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 running. If you want to extend your trail running season, use these 9 tips and tricks to stay safe and warm on winter trail runs.
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 your body, ..
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.
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 must-have cold weather running gear to help you conquer the cold:
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 Yakt..
The holidays are fast approaching—are you prepared to stick to your running schedule?
Festive gatherings, family obligations and an abundance of fattening foods can make it extremely challenging to find the time and motivation to run all through the holiday season. But this year, you don’t need to let these things sabotage your running workouts.
The holidays are notoriously busy for almost everyone. With so many obligations, it’s easy to think of running as just another chore on your mounting list of things to do.
With the right holiday running game plan, you can escape the dreaded ho..
As a dog lover and a runner, you are naturally excited about the prospect of running with your favorite friend and have some questions on how to run with your dog. There is some training to get started with and plenty of questions like what age to start and how to get them used to the leash. Both you and your dog need regular exercise, so it makes perfect sense to get fit together. Running with your dog can help you lose weight, stay motivated, and improve the overall health of both you and your furry friend.
While most dogs will happily run alongside you, there are a few things you should ..
As a new runner, you probably haven’t given much thought to how to improve breathing while running. After all, who needs to be taught how to breathe? But soon into your journey into the world of running nearly you begin to think of concerns on improving performance and want to gain a better understanding of proper technique and start to wonder how to improve breathing while running.
In fact, most runners could benefit from learning a few breathing techniques. Understanding how to improve your breathing while running will not only boost your performance, but also reduce common injuries that ..
Cross training isn’t only for competitive runners. Both beginner and seasoned runners can benefit from switching up their routine and adding a new activity into the mix.
But how do you know which cross training activities are right for you? The answer depends on what you want to gain from your cross training.
Whether you want to strengthen your muscles, improve your speed, or simply keep boredom at bay, the following cross training workouts are ideal for any runner:
Whether you want to strengthen your muscles, improve your speed, or simply keep boredom at bay, the following cross trai..
As a runner, you’ve probably seen trash scattered across sidewalks, trails, and on the side of the road. Most people pass right by it and continue with their run—but what if you stopped to pick it up?
That’s the idea behind plogging, the new fitness craze that’s sweeping the country. What is plogging? It’s a portmanteau of “jogging” and “plocka upp,” a Swedish term meaning pick up.
Plogging benefits not only the environment, but also your mind and body as well. Here is everything you need to know about this eco-friendly workout:
There are plenty of good reasons to start plogging...
The horn blares and you blast off from the starting line. Feeling great, you pass by a bunch of runners in the first two miles of your half-marathon.
But by mile seven, most of the runners you passed earlier in the race are now passing you. What happened?
Whether you’re running a 5K or a half-marathon, your running pace matters. Without a proper pacing strategy, it’s all too easy to burn out quickly at the start of a race and sabotage your chances at setting a new PR.
To avoid a repeat of this mistake, here are a few tips to help you find and calculate your perfect running pace for yo..
Whether we like it or not, mistakes are a normal part of any runner’s journey. Ask any seasoned runner about their early running blunders and they’ll likely have more than one cautionary story to share. We share the top tips to avoid the most common mistakes when starting to run.