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Cold Weather Running Tips

Posted on December 7th, 2011

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Below is a great read from Jenny Hadfield. We’ll be sharing some of Jenny’s blog postings from time to time, since they directly relate to a lot of our community. Please click the Like or Tweet buttons above to share with your own network.

Along with her winter running tips below, make sure to pick up a Wrist Saver for those nighttime runs. Since most of us are running at night due to the short days, the LED light and reflective edging on the Wrist Saver really helps oncoming cars see you. Happy running and enjoy the article.

Running, Jogging, Walking

Although running outdoors in the winter has its challenges (just getting out the door), once you’re out the door you’ll quickly begin to reap the many benefits of your efforts.  First, the fresh air and sunlight will transport mood and ignite an authentic appreciation for the season.  It breaks the cycle of hibernation and gives you something to brag about.  And finally, barring any major weather conditions (epic snow storms, sleet, extreme cold), it is easier to run in the cold than in the heat as your body doesn’t have to fight to cool itself.  For those who just ran through the record setting heat this summer, this is a true gift.  The hardest part is taking the very first step.  Here are a few tips to make your winter workouts a little easier.

  • Dress for 15-20 degrees warmer than the current temperature.  Dressing for warmer conditions will allow for your body temperature to increase and reduce the risk of overheating and excessive sweat.   The key –> you should feel chilled when you walk out the door.  If you are toasty warm, remove a layer.  Less is more and these days the apparel is highly functional.

 

  • Keep a log and track your outdoor wardrobe in various weather conditions.  Write down what you wear in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions as it will eventually become like clock-work and you’ll head out the door confident in what you’re wearing is the right amount of clothes.  Keep in mind, everyone is different, so what works for you may not for your neighbor.

 

  • Accessorize (this is my favorite part of winter workouts:)  The best part of exercising outdoors in the winter is the shopping!  Having the right apparel makes all the difference in the world and layering is the key to finding the perfect running ensemble.   Your winter wardrobe should include a technical wind resistant (or windproof) jacket, hat or headband, gloves, tights and a few long sleeve shirts.  The layers that are against your skin (top and tights) should be made from a wicking material like DriFit as it pulls the moisture away from your skin preventing getting chilled.  Your body temperature increases as you run, so you don’t need many layers in most winter conditions.  In fact, you’ll be surprised at how little you actually have to wear to stay warm while moving in the cold temperatures.  For most, wearing a technical long sleeve top, tights or pants, wind-resistance jacket,  gloves and headband or hat is plenty to keep you warm in temperatures all the way down to 32 degrees!

 

  • Run during the warmer times of the day.  If you’re blessed with a flexible schedule, exercise at mid-day to absorb that needed sunshine we rarely get in the winter.  You’ll get your miles in during the warmest time of day and come back with a smile on your face.

 

  • Be Seen.  If you exercise in the dark hours, wear a reflective vest and flashing lights so you’re seen in traffic.  In snowy weather, wear bright clothing.  Bring an I.D. or put one on your shoes just in case.

 

  • Invest a little extra time to warm up.  Your body warms up more slowly in the cold weather, especially in the morning.  Take at least 5 minutes to walk briskly before you start your workout.  It may take 10-15 minutes of walking or running before you are completely warmed up and in your normal tempo.  Another trick is to take a hot shower right before you your run.  You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel on the run.

 

  • Start into the wind.  Start your run heading in to the wind so you’ll have the wind at your back on your way home.  You’ll avoid getting chilled by the wind after you’ve been sweating (not fun).

 

Remember less is more when dressing for cold weather workouts.  Once you take that first step, the rest just keeps getting better.  Stride for stride, you’ll invigorate as you breathe in that fresh, cool air!

By: Jenny Hadfield
Runner’s World, Active.com, Women’s Running
Blog posting: http://askcoachjenny.com/cold-weather-running-tips/

Looking To Keep On Track This Holiday Season

Posted on December 6th, 2011

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If you’re looking to stay on track this Holiday Season, check out world renowned running coach Jenny Hadfield’s Holiday Challenge. Not only will the challenge help you keep off those unwanted pounds this Holiday Season, but you’ll also be able to win weekly gifts. Stop by Jenny’s blog to see what it’s all about: http://askcoachjenny.com/coach-jennys-holiday-challenge/  Get those shoes on and run, jog or walk your way to a healthy you.  Don’t forget to keep safe with your Personal Savers pepper spray.

Protect Your Parents and Seniors While Walking

Posted on December 1st, 2011

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Protect Seniors And Parents With Personal Savers Pepper Spray
Linda & George showing off their Wrist Savers – click image to enlarge

Seniors and Parents often do a lot of walking for a low impact workout. This also makes them very vulnerable to muggings, harassments and very susceptible to being attacked. For a very low price, you can give them a chance to defend themselves against would be attackers with a Personal Savers pepper spray product. Give them a piece of mind while walking or jogging this Christmas with either a Wrist Saver or Personal Saver. Protect your loved ones.

Personal Savers Top 20 Running & Walking Safety Tips

Posted on November 30th, 2011

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Here are our top 20 running and walking safety tips.  If you can follow most of these, your sure to increase your chance of a safe workout.  Please share this on your social network outlets, to help save lives and loved ones.

Safety First With Personal Savers Pepper Spray Products1. First, make sure you’re carrying a Personal Savers safety product, so you have way to defend yourself if your caught of guard.

2. Run in familiar areas. In unfamiliar areas, contact a local running club or store.

3. Practice memorizing license plates or identifying characteristics of strangers.

4. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.

5. Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.

6. Do not use earphones while walking, driving, or bicycling. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss.

7. Wear bright colors and reflective material.

8. Stay in well-lit areas.

9. Avoid unpopulated areas and shortcuts through parks, vacant lots, and other deserted places.

10. Run/walk close to the curb and stay away from parked cars, bushes or doorways where an attacker can hide.

11. Know where open businesses or stores are located in case of emergency.

12. Know the locations of call boxes, emergency blue light phones and telephones along your regular route.

13. Write or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.

14. Carry ID and a cell phone or change for a phone call.

15. Write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information.

16. If followed on foot, cross the street, change direction, vary your pace, or walk quickly to well-lit, populated areas. If the follower persists, go to a lighted building and call the Police.

17. If followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk up a well-lit one-way street. If the situation persists, record the license number and call the Police.

18. When being followed by a car, turn and go in the other direction.

19. Avoid danger, but don’t be afraid to scream if it doesn’t avoid you.

20. Trust your gut . . . When in doubt, just get out.

 

A tragic story that could have been prevented

Posted on November 29th, 2011

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This is a very unfortunate incident that could have been prevented with a Personal Savers pepper spray product. Not only would the person being attacked, have had more of a chance to get away but the dogs themselves could have been saved. We at Personal Savers are very proud dog owners and hate to see dogs be put down. Pick up a Personal Savers product for friend or family member for Christmas at our Personal Savers Store.

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Personal Savers pepper spray combo pack specialVALLEY CENTER, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County runner who said he had chunks torn from his legs by pit bulls said he thought he would die during the mauling.

“I was dripping blood from all over — my shirt, socks, shoes,” Richard Garritson, 21, told the San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/vLBHLf) on Monday after undergoing surgery.

Garritson and his brother were attacked by a pack of pit bulls as they jogged on a trail late Sunday afternoon about a mile from their home.

Garritson said he was running ahead of his sister, Meagan Garritson, when at least eight dogs attacked. One bit his leg and a second grabbed his other leg, knocking him down, Garritson said.

He yelled for his sister to run as he tried to fight off the dogs, which surrounded him. They snapped at his legs and arms. One bit him under his armpit.

“I was terrified,” he said. “I thought I was going to die. They just kept biting at my legs and thighs.”

Garritson, who already had run three miles, was running out of energy and yelled for his 20-year-old brother, John Garrison, who grabbed a stick and tried to fend off the dogs.

He also was attacked as the dogs kept rushing between the two brothers, Richard Garritson said.

He said the brothers knew where the dogs lived and they yelled for the owner, who managed to get all but three dogs into the house. The owner finally put a leash on one of the larger dogs and the others broke off the attack, Richard Garritson said.

The brothers walked to a neighbor’s house and a woman there called county sheriff’s deputies.

“We could barely hold ourselves up,” he said.

Richard Garritson, who comes from a family of competitive runners, said his doctor told him that he probably will be able to run again even though he lost chunks from his lower legs.

John Garritson suffered less serious bites to his legs. Their two sisters and a 9-year-old niece were not attacked.

Four dogs, all 7-month-old pit bull mixes, were destroyed at the owner’s request, county animal control Lt. Dan DeSousa said.

The department continues to investigate and will decide whether to pursue charges against the owner, he said.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.signonsandiego.com

Wal-Mart shoppers hit by pepper spray describe chaos

Posted on November 26th, 2011

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Wal-mart Pepper Spray

Customers leave Wal-Mart in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, where… (Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times)

Personal Savers wanted to warn people of crazy shoppers out there this holiday season.  Better pick up your own Personal Saver for self defense.

November 25, 2011|By Times staff writers | Los Angeles Times

Matthew Lopez went to the Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch on Thursday night for the Black Friday sale but instead was caught in a pepper-spray attack by a woman who authorities said was “competitive shopping.”

Lopez described a chaotic scene in the San Fernando Valley store among shoppers looking for video games soon after the sale began.

“I heard screaming and I heard yelling,” said Lopez, 18. “Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up.”

Lopez said customers were already in the store when a whistle signaled the start of Black Friday at 10 p.m., sending shoppers hurtling in search of deeply discounted items.

By the time Lopez arrived at the video games, the display had been torn down. Employees attempted to hold back the scrum of shoppers and pick up merchandise even as customers trampled the video games and DVDs strewn on the floor.

“It was absolutely crazy,” he said.

Another customer said screams erupted after about a hundred people waiting in line to snag Xbox gaming consoles and Wii video games got into a shoving match.

Alejandra Seminario, 24, said she was waiting in line to grab some toys at the store around 9:55 p.m. when people the next aisle over started shouting and ripping at the plastic wrap encasing gaming consoles, which was supposed to be opened at 10 p.m.

“People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray,” the Selmar resident said. “I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes.”

The pepper spray wafted through the air, Seminario said, and she breathed some in and started coughing. Her face also started itching.

“I did not want to get involved. I was too scared. I just stayed in the toy aisle,” she said.

By the time she and her husband, 27-year-old Cesar Seminario, got to the cash register 20 minutes later with a Wii gaming console and some Barbie dolls, the air was still smelling of pepper spray, she said.

Wal-Mart employees were taking statements from about eight customers who had been pepper sprayed near the front of the store, Seminario said. “After we paid, we saw five that were in really bad shape,” she said. “They had been sprayed in the face, it looked like, and they had swelling of the face, really extreme swelling of face, redness, coughing.”

Nakeasha Contreras, 20, of North Hollywood, arrived at midnight and hadn’t heard what happened. Even if she had, she said, she wouldn’t have been bothered: “I don’t care. I’m still getting my TV. I’ve never seen Wal-Mart so crazy, but I guess it could have been worse.”

Happy Thanksgiving…Be Safe With Personal Savers Pepper Spray

Posted on November 24th, 2011

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Personal Savers would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Keep safe out there while running, jogging, biking or walking with a Personal Savers pepper spray product.  Just don’t spray your family members over the turkey.

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Grizzly No Match for Jack Hanna, Pepper Spray

Posted on November 22nd, 2011

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We thought this was a interesting article.   Grab  your Cycle Saver for moutain biking or Personal Saver or Wrist Saver for hiking today!

So maybe most of us won’t be accompanied by an expert wildlife handler when we go exploring in the woods. But we can
learn something from Jack Hanna–– carry pepper spray!

Last Saturday, Hanna, his wife and a few others were hiking
through Montana’s Glacier National Park when they spotted a mother
bear and two cubs. The grizzly family began to approach the group, but Hanna
expertly guided them to talk loudly and back up.

The mother and one cub passed by finally. But the other youngin’ wasn’t
having any guests. Before they knew it 125 lbs of bear cub was barreling down
upon them.

“At about 30 feet, I unload my pepper spray, and the wind takes it,” he told
The Columbus Dispatch in
his characteristically dramatic style.

Oh, but the bear wasn’t scared.

“Then I unload the second spray,” he said.

Alas, the bear keeps coming.

“Then the third time I unload that pepper spray right in his face.”
Finally!

Hanna claims he’s carried pepper spray for the past 15 years, just for
reasons like this, but has never had to use it. Ironically, too, he had just
filmed a public service announcement encouraging people to protect themselves by
carrying pepper spray rather than guns, even though the latter is now allowed in
national parks.

Even if he were to carry a gun, he thinks it would have been a pretty tough
feat to take the bear down with a firearm.

“There’s no way I could hit that bear with a gun,” Hanna said.

So pepper spray is the way. Good thing he took his own advice

The All New Social Corner

Posted on November 17th, 2011

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We just launched a new section on the Personal Savers site called the Social Corner.  We look forward to connecting with everyone and keeping everyone informed on what’s happening a Personal Savers.  It’s great way to keep up to date on all our new pepper spray and safety products for running, jogging, walking, hiking, biking or skating.

Owners of Personal Savers complete the Atlanta Marathon

Posted on November 8th, 2011

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We can now say the Wrist Saver and Personal Saver units can hold up to an official marathon.  Personal Savers owners Derek Downing and Chad Smith completed the Atlanta Marathon around the 4 hour marker with their Wrist Saver and Personal Saver’s clipped on their fuel belts in tacked.  After 26.2 miles of pounding the pavement and promoting safety,  both units were ready to keep the guys safe at the finish line.

Personal Savers would like to thank the Atlanta Marathon and Atlanta Track Club for puttting on such a wonderful running event.

You can purchase both products at the Personal Savers online store.  Buy the Wrist Saver pepper spray Buy the Personal Saver pepper spray

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Personal Savers owners Derek Downing and Chad Smith at the finish of the 2011 Atlanta Marathon.

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Persaonl Savers owner Chad Smith running under the Olympic Rings in the 2011 Atlanta Marathon.

 

 

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The idea for Personal Savers was born in 1995 by Derek Downing and Chad Smith, two national and world champion professional inline speed skaters. While training on the open roads in Georgia, they always came across unruly drivers and stray dogs nipping at their feet. Derek's father David Downing owned an in house pepper spray business that sold to police forces worldwide which helped spark the idea of the original Wrist Saver.

The original Wrist Saver was a crude version of itself today but the concept to keep people safe while being active was born. That idea grew into an actual company, but with the strains of traveling for competitions the business was put on hold...
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