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Top 5 Halloween Running Themed Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner, and with no shortage of Halloween 5k's and fun runs throughout the country, we put together our list of the top 5 most runnable Halloween costumes.  As you know, a costume that you can actually run in (comfortably at least) differs from regular Halloween costumes, and requires a higher degree of comfort, won't make you sweat too significantly once you get moving, and will allow more range of motion.  Will your running costume be as comfortable as your usual running gear?  Of course not, but as long as the race isn't really long, you won't even notice after a few minutes.  With that said, here's our top 5 choices for the most runnable Halloween costumers, in no particular order.

Steve Prefontaine:

One of America's most well known runners was the late, great Steve Prefontaine.  In his prime, he set American Records in almost every distance event ranging from the 2000 up to 10000 meters in the early 70's at the University of Oregon.  This may be one of the easiest Halloween costumes as all you'll need are shorts, a singlet, a mustache, and a wig.  Ideally you'll be able round up some gear in UO green and yellow colors to complete the look. 

The Flash:

This Justice League member keeps crime under control and saves the world by using his super power- freakishly fast, super human speed.  Another pretty straight forward costume to find online, or make your own using red and yellow colors with a few lightning bolts thrown in for good measure.  Who knows, with a bit of luck the Flash's super human speed will rub off on you in your future races!

Forrest Gump:

“Run Forrest, Run!”  One of the best movies from 1994, Tom Hanks stars as Forrest Gump who decided to do an epic cross country long run, inspiring legions of followers along the way.  His reason for such a long run?  He felt like it and didn't stop until he was done.  Needless to say along the way he developed an impressive beard and shaggy hair.  This costume is also a pretty easy one, just get dark baggy clothing, a fake beard, and a long wig.  Bonus points if you can find a “Bubba Gump” Shrimp Company hat to complete the look. 

Elvis:

Go to any Halloween 5k and you're sure to see at least one or two running Elvis's.  Elvis is a classic Halloween costume, and another really comfortable costume to run in as well.  A wig, sunglasses, and anything with rhinestones will do the trick, but make sure you stick to classic white, gold and silver colors to complete the look.  

Zombie:

Zombies may look sloth-like and slow, but they can really haul once they get moving.  If you've got a bunch of old running gear that you don't care about anymore, you can even make your own costume from clothing you already own.  You'll want to get plenty of fake blood, white and black makeup, and make sure to make your clothing look shredded and torn up to complete the look. 

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Running Gear Training

Sneak Peek- Garmin Forerunner 230, 235, and 630

Just in time for the holidays, Garmin is releasing three updated versions of it's most popular GPS watches, the Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, and Forerunner 630.  With some pretty cool updated features, if you're a fan of Garmin looking to update your existing watch, here's the scoop on whats new in each watch.  We anticipate inventory becoming available for purchase late October to early November. 

Forerunner 230:

The 230 also comes standard with the option buy a chest strap based heart rate monitor (sold separately), but differs from the 225 in that it has GPS + GLONASS technology built in.  This advanced GPS stand for for Global Navigation Satellite System, and is a Russian satellite-based navigation system that works in conjunction with GPS technology o provide position information to compatible devices.   Essentially this means that the GPS information on your watch is more accurate.  Other key differences between the 225 and 230 include a longer battery life (12 hours), audio prompts, and a 44% bigger screen which is much easier to read on the run. 

Forerunner 235:

The primary difference between the 230 and 235 is that the 235 features wrist based heart rate monitoring, meaning there's no need for chest strap based heart rate monitor.  On the underside of the watch is a optical sensor which monitors all heart rate data, which is much more convenient than a traditional chest strap.  The screen size is also 44% larger than the 225, and also features audio prompts.  Just like the 230, it also features graphical heart rate zones, which are easier to read and understand on the run.  The 235 also comes standard with GLONASS GPS technology, making the GPS data more accurate.

Forerunner 630:

For runners seeking much more technical data including stride length, physiological measurements, and lactate threshold, the Forerunner 630 is for you.   The 630 has just about every advanced feature available on the market today and is ideal for runners wanting as much information about their training as they can possibly get.  The 630 has the capability to report on some really cool and interesting data about the user:

  • Stride Length- This will measure the length of each stride which correlates to pace.  You'll have to review it after your run, but this can be reviewed by logging into Garmin Connect.  Data recorded includes how stride length varies pace, cadence, and elevation. 
  • Lactate Threshold- Lactate Threshold refers to your body's ability to run at a given pace without getting into fatigue or oxygen debt.  Going at a pace faster than lactate threshold pace will get your body into oxygen debt and fatigue will quickly set in. For reasonably well trained athletes, lactate threshold occurs typically at approximately 90% of maximum heart rate or at a pace between 10k and half marathon pace.  Typically this information was only available by going into a lab and getting a test done, but the 630 provides this information on the watch itself, making it easy to monitor just how fast you should be running your tempo runs and faster paced interval work at.  
  • Performance Condition- Performance Condition analyzes pace, heart rate, and heart rate variability that provides a real time assessment of your ability.  It is given on a scale of -100 to +100 and can be thought of in terms of good day versus bad day effort.  In other words if Performance Condition gives you a score of +10, this indicates that you're feeling good, fit, and can anticipate feeling pretty strong on your run.  The best thing about this is that you can monitor it real time on the run as a data field. 
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Running Gear

Stability Shoes- Get the support you need to run your best

Stability Shoes- How much support is needed?

Lets face it, when looking to buy running shoes you've got no shortage of options to choose from in a variety of different categories and brands. Typically most shoes can be split into two major categories- neutral/cushioned, and stability/support. To help narrow down your options and help you decide which category to consider, we need to take into account several factors:
 
Stability/Support- How to know how much support is right for you:

Runners who should consider stability shoes typically have arches that pronate excessively with each step, and often have flat feet (little or no arch). Runners who have low arches typically over-pronate more than runners with higher arches, although this is not always true. The runner who over-pronates has arches that collapse as their body weight comes down, allowing their feet to roll to the inside (or medial side). To determine if this might be you, take a look at the wear pattern on the bottom of your current running shoes.

Over-pronators typically wear out the tread on the outer edge of the heel, and the tread near the ball of the foot. To prevent your feet from over-pronating, stability shoes feature midsoles with supportive features, usually a firmer area of EVA foam called a dual density post. The post is a usually a darker color, and works by reinforcing the medial side of the shoe, allowing the over-pronator to run with their feet and legs in proper alignment, minimizing the likelihood of injury.

Another factor to consider is your injury history- if you've ever had knee, shin, lower back, or IT pain while running, you may want to consider trying shoes with more stability features to them.  For expert advice into fitting you into the best pair of shoes that work best for your unique gait, visit any one of our store locations for a feee video gait analysis.

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Running Gear

Sneak Peek- Asics Gel Nimbus 17 NYC Limited Edition

The big race in New York City is right around the corner, and to commemorate the race, limited edition, marathon exclusive colors of several footwear styles have been released.  Available during marathon week at the expo, in-store, and online in limited quantities, the first of these we'll be sneak previewing is the Asics Gel Nimbus 17.  

With colorful graffiti print that calls out all five boroughs and the city skyline, this limited edition colorway lets you commemorate the big race in style.  The insole features the Statue of Liberty with official Asics logo along with full race name, with “26.2” and “NYC” printed on the upper.  The mens version features a white upper with color graffiti print pop, while the women's version features the same graffiti print with pink accents to really make it pop. 

The Nimbus has long been known as a premium cushioned, neutral, every day trainer which is consistently highly rated and reviewed by runners across the globe.  The 17th version is no exception, and comes standard with several updates from previous versions including fit improvements and the addition of FluidRIDE midsole cushioning technology which further adds to the overall comfort of the shoe.  

 

Asics Gel Nimbus 17 NYC Edition

                                                                                                    

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Our Guide To Running The Big 26.2 Race

If you're lucky enough to have gotten into the big race for the first time, congratulations!  You're one of several thousand lucky entrants who made it through the lottery system, not an easy task.  There's a reason why this race is considered a bucket list race for many runners as the race day experience is one of the best in the world, mainly due to the spectator support from residents of all five New York City boroughs.  No matter your goal for the race, the experience is something you'll remember for many race seasons to come. Having said that, be sure to check out our race day tips to ensure your race day success. 

After months of preparation and hard training, the hay is in the barn as they say, and it's time to taper your training down to be fully rested on race day.  The miles of long runs, tempo work, interval workouts, and recovery days are now complete, and it's time to focus on running your best race possible on November 1st. 

Limit time spent on your legs:  

New York City is an amazing place with all sorts of sites to see, but we suggest keeping your inner tourist at bay until after you finish the race.  Times Square, Broadway shows and strolls around Central Park are not to be missed, but do that after your race.  Make sure to spend time at the expo as that alone is an experience worth taking in, but don't overdo it.  Get in, get your number, pick up some last minute gear, but don't spend more time there walking around than you need to.  The race course is pretty challenging, so you'll want to conserve your energy for the 26.2 mile task at hand.  Your goal should be to sit and rest as much as possible in the 48 hours leading up to the start. 

Race Day Morning:

The race begins at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Staten Island at 10:00 AM, although your wave start time may vary. Log onto your NYRR profile to confirm your transportation to the start. Official transportation options include the Staten Island Ferry and buses from midtown Manhattan and New Jersey. Once you're off the bus, you'll arrive at the starting area village where you can check a bag to collect at the finish line, use a porta potty, as well as drink a cup of coffee or eat a bagel.  You'll have plenty of time at the starting area prior to the starting gun going off, so tactically think this through carefully.  Typically it's pretty cold, and while there are tents set up for you to sit in, you'll want to wear warm clothing over your race day kit to try stay as warm as possible as shivering in the cold is not only unpleasant, it burns calories which you'll need a lot of to power you through the race.  We strongly suggest checking your gear bag as soon as you possibly can as the lines get very long to check gear the closer you wait until start time.  This means that the warm clothes you wear in the starting village will be discarded, so be sure to wear something you won't want to see ever again as all discarded clothing is donated to a local homeless shelter. 

First Half Tips:

The start of the race is an unforgettable experience with the traditional playing of Frank Sinatra's “New York New York”, cannons firing, and a sea of people as wide and as long as you can see.  What that means is the start is very congested over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and you'll likely be weaving and people dodging for the first mile over the bridge, and second mile leading off of the bridge into the second borough, Brooklyn.  Don't panic, and try and relax as much as you can.  Focus on your breathing and take it all in as the course will open up once you get into Brooklyn.  Take time to enjoy the spectacular views of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the sea of fellow runners embarking on the journey with you.  

Miles 3-15 lead out of Brooklyn and through Queens.  This 12 mile stretch has plenty of course support and is fairly flat, so be careful to over exert yourself and run a bit too quickly, which will set you up for a tough final miles into Manhattan and Central Park.  Once you get out of Brooklyn and into Queens near the 14 mile mark, there's a very tough stretch from roughly 14.5 leading to the Queensboro Bridge which will take you through the 15 and 16 mile park.  While it doesn't look particularly challenging, this gradual incline run in a dimly light tunnel is mentally and physically tough, so be sure to have conserved something for this point in the race.  The 25K mark is between mile 15 and 16 on the bridge, and as you crest the hill and finally make your way out, you'll take a sharp right hand turn onto 1st Ave.  This stretch of the race is flat, has few turns, and has some of the rowdiest crowd support in the entire race through the 30K mark before heading up into the Bronx.  It's impossible not to feel energized from the crowd as they are cheering as loudly for you as they would for the winner of the race, so make absolutely sure you don't lose your head and pick it up too much- you've still got a challenging and hilly 8 miles to go!  You'll cross another bridge into the Bronx between miles 19 and 20 with an aid station where you'll be able to snag a Coke from some friendly spectators.  If you're stomach can handle it, Coca Cola is an incredible pick me up, but try it during training first!  

Second Half Tips:

The second half of any marathon begins at 20 miles when muscles begin to tighten up and you start to wonder what you signed yourself up for.  Don't lose hope, at this point you only have a 10K to go and then you're done!  If you've run a smart, conservative race and have anything left in the tank, feel free to pick up your temp and finish strong over the final 6.2 miles.  Miles 20-21 are run briefly in the Bronx with several twists and turns to keep you on your feet that take you out of the Bronx, and back into the west side of Manhattan through Harlem on 5th Avenue. After a quick turn between 35K and mile 22, you'll run into a patch of rolling hills on 5th Avenue through mile 23 while entering Central Park, where once again, you're treated to some of the best spectator support in the sport.  This where the hills you've heard about really come into play, as you'll climb several stretches of rolling hills before turning east toward Columbus Circle and the 26 mile mark.  

The Finish:

The end is finally in sight!  After crossing the 26 mile mark, you're merely a quarter mile away from the finish.  The finish is slightly uphill just to give you one final challenge before it's all over.  Be prepared for feelings of relief and joy as you accomplish something very few people get to do, and relief that your tired legs are finally able to stop!  Once you've crossed the finish line and received your space blanket, water bottle, and medal, you'll walk (slowly) toward the UPS trucks where you can retrieve your checked gear.  Be sure to put on your warm clothes as soon as you can to try and warm up while you wait to find your friends and family.  The finish area can be very congested with supporters, friends, and family of athletes so try and pick a near by intersection or hot spot to be reunited (and yes, it will feel so good) with your support crew.  At this point you'll want to do nothing but head back to your hotel and take a hot shower but before you can do that you'll need to find a way to transport yourself back.  Cabs are very tough to come by as literally everyone is trying to hail one, so you may need to find the nearest subway stop to get back to your hotel.  

Post Race:

Our only tip is to relax and enjoy the rest of the day!  One of our favorite things to do is find a great bite to eat, catch some Sunday afternoon football, and maybe even take a post race nap if you want to- you've earned it! 

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Who I Run For

Who Inspires You to Run?

Traditionally, October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, as a way to encourage and support those dealing with this difficult condition.  This October, we want to show our support for the many causes that inspire us to come together and take action. We want to support not only those who may be battling a health issue, but also those who support them – friends, husbands, wives, and family members.  In short, we want to help show support by listening to your stories and featuring them during the month of October.

How You Can Participate:

1. Share a photo of the person who inspires you to run on Instagram using hashtag #WhoIRunFor along with a few sentences about why they inspire you.  Be sure to tag your local store!
2. Look for your story to be featured on our site and social channels throughout the month!
3. See what others are sharing at our #WhoIRunFor photo gallery.

Look for your story to be featured on our site and social channels throughout the month!