Category: Running Gear
|December 8, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Product Reviews, Running Gear|
Eddie Bauer has always been synonymous with rustic outdoor activities like fishing, camping, hunting, etc… I remember having an Eddie Bauer backpack in middle school and it was awesome! So when I recently heard that they have a new line of performance wear I was both intrigued and a bit skeptical, but thankfully I was pleasantly surprised! Let’s take a look…
This is a great base layer for colder temps! The shirt is made from Eddie Bauer’s exclusive FreeHeat™ Pro polyester/spandex fabric, which actually helps to generate additional heat when worn against the skin by harnessing kinetic ultraviolet energy. So it keeps you very warm, but also helps to wick moisture from the skin to help avoid with chafing. Big win there. I also really like this turquoise color I got, but all the other colors are pretty cool too…green, purple and black.
Oh and it also has my favorite winter weather gear accessory…thumbholes!
This is by far my favorite piece because it’s so much more than activewear. This jacket is a great shell for colder days on top of the pullover and because it is also made of polyester/spandex fabric it is just as flexible. There is even Polartec® Power Dry® stretch fleece underarm panels for extra moisture wicking and breathability. It some great features, like a scuba-style hood the covers your entire neck and stays put even in super windy conditions.
How about this neat opening on the inside of the jacket into the right pocket for your headphones to fit though. No loose flying cords here!
Oh look…more thumbholes! These are great because the cuffs are stretchy to ensure a secure fit and the holes actually have a flap under them
This jacket has quickly become my go to both for exercise and in daily life. It’s perfect to throw on over a sweater to go out because it is lightweight but still super warm. I seriously love this thing!
Being vertically challenged, I have always found full length exercise pants and leggings to be a challenge. They are generally made for much taller people but these fit me great. There was still a small bit of bunching around the ankles by nothing like other pants I have tried.
These pants are super comfortable and form fitting….perfect for running or any other exercise. I rowed 6000 meters in them the other days and stayed cool and comfortable the whole time. There’s even a Power Mesh lining in the waist band to flatten the midsection so they make you look really good!
I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a lot of these clothes before I got them. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but definitely not my new favorite workout clothes.
Good news is that Eddie Bauer is having a sale right now and all of these items are included. It’s the perfect way to stock up on your cold weather running gear to get a Christmas present for that runner in your life. Click on any of the links above to check out these items…I know you’ll love them!
Disclosure: Eddie Bauer provided the product and I was compensated for this campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.
|November 18, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Running Gear, Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend|
The Wine & Dine Half Marathon Expo was, um, crowded. This was the first, and probably last, time I will show up at a race expo first thing in the morning. I arrived early because I wanted to get it out of the way so I could go enjoy my day in Walt Disney World and also to grab a pair of the Disney New Balance sneakers. It’s a good thing I did because the line was already super long 30 minutes before the Expo opened!
After grabbing the shoes, it seemed like the best time to head over to the official runDisney merchandise booth. Certain items have been known to sell out quickly so it made sense to just go there first. It was a bit chaotic, but manageable. I grabbed the few things I wanted (pins, vinylmation and a water bottle) and got in line to check out.
The morning started off chilly but quickly warmed up. Plus with all the bodies in the Expo, I was quite warm in my tech hoodie. So I tied it around my purse…something I’ve done countless times. Well sometime between paying for my runDisney merch (a remember seeing it in line!) and walking to the Expo exit, my hoodie feel off. In a panic, I retraced my steps to find it but no luck. This all happened within about 2 minutes…no hoodie!
I was super bummed because 1. it is my favorite running hoodie and 2. I was planning on wearing it for the cold, rainy race the next night. I headed up to the Services Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and filled out a lost item card, but had little hope that it would be returned.
What do you know? The next morning I received a call from Sharon at ESPN saying she thought she found it. Oh My! Well low and behold, when I arrived, there it was. Sharon seemed just as excited as I was to reunite me with my hoodie and she truly made my day…and race!
I’ve always thought that the running community is made up of special people. There is something kind and supportive within all of us. Probably because we have all endured the humbling experience that is running. This experience just proved that point!
So thank you kind person who found my hoodie and took it to lost and found. Because of you I was able to run a warmer (sadly not drier) Wine & Dine Half Marathon!
Do you feel the same way about the running community? Have you ever lost one of your favorite pieces of running gear?
|October 9, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Anaheim Antics, Guest Posts, Running Gear|
When you first start running you think any old outfit and a pair of “comfy” sneakers from your local athletic chain will do the trick. Then the chafing and blisters set in. You quickly realize that running might entail a bit more than putting one foot in front of the other. John is breaking all of this down for you today with a look at apparel (especially for you guys!), accessories and also some unneeded items.
Running attire. Whenever those words creep into my vocabulary, I immediately know my wallet will shrink. I remember my first “real” run, three years ago, the Brea 8k. There I was, donned in basketball shorts and the obligatory white cotton tee emblazoned with the event logo and a $30 pair of sneakers. Looking back, I might as well have held up a sign that said “I’m a rank amateur and have no idea what I’m doing”. And I would have been right. By the end of the race, I was hot, uncomfortable, and my feet hurt. I learned very quickly that effective running requires effective attire. There are some “must have” items, some “like to have” items, and some “oh, heavens no” items. My caveat here is that I’m referring mostly to men’s attire. Reviewing women’s attire would have been a little creepy. Not to mention, the fit wouldn’t be quite right. But I digress… Let’s dive into our closets and see what’s what:
Running Shirt – Toss the generic cotton tee. They’re heavy, absorb sweat, and don’t breathe well. Invest in a quality tech fabric shirt. Sure, they’ll set you back anywhere from $25 to $60, but they’re worth every penny. They’re lightweight, breathe very well, wick moisture away, and keep you cool. Thankfully, a lot of race organizers are dropping their give-away cotton tees in favor of a tech fabric shirt option. Although cheaper in quality, they still do the job better than a cotton tee, and are great for extra gym attire.
Running Shorts – Say goodbye to generic athletic shorts, and get a bona fide pair of running shorts. They’re lightweight, don’t require undergarments (yep, I really went there. I could “box” around that, but instead I’ll be “brief”), fit better, breathe better, feel better, and, well, when it comes to, um, the family jewels, they treat you better (hey, this is a family friendly column, isn’t it?).
Running Shoes – The worst thing a runner can do is wear cheap shoes. If you don’t spend money anywhere else, spend your money here. Here in the OC, there are several fitness retailers that offer biometric measuring of your feet as part of their service. Quality running shoes will set you back $100 or more. But your shoes will be lighter, last longer, and you’ll feel like you’re running on air. Top those off with a pair of running socks, and your feet will thank you for the investment.
LIKE TO HAVE
Headgear – This is strictly a matter of preference. Some love them, some hate them. If you’re like me, you’ll need something to keep the sweat off the brow. Although I’m not a fan of cotton in running attire, I found that a simple cotton baseball cap worked well. I recently upgraded to a dri-weave baseball cap with the Disney “D” logo, and it’s served me even better.
Sunglasses – This is where form must follow function. Your pair of aviators or wayfarers just won’t cut it, regardless of the expensive logo on the side. You’ll need a lightweight, contoured pair of sunglasses designed for running. There’s not much worse than a pair of sunglasses sliding down your nose or fogging up during your run. Thankfully, they won’t cost an arm or a leg. My local shop has styles ranging from $30 to $110. I managed to find mine at a runDisney expo for a mere $20.
Music Device Armband – Everyone needs a place to put their iPhone, right? This is where prices and styles are as diverse as the day is long. Colors, band types, configuration, and materials are all over the place. For me, I kept it simple. I purchased an inexpensive armband off eBay for $6, and it’s suited me well for over a year.
Earphones – This is where it gets personal. I’m a big fan of the new Apple Earpods, but after 2 miles, they start falling out. For about $10, I found a product called the Eadbudi, which consists of over-the-ear clips that attach to your existing ear buds. This is a better alternative to having to ditch your favorite ear buds. But if you decide to do so, I recommend splurging with pair of Bluetooth headphones. No more wire between your head and your arm. Although they can range anywhere from $40 to $100, doing some homework and online searching will often net you a pair for less. Mine only set me back about $35, and the audio quality is superior. Be sure to consider features and battery life when making your decision. Nothing is more irritating that running 10k and having your headphones shut off at mile 4.
Waist belts – This is where I get particular. At a recent runDisney expo, I was searching high and low for just the right waist item to carry a few essentials. I stumbled upon the FlipBelt, and was hooked. The FlipBelt is a tubular waistband that is perfect for holding items such as your car keys, wallet, and cell phone. Unlike other waist packs, the FlipBelt contours to your attire. Its spandex-lycra fabric wicks moisture and fits snugly. Best of all, the FlipBelt is machine washable so you can just toss it in the washer with your workout attire. They run slightly small, though. I normally wear a medium, but I purchased a large. The reps at the FlipBelt booth were very accommodating, and encouraged you to try the different sizes and colors on. Reasonably priced, it only set me back about $30, and it by far the most versatile accessory I’ve purchased.
OH HEAVENS NO
Full-size & noise canceling headphones – I’ve seen these on runners and they’re just a bad idea, because they block sound around you. A runner needs to be able to hear his runners around him, as well as listen for the uncommon but necessary on-course announcements. I’ve seen more than one near-collision because a runner did not hear someone coming up alongside.
Backpack – I’ve seen a few of these, and I’ve never understood the appeal. First, you’re carrying weight, and weight is the enemy of the runner. Second, they cover a runner’s back, interfering with the body’s thermoregulation. If anyone can explain the reasoning behind the backpacks, as we say at Disney, I’m all ears.
Water bottles – Maybe it’s not a huge deal on a 5k, but if you’re running a 10k or more, ditch the water bottles. Water is heavy. a 16oz container of water weighs over a pound, which can require you to use up to 80 additional calories per mile. Great while you’re trying to lose weight, but a bad idea when trying to endure a half marathon. Just rely on the on-course water stations. They’ll be plenty.
Outerwear jackets – A lot of runs start early in the morning, when temperatures are still nippy. It’s natural to want to put on an extra layer to keep warm. But the moment your cross that starting line, your body will do fine keeping warm on its own. When I ran the Knott’s Coaster Run, it was cold and raining. I was miserable, until about mile 2. By then, I was warm and comfortable, even though it was barely 60 degrees out. Less is more. Any additional layer makes it easier for your body to overheat. During my last 10k, I counted no less than 6 jackets abandoned on the side of the course in various spots. Be sure to leave your outwear behind.
Being a huge Disney fan, I’m a great lover of the Red Car Trolleys at Disney California Adventure. The Red Car motto is Comfort-Speed-Safety. This should be the motto when choosing running attire. Quality attire will be comfortable, will contribute to your running speed, and won’t compromise your on-course safety. Enjoy shopping, and I’ll see you on the next course!
John grew up in the Orange County area of California, always living in the shadow of the Disneyland Resort. Known as the consummate storyteller to his friends, he has had an admiration of Disney since childhood, and is most interested in the Company’s history and heritage. His favorite memory to date is setting foot in Walt’s apartment over the Main Street Firehouse. John lives by what he calls the three F’s: faith, fun, and fitness. Being healthy isn’t about adding years to your life; it’s about adding life to your years. Nothing sums that up more than making Disney races a goal in every fitness plan.
|May 28, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Running Gear|
Thank you to everyone that entered my giveaway for medal holders from Running on the Wall! This was my biggest giveaway yet and I’m so glad you all stopped by to check it out. 🙂 Now on to the good stuff!
First, the pink Cinderella inspired medal holder. The winner is…. Heather (@heatherlas)! Thanks for tweeting about the giveaway!
Next is the black bib and medal holder. The winner is… Sarah (@sapodzio)! Thanks for following me on Twitter!
Congratulations to you both! Please email me your address by Thursday, May 29th at 2:00 pm EST to claim your prize.
Thank you again to everyone for stopping by and entering the contest, and thank you to Running on the Wall for sponsoring the giveaway. Make sure to head on over to their website to view all of their fun designs…you can even customize your own! I hope to have some more fun giveaways this summer so stay tuned!!
|May 21, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Product Reviews, Running Gear|
A few weeks ago I posted the photo below of my new office and got a TON of questions about my bib and medal holders.
I told the great folks over at Running on the Wall about the interest and they kindly agreed to host an awesome giveaway for not one, but TWO medal holders! The best part is that they are both in the classic Walt Disney script font…how rad is that?!
The first holder has 9 hooks and is perfect for every runDisney Princess! It is bright pink and features a quote from Cinderella: “One shoe can change your life.” Everyone who has strapped on a running shoe sure knows that.
The second is a combination bib and medal holder with 9 hooks as well. The bibs are under the text “Running” and the medals are along the bottom of the holder.
So here’s what you need to do…below are two different entry forms, one for each holder. You may enter one or both giveaways, but the same person can not win both. If the same name is drawn, I will draw again for the second giveaway. You have until midnight on Tuesday, May 28th to enter. I will announce the winner next Wednesday, May 29th here on Running at Disney. You can have up to 7 initial entries and then come back once a day to tweet for a new entry!