Don’t let the dropping temperatures scare you away—our guide for running outside no matter the conditions. If this is the year you took up running, you may be wondering about how to get through the cold winter months that are fast approaching. Snow, ice, wind and bitter temperatures can make the going tough. But with the right gear, winter can actually be a nice time to run. Think about it—no more heat and humidity to make you feel like you are barely making forward progress. A chance to get outside your house when, for the most part, everything else is based inside. A few quiet ho..
Dial-in your cold-weather running attire for the best experience at the best temperature. If runners could choose an ideal temperature for their best runs, most would pick the 50-degree mark. It’s the Goldilocks of conditions—not too hot, not too cold, but just right. This 50-degree range, in fact, is the sweet spot for marathon performance, too, serving as the “just right” temperature for most of the best finishes, year after year. Whether you’re training to race or simply to get out and enjoy the fresh air, your running is going to be happiest around 50 degrees. Luckily, we’re about to..
Over the last decade, trail running has grown significantly in popularity. Certainly, the appeal of nature and the outdoors is one reason for its growth. Likewise, the number of off-road races has also increased, including mud runs and obstacle courses. While these hint at why more runners are running trails, they don’t paint the entire picture. The most important reason trail running is attractive involves the numerous advantages it offers to runners. And this is also why trail running will continue to appeal to runners everywhere. Here are 8 amazing benefits that running trails can offer. ..
For runners of all experience levels, there are often two primary goals: To run faster and to run longer. As a new runner, building up endurance is especially important. It allows you to participate in longer races whether for you that means a local 5k or your first marathon. If you want to learn how to build endurance while running, these top tips can greatly improve your training and put you on the right track toward running success. Distinguish Between Easy Runs and Hard Runs A common mistake among newer runners is running at the same pace every time you lace up your s..
The COVID-19 Coronavirus has impacted life across the globe. While staying healthy throughout the outbreak is the goal, many people are struggling to maintain their fitness under rules of social distancing, isolation, or quarantine. Staying fit, however, can help you fight off disease and boost your immune system during this challenging time. The good news is that it is possible to maintain your fitness during the pandemic, but you will almost certainly have to make some tweaks to ensure your routine is safe. These suggestions can help you keep both your body, mind, and spirit fit and ready to..
For many runners, keeping your phone nearby is a must. For trail runners, that need is even more pronounced. When you’re miles from your car parked at the trail head or you’re heading up to elevations where weather can be unpredictable, it is critical to have access to your phone right when you need it most. (Plus – you need a phone to snap that obligatory selfie at the top of the mountain trail, right?) Whether you are checking out your local trails for the first time or you’re gearing up for a trail ultramarathon, there is one thing all trail runners have in common: The need to figure out ho..
Getting into the running routine can be exciting. Whether you are gearing up to train for a 5k or a marathon, the right shoes really can make all the difference. All too often, however, women are hesitant to invest in running shoes. Sure, you can wear the same pair you always wear to the gym, or you can toss on those old sneakers from the back of your closet. But remember that not all running shoes are created equally. Use this guide to find the perfect running shoes, in the right size, that support you and your running. Don’t Fall for the Pink Shoe Trick We have all seen an ad..
Trail running can be an incredible experience, but many summer trail runners start to hit the pavement or the treadmill once the first signs of ice and snow arrive. While some trails are just not runnable in the winter months, there are plenty of miles of single-track that are perfect for winter trail running. If you want to extend your trail running season, use these 9 trail running tips and tricks to stay safe and warm this winter. 1. Layer, Layer, and Layer Some More During winter runs, layers are your best friends. Start with a warm base-layer that wicks moisture away from ..
As the long days of summer slip away, more and more runners find themselves starting or ending their runs in the dark. Logging miles no matter the season may be the mark of a truly committed runner, but no one should battle the darkness or put up with sub-par lighting options. Out of this struggle came the inspiration for the FlipBelt Running Light. One goal and tireless efforts for over two years culminated in a way for runners to have the best possible running experience in the dark. Inspiration Research began by asking one question: Is there a light that can be used fo..
Sometimes, the best therapy doesn’t come from a trip to the doctor. It can come in the form of a simple pair of running shoes, as farfetched as that may sound for some people. While going on a run can seem like a torturous exercise that is far from most people’s idea of relaxation, it actually has plenty of benefits beyond the realm of fitness. For one, solo running gives you time for solitude. Running is (ironically) a chance for you to slow down and a time for reflection. That's because when you run by yourself, it’s just you, your body, and the open road ahead of you. This..
How many of us go to bed each night with the hopes of waking up early and squeezing in some miles before the day begins? And how many of us, even with the best of intentions, end up hitting snooze and then pushing that run until later in the day? Although pre-dawn runs come naturally to some, you might have to work to become a morning runner. The good news is that it takes three weeks to make something a habit. By adopting these morning running tips for the next 21 days, you could turn yourself into a morning runner! Say Goodbye to the Snooze Button One of the bigg..
I’m Jen Bergman, a professional runner, a first-time blogger and full-time employee at FlipBelt here to bring you the honest truth about my journey to reach my full potential as a marathoner. Reach my full potential? What does that mean? Hopefully for me it means becoming an Olympian after I compete in the 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials. I realize the stats for becoming an Olympic Athlete are 0.000001%. You have one shot every 4 years to be the very best in your country and then hopefully the world. Luckily this is my second shot. My very first Marathon was the 2016 Olympic Trials where I finish..
At FlipBelt, we love seeing how people use our products in their lives. This week, we’re profiling a FlipBelt user named Mary T., who lives and runs in the Florida heat and recently completed the Fairy Tale Challenge (that’s a 10k and a half marathon in the same weekend) at Disney! You can find out more about Mary T. on Instagram at @marymouse23. How long have you been a runner? I’ve been running since my early 20s, casually. After a knee injury and surgery, I decided I wanted to try to run a runDisney race. My first challenge weekend and half marathon was the Inaugural Dark Si..
If you live in a place where cold winters are the norm, then you've probably experienced the dreaded "dead phone" on a snowy run. Being in freezing temperatures can cause your phone battery to lose its charge suddenly, leaving you without your preferred means of communication. So what's a runner to do? If taking to the treadmill for a few months each year isn't an option, then learn more about why your phone battery is so quick to die in the winter and what you can do to stop it. The Science Behind It All If you want a one-sentence answer for this winter phenomenon, it's this: ..
Let’s be honest—it takes serious dedication to keep to your running regimen all through winter. But as any seasoned runner knows, it’s much easier to brave the cold when you’re wearing the right cold weather running gear. If you’re serious about running outdoors this winter, here is a list of essential winter running gear to help you conquer the cold: Traction Devices Rain, snow, and sleet can quickly turn to ice and pose a serious threat to your safety. If you’re hoofing it on pavement in below-freezing temps, having traction devices for your shoes is critical. A set of Yaktrax or..
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