Category Archives: Training Apparel/Gear

You May Get Hot, But How Racey Are You?

Image of Timex Ironman Heart Rate Monitor WatchMichelle is a cardio maniac and the queen of cardio equipment.  As we were preparing for thanksgiving and setting calorie burning goals, she enlightened me on the calorie-burn-tracking.  A heart rate monitor!  I ended up getting the Timex Ironman Road Trainer Digital Heart Rate Monitor (women’s mid-size) and I love it.

[REVIEW] Timex Ironman Road Trainer Digital Heart Rate Monitor

What I use it for

After setting my target heart rate, I use it to make sure I keep my intensity up.  Sometimes I FEEL like I am working hard, but then I look down at my HR reading and realize I am going too easy on myself.

I have a small wrist, so watches are sometimes hard to shop for.  This one has a billion holes, so it fits even MY wrist 😛

Bottom Line: I love it.

Still trying to figure out how to get the calories to display…I thought this watch did that, but haven’t found it yet.  Maybe I should read the manual 😛

Keeping your intensity in check? How do YOU do it? (especially on days that you don’t want to be there)

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Love Your Sports Bra

Love Your Sports Bra

Here’s how to shop and care for one of the most important pieces of running gear a woman can have.

Published 07/12/2007  runnersworld.com

When did buying a jog bra get so complicated? These days, choices run from crop tops to tanks, camis to shimmels. Then come the options: pockets, zippers, seamless construction, and antimicrobial fabrics. And whichever bra you choose, it needs to provide optimal support and a perfect fit. No wonder most women select the wrong bra.

When shopping for your next sports bra keep the following tips in mind:

Go for impact
Runners need bras designed for high-impact activity. That yoga bra may be adorable, but it probably won’t provide the support you need. Look for a bra’s activity level on its label or the maker’s Web site.

Send sweat packing
Select a jog bra made from technical materials touted to wick moisture away from the skin, such as CoolMax and Drylete. Seams with rolled edges and off-center stitching (to minimize chafing) are preferable.

Try ’em on
One brand’s 36C can fit completely differently from another brand’s 36C, so bring three bras into the dressing room with you-the cup size you normally wear, a smaller, and a larger one. If the material wrinkles or bunches, the bra is too big. And if there’s skin bulging out in spots or if the seams are cutting into you, then it’s too small. You should be able to fit two fingers under the straps. When you find a bra that feels good, run in place for 10 to 15 seconds. The bra should minimize breast movement and not twist while you move.

Make it last
Wash the bra in cold water with powder detergent, since liquids clog fabric pores, which inhibits moisture wicking. Tumble dry on low or let it air dry to prolong the life of the elastic. After about 72 washes-when the elastic starts to lose resilience-or if your weight changes, you should replace the bra.

VIDEO!
Click here to watch our video, “Find Your Best Sports Bra.”

Published 07/12/2007  runnersworld.com


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