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Product Review: Chattanooga ColPac Ice Pack

written by runnergirl training

This is a product review for a product which I personally purchased and received no compensation.



Ever need a reusable ice pack after working out & you’re tire of making due with those small bean shaped ice packs from the pharmacy? Enter the Chattanooga ColPac ice pack. I stumbled upon this ice cold gem from my physical therapist. It is a heavy duty get-the-job-done ice pack! The outer material is thick and is designed not to leak like the aforementioned smaller ice packs. It stays COLD and will still be cold after your 5-15 minutes of icing session is up.
It is very moldable to fit different joints or locations to be iced. You can even fold it up when storing in the freezer.
I personally purchased mine from Amazon and received it quickly. I can’t believe I muddle through pathetic wimpy ice packs all these years until finding the Chattanooga ColPac ice pack!
I highly recommend you do yourself a huge favor and purchase this outstanding product too! …

Race Review: Dallas Oncor Mayor's 5k Race 2015

written by runnergirl training


The Dallas Oncor Mayor’s 5k Race is a run that precedes the Dallas Marathon by one day and is part of the race weekend festivities. For runners who have run the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot you will recognize the familiar course. There are a few gradual inclines (read baby hills) in the downtown area as the race begins. After the race makes the turn around point runners catch a great view of the Dallas skyline.
The race was not overly crowded as the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has become in recent years. This race draws a significant population from elementary schools and therefor has children haphazardly bobbing in and out of the running throng. If you are a runner looking to PR keep in mind this race has more children than any other race I have participated in the Dallas area. I encourage kids to be active as much as the next person, however serious runners may see this race aspect as a potential drawback. If you are looking for a race to do with your kids t…

Product Review: Lululemon Trail Bound 1/2 zip & tights

written by runnergirl training

This is a product review for the Lululemon Trail Bound 1/2 zip pullover & tights. I purchased them myself and am doing this review without any compensation.

I have used both items for trail hiking & running, cycling and road running. I love the fact they are snag resistant and have inadvertently tested that on several trails! They wick sweat great and are nice layering pieces or worn alone.

The pullover top has a pocket to stash small items, thumb holes & reflective detailing. The pants are a 7/8 length which hits right above the ankle. They have amazing side pockets that hold a cell phone, flashlight, keys & mace. I love these pockets!

Hope this review encourages you to try a few new pieces of Lululemon in your rotation. I am really glad I made the investment in pieces that give such versatility! 



Product Review - Legend Loop

written by runnergirl training

Legend Wearable is an amazing company who offers the Legend Loop, a phone armband for running and exercise. It accommodates up to a 5.5 inch smartphone. The unique design includes a loop on the back which fastens closed.

I found it easy to use for running (outdoor & treadmill) and gym workouts. I liked the concept of it not being too small or too big since the loop closure eliminates the sizing guesswork! It is also easy to clean after sweaty workouts.

It is very lightweight and you hardly notice it. I especially loved the key pocket on the back! Any product that offers such versatility is worth the investment.

I highly recommend to check out their product today! Let me know what you think after you give it a whirl.

Thanks to Legend Wearable for the Legend Loop armband to try out for this blog review.




Catecholamines & Exercise

written by runnergirl training

What are catecholamines and how do they relate to exercise? Catecholamines are adrenal gland hormones and are dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and they release catecholamines when an individual is stressed physically or emotionally (MedlinePlus, 2013).
Physiologically epinephrine increases the heart rate and constricts the blood vessels throughout the body (Klabunde, 2013). These actions are required by the body when performing exercise and are what helps get the body in motion.
What, if any, responses to exercise to catecholamines play? For endurance trained individuals there is an increased adrenaline response compared to untrained individuals for high intensity aerobic exercise. This is due to an occurrence termed the sports adrenal medulla (Zouhal, Jacob, Delamarche and Gratas-Delamarche, 2008). Conversely, Kjaer (1998) reported that at a same workload the endurance trained had a lower adr…

Altitude Training Mask Effectiveness

written by runnergirl training


Altitude training masks are a training tool used to increase the body’s adaptations to a hypoxic environment. There is debate over their effectiveness among opinions of practitioners and the general public.

The physiologic adaptations from wearing an altitude training mask at low altitude shows limited results and they are only realized at normal atmosphere not at high altitude (HPRC, 2015). There is minimal carry over of those training adjustments to sports performance or impacting the quality of sleep while at low altitude.

In a widely cited article by Vogt & Hoppeler (2010) indicates research data for V02max (aerobic maximal capacity) and maximal output of power are not significantly improved at low altitude. However, performance has improvements when at high altitude. Dr. Levine of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas (CBS, 2015) notes that the time duration spent wearing an altitude training mask is minimal and not long enough allow for …

Product Review - New Balance Fresh Foam Running Shoes

written by runnergirl training


I personally purchased these shoes and wrote a product review from my experiences.

The New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay is a lightweight neutral cushioned shoes. It offers a new feel compared to the cushioning system of other New Balance shoes. Here are the official details at the New Balance site.

I found them to feel lightweight but still giving stability, cushion and a very smooth heel to toe transition. The mesh upper allows air to pass through the shoes to keep your feet cool. The colors are fun and add a pop of fun color to your run or workout!

I have purchased two pairs of this shoe and have zero complaints. I have run on sidewalks, street pavement, trails and the treadmill without any problems. I highly recommend you give the New Balance Fresh Foam shoes a try!

50+ Names Of Sugar

written by runnergirl training


Ready to hear something not-so-sweet? There are over 50 names for sugar! Here is a list so you can be informed when reading labels.
1. Sugar 2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup 3. Agave Nectar 4. Beet Sugar 5. Blackstrap Molasses 6. Brown Sugar 7. Buttered Syrup 8. Can Juice Crystals 9. Cane Sugar 10. Caramel 11. Carob Syrup 12. Castor Sugar 13. Coconut Sugar 14. Confectioner’s Sugar 15. Powdered Sugar 16. Date Sugar 17. Demerara Sugar 18. Evaporated Cane Juice 19. Florida Crystals 20. Fruit Juice 21. Fruit Juice Concentrate 22. Golden Sugar 23. Golden Syrup 24. Grape Sugar 25. Honey 26. Icing Sugar 27. Invert Sugar 28. Maple Syrup 29. Molasses 30. Muscovado Sugar 31. Panela Sugar 32. Raw Sugar 33. Refiner’s Syrup 34. Sorghum Syrup 35. Sucanat 36. Treacle Sugar 37. Turbinado Sugar 38. Yellow Sugar 39. Barley Malt 40. Brown Rice Syrup 41. Corn Syrup 42. Corn Syrup Solids 43. Dextrin 44. Diastatic Malt 45. Ethyl Maltol 46. Glucose 47. Glucose Solids 48. Lactose 49. Malt Syrup 50. Maltodextrin 51. Maltose 52. Rice Sy…

3 Women's Nutriton & Sports Performance Tips

written by runnergirl training
Does gender play a role in sports nutrition or running performance? Quite possibly it does & if you are a woman here are 3 ways you can maximize your running performance so your hormones won’t run you! See them below!
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