Spring is nearly here which means there's a ton of fresh, new accessories to try out in the warm weather! Check out our Spring Accessory Guide:1. Smartwool PHD Running Ultra Light Micro Socks – YES, wool is amazing to wear in warmer weather! The natural fibers wick away moisture keeping your feet dry and happy!2. Garmin Vivosmart – this awesome new activity tracker will keep up with both your workouts and social life through message alerts and other smart watch capabilities.3. Nike 4 Inch Woven Rival Shorts - these shorts have a wide flattering waist band and the smooth fabric lays just perfectly through your whole run.4. Skratch Pineapple – a nice switch up from the standard Lemon Lime flavor of most sport drinks. The tropical vibe will get you in the mood for summer!5. Nike Dri Fit Knit Tanks – these are one of my favorites to run in and I love the new fresh spring colors!6. Ultimate Direction Jenny Pack – it fits everything I need for a long run and disappears when I run in it thanks to the women specific cut…I seriously don’t notice I’m wearing a pack!7. Trigger Point Foam Roller – the best way to recover after a hard run. Hurts so good!Last, but perhaps most important - Froyo with LOTS of sprinkles – okay maybe this isn’t a running gear item, but I think it makes the perfect post long run treat!About the Author:Aimee, aka FunFitGirl, loves running, works at our Cherry Creek location, and has her own blog at FunFitGirl.com.
Saucony introduced the Kinvara several years ago as a lightweight trainer with minimal features that still had enough cushioning and durability to make it extremely versatile. If a racing flat were to be combined with an everyday trainer, the end result would be a Kinvara 6. Runners seeking a low drop, lightweight, yet protective trainer embraced the Kinvara for everything from faster paced running, everyday training, and even racing; and to fans of the Kinvara we say, have no fear- the Kinvara 6 retains the performance features you’ve come to expect with a few enhancements for Spring 2015.What's different from the Kinvara 5:
Available in-store and online April 2nd.
- Updates have been kept to a minimum. The upper has been updated to a more open and breathable mesh, combined with a Pro Lock lacing system from the Kinvara 5 for an improved, more breathable and secure fit.
- Weight has been kept the same as the Kinvara 5 (7.7 ounces for men and 6.5 ounces for women), and has Flexfilm material in the upper.
Long known for being a superbly cushioned, everyday trainer for neutral runners, the Vomero 10 blends Zoom Air cushioning with a Lunarlon midsole for a surprisingly bouncy and resilient ride.Right off the bat, the Vomero 10 just feels “different” compared to previous versions. This is not necessarily a bad thing as we have heard from multiple runners that previous versions of the Vomero, while soft, have been a little too soft. The 10 certainly addresses this issue as the midsole is now a blend of Zoom Air and Lunarlon which adds a responsive feel instead of pure cushion.The upper is constructed from Nike Flywire cables combined with Flymesh for a snug and breathable fit, and an Ortholite insole gives an initial bit of cushioning upon first step in.Overall the Vomero 10 has what it takes to become an everyday training staple, however runners that have come to expect a pillowy soft ride will find this years version to be much more rigid and responsive.Who it's for:
What's different from the Vomero 9?
- Neutral runners seeking a well cushioned yet responsive every day training shoe.
Available in-store and online April 2nd
- Zoom Air cushioning units are now combined with Lunarlon for a more firm feeling than in the past. If you really dig cushioning, you'll find the Vomero 10 to be more rigid and firm feeling than what you're used to.
Decibullz manufactures custom molded ear buds for anyone who enjoys music on the go- whether that be on the run, in the gym, or just out and about.What makes Decibullz different? Decibullz come with custom moldable, thermoplastic “buds” that you can mold quickly and easily to the exact shape of your ear canal. For anyone who has ever looked into custom molded earbuds, the price tag invokes sticker shock. Custom molded earphones require one or more appointments at an audiologist to create the molds and come with a price tag of up to $500! Decibullz solves this problem with a wallet friendly moldable ear bud solution for $59.95.How to custom mold Decibullz:
How Decibullz Perform:
- Step 1- Prepare the molds. A mold tray in the box contains a left and right specific mold that needs to be heated in water. Simply microwave about 3 inches of water in a coffee cup and when hot, drop the tray in the water for 1-2 minutes. Remove the tray from the water and place on a towel. Let the molds dry, and of course, only place each mold in your ear once they are war (not steaming hot).
- Step 2- Insert the left and right specific ear buds into each mold. Once inserted through the molds, attach the silicon cap (included in the box).
- Step 3- With the earbuds fully attached to each warm and pliable mold, insert each mold into your ears. Use your fingers to move the thermoplastic mold to create a custom mold of your ears. That’s it! You now have custom molded earbuds that fit the exact shape of your ear canal that stay in place no matter how intense you workout.
- NOTE- The molding process is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Make sure that the molds are warm and pliable before inserting them into your ears, but make sure that you don’t wait too long before attempting to custom mold. If they are too cool, you wont be able to mold them properly. In that case simply repeat the steps above to remold.
Overall, Decibullz are a great option for runners who could use a more comfortable set of headphones. Plus you can't beat the price!Get yours here:
- Exactly as expected- with three runs of over an hour or longer in length, so far Decibullz have stayed in place and not slipped out once. The fit is very comfortable with no slippage or adjustments. Unlike other ear buds, they have stayed in place the entire time comfortably with no irritation.
- Sound quality- The sound quality seems very treble focused, while the bass of most music is lacking. Sound quality can be subjective, but I'd personally love a little more bass.
- Background Noise- While the fit of the ear buds is custom, you can still here some background noise if the volume of the music isn’t too loud. This is a huge plus for me as I run on roads and need to be able to hear traffic and be aware of what is going on around me while I run.
- Microphone volume- A built microphone lets you use Decibullz with a mobile phone with a one touch button that accepts and ends calls. With limited testing, this feature works very well and hearing callers on the other end is a non issue.
- Volume adjustment- Needs to be done on the device itself, not the actual ear buds. For version 2.0, Decibullz should add a volume adjustment button in addition to the accept/end call button.
- Cord length- Cord length is adequate but I would like to see it lengthened. I run the cord underneath my top when I run, and when I’m skipping tracks on my iPod and holding it in my hands, this creates slight pulling on the actual buds themselves requiring me to adjust the fit on the go.
ON Running is a Swiss based company doing things a bit differently than everyone else in the running footwear space. Rather than focus on how much cushioning is built in the midsole and what material that cushioning substance may be, On has added pod like technology to the outsole of the Cloudsurfer that absorbs impact and releases it back into each stride for improved forward momentum. Known as Cloud Technology, the idea is that each one of these 13 independent Cloud pods compress and absorb impact upon initial strike for a cushioned landing, and then release that impact back upon toe off; just like you’re floating on clouds. Not dissimilar to what you experience when jumping on a trampoline, however the energy release aspect is of course not that extreme. The result is a surprisingly resilient and smooth ride, maybe not what was expected.ON categorizes whom its shoes are for based on pace- not the typical neutral, stability, etc, categorization that you’d expect. The Cloudsurfer is intended for runners who can comfortably hold a training pace between 6:40 and 8:00 minute pace per mile consistently. However there is no reason why anyone who intends to run slower or faster than that pace range couldn’t train in the Cloudsurfer.How it feels:
Who it’s for:
- You may expect to feel that the Cloudsurfer would propel you forward significantly, but this really is not the case. You’ll probably notice a bit more bounce or spring upon forward propulsion but not extremely so- the best thing to say is that you don’t really notice the pods at all while you run.
How it holds up:
- Neutral to moderate over pronators. The Cloud pods not only provide a smooth, resilient, and cushioned ride, they also have some inherent stability built into them as well making the Cloudsurfer an option for a variety of different runners.
Get Your Cloudsurfers here:
- You’d think that 13 independent pods attached to a midsole would shred right off after a few runs right? Wrong- with over 200 miles on our demo pair, the wear on each pod is barely noticeable. What is noticeable is that the Cloudtec pods themselves have become slightly more forgiving upon initial strike.
- Given the gaps in between each pod, you may also think that rocks and other debris easily get stuck in the shoes. Surprisingly this has rarely happened on our demo pair.
By:BoulderRunning | March 23, 2015 | Categories: Running Shoes
Believe it or not, green beer is not a recovery drink! Now that all the St. Patrick's Day 5k's and 10k's are behind us, we put together a list of the top 5 best recovery drinks to get you on the road to recovery and re-hydrated:Locally made in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, Skratch Labs creates all natural hydration products that taste great, and most importantly, get you rehydrated. As you open the package, you can smell the flavors of the fruits used in the mix. The Lemon Lime flavor is made from actual crystallized lemons and limes, that's it. Nothing artificial and with no preservatives, Skratch is easy on your stomach with only 80 calories per serving.Nuun tablets come in portable tubes of 12 so you can take them with you on the run, to work, anywhere throughout the day. The tablets fully dissolve in 12-16 ounces of water within about a minute and contain no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, keeping you hydrated and feeling great. One tablet contains 360 mg of Sodium, 100 mg of Potassium, and 25 mg of Magnesium, and 13 mg of Calcium, all electrolytes that help keep you feeling and performing your best.GU Brew is a portable, low calorie, quick and easy to use re-hydration tablet mix. Each tube contains 12 tablets and are suitable for use before, during, and after exercise as a quick and easy source of electrolytes to keep you hydrated quickly and easily. Available in five different stomach friendly flavors, GU Brew contains 320 mg of sodium along with 55 mg of Potassium for quick rehydration.Hammer's HEED (High Energy Electrolyte Drink) is one of few hydration options in the market that uses a complex carbohydrate formula as opposed to a simple carbohydrate chain formula. The advantage of this is that is much more easily digestible and allows your body to utilize more of the electrolytes and carbohydrate sources found in the mix, meaning you can perform at a higher level for much longer. Available in five flavors (including an "unflavored" option), HEED's subtle, not overly sugary flavor is easy on the stomach and does not contain any wheat or dairy for those with specific dietary requirements.For times when rehydration is greatly needed but a sports drink is over the top, Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Mix helps keep you feeling best between running, cycling, or working out, and all the time in between. A simple, crisp, and clean taste, only made from all natural ingredients that you can really taste. Use one scoop in approximately 16 ounces of water any time you feel thirsty. Taste small grainy particles in your drink? They're real fruit!You Tell Us- What's your favorite recovery drink?Don't take our word for it, you tell us- comment below with your favorite recovery drink!
When it comes to running shoes, lets face it, you’ve got no shortage of options. There are neutral shoes, stability shoes, lightweight shoes, and on and on, and what works best for some runners doesn’t work well at all for other runners. This begs the question- which Brooks running shoes are the best for me?The answer to this question of course depends on you- your unique stride, injury history, running goals, and personal preference. For example, a rarely injured runner who consistently runs high mileage each week likely wont have the same footwear needs that someone who runs lower volume due to time restrictions or injury history.The best thing you can do to determine which shoe works best for you is to visit stores like ours, a running specialty store. Our stores are staffed by passionate runners who have the knowledge and skill set to get you into something to keep your running a pleasure. You can expect a free video gait analysis- this entails you running on a treadmill while being videotaped in slow motion. Upon replay, we’ll analyze your lower legs and see what’s happening with your feet and arches. Depending on several factors, this will help us determine which footwear category you’ll likely be most successful in. For a full list of our stores near you, visit our store locator page.If you are unable to make it into one our stores, below is a breakdown of how each model of Brooks shoes fit into the spectrum of footwear categories.Stability:Stability shoes feature posting built into the medial side of the midsole that support your foot and arch, with the intention of keeping your foot in a neutral position from initial strike to toe off.Best Stability shoes from Brooks- Adrenaline GTS 15, Adrenaline ASR (the trail version), Ravenna 6 or Transcend.Neutral/Cushioned:Neutral shoes tend to have minimal or very little stability materials, although there are certain models that are inherently more stable than others. Typically runners who do well in neutral shoes are relatively injury free and have feet and arches that do not overpronate, meaning they need little to no stability.Motion Control:Motion Control shoes have the highest level of support and stability available. Runners who need a high level of support and stability do well in these types of shoes.Best motion control shoes from Brooks- Ariel (women), Beast (men) and Addiction 11.All Brooks Footwear:Pure Project:Neutral/Cushioned:Stability:Motion Control/Max Stability:Trail:
A key part of any training plan includes a weekly or bi-weekly long run. Long runs teach your body how to adapt and become comfortable with running progressively longer and longer distances. Among other things, the long run triggers your body over time to become more and more efficient at burning carbohydrate, it's primary source of fuel. But what happens as carbohydrate stores deplete on these runs?Scientifically at this point your body begins to use it's secondary fuel source, which is fat. The problem with this is that getting your system used to burning fat as fuel once carbohydrate stores deplete is hard work, takes time, and because fat doesn't burn nearly as efficiently as carbohydrate, doesn't feel good. If you've ever felt woozy, lethargic, or just plain awful during a race, you've experienced this feeling. Let's face it, running out of gas (or hitting the wall), frankly, feels awful. To get the most out of your long runs as your system learns to burn fat and carbohydrate more efficiently, use these nutrition tips below to get the most out of your long run while you increase distance over time.Pre:
- Endurance lasting 1.5 hours and longer- Try take in roughly 300-400 calories worth of fuel pre exercise. Think things that are easily digestible and carbohydrate based- bananas, English Muffins. Finish your meal within 1-3 hours of your run depending on how sensitive your stomach is. On race day, try not to drink within 1 hour of race time to avoid last minute bathroom stops.
- Regardless of fitness or ability, the body can store enough energy/fuel to last you through about 1.5 - 2 hours worth of exercise. The goal with fueling and rehydration is to not wait until your body’s stores run out. The idea here is to constantly top off the tank before waiting until the tank is empty.
- After the 2 hour mark, your carbohydrate stores if not replenished begin to run out and your system switches over to burning fat as fuel. Fat is not as efficient of an energy source as carbohydrate, and the body’s process of switching to burning fat as fuel will not feel as smooth as burning carbohydrates. If you’ve ever felt foggy or an inability to concentrate during a race, you’ve had this experience. This is commonly referred to as hitting the wall. The solution here is to take in roughly 120-150 calories per hour to top off your carbohydrate stores to delay or avoid hitting the wall and running out of gas.
- A good rule of thumb is to take in liquids every 15 minutes, with a gel or chew every 35-45 minutes. Don’t wait until you are thirsty or running out gas, at that point it is too late to recover.
Your body has a window immediately post workout where you will want to replenish your carbohydrate stores. Great sources of replenishment include carbohydrate sources as well as anything with a slightly higher protein mix than in the product you would take during exercise. Within 60 minutes of completing your exercise, try take in approximately a 3:1 ratio of complex carbs to protein. A good source of protein is whey based and is free of lactose and fat. Other good sources are things like chocolate milk.Nutrition Packs based on total Exercise Time:30 Minutes or longer:
60 Minutes or longer:
- Pre- Up to 12 ounces of carbohydrate drink mix, one gel (followed with water) or another easily digestible source of carbohydrate (banana). Try take in no more than 150-200 calories, finishing up no less than one hour prior to exercise.
- During- If necessary, sip on a carbohydrate drink mix every 15 minutes.
2 Hours or longer:
- Pre- Up to 16 ounces of carbohydrate drink mix, one gel (followed with water) or another easily digestible source of carbohydrate (banana)
- During- Depending on stomach, take in 120-150 calories per hour (if needed). Works out to 1-2 gels followed with water or carbohydrate drink mix.
- Pre- Up to 24 ounces of carbohydrate drink mix, one gel (followed with water) or another easily digestible source of carbohydrate (banana or English Muffin). Try consume between 300-400 calories, finishing up no more than one hour prior to exercising.
- During- Take in 120-150 calories per hour in the form of a gel, chew, or waffle (immediately followed by fluids). Bring a 20 ounce water bottle with carbohydrate drink mix consisting of up to 200 calories of mixture in it and sip every 15 minutes. If you are going longer than 2.5-3 hours, bring two bottles, or consider storing your fluid and gels in a hydration pack to keep your hands free. 120-150 calories per hour works out to about 1 gel per hour, with sips every 15 minutes.
Big things are in the works for New Balance! For the first time in the brand’s history, New Balance is doing away with naming shoes numerically and giving shoes actual names. This is a major win for them as it’s so much easier for customers to remember a name than a number when the time comes to replace them down the road. The all important initial step into the shoes was overall pretty good- you can tell just by looking at it that the Zante is intended to get you moving quickly. It’s lightweight, streamlined, and has a great responsive bounce to it thanks to its re-tooled Fresh Foam midsole. Anyone looking for something to do faster paced tempo work, speed work, or even a flat for a half or full marathon should definitely take a look at the Zante.
The Zante by New Balance is an all new shoe for Spring 2015 that takes the concept of oversized yet soft Fresh Foam cushioning and packages it into a lighter, smoother, and more responsive package. Even the name of the Zante is a huge change for New Balance- it is one of the first shoes in the history of the entire company that uses an actual name instead of a number! Named after one of the most popular Greek islands, the Zante is ideal for faster paced running, yet is equally at home in the gym or Cross Fit studio.Key Features:
- Lower midsole height with Fresh Foam cushioning technology creates a versatile performance oriented trainer ideal for running or gym work.
- No sew overlays with bootie construction create a seam free fit with minimal friction points.
- Could potentially be a good half or full marathon racing flat due to the protection of Fresh Foam which helps keep your legs fresh on race day.
Runners have come to expect a lot out of the Nimbus line, and the 17 is no exception. Initially stepping into the shoe compared to prior versions, you can definitely tell this one has a noticeably softer feel. While I haven’t had much time to log lots of miles in them yet, the 17 has felt great on my first few runs. According to Asics, they have slightly enlarged both rear and forefoot gel pads, definitely noticeable on the roads. As with prior versions, the Nimbus is primarily a neutral cushion shoe, but it does have some inherent support making this an option for runners of varying support and stability needs. The other nice thing that I’ve noticed in many new Spring 15 shoes, but especially with this Nimbus, is that the upper has almost no seams, giving it an almost sock-like feel without anything rubbing or chafing.
Long known as Asics’ premier, top of the line cushioned trainer, the Nimbus 17 features performance and ride characteristics runners have come to expect out of the line. Ideal for everyday training and running, thanks to high levels of cushioning combined with moderate levels of support, create a versatile daily trainer suitable for a variety of runners. The 17th version continues the tradition of high levels of both rear and fore foot cushioning sure to impress, with a few updates and enhancements:
- Larger rear and forefoot cushioning units provide a smoother yet responsive ride compared to previous versions.
- Near seamless upper for improved fit with less stitching and overlays to reduce friction points.
- Softer and better fitting insole for improved comfort.
- Modest levels of stability in the midsole mean that the Nimbus works for runners who still need a touch of support.