New Balance Vazee 2090 Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a shoe review on the blog, but thanks to Strava and the Back Half Challenge, I have a cool, new pair to tell you about.

img_1779I have never worn New Balance shoes before, but I wasn’t going to say no to a free pair! Not having much experience with the brand, I turned to their website and focused on picking out a speed shoe. I like the cushioning of the Saucony Kinvara for my distance runs so I wanted to pick something different. Enter the New Balance Vazee 2090.

New Balance Vazee 2090 ReviewAt $150, they are a pricey shoe, but given that New Balance was treating me to a free pair, I obviously didn’t mind. ūüėČ

According to New Balance, ¬†the shoe is “…Powered by Nitrogen-infused N2 foam and REVlite cushioning, this women‚Äôs running shoe delivers a light and responsive ride mile after mile.” It weighs in at 8 oz. It has a 6 mm drop (the Kinvara has a 4 mm drop for reference).

New Balance Vazee 2090 ReviewI’ll admit – one of the big draws of these shoes for me was their design. I liked the patriotic red and blue, and they also have subtle gold stars along the toe. Remind me to save these shoes for a 4th of July race!

One of the other unique features of the Vazee 2090 is its “midfoot saddle”. This is the red to blue gradient section in the middle.

New Balance Vazee 2090 ReviewIn most of the other sneakers I have worn, the upper has wrapped all the way from the toe around the heel. With the Vazee 2090, the saddle is a separate piece, allowing it to wrap more snugly around the midfoot. I liked the cozy fit, and felt like it held my foot very securely especially during speedwork.

Vazee 2090 Review | 2 Generations RunningThe toebox is pretty roomy Рa big bonus for me with my history of black toenails. While I seem to be able to get by with a 10 in some running sneakers, I opted for the 10.5 with this pair, not wanting them to be too tight and this was definitely the right choice. They fit like a dream.

New Balance Vazee 2090The ride of the Vazee 2090 is very different than my Kinvaras. They are not the bouncy, cushioned shoe I prefer for higher mileage. But for speedwork, they deliver a perfect, responsive ride. Would I wear these for a marathon? No, but a 5k? Yes, definitely.

Design: A

Fit: A+

Price: C 

Ride: B+ (good for speedwork, but I wouldn’t want to run double-digit mileage in these shoes).

Do you have a shoe you reserve for speedwork? Ever run in New Balance before? 


Kukimbe: Just Swipe Right

Hey all!

As you may have gathered from reading my blog over the years, I really love running – and racing, in particular. I spend a decent amount of time hunting for my next race. Generally this involves logging onto websites like Running in the USA or Halfmarathons.net. Then, I look on Google Maps to check out driving distance. And then I look for reviews and race recaps on other running blogs to really vet an option.

It’s a long process.

But if I’m going to drop $50-$100 on a race, I want to make sure it’s going to be worth it.

And I can pretty much forget about trying to do this all on my phone. These websites are not mobile-friendly and it just gets confusing trying to access the information I need all on the small screen of my iPhone. I ran into this issue recently looking for some of the 5ks I signed up, including the Boston River Run. Eventually I just got frustrated and gave up.

Kukimbe ReviewIf I had been using Kukimbe when I was looking for 5ks, the Boston River Run would have been presented as a possible option just like this.

I was pretty excited when the folks over at Kukimbe reached out to me, telling me about the new app they have designed to help runners find races! Kukimbe means ‘Runner’ in Kenyan, and personally, I think it’s the app we runners have all been waiting for. There are already a thousand different apps for tracking your running/training. FINALLY, there is an app that helps you actually find and register for your goal race!

Kukimbe Review | 2 Generations Running

It works kind of like a dating app (as strange as that sounds). It uses geo-location to find local races and then presents them to the user, one at a time. Swipe right for ‘Yes’, swipe left for ‘No’. The races that you swipe right are then bookmarked for you in the app. You can go back to the races you are interested in, and follow a link which takes you right to the Registration page for that race. It is so easy to use and a really fun way to browse around and discover new races in your area. I probably had a little bit too much fun swiping left and right for races. ūüėČ

Kukimbe Review | 2 Generations RunningLove my new Kukimbe shirt!

The app also has a ‘Feed’ similar to your Facebook feed, where they publish running-related articles, blog posts, and updates on the registration deadlines for major races. In the ‘Podium’ section, you can select from categories like ‘Women’s Apparel’, ‘Men’s Footwear’, or ‘Holiday Gift Guide’. You can then browse around items in each category. With Christmas coming up fast, the gift guide might just come in handy for thinking up a different type of present for the athletic/outdoorsy-type person!

One feature I’m particularly¬†excited about with Kukimbe is the ability for users to accumulate points, which can then be redeemed for race registrations or discounts on merchandise within the app. This feature has not been fully developed yet as the app is still very new, but I think it has the potential to be really fun as well as a cost-saver on all the race registrations! The app is free in iTunes and Google Play, so I highly recommend downloading it and playing around.Runners World Classic Review 2016How can you NOT love racing when it comes with all this swag??

Which do you prefer – running or RACING? I would pick a race over a workout any day of the week.

Are you picky about the races you sign up for?

Are you as stoked as I am about this app? 


It’s Going to Be Legend- Wait for It -Dary: Legend Compression Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Legend Compression Socks to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Happy Weekend folks!

I’m finally back from South Carolina and enjoying Fall in New England more than ever. South Carolina was my last event of the year which means I have a few travel-free months coming my way, which I am pretty darn excited about. More time to run, relax, and gear up for the holidays!

After giving my muscles the better part of 2 weeks to recover from Baystate, I am finally easing back into my runs. So far, I’ve been keeping the mileage pretty low – most of my runs have been around 4-4.5 miles at an easy pace. I have also been pretty religious about using compression gear to help keep my legs feeling fresh.

Legend Compression Wear ReviewEarlier this month, I received a pair of Legend Compression Performance Socks as part of my ambassadorship with Bibrave Pro. Legend Compression Wear is a fairly new addition to the compression market having launched in August, 2015. I had never heard of them before, but as a fan of compression socks/sleeves, I was excited to test their product.

Legend Compression ReviewPart of what sets Legend Compression apart from other compression socks is their motto – “Compression done right not tight”. Their socks and sleeves feature 15-20 mmHg versus the more typical 20-30 mmHg compression seen in other brands. There is some belief that this reduced level of compression is more effective for athletes during exercise (I don’t know if any medical research has been done to corroborate this).

After wearing these socks on a few runs, I can safely say I love them. In the past, I’ve always been more of a fan of compression sleeves because I found that some compression socks pinched my toes and felt too tight (I particularly have this problem with the pair of Lily Trotters I own). Not the case with the performance socks from Legend Compression. They specifically designed the toe bed to be larger with these socks and added an “arch clencher” in the arch of the foot to keep it from moving around while you’re on the run. Both of these features work perfectly – my foot feels cradled and supported while at the same time, I have the extra room to wiggle my toes as needed.

Legend Compression ReviewSome other nice bonuses to these socks:

  • I can pull them on easily. No 15 minute struggle to roll them up my calves.
  • They come in a nice variety of colors, including a couple of shades of blue, white, black, yellow, and more.
  • The material feels soft yet durable.

Overall, I’m very impressed. I haven’t tested them on any particularly long runs given that I received them right after running Baystate, but I’m looking forward to testing them on some double-digit mileage. I have a feeling that these might just become my go-to pair of compression socks.

Ok, now the fun part! The folks over at Legend Compression Wear were generous enough to share a discount code so that everyone can give their products a try! Use code “bibsave15” at checkout for 15% off (and it’s not too early to start buying Christmas presents for your athletic friends/family members!).

Also, a note for all the running bloggers out there – if you’d like to get in on the fun of receiving new products to test (as well as free entries into races), Bibrave is currently accepting applications to be a Bibrave Pro¬†for 2017! It’s a great community of runners and bloggers and I am having so much fun being a part of it. ūüôā

Are you a fan of compression products?

What does your post-marathon (or any big race) recovery look like?

Any big plans or goals for November?


Staying Fresh with 2Toms

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of 2Toms Sports Detergent and Stink-Free Shoe and Gear Spray¬†for¬†review as part of being a BibRave Pro.¬† Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Thank you! ūüôā

Hey there!

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start so far! I took a rest day on Monday to recover from Sunday’s 15-miler and then hit up a Mystryde class this Tuesday. I think it will probably be the last one I will attend before the marathon because they can be pretty challenging and I want to go into Baystate feeling fresh and ready to run.

Speaking of fresh… let’s talk about my sneakers for a second. Here’s what they looked like when they were bright and shiny and new –

Just One Run 5k RecapAaaaand now, a few hundred miles later (nope, not an exaggeration)-

FellsfestYeah, not so fresh anymore sadly…

2Toms Sports Detergent Spray Review

My sneakers (and all of my running gear) gets a lot of use. That’s why I was excited to try 2Toms Stink-Free Sports Detergent and Spray¬†through my Bibrave pro ambassadorship!

2Toms Stink Free Sports Detergent and Spray ReviewThe primary difference between 2Toms Sports Detergent and other basic laundry soaps is that it’s intended to remove all the gross smells – not just mask them the way other detergents do. I only had a small sample of the detergent good for 1 load of laundry, so I can’t really speak to the soap’s long-term capabilities. I will say that my clothes seemed fresh and clean after that 1 load at least!

I also received a nice big bottle of the Stink-Free Spray to try as well. This product really surprised me! I expected it to have some sort of perfumey smell, but it was very neutral. I’ve been spraying it in my sneakers for the past couple weeks after getting back from my runs, and I’ve been really impressed with how well it works. I don’t exactly have a stinky feet problem, but I wouldn’t say my sneakers normally smell “fresh” either. After a few uses, I went to smell my sneakers – and I couldn’t smell anything! Not exactly new shoe smell, but wayyyy better than what you would expect for the amount of sweat and dirt caked into those things!

I could see this spray being particularly useful on other smelly sports gear too. When I played soccer in high school, my shin guards were always pretty nasty smelling. If you’ve got any soccer, hockey, or football gear you’re currently hiding because of the stench, I would definitely recommend giving this spray a try. One word of caution – this spray is not intended for helmets or any type of equipment that goes on your head, as the chemicals could drip down into your eyes with sweat. Sadly, you’ve got to keep this away from your bike helmet and running hats.

Because the folks at 2Toms are so generous, I have a coupon code for you to try 2Toms products for yourself! Use code 2Toms20 for 20% off, now through 12/31!

Do you follow any special rituals/routines to keep your exercise gear smelling nice and in good condition? Does anyone get as depressed as I do when your sneakers start to get dirty (although I suppose that’s part of the fun of getting a new pair!)?

 


PINK Trekz Titanium Headphones Review

Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Trekz Titanium for review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Thank you!

Hello Friends!

Remember how I mentioned the Aftershokz¬†headphones I’d been using in my Things I’m Loving Lately [Running Edition] post?¬†As promised, I’m back to give you the complete low-down on this awesome new piece of gear.

Trekz Titanium Headphones ReviewLet me first start by saying that I have ALWAYS been a runner with headphones. I love making playlists and listening to music when I run. I always just used to use the headphones that came with my iPhone. Yes, they sometimes slipped out of my ears on particularly sweaty runs, and yes – I’d occasionally get the cord caught in my fuel belt, but I made do.

More important than the practical problems with running with these headphones, are the safety concerns. I always made sure to keep my music fairly low so that I could pick up on the sounds of cars driving near me and other runners and bicyclists, but even so, it’s a little risky. Especially with all the scary stuff that’s been happening for female runners lately (if you haven’t heard on the news, Runners World published an article detailing a slew of attacks that you can catch up on here).

Enter the Trekz Titanium wireless headphones from Aftershokz.

Trekz Titanium Headphones

I received a pair of these to test out as part of my ambassadorship with Bibrave, and so far, I’m a big fan.¬†Here’s a quick overview on how they actually work:

  • They connect to your phone through Bluetooth (no cord, yay!). I had no issues connecting my headphones and have yet to experience any issues pairing the devices.
  • They don’t actually go in your ears, which is why they are a safer alternative to typical headphones! The transducers sit on your cheekbones, just outside your ears. This photo from Aftershokz shows how they are meant to be worn –

Pink Trekz Titanium Headphones

  • The volume and power buttons sit on the right side, behind your ear. It’s taken me a few times wearing them to get used to remembering where to go to adjust the volume, but that’s because I’m just so used to my old headphones.
  • You really can hear your music perfectly, while ALSO picking up on all the noises of your surroundings. I wore these on a long run I did on Sunday with a running buddy and was able to carry on a conversation, while having the comfort of my music for the ¬†challenging parts of the run where there wasn’t much talking going on.
  • A full charge of these headphones is supposed to last around 6 hours. So far, I’ve probably used them for a cumulative total of 4 hours and haven’t experienced any battery issues.
  • I thought they would bounce around on my head and annoy me, but they didn’t. Once I had them on properly, they really didn’t move around much at all. They are also sweat-resistant so they didn’t slip around even on my sweatiest runs. See? I’m all smiles using them on last Saturday’s run. ūüôā

Trekz Titanium Headphones

  • The Trekz Titanium headphones are priced at $129.99. Yes, that might seem expensive, but I did a little research, and that is actually quite reasonable for wireless Bluetooth headphones. Many pairs run for closer to $200.

So all of that would be enough to make these headphones a pretty sweet piece of gear, but there’s MORE! I received a limited edition pair of PINK Trekz Titanium. That’s because Aftershokz has partnered with the non-profit organization Bright Pink¬†for Breast Cancer Awareness month and will be donating 25% (!!!) of their proceeds from the sales of Pink Trekz Titanium headphones to Bright Pink¬†from September 1st – October 31st. Not only that, but anytime the hashtag #AwareWithPink is used on social media platforms, Aftershokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink.

All in all, I’m really impressed. Both with the quality of the product, and with the partnership with Bright Pink (Aftershokz released this blog post detailing the reasons behind the campaign that I definitely recommend checking out!). 25% is a HUGE portion of proceeds to be donating, and I think it’s just fantastic that Aftershokz is going above and beyond like this.

So, if you’re interested in getting involved or purchasing yourself an awesome new pair of headphones, the pink Trekz Titanium go on sale tomorrow (September 1st)! Purchase a pair before October 31st to have that 25% go to Bright Pink. Additionally, because Aftershokz is so awesome, they are partnering with Bibrave to offer customers a free small storage case¬†with the purchase of the Pink Titanium Trekz. Add the item to your cart, and then use code PINK at checkout.

Do you run with headphones? Have you ever experienced issues with them falling out or getting tangled?


Keeping Summer Runs Comfortable: Body Glide Review

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Body Glide for review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Thank you!

Body Glide Review | 2 Generations RunningHey there!

So fair warning – some of this post may be TMI for the non-runners out there – READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! Or feel free to skip this post, no hard feelings. ūüôā

That’s because today I’m talking about chafing. It’s painful, embarrassing and unfortunately, the further you run, the greater your chances of experiencing it are. Especially if you are running longer distances in shorts! Miles of running + a little extra sweat from the hot summer temps = lots of rubbing and opportunity for chafing.

Body Glide ReviewI know firsthand how painful it is (and how much a hot shower can hurt afterwards). I always feel for the people demonstrating the tell-tale signs of chafing during a race Рrunning with legs slightly wider than normal  or arms lifted a little higher than usual to avoid the offending seams. My sports bra chafed so badly during my first marathon that you could practically see its outline rubbed raw on my back. Not fun.

Body Glide Review | 2 Generations RunningThis is why I’m soooo happy to have a product like Body Glide around. I’ve been using Body Glide for years and I’ve seen what a huge difference it can make. If I am running more than 5-6 miles in shorts, I always put it on my thighs. One solid application and I know I am good to go for 13+ miles. If I’m wearing a tank top, then I also apply some on the undersides of my arms. Sometimes, I will even apply Glide between my toes for a little blister protection.

One of my coworkers was running her first marathon this spring, and my biggest race day recommendation for her was to slather herself in Body Glide (which she did and I was happy to hear her report afterward that she didn’t chafe at all!).

Body Glide Review | 2 Generations RunningRunning can be uncomfortable enough in a race environment without adding skin abrasions on top of it. There are nerves about performance, weather can be crazy (both extreme heat and extreme cold will impact your ability to run fast), and you’re testing your body to its limits. Personally, I do not want anything else to worry about. That’s why Body Glide is on my must-have list for racecations.

The Runner's Packing Checklist. 2 Generations RunningSee? I included it in my list from a post I did back in January 2015!

If you are new to distance running or slowly beginning to increase your mileage, I would highly recommend picking some up, because every runner will ¬†eventually reach a tipping point of miles where suddenly, chafage (as my mom and I call it!) occurs.¬†Depending on your mileage, one tube should last you a pretty long time too. I usually reserve Body Glide for my longer runs, but even so, 1 tube has lasted me many months. It’s a pretty simple solution that¬†will save you a lot of discomfort and embarrassment down the road!

So there you go! Grab some Body Glide today and keep enjoying those sweaty, summer runs chafe-free!

Have you ever chafed on a run? Which was worse – the chafing or the stinging, hot shower afterwards? ūüėČ


Looking Ahead

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am feeling really optimistic and excited about this week. Something about the weather finally warming up and having the flexibility to do all the workouts and runs I want. I liked the structure of my marathon training plan, but it got to the point where I almost got sick of doing the runs because they felt forced. Like I had to try to stick as closely to the plan as possible or else. Now that Delaware is behind me, I’m excited to play around with some speed work and really get back into cross-training.

I also have a few shorter races already on the calendar!

Run All the Races Meme(Current mood.)

First up, is the Boston Run To Remember 5-Miler this Sunday. I’ve never actually run a 5-mile race before, so yay for an automatic PR!!! I’m looking forward to pushing myself on this one(within reason – no more trips to the ER anytime soon!). I really want to work on my speed this summer, so I think this could be a good race to just gauge where I’m at.

The following weekend, my mom and I will be running the AIDS Walk and Run 5k Boston.¬†The course is right along the Charles, in an area where I sometimes run after work. It’s a really beautiful area, as evidenced by this photo I took a few months ago.SunsetAnd then of course, there is the Runner’s World Classic in July!!!! I know I mentioned that I would be running the half marathon here a few weeks ago. Well, surprise!! I’m actually doing the Hat Trick! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Runners World events, the Hat Trick refers to running all 3 of the races they offer over the weekend – the 5k and 10k on Saturday, and then the half marathon on Sunday! This will be my first time ever trying the whole 3 races in 2 days thing, and I’m psyched. I have to admit though, I don’t think that this will realistically lead to a new half marathon PR, which I had originally been hoping to go for. I haven’t really figured out what I want my strategy to be for the weekend – Do I try to race the 5k or the 10k? Or should I take both of those easy and be more aggressive on the half? Thoughts, anyone?

My mom and I are also toying with the idea of a race in late August that would cross off another state for us… We haven’t finalized any plans there though, so I’ll keep you posted. ūüôā

Couple of reminders – If you’re looking for a new hydration belt for summer, I highly recommend the SPIBelt H2O Venture Series (Read my review for all the details here). Use code nora10 at checkout for 10% off and free shipping from spibelt.com!

If you’re local (or even if you’re not) and interested in running the 5k, 10k, or half marathon at the Runner’s World Classic¬†you can still sign up! Use code RAVE at checkout for 10% off.

Have a great week!


Staying Hydrated on Summer Runs: SPIBELT Review

Disclaimer: I was recently sent a SPIBELT H2O Venture Series Hydration Belt for review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Hi friends!

Hope you all enjoyed the gorgeous weather out there this weekend! After kind of a cold week, we finally got some 70 degree days on Friday and Saturday, which was amazing.

But it’s also a reminder that those days of running in nice, cool temps might be coming to an end very soon. Not that I really mind, I would pick running in the summer over winter running every time. BUT, as my recent trip to the ER following the Delaware Marathon reminded me, hydrating on hot runs is SO important.

I’ll be totally honest – I don’t normally like carrying water. If I’m going on a long run with my mom, usually she is the one who insists on carrying water, while I argue that “It’ll be fine/it’s not that hot out/it’s only X miles…” And then when I’m dying later on, she shares with me because she’s nice like that. ūüôā

SPIBlelt H2O Venture Series Hydration Belt | 2 Generations RunningThis summer, I think things are going to be a little different thanks to the SPIBelt H2O Venture Series Belt. I received this belt to try out as part of my Bibrave ambassadorship. I have to admit – I was a little nervous to test it out. I’ve had so many issues in the past with fuel belts bouncing, spilling, and just being generally annoying.

The first thing I noticed when I went to fill the 2 water bottles the belt comes with was that they aren’t the normal water bottle with the caps that you have to pull up to open and press down to shut. Instead, there’s a small valve that the water comes through with suction. Skeptical, I tried shaking the bottle, holding it upside down before taking it out on the run – no leaks!!

SPIBelt H2O Hydration Venture Series Review | BibraveThe belt is also a little wider than other fuel belts I’ve seen in the past, but the wide elastic ended up working PERFECTLY – the belt didn’t slide around at all while I was running. Honestly, I kind of forgot I was wearing it. The bottles also worked well. They were easy to grab while running and continued to impress me with zero leaks. The only time I had an issue was when I went to grab my phone at the end of the run to stop my running app and one of the bottles fell off with all my maneuvering of the belt. Overall though, they seemed pretty secure.

SPIBelt Review | 2 Generations RunningThe fuel belt itself is also a great size. Big enough to hold my iPhone 6 (a pretty big phone with the case) with plenty of room left over for keys. It also has 2 elastic loops that you can use to hold your gels for easy access.

All in all, I’m pretty excited about this belt. I fully plan to keep up with weekly long runs this summer, and I know this belt is going to be my savior on hot, muggy days. If you are in need of a new hydration belt this summer, I’d definitely recommend the SPIBelt H2O Venture Series, AND luckily, as part of this review – I have a discount code to share with you all! Use code ‘nora10‘ at checkout for 10% off ¬†AND free shipping from SPIBelt.com!! Happy Running!


Tips & Tricks for Winning at Winter Running

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone’s shortened week is off to a good start so far!

Wellness Resource Wednesday | 2 Generations Running

Since I’m finally getting back into a regular blogging routine this week, I thought I would get back to my regular Wellness Resource Wednesday posts (sort of). As we head into January and the heart of the cold, nasty winter months, I thought I would share some of my winter running tips. Winter running is not my favorite by any means, but I think I’ve gotten to the point where I am not scared off by cold temps or crappy weather (as evidenced by Saturday’s run obviously). When I decided to sign up for a spring marathon, I knew I was setting myself up for some tough marathon training through a New England winter, so I figure I might as well embrace the situation as much as possible!¬†Nevertheless, I’m still hoping¬†praying for a mild winter.

Tips and Tricks for winning at Winter Running

1. Do a quick warm-up indoors. You’ll want to minimize the amount of standing around in the freezing cold you do before you get running. Try some jumping jacks, high knees, and a few walking lunges to get your blood flowing. I always feel extremely stiff at the start of a run in the cold, but a quick dynamic warm-up easily solves that problem for me.

6 Miles | 2 Generations Running2. Plug your GPS watch in for a minute or two just before you need to use it (even if it’s fully charged). How much do you hate standing around outside in the freezing cold waiting for your GPS watch to find satellites? It sucks.

Tips and Tricks for Winning at Winter Running | 2 Generations Running^You, standing around waiting for your GPS to find signal.

And it defeats the whole purpose of the nice, little dynamic warm-up you did (if you followed Tip #1!) When you plug your watch in, it automatically finds a satellite connection, and it’ll maintain that connection when you unplug it and immediately go to use it. I learned about this from listening to the No Meat Athlete podcast, and I’ve been following this tip religiously on all my runs lately and it works great!

3. Wear the right gear (and layer up!). I’m pretty sure this tip appears in every single article and blog post that’s ever been written about winter running, but hey, it’s true. For Christmas, I received the Women’s Under Armour ColdGear running leggings, and they are seriously fantastic. I’ve gone on some rainy, cold runs wearing these and my legs always stay warm and dry through the whole run.

Women's UA ColdGear Running Leggings | 2 Generations RunningThese are also on sale right now! I’ve also heard really great things about the Brooks women’s Seattle Tights, which are waterproof and windproof… but also $165, so if that’s out of your price range, the Under Armour pair are a good option.

4. Pay close attention to the weather/temperature forecasts. In particular, pay attention to patterns in your own preferences. For example, I find that if it’s 32 degrees out or warmer, I don’t need to wear gloves. My hands might be a little cold starting out, but I would rather experience that than getting too hot and having to carry them for the rest of a long run. If you go on a run and find yourself sweating through your base layer, long-sleeve top, and heavy running jacket, make a note of what the temperature was, and remember to adjust for next time. A great rule of thumb is to plan on it feeling 20 degrees warmer than it actually is while you’re running. So, if the temp is in the 50s, I would probably wear shorts and a t-shirt because I know it’s going to feel like 70s.

5. If it’s raining or snowing, put your electronics in a plastic baggy to prevent them from biting the dust.¬†I’ve killed an iPod on a particularly rainy run before, and there’s nothing that makes a gross run even worse than when it ruins an expensive piece of electronics. Or else, you’ll wind up trying to “fix” it.

Tips & Tricks for Winning at Winter Running6. Don’t forget – everyone in their cars driving by is thinking you are the ultimate bada$$ out there in the snow and rain, getting in your run.

Tips and Tricks for Winter Running | 2 Generations RunningWhat are your tips for winter running? What’s the WORST weather you’ve ever experienced while on a run? Would you rather run in very cold temps or stay indoors and hit the treadmill?


Wellness Resource Wednesday #5

Hey there!

So I know I totally spaced and missed this post last week, but we are back in action today!

Wellness Resource Wednesday | 2 Generations RunningI’ve brought up MapMyRun on the blog before, but I’ve wanted to do a more thorough run-down (#runningpuns4life) on the app for a while, because I think it has a lot of great features that might go unnoticed.The Benefits of Using Map My Run | 2 Generations Running

You can win awesome Under Armour gift cards. Undoubtedly, this is my favorite thing about using MapMyRun. All you have to do is select the challenges tab from the main menu and pick one that sounds good!

MapMyRun - Why Every Runner Should Use this appMost of them will have some crazy fantastic grand prize (and no, I can’t promise you will win that), but then they will also give away a number of gift cards! I’ve gotten a few gift cards from doing these challenges, and they generally ranged from $15 – $25.

It keeps track of your paces. Yes, I have a GPS watch for this too, but I generally like that better for monitoring my pace during the actual run. With MapMyRun, you can easily look back at your runs, and see how they fall in comparison to your typical paces.

Why Every Runner Should Use MapMyRunSo for example, 5 days ago, I ran 4.06 miles at 8:22/mile, which I can see ranks in the Top 10% of my runs according to my history on MapMyRun. So personally, I prefer my GPS watch for instant feedback on my pace, but I like using MapMyRun for more of a history on my running times. I also love looking at the charts of my overall mileage across each month – it really shows when I am getting those miles in (or not, as the case may be…)!

It will keep track of the miles you put on your sneakers. How many times have you thought to yourself that you were probably due for a new pair of sneakers but then not been able to exactly recall when you bought them or how many miles you had truly run in them? MapMyRun has a fantastic feature called the Gear Tracker Рyou can search for your exact model of sneakers (I know both Brooks Pure Flows and Asics Gel-Electro33s are on there from my personal experience!) You can select exactly how many miles you want to put on your shoes, and then the app will give you notifications as you get close to that number. It also links to Zappos to allow you to purchase a new pair right from the app!

MapMyRun - why it's a great app for runners.It will provide you with elevation charts from your run. If you run a really hilly route, how cool is it to be able to check out the elevation profile from your run and see just how hilly it actually was?! It’s proof of extra bada$$ runner points!

MapMyRun - why it's a great app | 2 Generations RunningThat’s the elevation profile from my 9 mile run at the¬†Mill Cities¬†Relay this weekend. You can see there are a few good spikes in there!

The app can also be used in a number of other ways, such as logging food, water, and other workouts like strength-training. I have to say, I pretty much only take advantage of the running-specific features, but those are pretty stellar. So if you’re looking to get serious about recording your running and tracking your progress, then I highly recommend using MapMyRun¬†– the basic version of the app (which is what I have) is free on the app store.

Do you use MapMyRun? Do you love recording all your running data as much as I do?