Beer for Hydration? Maybe You Need a Wrist Beer Carrier

Hash Harriers have been mixing running and beer for decades. Now it appears researchers have proof that beer is better for runners than water for replacing lost fluids. So maybe you need some beer carriers filled with your favorite brand instead of water.

Granada University in Spain tested 25 students in their medical facility over several months and came to the conclusion that beer helped people absorb fluids more quickly post workout. This may be due to the salts, sugars and bubbles in beer. And also the fact that the carbohydrates help replace lost calories due to intense physical exercise.

Professor Manuel Garzon asked subjects to run on a treadmill almost to the point of exhaustion. Then half of the runners were given 2 pints of beer, while the other half received water. Rehydration in the beer test group was slightly better than the water test group.

For beer drinkers like the Hash Harriers, that’s good news. They bill themselves as a “drinking club with a running problem”. Hashers participate in an old game of hares and hounds, which is a non-competitive race with clues and a beer gathering and sing-a-long at the end. There are thousands of Hash Harrier clubs in the world, and even Hash Harrier newsletters, magazines and conventions. At any given time somewhere in the world, there is a Hash going on, sometimes with runners in costume, but almost always with a beer in hand.

swiggies, wrist beer containers are a great way to drink your beer along the way without detection. In cities where you aren’t allowed to carry an open container of beer, swiggies wrist beer carriers are perfect. They hold 11 ounces total and don’t weigh enough to slow you down.

The added cold beer on your wrists also helps lower body temperature. And now that science has deemed it a better way to rehydrate, Hashers everywhere can rejoice.

 

 

 

 

Psychological Benefits of Running

As I was running through the hills near where I live I was thinking that it’s great just to take a break away from the office, away from the computer, and away from stress. Even if it’s just for a short time. There’s a lot to be said for tuning out the world for a while on a run and the psychological benefits of running.

Here’s another good article by Judy Mick that discusses that topic:

Most everyone knows that there are great physical benefits of running. It keeps you healthy and in super shape. But, many don’t know that running in great for you mentally as well. Here are some ways that running makes you stronger mentally as well as physically.

Running provides great stress relief. There are several ways that this happens. If you have a problem that you need to figure out how to handle, a long run gives you the time to sort it out in your mind. You’d be surprised how clearly you can sort through things during a 2 hour run.

Also, going for a long run can just clear your mind. If you’ve got many things going on in your life, a nice run can help to just get away from things. Many runners will take this time to be by themselves and just be out on the roads – themselves and nature.

Others will run with someone to have company and just forget about their problems.

Another way that runners deal with stress is just going out and blasting through a run. If it’s been an overly stressful day, you can go out and do some speed work. This will help to get all that stress out of you. Trust me, it feels great!

Running will improve your attitude. There are those that think “runner’s high” is a myth. But, there is something to be said about how good you feel after a run. The release of endorphins that accompanies running does make you feel better and keeps you a happier person. There are even some doctors that prescribe a running routine for their patients that are suffering with depression. For these runners, this also helps them to focus on something else rather than their problems.

A regular running program will also improve your confidence. This can happen in many ways. This confidence can come from goals that you set and accomplish. Many runners start running as a means to lose weight. As they reach this goal, they gain confidence to keep on running and it spills over into their everyday life, also. Runners also gain confidence from setting other goals, such as training for a specific race distance, tackling that big hill, getting faster, etc.

You know how running benefits you physically. Isn’t it great to know that running will also help you keep a good attitude and in a good mood? For many people, this may be even more important.

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swiggies Wins Toyman Award for Best Innovation & Quality

The consumers have voted an award for innovation in the Toyman Award of Excellence and the winner is swiggies, wrist water bottles.

With the summer heating up, it’s even more important for kids to be hydrated. Swiggies, wrist water bottles are a fun way to get kids to drink more water. Swiggies unique, patented hands-free design makes it easy for them to drink water on the go.

And since 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away every day in the U.S., with only a fraction of them being recycled, swiggies is a great, green alternative. They are BPA-free and have been approved by Child Safe International.

“With swiggies, parents and coaches don’t need to remind kids to drink water. It’s right there on their wrists,” says Tom Root, president of HOPSports, a national after-school fitness program for kids.

Dehydration places kids at risk for serious conditions, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be life threatening if left untreated. But dehydration is completely preventable as long as kids drink enough of the right kinds of fluids.

Hill Running: Benefits and How to Run Properly

Being a hiker and a runner, hill running is a great way to combine the two. If I can’t get to the mountains to hike, hill running through the streets is the next best thing. Here is an article about how it benefits you as a runner and how to do it the right way:

Hill running is something that runners may not like to do, but know that it will make them a stronger runner. Hills are not easy, but they can get easier for you to maneuver. There are several benefits of running hills. Read on to find out how hills can benefit you as a runner – and the proper way to tackle hills.

Running hills will strengthen your calves, hamstrings, quads and glutes more so than running on flat surfaces. This will definitely make you a stronger runner and will make running seem easier on all surfaces. Strengthening these muscles will also help prevent injuries from running.

Hill running will also help you to get faster. Believe it or not, the same muscles that you use to run hills are the same ones that you use for speed work. So, when you come to a hill, just remember that it has many advantages for you. Running hills are something that many runners put into their schedule about once a week to make them a stronger runner.

To properly run hills, you want to maintain the effort that you were with when you started up the hill. Yes, you will run slower up the hill, but you make it up the hill without running out of breath when you reach the top. Your stride will shorten slightly as you go up the hill depending on the degree of incline. Then, you will lengthen it back out to normal as you reach the top of the hill.

You want to run up the hill with your back straight – or maybe leaning a little. Many runners make the mistake of hunching over as they run up a hill. This will hamper your breathing as you run up. Make sure that you are looking straight ahead – you don’t want to keep looking at your feet. Running with incorrect form will make hills seem a lot tougher than they are.

Your arm swing is important to getting up hills, also. Your arms should be moving forward and back as you normally do as you run. Also make sure that are not clenching your fists. This will make you overly tired and will also restrict blood flow through your arms as you are pumping them to run up the hill.

With knowing how hills benefit you and help you become a stronger runner, you may just learn to like running them. Especially if you are using correct form.

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National Running Day

If you see a lot more runners out today it’s probably because it’s National Running Day. The running industry has dubbed the first day in June a day when runners everywhere lace up their sneakers and hit the road, or trails, or the treadmill.

Cities and small towns across the country are planning running events to celebrate the fact that running is a free, easy… okay it’s free, way to work off stress.

So, grab a friend, two legged or four legged, and head out for a run to celebrate. To find out more go to:

http://www.runningday.org/

Summer Running

The end of spring signals the beginning of the summer running season. And, depending on where you live, that means a few months of hot weather. You can always run indoors on a treadmill, but nothing beats running in the outdoors, especially going to new running locations and checking out a change of scenery.

But you do need to prepare for summer running and it’s advisable to spend a couple of weeks of gradually building up your tolerance to it. Here are some tips to keep in mind while running in the summer heat:

  • Run in the morning or in the late evening to avoid the intense mid day sun. Studies have shown that runners who do run in the morning are more likely to stick with the program. If you want to do an early morning run, sleep in your running clothes. It might sound crazy, but people that do it swear that it works.
  • If you can’t run in the morning or late afternoon, at least try to pick the shadiest route, like trails through the woods or parks with a lot of trees. It’ll be better for you to run on the trails than on asphalt.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen, even if you are running early in the morning or late in the afternoon. As long as the sun is out, put on the sunscreen. Make sure it’s an SPF 15 or higher.
  • Adjust to the heat by keeping the air conditioning off or turned down. If you have to, use a fan.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink water 30 minutes before you head out and drink 6-8 ounces every hour or so. If you’re going on a long run, make sure you hydrate with a sports drink. Try to avoid any kind of liquid or substance that will further dehydrate you like caffeine, cold medicine, or diuretics.
  • Wear lightweight clothing, but stay away from cotton. Wickaway or polyester is a good way to go. They have more of a cooling effect than cotton, which can weigh you down as you sweat. Also, make sure they are loose fitting.
  • Dip towels in ice cold water and drape them around your neck, put them on your forehead, and have them ready when you finish your run.

Slow down or stop running if you have any kind of symptoms like dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, headache, clammy skin,confusion, loss of concentration, excessively rapid breathing, etc.

Summer running is great as long as you prepare beforehand, stay safe, and pace yourself.

 

 

Earth Day and Bottled Water

In one year Americans spend over $11 billion dollars on bottled water alone. That’s 650 plastic bottles per second that are thrown in the trash. 60 million water bottles a day that end up in a landfill. That’s pretty mind boggling when you think about it. Enough to wrap around the earth three times.

Though many people have increased their recycling of those bottles, a big amount of them aren’t recycled at all. Plastic water bottles are made from a material called PET, which is a recyclable plastic. 90% of the actual cost of the product is in the bottle itself.

As a manufacturer of a water bottle I’m very aware of the costs that go into it. You also have to account for the shipping of those bottles, which when full is quite heavy. That means you have to include the cost of oil into that price.

I took a good look into all of this when I started manufacturing swiggies, wrist water bottles. They are made from a highly recyclable plastic that is also BPA-free. They are very durable, so you probably won’t have to recycle them for quite a long time. I have swiggies in my gym bag that are still going strong after a couple of years. I fill them up from the tap and keep them in the refrigerator to stay cold. They can also be frozen to lower body temperature on hot days.

swiggies have been approved by Child Safe International as a safe, green, eco-friendly product.

Race Day for Beginning Runners

If you’re participating in your first marathon there are a few things beginning runners need to know before the big race day.

Here is some advice from Judy Mick, who is an expert at this and who hasn’t missed a day of running since 1985. Now, that’s what I call dedication!

You’ve signed up for your first road race. You’ve completed the training and now race day is finally here. There are some things that you want to make sure you do to make your race go smoothly.

First of all, you want to pick up your race packet the day before the race. Some of the larger races have an expo the day before the race. Make sure you check this out. You can pick up your packet and look through the cool stuff that they have for sale there. You want to have your race bib and timing chip the day before.

Choose what clothes you will be wearing. Check the local weather forecast and see what the weather is going to be at race time. There are also wonderful smart phone and tablet apps for the weather. With these, you can check the weather for the exact time period of the race. It’s great for helping you to decide on the proper clothing.

Also, the night before race day, I’ll pin my race number on my shirt and have it already done. Most races want the bib on the front of your shirt. Make sure you do this. The race officials will be able to see you and also, if they are taking race photos they will pick you up.

I’ll also get the timing chip fastened onto my shoe – OK, my hubby does that for me. Waiting until race morning to do all of this just causes undue stress on you – and you’ll know that it’s already done.

Make sure you eat something at least an hour before race time. Eat something that is high in carbs. But, stay away from fiber – not going into detail on this one – I’ll just say that you don’t want the fiber to kick in during your race! I usually eat a Power Bar. It has the carbs that I need and fills me up.

Get to the starting line early. My rule of thumb here is at least an hour before. You can park easily and find out where the port-a-potties are. If you wait to find them just a little before the race, you can risk being in line when the gun goes off.

Line up in your proper spot. If you are running 10+ minute miles, don’t line up in the front of the pack. This will just make the faster runners mad – and you may get trampled when the race starts. Many races have instructions marked where to line up for what pace you’ll be running.

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the starting line! Now, wait for the starting gun and then run your best!

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Running Tips – Keeping a Running Journal

As a business owner I have to keep records of everything from taxes to inventory to distributors. But as a runner I’ve never kept a running journal. Maybe I should. Keeping track of things and actually writing it down on paper kind of forces you to remember and quantify what you’re doing.

If you want to improve you need to know where you started and far you’ve come. It also helps define what works and doesn’t work in your routine.

Here’s a great article from Judy Micks on the importance of keeping a running journal:

Running logs are great to have! And, they don’t have to be fancy. You can just use a plain old notebook if you want. The important thing is to get the information down.

Here are my top 5 reasons to keep a running log:

1. Keeps you motivated. A running journal can keep you focused on your goals. You can look back over your week and see the miles you’ve accomplished. It can get you excited for the next week and the next…

2. Future injury prevention. If you incur an injury – you can look back over your log and see where the problem may be. It could be running too many miles too soon, too many hard runs in a week, too many miles in a pair of shoes, etc. Knowing this information is important and can keep you from making the same mistakes again.

3. Confidence. Your running journal can give you the confidence and the positive attitude that you need to accomplish your running goal. If you are planning a big race, the week before can really mess with your mind. You can look back over your log and see the miles that you’ve put in and “know” that you can do it!

4. Planning future training. If you’ve trained successfully for a race – you ran a great time, felt good the whole race, finished strong, don’t you want to know how you did it? Your journal can show you how you prepared and then you can use that as a guideline to plan for your next race.

5. Personal running history. This is my personal favorite! I’ve kept a running journal for every year that I’ve been running. I love to go back and read through them. What was going on at that time, who I ran with, what I may have seen on the road, etc. It’s a great diary!

So, whether you’re a super serious runner and racer – or you strictly run for the fun of it, a running log is important to have.

Now, let’s see what you should include in your journal. Here are my top 7 things that I feel should be included:

1. The route you ran and the distance covered. I’ll include things like the terrain, if there was a lot of traffic that day, etc. Also, if it was a treadmill day.

2. Time it took to cover distance. I’m not too hung up on time, but I do like to keep track of it. The time is important if you are training to break a certain time for a race.

3. Weather conditions. I’ll record temperature when I started and when I finished. Also, if it was rainy, humid, foggy, windy, etc. Anything that may have affected the run, including the time of day (morning, afternoon, night).

4. What type of run it was. Was it an easy day, long run day, speed work, etc.

5. How you feel after the run.

6. What shoes worn during run. I like to do this so that I keep track of how many miles I have on a pair of shoes.

7. Anything that may have happened during the run. Sometimes this is my favorite part. Finding money along the road, people I may have run with, animals I may have seen – just anything that notable. It’s so much fun to go back and read old running journals!

Your running journal is your personal diary. There are no set rules on what you put in there. Make it your own. The important thing is to have one.

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This is a good list for runners to follow in regards to starting and keeping a running journal. It’s quick and easy and will keep you on track. Put it in a place where you’ll see it every day. It’ll remind you to keep improving on what you did the day or week before. Just get started!

Running With Your Dog

I have two rescue dogs. One could run all day long and the other prefers a leisurely stroll. So sometimes I’ll take the Toodle (Terrier/Poodle) with me when I head out on a longer trip. Dogs can make great running buddies. If you’re thinking of running with your dog, there are some things to consider:

  • Know their limits- Just like with people, some dogs have to be eased into a running routine. Start them out with a walk, then build up to a jog, and finally a run. Dogs love to please, so they may just keep going, unaware of any pain. So, watch for signs that they may be struggling or getting tired. If they’re slowing down and panting heavily, they are probably already dehydrated and have gone too far. Just like with people, let them cool down at the end with a walk and don’t push them beyond their limits. Check their paws to make sure they aren’t raw and swollen.
  • Be careful of the heat- Dogs aren’t able to tolerate the heat as well, and unlike people aren’t able to cool off through sweating. They cool off through panting. Make sure you bring enough water for you and your dog. I often see people in the park filling up cups from a water fountain. Don’t count on the fact that there will be one and bring your own water. If you notice your dog is overheating, stop and give him some room temperature water, not cold.
  • Make sure you always keep them on a leash- Dogs can easily get distracted by another dog or a squirrel running by. Here is a cool hands-free dog leash product called Cardio Canine a leash for runners and dogs.

Running with your dog is a great way to bond. Make sure you are both safe and hydrated.