Tips For Running And Traveling

If you are an avid runner, as I am, running while you are on traveling and vacation is a given. Packing my running shoes is as normal to me as packing my underwear!

But you need to keep some things in mind while running on vacation. Here are some tips to help:

1. If you are flying, pack your running shoes in your carry on. Luggage can get lost, and you may have to buy some clothes. But, I don’t want to have to worry about new running shoes. I always carry my shoes and one running outfit in my carry on.

2. Check out Google maps before you leave to check out the area. You’d be surprised the parks, river trails, greenways, etc. that may be close to where you are going to be. If you are traveling to a larger city, exploring these areas can be a nice getaway during your getaway!

3. Check out local running clubs. Most running clubs have websites – check them out to see if they have any routes that they recommend. If they don’t have anything listed – there is usually a contact person. Drop them an email and see if they can help you find a nice route or routes.

4. Ask the hotel where you are staying. I have found great areas to run just by asking the front desk or the concierge. With more and more people running every year, the staff is aware of safe places to run. Also, if you strike up a conversation with them, how many of them actually run themselves.

5. There is also a really cool website MapMyRun where runners in a certain area list their favorite runs in their city or others they’ve visited. You can also visit running forums and ask members of they know of any great areas to run where you are going to be.

6. Be aware of where you are. It’s easy to turn here, turn there and then got lost. I once turned a quick 3 mile run into a nice 7-miler in Hawaii. Not intentionally, just got lost. But, I saw a lot of nice areas! I was lucky that everyone there is usually so nice – but it’s better to keep a better eye on where you’ve gone.

I can’t imagine not running while I’m on vacation. I hope these tips help you during your next trip.

Judy Mick has been running since 1978 and has not missed a day running since 1985. Read about her running and get running tips at

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Posted by The Running Guy - June 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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Review Of The Garmin Forerunner 405 SportsWatch

Having a quality watch to track your runs is important to runners – of all levels. You want to be able to accurately track your time and/or distance and/or speed. (Some runners do some workouts only for time and others do all their runs for distance.) Sports watches are also made that feature a heart rate monitor, also.

For many years, the running watch of my choice was something simple that basically tracked time and laps. This was great, but I would have to pretty much guess the distance that I ran – or measure it later in a car.

Several years ago, I bought my first GPS watch. It worked well, but was kind of clunky and you had to wear a device on a strap on your arm – and then the big watch on your wrist.

Then, my husband bought me the Garmin Forerunner 405 at a race expo. It was love at first run! I love the simplicity of only having one device that will do everything I want it to do.


What does it do?

The Garmin Foreruner GPS Watch tracks your time, distance, pace, calories burned and heart rate (if you add the heart rate monitor). All of your runs are stored in memory so that you can check on your progress.

I like the fact that after a run, I can go back to see each mile split (without having to do a thing while I’m running). I always like to see that my runs get faster as I go along – and LOVE it when my last mile is my fastest!

The Garmin Forerunner also has a wireless technology that will automatically sync your runs to your computer. There’s nothing to hook up. Once you have gotten the software set up, whenever you are in range of your computer – it will automatically download your workouts. So, it’s all there on your computer for you to analyze.

What I Like:

I love that the Garmin Forerunner 405 is all in one, other than the GPS that I was using previously. It also is easy to use – no buttons to fumble with. You use the watch by the touch bezel face. It take a little getting used to – but great after you do.

When you go out for your run, even if you are not running in the same area as the day previously, it takes just a minute or so for the GPS to find you. It’s quick and doesn’t lose you when you are in a wooded area – I’ve actually had that happen to me before.

I love the ease of getting my results after my run. Each split time and the average speed.

Customer Service Rocked When I Needed Them!

Garmin’s customer service is also quality. I was having trouble during a longer run with my watch going to hinky screens. This would also happen if I was using it in the rain. The customer service agent that I talked with was actually a user and knew exactly what I needed to do.

The face has a bezel lock feature. Once you start on your run, just lock the bezel. Then sweat, rain, or anything else hitting the bezel face will not hamper it’s use.

What I Don’t Like:

One thing don’t like about the Garmin Forerunner is that if you use it much, you have to charge it about every 2-3 days. So, if I’m out of town, I need to remember to take the charger with me. Not too big a deal, since it’s really less that I charge my smartphone.

Also, if you do accidentally let it completely die, once it’s charged – it will automatically go back to the correct time and date. So, that’s a plus.

The only other thing that I don’t like is the size of the wristband. I have fairly small wrists and this can be a little bothersome, but I’ve learned to accept it. With the previous models of the Forerunner, you could purchase different straps to interchange. As of yet, I haven’t seen anything for the 405.

All in all, I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner 405! I’m happy to have it as my training partner. And, by the way, I have the pretty green one!

If you visit my blog ( ) – click on the picture of the watch to learn more about it.

Judy Mick has been running since 1978 and has not missed a day running since 1985. Read about her running and get running tips at

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Posted by The Running Guy - June 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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Running Irritations And Blisters – How To Prevent Them

No matter what stage of a runner you are, beginner or Pro, all us runners will eventually damage our skin. As I would run most days, I encounter some simple problems from skin damage to sore feet and it is very important to take care of these problems straight away. Here are a few little annoyances we encounter and how to treat them.

1 Blisters. Throbbing Blisters affect a high percentage of runners, mainly because of friction, where heat and moisture cause the layers of skin to separate and fill with fluid ouch!

The Fix – Good Foot wear is essential of course. Put some baby powder on your feet. Synthetic double layered socks, moisture-wicking socks made from high-tech fabric help a lot. Applying a band-aid can help too.

If the blister is so big and you can see the liquid under the skin, man/woman up and drain it. Sterilize a needle with alcohol or boiled water, wash the area and burst that baby. Leave the skin on (do not peel off) disinfect the area, apply some antibiotic ointment and a band-aid.

2 Athlete’s Foot. This is a fungus that thrives in dark moist places, causing redness, blisters, itching,painful scaling, and humming odor, and is often between your toes or on your soles.

The Fix – Apply an anti-fungal cream and kill it. Keep applying after it has disappeared because the fungus still remains.

3 Jogger’s Nipple. Also known as Fissure of the nipple, is the condition of irritation, dryness, or bleeding of one or both the nipples and is caused by friction and repeated rubbing against fabric, especially wet cotton, during a long race.

The Fix – Wear a shirt that wicks moisture. Apply plasters or nipple guards. Run topless depending on weather of course. Wear a sports bra, compression vest, or some sort of chest binding clothing.

4 Jogger’s Toes. This is also know as Black Toe. Running down hill squashes your toes up against your shoes, causing them to bleed under the toenail, which bruise them and turn them black. Can be very sore.

The Fix – Keep your toenails trimmed straight across. Get your shoes properly fitted. Shoes that are too big or slippery can create the problem.

5 Chafing. Chafing is skin irritation caused by friction, especially warm, sweaty skin rubbing against other skin, and is most common in the thigh of the runner.

The Fix – Try Avoiding tight clothes, or different fibers. Wear short Lycra tights, this may minimize friction. Women using sports bras that cause chafing should find one with flat or covered seams. Use talcum or alum powder, or a friction busting petroleum jelly.

Be sure to take care of your skin and feet when running. It is inevitable that you will have sores or damaged skin but most are easily treatable and with great care and preparation you will experience less injuries.

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Posted by The Running Guy - December 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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Cold Weather Running – Running Tips for Fall and Winter

The leaves will soon begin to fall and the evenings are beginning to have a distinct, chilly bite to them. The mornings, well, they soon will be downright frigid. So what’s a runner to do to avoid having to resort to the forsaken “dreadmill” to get in those weekly miles? Here are a few tips for keeping warm when the temperatures begin to drop.

Layer Up

You’ve heard it before and I’m telling you again…the best defense against the cold is to dress in layers. Layering clothing traps air between the layers that insulates you against the cold. Think that fluffy down coat is warm because the down is a good insulator. Wrong! It’s the air trapped between the feathers that does the heavy lifting to keep you toasty.

A second benefit of layering is that as you begin to generate heat from running, you can remove layers that are no longer necessary. The only thing worse than being cold on a run is sweating in your own personal sauna when it’s freezing outside.

Beware of the Wind

Remember that the air trapped around your body is the real insulator. Without a windproof jacket, that warm layer of insulating air surrounding your body is constantly stripped away leaving you chilled to the bone. Wind jackets vary dramatically in technical features, and in price, from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars.

The cheaper jackets will stop the wind as good as the more expensive jackets, but they will also trap moisture leading to the dreaded personal sauna effect. The pricier jackets tend to be made with fancy technical fabrics like Gore-Tex that keep wind and water out, but allow moisture to escape.

Personally, I’m incredibly cheap and opt for a less expensive wind jacket that contains a marvelous, technological wonder that allows me to control the amount of moisture release based on conditions. It’s called a zipper.

The mid-priced jackets tend to be made with water and wind resistant materials and have multiple zipper vents that lets you adjust the amount of ventilation depending on current conditions. For those looking for a functional jacket that won’t break the bank, I would suggest one of these mid-priced items.

Stay Away from Cotton Clothing

Cotton is the most common fabric used in clothing, but it is a terrible choice for athletic clothing. Cotton absorbs sweat and doesn’t wick it away from your body. The sweat doesn’t evaporate, the clothing sticks to you, then chafing ensues. Not good.

There is a huge selection of shirts, socks, underwear, and pants, all made from moisture wicking technical fabrics available at your local sporting goods store. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Prices for this type of clothing have dropped dramatically in the last few years if you are willing to buy things that are not name brands. Don’t expect to save a bundle buying things made by Nike or Under Armour.

Don’t Forget To Hydrate

Even though you can’t feel yourself sweating in the dry, winter air, you must continue to hydrate. Dehydration is as big a problem in winter because people forget to drink. The more dehydrated you become, the more you will be susceptible to the cold and to hypothermia. Remember to drink, drink, drink.

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He has been running ultramarathons for several years and trains exclusively for races in the 50 to 100 mile range.

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Posted by The Running Guy - September 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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Barefoot Athletes – Is Barefoot Running the New Trend?

With the onset of fitness gurus and individuals participating in extreme sports, there is yet another trend that seems to be becoming quite popular, and that is barefoot running.

Barefoot running has been around for a very long time, but in recent times it’s been getting a lot more attention. There had been, and still continues to be quite a controversy about the support and relative comfort for regular running shoes in comparison to running barefoot. Many people believe that running barefoot is healthier for the foot and enables the runner to run for greater distances over longer periods of time.

Traditional running shoes, it has been argued, do not properly support the foot for the impact that it endures throughout running. What shoe companies have done over the years to change their shoes has been just to add more rubber to the soles of the shoes giving the appearance of more support. In reality that additional rubber or other synthetic material has done very little to add additional support to the runners foot. In fact many individuals would argue that traditional running shoes are bad for running and are actually counterproductive in that they can reduce the distance that you are able to run and the overall comfort that you will have is a lot worse.

Barefoot runners believe that running barefoot is the best way to preserve our natural stride, and to help the runner endure longer events. They run differently than traditional runners, either running flat footed or by running toe to toe. A popular book by Christopher McDougall “Born to Run”, describes how it is a runners natural instinct to run like this and that the foot acts like a spring and that enables the runner to run for longer periods of time.

It is not advised to start barefoot running without first trying it out and building up a endurance for it. Especially if you are thinking of implementing any of the new running techniques i.e. toe to toe, your body won’t be accustomed to this new routine, and as a result you may sustain some injuries. If you would like to incorporate barefoot running into your regular routine it is recommended to start slowly and only run 10% of the time barefoot, and the rest of the time your regular way. Over time increase the percentage until you feel comfortable enough running your whole routine barefoot. Keep in mind that barefoot running is not for everyone and you will need to build up a new rhythm/technique for this way of running. There are many barefoot books available in addition to Christopher McDougall’s (mentioned above), and it is advised to read as much information via the web and through additional resources i.e. books, video, and other media on barefoot running topics.

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Posted by The Running Guy - March 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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