running Company gift cards will be given out to the top 3 finishers in each age group. With chip timing from start to finish and a pre-registration entry fee of only $20 (which includes a technical race t-shirt), you won’t want to miss this 5K!

If you are planning to participate in the City of Edgewood/Tri-State Running Company 5K this year and want to improve on your time from last year, consider joining our FREE training groups! We meet from the store on Saturdays at 9:00 AM and Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM. We also offer an “Impossible is Nothing” Couch to 5K program for those who are looking to run or run/walk their first 5K. Learn more at our website or just come out to a run!

To learn more or register for the race, visit or like us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you again this year on July 4th!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Beat the Heat

Whether you are a cross country runner gearing up for the summer and fall training seasons, a casual jogger, a power walker, or a parent just trying to keep up with your active kids outside, there’s no getting around the fact that it is going to be hot this summer.  To keep you from being cooped up inside and going stir crazy, you'll need some tricks to beat the heat!

The best tip, although it’s not always possible, is to try to get outside early in the day or after dark when it’s cooled off a bit. There’s a reason that when temperatures and heat indexes reach a certain point, high school athletes aren’t allowed to practice. The safest time to be outside is either before or after the heat of the day. If you struggle to get up early, enlist a friend as an accountability partner to work out with you or at least to remind you of your goals and accomplishments when you struggle.  Come out to one of our free early morning Saturday training runs at the store for some extra motivation and (BONUS!) a route with water stops.

Water is the real lifesaver in the heat. In addition to bringing water with you when you are outside, it is crucial to hydrate in advance. Pounding back tons of water right before you go outside can make you feel sick, plus it takes some time to get into your system. Your best bet is to try to drink about 100 ounces per day of water (for those of you who run) to keep your body hydrated properly. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are often already dehydrated. Research shows that even being 2% dehydrated negatively affects performance, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during, and after exercise. And if you have any water left (or if you run a route with sprinklers, which is the BEST), get water on yourself to instantly cool down in the heat!

Certain gear can also make a huge difference in keeping you comfortable in the heat. Any moisture-wicking gear will do a great job of pulling sweat away from your body to keep you dry and cool, but socks are the most critical. A good pair of technical socks can be the difference between finishing a workout blister-free and having swollen, blistered, sweaty feet, so they are definitely worth the investment! Hats and other headwear like Buffs are also instrumental in keeping you safe from the blazing sun.

With Northern Kentucky’s upredictable weather, you have to be ready for anything. Rather than letting extreme heat sideline you, adjust your pace if you are out in the heat of day and try to follow some of the best practices listed above. If you need help finding moisture-wicking gear or want to improve your hydration with products like Nuun, stop by Tri-State Running Company and we’ll find just the right thing for you! We look forward to seeing you out on the roads staying safe.