5 Tips for Running in the Snow

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5 Tips for Running in the Snow

Its official, the first snowfall of the season is behind us. There are sure to be a few more up ahead and with that in mind lets take a look at some tips for running in the snow. Whether its falling on your head or icy and snowy on the ground this weeks post will hopefully help keep you upright and a little safer out there this winter. I hear-by present to you our 5 tips for running in the snow. 

wear a hat

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Whether its for covering your ears to keep them warm or to keep the snow out of your eyes a hat can be super helpful when the snow starts to fly. I usually rock either a headband or a hat to keep my ears warm when the temps start falling. A cap with a brim is great for those run when the snow is falling keeping those eyes down at the ground in front of you prevents snow from getting into your eyes and disrupting your vision. Speaking of vision…

don’t forget sunglasses

Folks sometimes forget about sunglasses in the winter time. Why on earth would I need shades when its 23 degrees out? Well my friends there are a few reasons. In the winter the Sun hangs just a little lower in the sky and early morning or early evening runs can be particularly tough when you’re facing the sun. Another important factor is how bright the sun can reflect off of the snow. On a particularly sunny day it can be tough to look anywhere without squinting. The shades will help protect your eyes from the sun in the sky and the sun reflecting off of the snow. Last but not least when those snowflakes are literally falling out of the sky you’ll see a little clearer with some eye protection. 

face traffic

This is super important no matter what the weather but especially when there is snow on the ground or in the air. Being seen as a runner is tough enough on a clear day so make sure to face traffic and keep an eye on the cars coming your way. With the slick conditions you want to make sure to take all precautions necessary to avoid any incidents out there on the road. When in doubt assume drivers do not see you and stop or move out of the way. 

watch your footing

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In addition to keeping your wits about you its important to keep you footing. When the temp drops below 32 you know there just may be some ice out there. Stay alert and keep your eyes fixed in front of you. look for any puddles that may have frozen over. This tends to be especially tricky after a snowfall and some melting occurs that day. The morning run the following day can be treacherous. If you need to go out in particularly icy conditions investing in some Yaktrax may be a great idea. We sell them at the shop and I’ve used them on some tricky runs myself. 

stay warm my friends

If you read my blog post from a few weeks back you know that dressing for a run in the winter is a piece of cake. Layer cake to be exact. Make sure to invest in three key tops (four if you’re a woman) Sports Bra, Base Layer, Mid Layer and sShell. Dressing in layers allows you to tweak your outfit based on the temp outside during your run. We always advise to dress for 20 degrees warmer than the temperatures outside. Even with that in mind you may heat up and have to ventilate, that is where that packable shell piece comes in handy or that 1/2 zip mid-layer is of use. 

Dressing for running in the snow is a little bit tricky but with a little guidance you’ll be a bit more comfortable out there on the run. If you ever have any questions the folks at the Rhode have been there and done that. Do not hesitate to ask! 

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Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

The holidays are coming up and we wanted to put together the ultimate holiday guide for the runner in your life. If they're hitting the rhode on the regular below are some awesome gift ideas for you. We've partnered with locally, so if you find something you like, put it on hold before its gone. 

Brooks Canopy Jacket

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lightweight. water-resistant. packable.

The perfect fall/winter jacket.

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stylish. warm. lightweight.

The perfect fall/winter jacket.

Brooks Tights/Pants

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breathable. warm. stylish.

Crops for any runner.

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warm. simple. Straight-forward.

Straight up pants.

Feetures Socks

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warm. seamless. moisture wicking.

The perfect sock for winter.

Oofos Sandals

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comfy. support. recovery.

Sandals. Not Flip Flops.

North Face E-Tip Glove

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warm. tech savvy. grippy.

Gloves you'll loves.

These are just a few awesome gifts you can snag here at Rhode Runner for the runner in your life. We've got a ton of other options in store to get you ready for the holidays. From blinking lights, to headphones, to armbands, to sunglasses and so much more. Stop by the Rhode and shop local for the holiday season. 

Cheers,
Eric

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Trot That Turkey Off

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Trot That Turkey Off

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Intro

So I thought I'd take a minute and write about the infamous Turkey Trot. A lot of people participate and there are numerous strategies to approach the Thanksgiving run. I'll share mine with you and while you may not really care what I do on Thanksgiving, maybe just maybe, it will kill a few minutes for you...

Morning

The very best way to attack the Turkey Trot is to sign up for one a little later in the morning. Why? Because its a holiday. Nobody gets up early on a holiday...unless you're five and its Christmas. Its Thanksgiving, spend time with your family, even if that time is sleeping at home. No but seriously, 11am is probably the earliest you should run. Sleep my friends, enjoy the holiday. 

5k Race

Keeping with the lazy holiday theme, my approach is a 5k should be the farthest you run that day. Even if you're not going to make it out to a turkey trot, run 3.1 miles. You may see a few five milers out there or a half marathon (what? no way) take my advice stick to the 5k. You've got so much food to eat and there are only so many minutes in a day. Hit that 5k then get yourself home ASAP.

Turkey

Even if you're a vegetarian and don't plan on eating Turkey, Thanksgiving is about indulging, in food, family and hopefully not political talk (steer clear of that!). Now that you've crushed your 5k you can indulge guilt free. Yup as you're piling those sweet potatoes high and the other family members are judging you...let em know..."I'm good, I ran a 5k this morning". Enjoy your food a little bit more than those who did not run. 

Feet Up

Put those feet up my friends. We've successfully made it through our Thanksgiving with a little exercise, a lot of eating and hopefully no politics. Maybe flip on a football game or fire up a little conversation with the fam and do not, under any circumstance go shopping on Thanksgiving! 

See you on the Rhode! 

Eric

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Foam Rolling, Massage and Recovery.

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Foam Rolling, Massage and Recovery.

So our good friend Joe from Triggerpoint stopped by Wednesday for our group run. We recently stocked up on some new tools from them to help keep our customers Injury free and on the rhode. 

foam roller

What is foam rolling and why do I need to do it? If you've ever tried it you know right away how much of a help it can be. Foam rolling helps increase blood flow through the fascia and can freshen up the legs, decrease recovery time and help prevent injuries. Check out the video below for more reasons why you should hit the roller. 

accu-curve cane

So Joe dropped a demo of this thing off a few weeks ago and it hasn't left my side. As someone who sits at a computer (like I'm doing right now) my back, shoulders and neck get super tight. This accu-curve cane give me leverage to loosen up those back muscles on my own. DEFINITELY check this thing out. It works great on the back, foot, glutes and a bunch of other spots! 

mb5 massage ball

Ever hit the foam roller but wish you could get into some tighter areas? The MB5 is just the right size to get into the hip flexor, get a little deeper into the glute and can isolate a smaller trickier area. Below is a review on how to unlock tight hips with the MB5 massage ball.

grid stk

The grid stk is a foam stick that can help relieve sore muscles in a more user friendly way. Use leverage to dig in deep without having to get on the ground. Below is a video on how to release the IT band using the grid stk.  

if you’d like feel free to stop on by and check this items out. Our staff is always on hand to answer any questions you have about the product and explain how to use each and every one a little more in depth.

See you on the Rhode! 

Eric

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LAYER UP.

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LAYER UP.

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STYLE GUIDE: LAYERING UP

When the weather gets colder its important to dress appropriately. Layering is key and be sure to always dress for 20 degrees warmer than it is outside. Read on to see what to wear when the chill arrives.

1. BASELAYER

The base-layer sits right up against your skin. You want a base-layer designed to move moisture and keep you dry. The North Face Flight Touji Long Sleve above keeps you dry and is seamless to avoid chafing and irritation. Thumbholes keep your hands warm when the weather gets cold. 

2. Midlayer

The most versatile piece in your wardrobe is typically a mid-layer piece. The mid-layer will go over the long sleeve base-layer when the temps dip down into the low 40s and 30s. The versatility of the mid-layer allows you to wear it over a tank/short/long sleeves or under a shell depending on the temps. If you need one and only have money to buy one piece this season this is the one.

3. Shell

Last but not least. The shell is key on those windy cold nights. Made of a wind proof and water resistant material the shell will go over the top of the base-layer and mid-layer when the temps dips below 20 degrees. The shell is awesome on warmer rainy days as well when paired with a long or short sleeve t-shirt.

We hope this gives you an idea of what to wear throughout the winter months. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the friendly Rhode Runner Staff!  

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