Runners Resources

Runner's Gift Guide: Kay D @kayonthego

Here are more gift ideas for the runners in your life.....or maybe even for yourself!  

Are you looking for a gift for a runner this holiday season?  Let our runners help you out!  With a variety of runners in spanned across 4 seasons, we have the plenty of knowledge on what's best when hitting the concrete.  

We asked our CRew to share the best gifts to give to runners this holiday season.  The gifts they would GIVE are products that have tried before and think that other runners should check them out.  The gifts they would RECEIVE are their wish list items to complete their ultimate running kit.  Hopefully Santa is out there reading this!

Next up is Season 3 runner, Kay @kayonthego:

TO GIVE: KNUCKLE LIGHTS

I run Ragnars and at night, and think Knuckle Lights are brilliant.  They're not expensive either and get around the problem of having a headlamp bouncing around all the time.

TO RECEIVE: NIKE HYPERSHIELD FLASH WOMEN'S RUNNING JACKET

Currently lusting after the latest Nike HyperShield Flash Women's running jacket.  Whilst there are loads of other brands out there, Nike really understands the intersection of fashion and technology. I have a flash jacket that's too small now (thanks CR3 for helping me get in shape and drop a dress size!) but that's in great condition and meets my needs: thumb-hole sleeves, visibility, durability, great fit..... only a cool $400......

Stay tuned for more gift ideas!

Runner's Gift Guide: Nicole @nicole.i.be

Here are more gift ideas for the runners in your life.....or maybe even for yourself!  

Are you looking for a gift for a runner this holiday season?  Let our runners help you out!  With a variety of runners in spanned across 4 seasons, we have the plenty of knowledge on what's best when hitting the concrete.  

We asked our CRew to share the best gifts to give to runners this holiday season.  The gifts they would GIVE are products that have tried before and think that other runners should check them out.  The gifts they would RECEIVE are their wish list items to complete their ultimate running kit.  Hopefully Santa is out there reading this!

Next up is Season 3 runner, Nicole @nicole.i.be:

TO GIVE: CEP COMPRESSION SOCKS

CEP compression socks or calf sleeves is a small, fun stocking stuffer and comes in many colors to suit any personality. It says, "Hey, I know you love running and I really want you to be able to go the distance! I care about your training and recovery processes!" (Especially for some of us on the older side!)  Not wearing them in a half marathon wreaks havoc on my calves. I get spasms and calf pain - and I don't think I'm exaggerating either, I have enough points of data to establish a solid cause-and-effect! So now I will not run longer distances without some type of compression. ;-)

TO RECEIVE: CRYOTHERAPHY CHAMBER

This is a dream item. Recovery is everything! It's just as important as the sweat equity. I know from experience that the more effort I put into recovery, the better. When I slack on recovery - I feel the consequences. It can be a drag, but a few minutes of an arctic blast can do the trick!

Stay tuned for more gift ideas!

Runner's Gift Guide: Don @Vin_Deezzle

Here are more gift ideas for the runners in your life.....or maybe even for yourself!  

Are you looking for a gift for a runner this holiday season?  Let our runners help you out!  With a variety of runners in spanned across 4 seasons, we have the plenty of knowledge on what's best when hitting the concrete.  

We asked our CRew to share the best gifts to give to runners this holiday season.  The gifts they would GIVE are products that have tried before and think that other runners should check them out.  The gifts they would RECEIVE are their wish list items to complete their ultimate running kit.  Hopefully Santa is out there reading this!

Next up is Season 4 runner, Don @Vin_Deezzle:

TO GIVE: Garmin Fenix 3 HR

I chose the Garmin Fenix 3 HR since it's a multipurpose GPS watch.  I chose the Garmin Fenix 3 HR since it's a multipurpose GPS watch.  As a beginner runner, I tend to learn more about myself with this watch due to the high volume of information it extracts during activities.

 

TO RECEIVE: GoPro HERO5

I want to capture moments, events, sceneries, and people in the CRew for the memories throughout our journeys together in concrete.

Stay tuned for more gift ideas!

Runner's Gift Guide: Loree @Itsloreeeee

Are you looking for a gift for a runner this holiday season?  Let our runners help you out!  With a variety of runners in spanned across 4 seasons, we have the plenty of knowledge on what's best when hitting the concrete.  

We asked our CRew to share the best gifts to give to runners this holiday season.  The gifts they would GIVE are products that have tried before and think that other runners should check them out.  The gifts they would RECEIVE are their wish list items to complete their ultimate running kit.  Hopefully Santa is out there reading this!

First up is Season 3 runner, Loree @Itsloreeeee:

To Give: Nike Pegasus 33

This would make a great gift for a fellow runner because I love this shoe. I own a pair of Pegasus and it's simply one of the best shoes that I have ran in. The comfort as well as the cushion it provides is well suited for all runners. I'm a heavy foot runner myself and I always looks for a shoe that can absorb the impact that I put on my feet when I run and this shoe does that. I go up a half size with running shoes and I suggest doing that with the Pegasus. It is light but not too light where you will feel impact when either the heel or balls of your feet strike the concrete. With many shoes coming out lately, I still recommend getting a pair of Pegasus to add to the rotation. 

To Receive: Nike Lunarepic Flyknit Shield

This is on my wish list because I have yet to own anything Flyknit and my running friends say that this shoe is definitely worth it. They love the comfort that the shoe offers as well as the cushion it provides. It comes close to the Pegasus feeling like some of my friends said. As of my last race, which was in the rain... My shoes were soggy, my feet were cold and well, I wasn't in the greatest of mood with wet socks while running a half marathon but I did suck it up and finished. But these shoes are made with the shield protection so in future rainy wet runs, I'd love to be able to get these bad boys to run in. 

Stay tuned for more gift ideas!

Apple Watch Nike + Review

Many runners are eager to get the new Apple Watch Nike+ edition, and one of our Season 3 Runners has been giving all of us the lowdown on this new running accessory all via Group Me.  As someone who runs a consistent 100 miles per month, we’re hear to listen to what Ray-Ray has to say about his 4 Trial Runs, and we wanted to share his research with you:

Trial Run 1:

Pros: 
I love the display, how it illuminates and how it looks on wrist... BUT is there a way to see your pace while on the run? I was pretty anxious throughout the run not knowing.  I need to play around with the settings.  Just found out there's an "advanced" toggle in the settings.

Cons:
I wish that the Apple Watch had average pace on the screen... Hopefully, there'll be as much customizable metrics like Garmin with future updates.

Trial Run 2:

Pros: 
The display and clarity of the metrics are CRISP! 
There are FX when you raise your wrist, the screen turns on.
GPS seems pretty accurate in terms of pace.
Battery life is decent. It drained about 20-25% on this nonstop 8-miler.
The watch looks really sleek on wrist. It's not bulky like the higher end Garmins.

Cons (when you run without the phone):
Lack of average pace. You won't know until you pause/end your run.
You can't see your mile splits! 
It logged my 8miler as a treadmill run today when I was on the track.
It doesn't let you know your elevation.
You can't view your run history on the watch.

Trial Run 3:
Garmin VA vs Apple Watch Nike+:

*** I accidentally restarted the Apple Watch after I thought I ended my run. I finished with 8.06mi at a 7'02" pace.  I was walking around for several seconds before I noticed.

COMPARISON

Distance: +0.05mi difference with Apple from Garmin
Average Pace: -3 second difference from Garmin to Apple
Battery: Apple used up 28% and Garmin used up 12%

The Apple Watch seems consistently accurate after three runs. My Garmin has a history of being super inconsistent, but it performed pretty well on this run.

More Apple Watch info... Not sure if it's my luck with GPS watches, but the battery (from a full charge) drained 70% while I was at work from 3-12:45am...

Trial Run 4: 
I started the runs pretty much at the same time since the Apple does a three second countdown.

I still have problems pausing/ending my runs with the Apple. When I think I pause it, it resumes the run (hence the time difference). 

The variance between the two was pretty slim actually though... The Apple has been running about 0.04mi more and 2-3 seconds faster for average pace than my Garmin.

In my HONEST opinion, if you're looking to get a GPS watch for RUNNING, do not spend your money on the Apple Watch. It's basically the free app on your wrist. I'd look at other options like Garmin if you want to take your running to another level. On the "plus", it links up the Nike+ Running App.