Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Happiness--How to Keep Running to Keep Sane Throughout the Holidays!

The cold weather is already here, Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and Christmas and New Years  are just around the corner!

 I don’t know about you, but this time of year is the hardest time for me to stick with a running routine. It’s either too cold, or there is something much more appealing to do like sleep in for an extra hour or watch TV after work.

So, I did a little research and here are some suggestions I found to keep us all running through the holidays! 

·         Schedule Your Runs
o   You’ll be more likely to run if you've already scheduled it into your day.

·         Be Prepared with a Home Workout
o   Sometimes you won’t have enough time to make it to the gym, or there’s a huge snow storm, so you can’t make it out for a run. Have a workout you can do inside, at your house, so that you stay in a routine.

·         Add Some Holiday Cheer to Your Runs
o   Wear a Santa hat or reindeer antlers on your next run. Run when it’s dark out and look at all of the Christmas lights. Download Christmas music on your iPod and listen to it on your next run.

·         Be Flexible
o   Although you should schedule your runs, life happens. If something comes up and you can’t run as long as you originally planned, something is better than nothing--don’t skip your run completely. Also, if you have a holiday party planned for after work, when you usually workout, wake up an hour earlier and get it done in the morning.

·         Run a Holiday Race
o   The Thanksgiving Day 10K, The Jingle Bell Run, The Egg Nog Jog, Holiday in Lights, etc.

·         Get a Family Member to Join You
o   This way no one can guilt trip you for going out for a run instead of spending time with the family. And if they aren’t as fast as you, ask them to join you for a recovery run or walk.  

·         Sign Up For a Future Race
For instance, the Flying Pig Full or Half Marathon—knowing you have a big race in a few months will definitely keep you going!

Holidays can be just as stressful as they are fun, so to keep sane, stick with your running routine and enjoy all of the delicious holiday foods (almost) guilt free!

Happy Running!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesdays with Wheels 4- Importance of Strength Conditioning for Runners-Guest Speaker Annie Beck

For this week's installment, Wheels visited YOLO Fitness, LLC to speak with Annie Beck, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, about the importance of strength training for runners!

Website: http://www.yolofitnessnky.com/
Email: yolofitnessnky@gmail.com
Phone: 859-429-2225

Annie Beck

  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Morehead State University
  • Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association 
  • A personal trainer and group fitness instructor for six years with a diverse range of abilities and ages
  • knowledge in police officer fitness and tactical strength and conditioning field
  • Participant in the Boston Marathon

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesdays with Wheels 3- 10K training and race day tips

Check out this week's installment of Wednesdays with Wheels to learn some good tips on how you can perform your best on race day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesdays with Wheels 2- Brooks NightLife Gear

Last night we had our Brooks NightLife Run! All of our runners tried on Brooks NightLife apparel and ran a planned route with Runner Safety tips along the way. There was a Runner's Safety quiz at the water stop and all correct answers were put into a drawing for a Brooks Gift Certificate! Both of our Brooks Reps attended! We ended the night with a Happy Hour!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Saucony's Frightfully Fun Run/Walk

Erin is our Saucony Tech Rep

On Monday, October 28th we had a Halloween/Costume run that was sponsored by Saucony. Our reps, Erin and Casey, joined us for the event. They brought shoes and reflective gear for participants to try out on the 3 mile loop.

We gave away prizes for best costumes and had a happy hour at the Red Zone after the run. Below are pictures from the event!
Flying Pigs
Mr. Red, Batwoman, Joker, Ninja Turtle

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock
-Big Bang Theory

Bumble Bee
Chainsaw Man & Skeleton

Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Seven Dwarfs