Running Lifestyle

How to Build Endurance for Beginner Runners
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..
How to Stay Fit During a Pandemic
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..
Where to Hold Your Phone While Trail Running
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..
Trail Running Year-Round: 9 Tips and Tricks for Winter Trail Running
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 ..
Exploring FlipBelt Running Light
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..
Time for Solitude: How Solo Running Gives You a Positive Outlook in Life
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 to Become a Morning Runner
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..
Thinking Out Loud
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..
Day in the Life of Mary T.
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..
The Running Gear You Need for Cold Weather
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: 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 Yakt..