Father’s Day Gifts for Dads that Run!

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Does your dad like to run? Do you still need to pick up a gift for Father’s Day? You’re in luck! Here are some great gift ideas!

AfterShokz Headphones

These are fast becoming the runner’s choice and this week (until 16th June) you can save up to $30 on some models, during the AfterShokz Dads & Grads sale. I have a pair of Trekz Air Headphones, which I love. Read my review here.

FlipBelt

Hands down, the best way to carry your essentials when out for a run. It’ll carry your phone, car keys, credit cards, gel packs, etc. with no chafing or bouncing. I rarely go for a run without it. Check out their website for more information.

Oofos

The most comfortable footwear on the planet? I think so. I like to wear these lounging around the house, especially after a long run. They are designed to literally take the weight off your feet and accelerate recovery. I reviewed them a while ago — read it here.

BibBoards

I never run a race without these. They keep your race bib attached securely to your shirt or shorts without damage to the fabric. As an added bonus you can get a custom design made. I liked them so much I wrote a song about it.

Race Registration

Sign your dad up for a race, either something local, or splurge on something further afield. Don’t forget to check out the race discount page before you do and save some money!

Garmin

Every dad loves a Garmin. I think I just coined a new tag-line for Garmin’s next campaign. Anyway, I never run without my watch. Does your dad already have one? Then accessorize — add a running dynamics pod, or order a new strap, or just simply upgrade to a new model.

Car License Holder

This is something I recently did myself. I wanted to remove the free dealer advertising license plate holder and replace it with a custom one. I found a seller on Etsy who will put whatever text you like on there. I had one printed with my running club name on it.

Running Coach

I used to think people who used running coaches were maybe taking things a little too seriously, especially if they were not professional runners, or had any aspirations to go professional. Well, how wrong I was.

Running can be like going to the gym and not have any plan or idea how the machines work. You’re not going to get a lot of out it, nor are you likely to improve much and reach your potential.

That’s where a coach comes in. Get your dad a custom training plan, including core exercises to help him become a stronger runner. A training plan keeps us focused and can avoid over-training and injury.

I recently started working with Janell from runcanvas.com and can recommend her services! Janell uses the vdot platform to send through training plans. She is able to adjust them on the fly when my schedule starts to conflict.

Beat The Heat with Ultima Replenisher

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Sometimes water is not enough.

When we sweat, our bodies are not just losing water, they are losing electrolytes, which play a vital role in how our bodies perform. So if we just drink water, we’re not replacing those essential ingredients (especially sodium) to help us from feeling rough during a workout (and probably for a while after).

The body reacts badly when we drink too much water (without the necessary electrolytes), and dilute our blood’s sodium concentration. This can result in headaches, sickness and fatigue.

Ultima Replenisher is a solution to this problem, and it happens to be a very tasty one. You can drink Ultima before, during and after your workouts. It comes in a number of different flavors, and the powder is very quick to mix up.

Ultima Replenisher is made with all 6 balanced electrolytes plus support minerals, real fruit flavors, plant-based colors, sweetened naturally with organic stevia leaf extract and no sugar, carbs or calories, ever!

It comes in 5 flavors — Orange, Cherry Pomegranate, Lemon, Raspberry, and Grape. My favorite flavor is Cherry Pomegranate, with Lemon being a close second.

My wife was out in the garden yesterday, planting flowers and spreading mulch in North Carolina heat and humidity. I quickly made her up a bottle of Lemon Ultima Replenisher and she loved it. She commented that the sweetness did not taste fake like other electrolyte based drinks we’ve tested.

After being out for a month because of an injury, I’m finding coming back to running and adjusting to the humidity outside has been difficult. I missed out on that transition period between Spring and Summer. Fortunately, Ultima Replenisher is helping me acclimatize a bit easier.

If you want to try it out for yourself, make sure and use the following discount code. Use code “ULBRAVE19″ for 10% off at the amazon.com/shops/ultimareplenisher storefront

Poem: The Trails, They Are Calling Me

the trails they are calling me
where the trees form a canopy
dancing sunlight and shadows
Narrow pathways and meadows

the trails they are calling me
along the river, mountains to sea
rocks and roots, senses fully aware
damp soil afoot and soothing cool air

the trails they are calling me
to connect with wildlife running free
a fox here, an opossum there
eyes locked in a stag’s stare

the trails they are calling me
to enjoy being lost momentarily
to breathe in deep the serenity
the trails they are calling me

Alastair Vance, 23 May 2019

Why do you run, Dillon Partin?

About Dillon

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I knew Dillon before I even started running, and before I knew that he was a runner.

We used to play in a band together now and again. He is a phenomenal bass player and you should definitely catch him live, in one of the many bands he plays in! I always loved the chance to make music with him.

I think one of the first events I bumped into him was the Race Across Durham. Turns out we both love trail running. Since then we’ve met at several different races.

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Why do you run, Thelma Fitzgerald?

About Thelma

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I remember the morning Thelma turned up to run with MRC. It didn’t take more than one word from her for me to work out she came from Ireland, like myself.

Thelma trained with us when we were preparing for the Tobacco Marathon, even though she only planned to run the half. She would turn up for training runs, intending only to run 8-9 miles, and run 18 with the group. 🙂

When are you running a marathon, Thelma?!

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I’m taking off my boot and streaking!

Have you ever participated in a run streak? I haven’t, but that is changing from tomorrow. Along with my wife, Liz, a load of my running friends, and of course my BibRave family, I will be running at least one mile every day in May!

We want YOU to join us! All you need to do is log your run (or walk) on Strava and join the BibRave Run Club Strava group. Get YOUR friends involved too for some local support! I know it’s generating quite a bit of excitement among my running buddies.

I’m soooo looking forward to it to be honest, and a little nervous at the same time. I just got out of my aircast boot at the weekend. I had to wear it for 30 days to allow my peroneal tendon to heal after injuring it while training.

I’ll be taking it real easy starting out, to ensure I don’t end up back in the boot. My eventual aim is to get back to my regular 22-25 miles a week.

The most consecutive days I’ve ran without a break is around 8-9, so this will definitely be a challenge, but it couldn’t have come along at a better time.

So, are you in? If you post your runs to Instagram or Twitter also, you can use the tags #StravaRun and #BibChat.

Why do you run, AJ?

About AJ

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

AJ has been running with our run club (MRC) for a couple of years now. He never runs without his headphones, even on more relaxed training runs. It always takes a few roars from fellow runners to get his attention.

I remember when AJ started running with us, his wife had given birth only a few weeks before. We often remarked he was either trying to dodge baby duty, or the baby was waking him early enough to join us.

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