Running

14 Gift Ideas for Runners


Wondering what to buy your running friends for Christmas? Here’s some ideas to get you started…

  1. Challenge them with a race registration!
  2. Keep them warm during winter with some new running apparel (tops, leggings, socks, hats, etc.)
  3. Give them that new shoe feeling with some new shoes!
  4. Keep them hydrated with a bulk supply of Nuun tablets.
  5. Keep them energized with a bulk supply of Gu Energy Gels.
  6. Help them stay visible at night with a Noxgear Tracer360.
  7. Light up with their path with a light-weight led headlamp.
  8. Hang their medals up with a wall mounted medal holder.
  9. Get them a FlipBelt to carry their keys and phone while they run.
  10. Upgrade their run tracking with a new GPS watch — Garmin Forerunner 235 or 935 for example.
  11. Gift a magazine subscription to Runner’s World.
  12. Gift a subscription to Strava Premium!
  13. Help them roll out sore muscles with a foam roller.
  14. Take the easy route and get them a gift card for a local running store.

What would you add?

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Training for Race Across Durham

Eno River State Park is an amazing place. I’ve being doing quite a bit of running there to prep for Race Across Durham. The scenery is beautiful, and it feels so remote. The trail is both challenging and rewarding and full of wildlife. The race is only a couple of weeks away now, but I think I will definitely keep running here throughout the year ahead.

 

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Reviews, Running

Race: Raleigh – Night Nation Run

To be honest, if you sign up to this race to run, you’ll be very disappointed. Fortunately I was with the love of my life and I’m also partial to a little dance music now and again…

 

And this is the BEFORE party. #nightnationrun

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Family, Photos, Reviews, Running

Race: Cupcake Race 5k Photos

We completed the Cupcake Race at Brier Creek back on October 14th. I was hoping to have the whole family involved, but our oldest had a band competition and was unable to take part.

The race itself is very good value. We paid $15 each and that covered the race, time-chips, t-shirt, medal, water bottles, and of course a cupcake at the end. The course starts in the Brier Creek shopping center area and runs out and down the road at the back, toward Lumley Rd and then back.

I pushed Xander in the stroller for the duration. He was very well behaved and loved watching all the people running around him.

It was a nice family day out. I never imagined us running races together as a family. How things change! Our next family race (with Nathan included) is the Krispy Kreme Challenge in February. We’re all signed up and ready to eat some doughnuts!

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Routes, Running

Race Across Durham

I just signed up for Race Across Durham (10 miles) trail race! It’s scheduled for December 3rd, 2017 at 9am, so it should be nice and cool and have no nasty black flies, right?

It winds along the Eno river in Durham, starting at West Point on the Eno park to Eno River Rock Quarry.

I’ve been running some trails recently, but this is the first trail race I will participate in. I’m pretty excited about it.

You can check out the route here. Strava calculates it as 8.4 miles and estimates I’ll take 1hr43m to run it! 🙂

I did just notice it’s up hill the whole way! Great!

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Running

Relive – Create Flyovers from your Running Routes!

Check out this new app designed for running and cycling activities. It’s called Relive and it currently supports Strava and Garmin Connect only.

After connecting your accounts, the app will automatically create video flyovers of your route, like my example below that I posted to Instagram. On my first try, the video was not available for at least 30 minutes after I synced with Strava.

If your photos are geo-tagged, and uploaded to Strava within 15 mins, Relive will embed them in your video as well. It will show them at the exact point on the route that they were taken. Very impressive.

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Race: Running Of The Bulls 8K Photos

I ran the Running Of The Bulls 8K race on Saturday morning. Loved it. It was a 5 mile route around downtown Durham, NC. We got a really good day for it as well. Mid 60s at 7.15am.

Unexpectedly, I got to run with race with my second oldest kid, Noah. One of our friends had to drop out so Noah ran in her place. Really proud of him keeping up with me the whole way.

I finished the race in 39:56 minutes, averaging 7:58/mi. Overall position 292/1318, and in my age group, 36/86. Very pleased with that.

Bull City Running Company hosted the race and did a great job. Also, thanks to James Scott Farin Attorneys for sponsoring the event and providing some free race photos. 🙂

I loved how the race day coincided with the weekly Durham Farmer’s market, so after the race we were able to grab food from the food trucks. Liz, Xander and Katie came down to hang out with us afterward. We will definitely be signing up for next year.

Noah and me at the start line.

I think this was around mile 4.

Kandy, Jeremy, me and Noah after the race.

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