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.
Thinking about taking your fitness to the next level? Before you begin logging extra miles or reaching for heavier weights at the gym, now is a good time to take a closer look at what you’re eating.
Eating the right foods at strategic times to fuel your workout can make a world of difference in your exercise performance. Whether you’re training for a half marathon or taking a grueling spin class, understanding a few things about nutrition and what to eat before a workout is vital to achieving your fitness goals.
The American Heart Association’s (AHA), recommend getting 150 minutes of mod..
Most of us have heard that exercise can improve our health. Lower risk of cancer and disease, better memory, and a longer lifespan are just a few of the vast amount of benefits that stem from regular physical activity. But have you ever wondered if you’re doing enough to get these powerful health benefits? After all, a reduced risk of cancer and a longer lifespan are things that you can’t easily see or measure.
This is one reason why we rely on the latest research to tell us how much exercise we need. Here is what science tells us about how much exercise you need for better health:
After registering for your first half marathon, you may be wondering: what did I just get myself into?
Don’t worry; you’ve picked the perfect distance. Running 13.1 miles is an intimidating, yet achievable goal for both beginner and experienced runners alike. You should be looking forward to the challenge and the discovery of what you can achieve.
Still, you’ll need to dedicate a significant amount of time and energy into your training if you want your first half marathon to be a great experience. Before you hit the pavement and start logging those miles, here are a few things that..
Let’s face it: running on the hottest days of summer can be brutal. High temperatures, chafing, heat rash, staying hydrated, sun burn and feeling exhausted early into a long run are common frustrations with training in hot weather.
Hot weather can be enough to derail any dedicated runner from their training program, but you don’t need to let Mother Nature win this year. In fact, there are plenty of ways for you to stay on top of your summer training—without suffering through a miserable run.
When you train in the heat, oxygen-rich blood is diverted from the muscles to the skin to help co..