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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/

Women’s Running Magazine recommends Personal Savers for active women.

Posted on October 23rd, 2011

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Women’s Running Magazine features the Personal Savers pepper spray product line in their October 2011 issue.

 PERSONAL SAVERS PORTABLE PEPPER SPRAY

Personal Savers are revolutionizing the way active women can protect themselves.   The canisters come in three different styles, each made specifically for running, walking or cycling.  Extracted from cayenne peppers, the spray causes an attacker’s senses to temporarily shut down so you’ll have time to get away.  The lightweight design offers a special holster for easy access and an LED light.

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Active.com names Personal Savers to their Fall Gear Picks for 2011

Posted on October 17th, 2011

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By Coach Jenny Hadfield
For Active.com

Fall is the perfect time to run outdoors and  take in the foliage.  As the temperatures  begin to drop and the light hours fade away, it’s important to be seen, run  safely and layer optimally. Check out what’s new in the fall gear guide.

M4RBR = Made for runners by runners

NATHAN VITAband (Available October 21, 2011)

It’s a wrist band that multitasks on the run.  The NATHAN VITAband is identification and cash – on your wrist. It delivers  secure electronic health records for medical personnel to access and features a  wireless prepaid contactless payment technology via a VISA Prepaid PayWave  chip. It includes a fully updatable personal profile, secure Visa payment  platform, and an emergency response profile including name, emergency contact,  drug allergies, medical conditions, and insurance information.

Available in two  sizes: Small and Large $20 [M4RBR]
http://NathanSports.com/

Personal Savers – Lightweight and Convenient Pepper Spray

A product even McGyver would be proud of,  Personal Savers are revolutionizing the way you protect yourself while enjoying  your favorite activities.  There are  three models: the Personal Saver that can be clipped onto your running belt, the  Wrist Saver that can be worn while running, and the Cycle Saver that attaches  to your handle bars. They offer a highly functional design with an easy-twist  lock top, special holster for easy access, a powerful 10-foot spray, LED light,  highly reflecting edging, I.D. card, and an LED light that enhances your  visibility from as far as one mile away.  The pepper spray is extracted from cayenne  peppers and creates an intense burning sensation on the eyes, skin and throat  and can cause an attacker’s senses to temporarily shut down and give you time  to get away.

$12.95 [M4RBR], http://personalsavers.com/

 APALS-AIR Adhesive LED Light Strips

All Purpose Adhesive Light Strips with Active Illumination Reflective Technology (APALS™-AIR), are micro-thin LED light strips that operate in three modes: fast strobe, slow strobe and steady on. They are lightweight and great for running, cycling, or even walking the dog. They can be seen from up to a 1/4 mile away and have a heavy duty adhesive back that can be placed anywhere, from the back of your running shoes to your jacket, helmet or hat. They can go the distance with an operation time from 35 to 70 hours.

$10 – two-pack, http://www.brite-strike.com/APALS-AIR.html

Knuckle Lights

There’s a new way to light your path and be  seen on your next run in the dark. Knuckle Lights are designed to be worn on  the front on your hands. This puts them in the perfect position to light the  path in front of you on a run. The lights strap comfortably to your hands so  you don’t have to hold on and are fully adjustable for a custom fit. They move  with the natural motion of your arms and put out a wide flood beam of light in  all directions assuring a nice, even light versus a small spot on the ground  like many headlights.

$39.99  [M4RBR], http://www.knucklelights.com/

 

FlashBrite Stick-On Reflective Patches

Founded by a mom to keep kids in sight,  FlashBrite stick-on patches are made of 3M ScotchliteReflective Material. They increase your  visibility at night by reflecting light directly back to its source so you can  be seen from 1,000 feet away. They are inexpensive, convenient to wear and come  in a variety of fun shapes and themes.

$3.99 for a two-pack

http://www.flashbriteinc.com/

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ABC News Chicago Showcasing Personal Savers

Posted on May 24th, 2011

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Personal Savers featured at 13.1 Marathon Series Chicago on ABC

Posted on May 24th, 2011

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13.1 Marathon Series ChicagoWin free gear with Coach Jenny’s Summer Running Gear Giveaway!

Coach Jenny Hadfield will appear LIVE on ABC 7 News in Chicago next Tuesday 5/24 at 11am to discuss 13.1® Chicago and six of her must have products, which features our Personal Savers product line.  All next week,  the 13.1 Marathon Series Chicago will be giving away race gear in celebration! Stop by their Facebook page or website to have a chance to win Personal Savers and other must have products.  Below are all the links to check out.

13.1 Marathon Series Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/131marathon
13.1 Marathon Chicago web site: http://www.131marathon.com/13_1_Chicago.htm
Jenny Hadfield Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/jenny.hadfield

Personal Savers named a MUST HAVE product for the Spring

Posted on March 24th, 2011

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Jenny Hadfield from Active.com, RunnersWorld.com, Women’s Running Magazine has named Personal Savers as one of her 11 MUST HAVE products for the Spring.  Jenny is a highly respected columnist, author and running coach.  You can read her full list of 11 must have products here: http://www.active.com/gear/Articles/Coach-Jennys-11-Running-Gear-Must-Haves-for-Spring.htm?page=2

Jenny is also a spokes person for the very innovative ElliptiGO Bike.  This is one unique product.  If you get time check it as well at: http://www.elliptigo.com/ 

We would like to thank Jenny for helping spread the word about Personal Savers and making the active person a little safer out there.

Jenny Hadfield

Jenny Hadfield
www.jennyhadfield.com

Columnist – RunnersWorld.com, Women’s Running Magazine, Active.com
Co-Author – Marathoning for Mortals, Running for Mortals

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Reviews


Women's Running Magazine

Personal Savers are revolutionizing the way active women can protect themselves...
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Bonnie Dewkett - The Joyful Organizer

I wore this for running and while I was worried it was going to be bulky and uncomfortable, I really forgot I had it on...
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Jenny Hadfield - Runners World, Active.com

A product even McGyver would be proud of, Personal Savers are revolutionizing the way you protect yourself while enjoying your favorite activities...
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About Personal Savers


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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