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Get Back On Your Feet And Run Again. Be A Tigress!

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- This is a guest post by Erica Chapman -


 

SETBACKS HAPPEN. ALL THE MORE REASON FOR A COMEBACK!

Here’s a little-known law of the universe: even the most well-intentioned and disciplined runner is bound to hit an obstacle on the road to her running goals. Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes—an injury, boredom, a sudden move or change in your routine, or even that pesky little problem I like to call “winter.” Setbacks happen to the best of us, so don’t get down about them—use them as opportunities to change up your game! Even an injury can be a chance to bounce back stronger and more focused than before. 

And of course, everyone knows the best way to jumpstart your motivation is a new addition to your workout wardrobe! To help bust me out of the winter treadmill blues, I injected some fresh new fashion into my routine in the form of new Nike LIVESTRONG Air Max+ shoes and Soffe Animal Print Run Shorts. Then I tested them out on a new kind of treadmill designed to give you a running experience unlike any you’ve ever had. Finally, some of the coolest running bloggers out there gave us their two cents on the best running fashion and how it can help you go the extra mile. If your routine is dragging, don’t despair! Whether you’re a first-timer or a marathoner, there’s always a way to get back on track (no pun intended).

 

Nike Livestrong and Soffe Running Tiger Shorts

TRADE IN LAST YEAR'S UNIFORM FOR SOMETHING FIERCE

It’s crazy but it’s true—nothing makes you want to hit the pavement more than a hot new piece of gear. I suited up with my new Nike Livestrong sneaks and Soffe Tiger Shorts (thanks to Charlie Sheen, Bengal is all the rage!) and headed to the gym with a spring in my step—literally. Even walking was like bouncing on a trampoline! The amount of cushioning in these shoes is incredible. But even better is the snug fit of the shoe; from the heel to the middle of my foot, it felt like I was wearing a big comfy sock, and I have a narrow foot so I laced it up tight. Towards the front of the shoe, things open up into a nice, roomy toe box with a mesh top. Let me tell you—you don’t realize how annoying it is to run in a shoe that mashes your toes into a sweaty mess until you run in this one and can literally feel the breeze on them. Add my awesome new lightweight running shorts that felt like I was wearing nothing and you have one comfy runner. Even on a treadmill, you couldn’t wipe the grin off this face! The Nike Livestrong Lunarhaze+ is another great option for women who prefer a flexible and lightweight run shoe (MizzFIT wears it).

 

Alter-G Treadmill Erica Chapman Running Rehab

THE ALTER-G HELPS YOU WORK THROUGH INJURY & RUN FASTER

Whether you’re coming back from an injury that requires rehab or you’re just looking to have one of the coolest running experiences around, the Alter-G treadmill is definitely worth a test drive.  Once you zip your lower body into the airtight enclosure, you can adjust the pressurized environment so that you’re running at 70, 50, even 20% of your actual body weight.  For injured runners getting back into their routine, the benefits are obvious—being able to work on your gait and your range of motion while not straining your joints with your full weight is invaluable, and can help speed your path to recovery and road running again. 

Alter-G Treadmill Erica Chapman Running Rehab

But the Alter-G holds allure for the healthy runner as well. At Fusion Physical Therapy and Sports Wellness in Manhattan's Meatpacking district, I zipped into the Alter-G and quickly zoomed up to running 11.5 mph at 20% of my body weight! Ok, I’m no Usain Bolt, but that’s FAST. The speed allowed me to really open up my stride and work on my form, which I could sustain for much longer than a similar sprint, say, outdoors. And yes, running at 20% body weight is “easier” than a regular treadmill. But think of the benefits differently than you would a normal run: for instance, the next day I could really feel this workout in my core, since I was using my entire body to maintain the heightened pace. Also, the mental boost you get from the Alter-G can be just as important. If you’re gearing up to run your first marathon and you’re intimidated by the distance, hop on an Alter-G and do a 20-miler at 70% body weight. You’ll complete it feeling great, and knowing that you CAN finish those daunting long runs. Talk about jumpstarting your confidence again!

 

LISTEN TO THESE ROCKIN' RUNNING LADIES!

There are so many inspiring, fit ladies out there blogging about their running experiences, we thought it was time to ask them to weigh in on their favorite running gear. Danica of The Chic Runner, swears by her Lululemon crops as she trains for marathons:

They are made of a great material that isn't see-through when stretched, like a lot of capris are.  I can't tell you how many women don't realize that their capris are see-through on race day. Not good. I also love the fit. They hug your body and make you feel awesome. I have recently started loving capris because they make me feel comfortable and allow me to enjoy running in the cooler weather.

Fellow marathoner and blogger Meghann of Meals and Miles, gets a workout fashion boost on race day by picking up a color-coordinated Sweaty Bands Headband:

I purchased all of the Sweaty Bands I own at various race expos. They sell them online, but I love finding the booths at the race expos and comparing all the different colors in person. I usually purchase the one that matches my running outfit for that race.

The bottom line when dealing with your own personal running setback is this: try to find something new and different to refresh your routine.  New shoes, shorts, pants, headbands and even a new treadmill all work!  Mix up your route, your playlist, or your companions. Whatever it takes to get you moving again, think outside the box and treat yourself! Your body will thank you.

 

ENTER MIZZFIT'S TIGRESS GIVEAWAY

Charlie Sheen has tiger's blood but does he have tiger passion? You could! Enter MizzFIT's Tigress Giveaway to win a pair of Soffe Tiger Print Run Shorts and start running again! No more excuses because you know you're capable of bouncing back. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below sharing an obstacle you face when it comes to running and how you plan on working through it. MizzFIT will pick 2 winners on April 6th 2011. Good luck!

 

About the Author: Erica Chapman is a connoisseur of team sports, gourmet food and the ocassional body cleanse. She lives and works out in New York City.

 

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit

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17 comments
Karin March 24th, 2011 11:51AM

Obstacle: My running shoes are shot!
Solution: Go shopping.

MizzFIT March 24th, 2011 3:14PM

Hi Karin!

So...problem solved then! What shoes do you normally wear? Are you brand loyal? You're entered for the giveaway. What size are you?

-MizzFIT

Shannon March 25th, 2011 5:08AM

My obstacle is a persistent little hip injury, but my solution is Tiger Balm, lots of yoga (half pigeon!) and icing!

Jilly March 25th, 2011 8:45AM

My obstacle is the horrible back injury/pain I have been in since last summer. Even though I have not been able to go back to running yet..I am keeping positive, walking and biking a bit...and smiling about the day soon I can start to incorporate running back in my life. Previous to last july I ran 5X a week and miss it so much...I will not give up!

Karin March 25th, 2011 10:31AM

Hey MizzFIT. My current shoes are New Balance but they sure have seen better days. Lately I've been somewhat partial to Fila, but no, I can't say I'm particularly dedicated to that or any brand. My pant/short size is small.

danica March 26th, 2011 4:06AM

My biggest hurdle is getting through the rain! This past weekend though I struggled through the LA Marathon and the monsoonal like winds and rain and I realized I can conquer anything! Now off to conquer back to back marathons!

MizzFIT March 26th, 2011 7:22PM

Hi Shannon!
The theme here definitely seems to be TIGER! I'm also a Tiger's Balm fan. Definitely one of my fav muscle pain relievers but I find it isn't the same unless someone else is rubbing it on your shoulders for you. One of my yoga instructors uses it in class during adjustments. Love that! Thanks for sharing your comment. Please tell me your short size so I can enter you in the giveaway. Thanks a bunch!

-MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 26th, 2011 7:27PM

Hi Jilly,

The day will come soon and I love the fact that you're doing other, less strainful types of activities to prep for your transition back into running. You'll get there. Just envision yourself running again and it will happen. But I don't need to say that because I can tell you're already doing this and you sound super determined. Thanks for sharing this obstacle and please know I'm thinking of you and really hope your injury and pain associated with it quickly goes away.

Your friend, MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 26th, 2011 7:36PM

Hi Danica,

Rain schmain. You're def a running superstar! Back to back marathons--holy bejesus! I need to train with you sometime! I find it really inspiring that you didn't let the rain bother you mentally. My fear is slipping during a race. But I finally got over my constant worrying about it by pushing myself to go out for short runs in the rain. This winter I even ran during snowfall in NYC and discovered how much fun it can be. Facing your fears can be quite an education. What's your next marathon and what size short are you?

-MizzFIT

amy March 30th, 2011 7:10PM

This site is simply awesome. We launched an online community & boutique last year to help girls get over breakups and find their inner bombshell (www.pinkkisses.com), and we just became a co-sponsor of SHAPE magazine's first-ever Diva Dash in Austin, Texas next Saturday. We're so stoked! Dropped by your site for inspiration tonight and thought we'd take a minute to give you some serious kudos. Good stuff up in here, lady!

cheers,
amy

MizzFIT April 4th, 2011 8:27PM

Hi Amy!

You ROCK. My only question for you is WHERE HAS PINKKISSES BEEN ALL MY LIFE???? Do you know how many break-ups I needed you for, LOL??!!! Tons! Thank you for launching such an inventive website and concept. And how exciting that Pinkkisses.com is partnering up with SHAPE magazine! So flattered that you found some inspiration over here at MizzFIT.com and you're welcome back here anytime. Perhaps one day we'll find a way to fuse our messages and link up on something fun. Thanks again for the sweet shout out and looking forward to more messages with ya down the cyber road.

Your friend,
MizzFIT

MizzFIT April 7th, 2011 7:12AM

Ah heck, I'm going to choose 4 winners today because you're all so amazingly inspirational to me and I love that you really took this giveaway seriously. So, to Karin, Shannon, Jilly & Danica: CONGRATS! You are all winners of this giveaway and will be receiving a pair of animal print Soffe running shorts! I wish you many long, heart pumping runs. As always, thanks so much for leaving your wonderful comments.

Your girl,
MizzFIT

Christa April 12th, 2011 7:52AM

Bianca,
I'm really enjoying your site. I signed up and watched the fitness snacks video. Your messages remind me not only to give myself positive reinforcement, but to give my friends positive workout reinforcement as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
Christa

MizzFIT April 12th, 2011 10:00AM

Hi Christa,

YES, it's so important to encourage your friends and family to stay healthy and very thoughtful of you as well. Sometimes we don't offer our tips or suggestions because we don't want to hurt the feelings of the ones we love. But as long as you bring it up in an inspiring and reinforcing way, I believe most will respond well and consider it seriously since it comes from a trusted source. What did you think of the fitness snacks video and what kind of exercise do you do to stay healthy/fit?
Thanks for commenting!

MizzFIT

Christa April 13th, 2011 1:39AM

Hi. I enjoyed the fitness snacks video, but I must admit I was hoping for something that would remind me of the specifics of what is best to eat and how soon before and after various types of workouts.

My fitness routine is a bit seasonal including cross-country skiing and kayaking, but I generally swim and run year-round. I'm shopping for a new bike and plan to do another triathlon in August. I round out my week with yoga on Saturday mornings.

Thanks for asking.
Christa

MizzFIT April 15th, 2011 7:56PM

Hi Christa,

There's no 1 right way to approach healthy energy snacking. It depends on YOU and your WORKOUT and what kind of RESULTS you're looking for. If you want to get to the bottom of what energy snacks are best for you, let's have a chat and I can give you some advice based on information you share with me. My personal favorite energy snack for on-the-go snacking when there's no time to prepare anything is a banana and a handful of almonds (but not too many). Sometimes I even buy a small package of mixed nuts and dried fruit (when I don't have the time to make the variety pack that you saw Robyn put together in the video).

You sound like you're extremely active which gives you more flexibility with snacking since you probably burn a lot of calories with all the activities you do. Have you checked out Schwinn's latest bike collections? I love everything from their Cruisers to Urban bikes. Check them out here:

http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes

Where do you take yoga class? I always love learning about new studios that are reader favorites.

Thanks for commenting!

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