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NEW Newton Running shoe test wear! Next Wednesday

Join us for wet-your-whistle Wednesday, July 16th, anytime from 12noon-6pm and test drive/run the New NEWTON Men’s and Women’s Kismet and Fate styles!

(we just might have refreshments and door prizes for those of you who try them on and try them out). Bring (or you can always purchase here) running wear. Go for a run and really get a feel for these sleek new styles!

 

Here’s what Newton has to say about the Kismet and Fate:

Kismet:

The Newton recipe for success: one part determination and one part Kismet. Kismet? Destiny. This 5 lug P.O.P 2 Core Trainer is the everyday go-to shoe for a runner needing the extra bit of functional stability found in our broad and stable e.m.b platform. Responsive, comfortable and stable with a 4.5 mm drop – this shoe is the entry into our open-chamber Action/Reaction technology. It’s easy to put on and impossible to take off. It’s love at first stride.

Fate:

Fate, destiny, luck…however you found this shoe, you’ll be glad you did. This is the go-to shoe for neutral runners who want the classic Newton pop with a smooth transition on our P.O.P 2 platform. With beveled lugs and a 4.5 mm drop, there’s no excuse not to put this shoe on and get out the door. Responsive yet soft, this is our entry into open-chamber Action/Reaction technology. Use this shoe as an everyday trainer or turn up the speed if you feel so inclined. This is your fate.

So join us next Wednesday! Go for a run or other workout in these shoes and tell us what you think! Everyone who tries them out and posts a comment on our FB page or Twitter will be entered into a drawing for secret surprises!

Happy Monday!! Hydrate smart everyday and love the body you are in.

Kim

Got Shades??

Let me introduce you to my favorite pair of shades — TIFOSI. 
(Tifosi is the Italian word for super-fan/ a sports enthusiast.)

I am really hard on my sunglasses and for some reason, I don’t hang on to a pair for too long. I used to just buy cheap-y ones for these reasons – but not any longer!! Tifosi is such an awesome brand! They are stylish, functional, affordable, AND excel with customer service!

My top 10 reasons that I choose Tifosi and love wearing them.

10. They don’t fog up when I run, bike or otherwise breathe heavily.

9. They really are affordable!! Prices range from $49- $99- this is awesome for high quality and durability! (You can actually buy more than 1 pair for less than the price of some other good quality brands).

8. They have excellent customer service. A pair of mine scratched and TIFOSI replaced for $10!

7. They make me look cool.  :-) (just joking about this. But there are so many cool styles from which to choose)!

6. I love the frameless sunglasses for biking and every day wear. The phototec sunglasses are perfect for early morning runs or bike rides- they protect your eyes without compromising vision and darken as the sunlight increases.

5. Some come with 3 interchangeable lenses, some are photo chromatic, some are polarized (great in and near water) and some are a combination of features.

4. They are comfortable! They don’t pinch my nose or cause headaches. Most styles have adjustable nose pieces.

3. These sunglasses are great for golfing, fishing, tennis, sailing and all other outdoor activities besides running and cycling. And- all styles come with a cleaning cloth and case.

2. I have to repeat that I love that they don’t fog up when I run and cycle. They don’t slip off of my nose or touch my eyelashes, either!

1. I stand behind a company who stands behind their products.

Here are a few features of Tifosi Technology.

TIFOSI FRAME TECHNOLOGY

Tifosi frames are made from durable and flexible Grilamid TR-90 nylon, with hydrophilic rubber on the arms and nose pads for a more custom, comfortable, and no-slip fit. *Frame Features may vary and may not be available on all models. Please refer to model pages for more information

GRILAMID TR-90 FRAME  TR-90 is an incredibly light durable nylon material that resists chemical & UV damage.

ADJUSTABLE EAR PADS  Fully adjustable ear pads allow a customized fit, increasing comfort & performance.

ADJUSTABLE NOSE PADS  Fully adjustable nose pads allow a close fit, limiting slippage and increasing comfort & performance.

HYDROPHILIC RUBBER  Hydrophilic rubber ear & nose pads increase their grip the more you sweat to prevent slipping.

INCLUDES CASE & BAG  Each pair of Tifosi Optics sunglasses comes with a hardshell zippered case & microfiber cleaning bag.

LIFETIME WARRANTY**   All Tifosi Optics Sunglasses include a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

We just received a big new shipment of TIFOSI sunglasses — visit us and check them out!

Or find out more about TIFOSI at: http://www.tifosioptics.com/about/mission/#

Wishing you endless joy and great health,

Kim

Notes for River Cities Tri & Triathlon Checklist

RACE DAY Checklist!

This blog is a partial repost from earlier this summer, but I wanted to provide you with some tips and reminders of supplies for RIVER CITIES TRI this weekend.

This is a really fun race and (depending on your start time) is well shaded. This is a hilly course- proper hydration and nutrition are essential!

It looks as if the weather will be perfect for us and much cooler than normal for this time of year, but things could change- so be prepared!

I recommend leaving Galveston no later than 11am. It’s a 5 hour drive and packet pickup strictly closes at 5pm. Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/518+23rd+St,+Galveston,+TX+77550/6970+Fern+Ave,+Shreveport,+LA+71105/@31.259335,-94.5456407,7z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x863f9e6bcfbc52ef:0x65603d1d300f9330!2m2!1d-94.7930765!2d29.3039322!1m5!1m1!1s0x86312d24218693f9:0x46cdd3b36b06f10c!2m2!1d-93.7297642!2d32.4427738  PLEASE NOTE!!! Turn LEFT on Fern, not right. You’ll see the shopping strip on the LEFT. Sport Spectrum is in the corner.

If we have enough time, I like to go to the park (race site) for a quick swim. Feel free to drive the bike course (if you haven’t yet done this race, the element of surprise is more fun!)

REMINDERS to pack:

*Goggles

*Anti-fog spray or wipes (optional)

*Race belt (don’t put holes in your apparel!)

*Bike shoes

*Running shoes

*Speed laces? (optional)

*Socks? (optional)

*Anti-chafe such as BODY GLIDE or TRISlide (my new favorite product!)

*Spare tube(s)

*C02 cartridge & adapter for it

*Helmet!!

*Visor or hat (this really helps!)

*Sunscreen!

*Sunglasses (avoid energy drain from squinting)

*Extra ponytail holders (girls. Or guys. We don’t judge).

*Water bottles

*Extra water bottle (disposable) for swim start or in transition

*Towel for transition?

I would make a bottle of ARMOR and plan to leave it with your flip flops somewhere near the swim start and outside of transition – this way, you can drink it right after.

I also recommend bringing a bottle or disposable bottle of something to drink before swim start- water or IGNITE and a gel of some sort. The race begins at 8am. Depending on your wave, you could be on the shore for a while. I generally bring a small bag with extra water, ARMOR and a shirt or change of clothes for after. Just before the swim start, I put my flip-flops in the bag and leave it on or near a picnic table. After the race, that’s the first thing I grab.
Parts of the transition area may be on dirt or grass, so bringing a small towel to stand on is helpful. Some people dress up or wear wigs to race – feel free to join in the fun!

GOOD LUCK to all of you racing this weekend!

Kim

 

Hydration 101- Drink up!

Water. It’s the source of life and the most abundant substance in the human body. Water is essential to every bodily function known to man. Water is inside of our cells, outside of our cells and in between our cells. Our bodies can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water- or, if you are in a hot environment- it may only last hours without water.

It amazes me to see people exercising- outdoor and indoors- without consuming water or an electrolyte drink. Exercising or even working in this heat and extreme humidity without hydrating along the way is just not a smart decision.

Every physical reaction in your body depends on proper hydration. Water is essential for:

*regulating heart beat & blood flow (a reduction in water causes blood to thicken)

*temperature regulation

*joint lubrication

*delivery of nutrients to cells

*muscle function

*waste disposal

*responsible for actions involved in energy production and fat metabolism

Thirst is a very poor indicator of hydration. Thirst is not usually perceived until 1-2% of body weight is lost. At this point, mental clarity and focus may have dropped and exercise performance will have decreased.

As a general rule of thumb, you should drink 2-3oz liquid every 15-20min during exercise. I hear some people complain that drinking water makes them cramp up or feel sloshy in their belly. I recommend start drinking water now. If you train your body to use fluids during low mileage/ short workouts, then your body will learn to efficiently use the fluids as you continue to increase the length of time of your workouts.

You can’t forget to water a plant and then drown it with water to make up for it. The same is true for your body. TOO MUCH WATER can be as serious of an issue as too little water. When your body has to much water in relation to sodium content, it is in a state of hyponatremia. The best way to avoid hyponatremia is to not drink too much water all at once. Instead, strive for a more balanced and regular fluid intake of water and electrolytes. It’s also wise to consult with a nutritionist or licensed dietician to help you calculate your true fluid needs.

Fit TRI Run has convenient options for hydrating “on the run”. There are hand-held bottles (some with insulation to keep your drink cool in the heat) as well as belt-type hydration devices. Not sure what you want? Then build your own! This week, we are expecting a large shipment of plain belts, pouches, water bottles, etc so that you can build your own hydration device.

We also have smart electrolyte options- consume the nutrients you need without the excess sugars. For exercise efforts over an hour or for those of you who work outdoors, consider incorporating electrolyte replacement drinks into your hydration plan.

It’s easy to stay healthy and hydrated this summer– just be proactive. Visit us at FIT TRI RUN. We know our products and are here for your convenience.

Love your body. Drink responsibly!

Kim

 

The BOD POD is back: body composition

The Bod Pod is returning to FIT TRI RUN tomorrow from 12noon – 6pm for a (free) reassessment for those individuals who initially had their fat and fat-fre mass testing done 12 weeks ago.

For those of you who did not do it previously but would like to have this done, you can call or show up between 12noon-6pm and we’ll try to fit you in. The air displacement test and set up takes only 5 minutes to complete. It measures fat and fat-free mass. To find out more information, click here: http://www.bodpod.com/en/products/body-composition/adult-children-bod-pod-ex  and here: http://www.mobilebodpod.com

To prepare for testing:

*do not eat or drink for 2 hours before test

*bring a bathing suit or tight fitting clothing (spandex-type) to wear during test

*remove all jewelry

This is great tool to use to assess your “baseline”, establish your 12 week goals and measure your progress in terms of fat loss and muscle gain.

Stop by tomorrow and check it out!

Live well,

Kim

 

HOKA ONE ONE- it’s here and it’s “more”

Have you experienced a HOKA shoe yet?

Are you dealing with joint pains or are you looking for a maximum cushioning shoe that gently cradles your foot? We probably have what you’re looking for.

We understand that there is no ONE perfect shoe for everyone. And what might be perfect for you one year might change the next year. At FIT TRI RUN, we are sensitive to your changing needs and we are constantly bringing in proven products that might fit your changing needs.

We recently brought in a few styles of the HOKA ONE ONE shoe. It might look like a lot of shoe, but it’s incredibly light. (This is the brand of shoes that Mike Erhedt ran across America in a couple of years ago.)

Stop by and try them on and try them out! We’ll do our best to help you spend your money wisely and keep you moving. Remember, it doesn’t matter how fast you go…. you just have to go!

More on the HOKA ONE ONE shoe company and technology: http://www.hokaoneone.com/technology.html

  • DEMAND MORE

    Since 2010, HOKA ONE ONE® has been on a quest to bring ground breaking and elevated benefits to all runners. HOKA ONE ONE engineers unique performance midsole geometries that feature higher volume, softer density, and greater rebounding foam than standard running shoes.

  • oversized midsole

    Engineered midsole volume which is up to 2.5X the volume than standard running shoes, made with performance-specific cushioning material.

    Benefit

    Excellent shock absorption and an inherently stable ride which is designed to reduce the fatigue in your feet, legs and core.

  • oversized midsole

    Meta-Rocker midsole geometry, specifically engineered with a low heel-toe differential and a sculpted outsole radius in the heel and toe, creates a unique fulcrum effect and encourages a guided foot gait cycle.

    Benefit

    Supports a runners natural form, and encourages an efficient, continuous Positive Gait Speed roll from heel-strike to toe-off.

  • oversized midsole

    Uniquely engineered Active Foot Frame midsole geometry allows the foot to sink deeply into the shoe’s midsole.

    Benefit

    Designed to provide integrated stability which is adaptable to a wide range of feet and running styles.

    Live well!

    Kim & Steve

New OOFOS colors in stock!

Hey all of you OOFOS lovers, check out our new Spring ’14 colors! Hot and cool at the same time….


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OOFOS_W_OOriginal_Periwinkle_grande

Lemonade Day!

It’s National Lemonade Day!

Visit us anytime between 12noon and 3pm today and donate to a responsible, creative, motivated 8 year old! Logan is not charging for lemonade, rather he is accepting donations. You can choose between Good Old Fashioned Iced Lemonade or a Lemon-twist Slushy

Your donations will be divided as follows:

34% to Logan

33% to the Galveston Humane Society

33% to FTR Kids Galveston to be used to purchase new running shoes for underprivileged kids in Galveston

The purpose of LEMONADE DAY is to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. (I wish this program existed when I was a kid!)

Thank you, on behalf of my son Logan, for your support!

lemonadeday

Kim

To learn more about Lemonade Day Galveston, visit:

http://galveston.lemonadeday.org

Running to remember & celebrate Kaytie Joiner

Today, several of us in Galveston gathered and dedicated our run to Kaytie Joiner, who prematurely lost her life on April 13, 2014, as soon as she finished the DIVA Half Marathon here in Galveston. I never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Kaytie, but her story moves my heart and makes me tear-up when I think about her, her family and friends and her fiancé. Today is the day she was to marry her best friend.
I found her Facebook page- she looks like the type of girl that everyone wants to know and be friends with. She has an all-American smile and a sense of love that surrounds her. Everyone loved her dearly and it seemed that she touched many lives.

I guess she made such a positive difference during her time here on earth that our Good Lord called her “home” to be with Him while she was still so young. I cry when I think of how her fiancé, family and friends must feel and how difficult this day must be for them.
The one thing I know in my heart is that she is at peace. She is resting in a place of love beyond all comprehension. She died doing what she loved and was surrounded by persons who loved her.

Kaytie, we ran for you today. We mourned for you today. We pray that your peace and love and grace surround your loved ones. Thank you for reminding us all that life is so precious and so unpredictable. Thank you for reminding us that sweating the small stuff is a waste of time. Thank you for uniting our running community even more. Thank you for making a difference in our lives- though we’ve never met. One day, let’s go for a run in heaven.

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Rest in eternal peace, Kaytie~

 

Love,

Your running friends in Galveston

 

Galveston Running Routes

RUN/WALK DISTANCES

ALL ROUTES START AND END AT THE FIT TRI RUN STORE ON
518 23RD STREET, DOWNTOWN GALVESTON.

Starting at Fit TRI Run, go Right onto Church Street and then left on to 25th and continue to the Seawall. Below are routes traveling either East or West from this point.

West On Seawall From 25th

to 35th Street and back                             4 Miles
to 45th Street and back                             5.42 Miles
to 53rd Street and back                             6.69 Miles
to 57th Street and back                              7.24 Miles
to 61st Street  and back                              7.75 Miles
to Central City Blvd.and back                  8.35 Miles
to 69th Street and back                            8.85 Miles
to 77th Street and back                             10 Miles
to the End of the Seawall and back         14 Miles

East On Seawall From 25th

to 10th Street and back                                           5 Miles
to McDonalds and back                                           5.76 Miles
to Holiday Dr. (4thand back) and back                6 Miles
to Ferry Road and back                                           6.36 Miles
to E. Beach Dr.  and back                                        7 Miles
to Apffel and back                                                     7.59 Miles
to Stop Sign @ Apffel & E. Beach                          8.31 Miles
the Beach Town Loop and back                             10.9 Miles

OTHER NOTABLE ROUTES AND DISTANCES

Fit TRI Run to the Seawall via 25th  –  1.2 Miles / 2.4 Miles  roundtrip

UTMB/Fieldhouse
From Fit Tri Run go East on Church, Left on Ferry Road, Circle Field House Track Come back on Post Office – 3.77 Miles