Tag Archives: Swimming for health

Destination is good!

Hey there RYPEness!!

So we all get into our fitness slumps. Nothing seems exciting anymore. Your favorite run routes have becoming mundane. The weather is not the most friendly for any outside training.  It just plain kinda sucks.

Well…do I have the remedy for the rounding fall and heading into winter training blues! The Reggae Marathon, Half Marathlon & 10K was about the most fun I have had doing a race and then chillin’ hard AFTER the race…ever. From the people, to the excitement of starting a race at 5:15AM, to the music, to the well organized set up (tons of water stations), to the scenery (frequent glimpses of the ocean as you ran down the road lined with cheering Jamaicans and foreign spectators), it was, in a word, AWESOME! And then after you have run your distance, crossed the finish line and gulped down fresh coconut water served right out of the coconut, complete with straw…you grab a Red Stripe and relax your feet in the ocean.

Shiggity don’t get no better than that.

However, if tropical bliss aint your thing, then find a cool destination race in a place of interest to you. There are all kinds of lists that reference good races, like Forbes Magazines Top 10 Marathons Worth Traveling For. Grab a few of your best buddies and get them to sign up too, then the party begins. Motivating each other to do the training workouts is a lot more fun, and then the race itself becomes much more than a race! It’s a way to settle that bet…its a much needed BFF get-away…its a fun party that’s packed with healthy well-being elements that are not only going to enrich your physical self, but your mental and spiritual as well. There is something to be said about all of the studies being done on the concept of group exercise. There is also something to be said about all of the thought and effort being put into executing “cool races in cool places”. Bottom line…it works for people.

So…check the listings, find a race, grab your crew and start the journey! I can guarantee that you may find adding one of these types of races to your schedule will become an annual “must do!”

Just trying to “Inspire YOU to Tri”!

Getting ready to get it in!

Getting ready to get it in!

Baby its cold outside!

Hey there RYPEness!!!

Living here in the Carolina’s, I am typically very spoiled by the winters. Since I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, then left there to take up residence in Chicago, Illinois, I am more than familiar with frigid temperatures.

Don’t mean I like them though!

I left top side purposely so that my exposure to the cold would be short-lived or non-existent! Well…it appears that us folks down here in the good ole south need to prepare ourselves for some cold temperatures this winter. We have definitely skirted the issue the last few years, but this particular year I think that Old Man Winter is going to pay us a few visits and embrace us with his frost.

That being said, what’s a sistah to do when she needs to get her run in? LAYER….strategically!

There is nothing worse than getting out on a run and freezing your tail off. Well, except to get out on a run and realize that you have over-done it with your gear and now you are sweating like a pig and on the brink of spontaneous combustion. Neither scenario gives me warm fuzzies about maintaining my run routine. So what’s a girl to do? GO SHOPPING!!! Oh yeah babeee!

Strategic shopping that is. We need to go get some really good base layers in our lives to make getting out and hitting that pavement more enjoyable. I am not going to go into the different technologies that are out there, seems that every brand has come up with one. From Columbia that uses these little silver dots to reflect your own body heat to keep you warm, to Gore who uses wind guard so that the cold air just wont get through; most reputable brands have developed something that keeps your warm and dry. So find what works best for you.

IMG_2471[1]

Columbia’s Omni Heat Reflective

I ran in the 25th Annual Turkey Trot yesterday, and at race start it was 23 degrees. ANYONE will tell you that in most cases, I would have bowed out gracefully and simply not run. But I knew I’d picked up some nice pieces from TrySports and wanted to find out if they really worked. YEP! They sure do! My hands and head were kept extremely toasty wearing Columbia’s Omni Heat hats and gloves, the gloves were so cool that they have the little finger tips that allow you to use your touch screen on your phone. What in the world did we ever do before that little piece of technology was developed? I kept my torso warm by wearing Mizuno’s Breath Thermo. Their cool technology uses special threads that heat up once your body’s sweat hits it. On my legs I just wore a good pair of running tights that were fleece lined, so I was all good!! As a matter of fact, I was TOO hot! However, it didn’t have to do with my cool, selective running gear, instead more to do with the fleece/felt turkey costume that I ran in.

The TrySports Turkey!

The TrySports Turkey!

So…all this to say, no need to ix-nay your run workout just because the mercury plummets. Instead, invest in some really good key pieces that will keep you warm and dry, then go out an enjoy fitness in the freeze!

Hyped 2b RYPE!