Boston Runners Club http://bostonroc.com Running Shoes and Gear Sun, 13 Jun 2010 13:57:19 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 Nike Running Shoes + iPod Sport Kit = Personal Trainer http://bostonroc.com/nike-running-shoes-ipod-sport-kit-personal-trainer/ http://bostonroc.com/nike-running-shoes-ipod-sport-kit-personal-trainer/#comments Sun, 30 May 2010 23:52:01 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=6 If you want to keep track of your running in a totally cool technological way, you need to get the sports kit that links Nike running shoes with your iPod. Using this kit is like having your own personal trainer. The system is remarkably simple and easy to use. You can also upload your data [...]]]> If you want to keep track of your running in a totally cool technological way, you need to get the sports kit that links Nike running shoes with your iPod. Using this kit is like having your own personal trainer. The system is remarkably simple and easy to use. You can also upload your data to the web, which allows you to set long-term running goals and keep up with your progress and improvement.

The Nike-iPod sports kit is one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-it ideas. There are just two pieces of hardware to the system, a sensor for your shoes and a receiver for the iPod. If you own later versions of the iPod, you may not even need the receiver. The sensor is designed to fit into a special pouch on certain Nike running shoes. However, if you have other running shoes already, you can also buy an add-on pouch that attaches to your shoelaces and holds the sensor.

Using this system is like having your very own personal trainer running alongside with you. You set up some basic parameters, choose your workout music and go. As you run, a pleasant voice will let you know as you pass certain points in the workout, like reaching halfway or burning a certain number of calories. Several different exercise statistics are tracked and can be reviewed on demand.

However, the sports kit goes beyond every day workouts. You can upload all the data it collects to the web and track your long-term progress. Information is uploaded every time you sync your iPod with iTunes, or you can specifically connect to Nike. You can use the site to set goals and even challenge others for more competitive workouts.

The iPod Sport Kit and Nike running shoes combination is an excellent way to track your running workouts without really having to do a thing. And the easier we make it to have a successful workout, the more likely we are to just do it.

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Choosing Running Shoes – Gait Assessment http://bostonroc.com/choosing-running-shoes-gait-assessment/ http://bostonroc.com/choosing-running-shoes-gait-assessment/#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:14:19 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=11 Many people of not realize that a great percentage of people tend to run with their feet tending to move slightly inwards. If this happens it means that the running shoe does not give you enough support where you need it and it may cause problems with your feet. In good running and sports clothing [...]]]> Many people of not realize that a great percentage of people tend to run with their feet tending to move slightly inwards. If this happens it means that the running shoe does not give you enough support where you need it and it may cause problems with your feet. In good running and sports clothing shops you will be able to have a gait analysis to find out what type of shoes you need. This consists of running for a few minutes on a treadmill while being filmed. The tape will then be analyzed in order to find out whether you run with straight feet or with them turning inwards. Then you will be able to pick from the right type of shoes – either with extra support on the inside part of the bottom or not. You should find that there is no big price difference between the two types of shoes, called neutral and support but there may be a variety in brands and colors. So do not worry that the shop assistant is telling you that you need a particular type of shoes because they want you to spend more money – this will not be the case at all.

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The Importance of Comfortable Running Shoes http://bostonroc.com/the-importance-of-comfortable-running-shoes/ http://bostonroc.com/the-importance-of-comfortable-running-shoes/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:18:13 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=14 Choosing Running Shoes for Comfort

It is obviously important to make sure that you choose a pair of comfortable shoes for running in. Even if you are only doing shorter distances, you will be pounding down on your feet and you want to make sure that they are providing you with the amount of support that [...]]]> Choosing Running Shoes for Comfort

It is obviously important to make sure that you choose a pair of comfortable shoes for running in. Even if you are only doing shorter distances, you will be pounding down on your feet and you want to make sure that they are providing you with the amount of support that you need. Try out several brands in the shop that you go to. If they do not have a lot of choice in your size, then go elsewhere or ask them to order some in for you. Make sure that you try them out one pair after another and even try on odd shoes so you can get a direct comparison between them. Wear the type of socks that you intend to use when running because this will give you an even better idea of how comfortable they will feel when you are using them. If they are at all uncomfortable then do not buy them, it is unlikely that they will feel significantly better after you have run a few miles in them and your feet have swollen up. Make sure you at least walk around the shop and even ask to try them out on their treadmill or jog about a bit. You may feel silly but it is worth it if it prevents blisters.

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Running Shoes and Fair Prices http://bostonroc.com/running-shoes-and-fair-prices/ http://bostonroc.com/running-shoes-and-fair-prices/#comments Sat, 13 Mar 2010 15:19:35 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=16 Choosing Running Shoes Based on Price

Running shoes can vary in price a lot and it is worth investigating why some are more expensive than others. Go to a shop where you know the assistant knows what they are talking about and get them to talk you through the different shoes and what the differences are [...]]]> Choosing Running Shoes Based on Price

Running shoes can vary in price a lot and it is worth investigating why some are more expensive than others. Go to a shop where you know the assistant knows what they are talking about and get them to talk you through the different shoes and what the differences are between them and why some are significantly dearer than others. If the person you are speaking too is lacking the knowledge of the different shoes go to another shop until you are satisfied with the information. It could be just to do with brands and fashion but it is more likely to do with the technology in the shoe and the features that it has. Think about what you need in a shoe and whether the ones you are choosing between can offer that. It is easy to be tempted to think that the cheapest offers the best value for money or that the most expensive will be of the highest quality but this may not be the case and so it is worth finding out more about them rather than drawing your own conclusions. If you cannot afford the shoes that you need, then consider waiting and saving up for them rather than buying something which is not completely suitable and then having to buy again when you can afford them or suffering from blisters or sore feet as a result of not spending enough money the first time.

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Research Different Brands Before Choosing Running Shoes http://bostonroc.com/research-different-brands-before-choosing-running-shoes/ http://bostonroc.com/research-different-brands-before-choosing-running-shoes/#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:31:26 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=18 Choosing Running Shoes by Brand

There are many companies that make running shoes and it can be tempting to go for the brand that you have heard of, rather than the one that you have not. It can be a good way to judge, but it depends how much you know about running shoes and the [...]]]> Choosing Running Shoes by Brand

There are many companies that make running shoes and it can be tempting to go for the brand that you have heard of, rather than the one that you have not. It can be a good way to judge, but it depends how much you know about running shoes and the brands that there are. It is worth doing some research about the different brands before you buy, so that you know what the differences between them are. Some companies tend to make more fashionable sportswear and others make sportswear which is more suitable for the more serious athletes. Think about what you are buying for. If you want running shoes, then it is likely that you are doing serious running and therefore want something designed for this. This means that the brands may not be the ones you are familiar with, but companies that are experts specifically in running shoes and this is a good thing as they are likely to know more about designing a specialist shoe. If you buy from a specialist running shop, the shop owner or manager should be able to talk to you about brands and the differences between them, which is most hard wearing, best designed and best value for money.

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Is Color a Valid Consideration When Choosing Running Shoes? http://bostonroc.com/is-color-a-valid-consideration-when-choosing-running-shoes/ http://bostonroc.com/is-color-a-valid-consideration-when-choosing-running-shoes/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:34:56 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=22 Choosing Running Shoes by Color

It can always be tempting to buy something because you like the color of it. If you already have a set of running clothes then you may want to match your shoes to them so that it looks good. You should find that certain colors are fashionable in running outfits and [...]]]> Choosing Running Shoes by Color

It can always be tempting to buy something because you like the color of it. If you already have a set of running clothes then you may want to match your shoes to them so that it looks good. You should find that certain colors are fashionable in running outfits and so it is likely that you will be able to get something that matches. Remember though, that color should be one of the final factors when choosing, you do need to consider comfort and fit first and color may be a way of choosing between two pairs which feel identically comfortable. It is worth thinking about whether there is any reflective material on the shoes, especially if you intend to go out running the dark. You may have reflectors on other parts of your running outfit but because your feet move the most, then a reflective strip on there will really draw the eye of a car driver, for example and will certainly help to keep you a lot safer. If you intend to keep your shoes for a long time then whether the color is a fashionable one, could be irrelevant because the fashions may change before you buy another pair of shoes so why not go with something which you like as you will continue to like it whether fashions change or not.

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Warming Up for Running http://bostonroc.com/warming-up-for-running/ http://bostonroc.com/warming-up-for-running/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2010 17:36:43 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=24 It is even more important to warm up for running than other sports. This is because your body has to take a lot of strain when you are pounding your feet down especially if you are running on pavements. It is important to stretch the muscles in your legs and to do some gentle jogging [...]]]> It is even more important to warm up for running than other sports. This is because your body has to take a lot of strain when you are pounding your feet down especially if you are running on pavements. It is important to stretch the muscles in your legs and to do some gentle jogging before you start your run. It is also important not to run too far at once. If you are just starting out as a runner, then you need to build up. Even if you are confident about running, you will need to start slowly for the sake of your body or else you may injure yourself by straining muscles or damaging tendons and ligaments.  Start off by running a short distance and maybe walking some or alternate running and walking, doing a few minutes of each and then swapping. Once you have done this for a few weeks you should be able to build up the distance you are running at a gradual pace. Be sensible and do not let other people pressure you in to doing more than you know you are capable of. It is better to start slowly and protect your body than do too much at once and injure yourself then have to rest for a few weeks before doing more.

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Cooling Down Even More Important Than Warming Up http://bostonroc.com/cooling-down-even-more-important-than-warming-up/ http://bostonroc.com/cooling-down-even-more-important-than-warming-up/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2010 17:38:03 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=26 Cooling down is as important, if not more so than warming up after any sport. It is important to stretch the muscles you have been using to stop them from stiffening up. If you are looking for pain and muscle ache then do not cool down and stretch. I do not recommend for you to [...]]]> Cooling down is as important, if not more so than warming up after any sport. It is important to stretch the muscles you have been using to stop them from stiffening up. If you are looking for pain and muscle ache then do not cool down and stretch. I do not recommend for you to forget this very important last step to your work out. If you do not cool down and stretch your muscles properly, you may start to feel stiff just a few hours after finishing the run. It is tempting to just sit down afterward and rest but spending some time just cooling down will pay dividends. After you have finished your run, walk for two minutes before stopping. Then stretch the muscles of your legs, the calves and thighs and stretch each one in turn for a few seconds each. This small stretch can really help the muscles to relax better and you will be amazed at the difference that it makes. It will make it easier for you to recover from the run and therefore easier to go ahead and do the next one. It is hard if you have to do the next run, still stiff and sore from the last one. It will also motivate you better if you feel good after each run – if you feel sore and stiff you may not be so keen to do the next run.

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Choosing a Safe Place to Run http://bostonroc.com/choosing-a-safe-place-to-run/ http://bostonroc.com/choosing-a-safe-place-to-run/#comments Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:40:11 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=29 It is important to choose a safe place to run. If you are running after dark or before it gets light then you should choose a well lit road or playing field. However, make sure that there is a safe path to walk on and that you are not running too close to the road [...]]]> It is important to choose a safe place to run. If you are running after dark or before it gets light then you should choose a well lit road or playing field. However, make sure that there is a safe path to walk on and that you are not running too close to the road where you could risk being hit by a car. Wear reflective clothing and flashing lights if running in the dark and if you are running in daylight then bright clothes are advisable especially if you are by the roadside or will be crossing roads as it can be tricky crossing safely when you are looking for traffic while running along. It is better for the feet to run on even grass such as a playing field, rather than on pavements or rough grass. Running on pavements puts more strain on your body and can lead to tendon damage. Running on rough grass may mean that you have injury from stepping in a hole or getting feet caught in tall plants. A nice even playing field is the best place to run because it is safe and meant for running on. It will be soft underfoot and there should be no holes to fall in or tall undergrowth. Remember to get permission to run around a sports field. If possible always run with partners because your safety is increased by numbers.

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Finding the Best Time for Running http://bostonroc.com/finding-the-best-time-for-running/ http://bostonroc.com/finding-the-best-time-for-running/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:14:33 +0000 admin http://bostonroc.com/?p=32 It can be hard knowing what time of the day is the best to run. It is good to go first thing in the morning as it will be quiet and you are less likely to meet pedestrians. If you are running on pavements in a town, then you will need to do it after [...]]]> It can be hard knowing what time of the day is the best to run. It is good to go first thing in the morning as it will be quiet and you are less likely to meet pedestrians. If you are running on pavements in a town, then you will need to do it after the shops are closed or else you may meet people and they will get in your way or causing a unforeseen collision. Running just after eating is not a good idea as it can lead to getting you sick or internal injury. You could also get bloated and feel very uncomfortable. Therefore running before breakfast or a few hours after a meal is optimal. Some people find they need to eat before they run and if this is the case then have something light such as a banana which will not lie heavy in the stomach. It could be even better to have a few dextrose tablets beforehand instead to give you energy without filling you up at all. Try running at different times of the day in order to see which times seem to suit you better. You may find it easier to fit it in your lunch hour or after work, maybe weekend mornings or before cooking the evening meal. Think how you can fit it in to your own lifestyle to ease the pressure of the day and make your run enjoyable.

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