Category Archives: Product Review

The Mindset of an Ultra Endurance Champion 04/04 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

The Mindset of an Ultra Endurance Champion 04/04 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

travis-1Meet Travis Macy, a World Class Endurance Athlete and Leadman record holder and inspirational speaker who teaches The Ultra Mindset, deciding to “choose to give up choice”, a method of embracing fear to overcome great obstacles in competition and in life.

Listen as Host Richard Diaz and Co-host Vanessa Runs; delve in to the mindset and principals that Macy uses to compete in the world’s most grueling Ultra Marathons and Adventure Races. He has won the event that makes the term “Ultra” seem inadequate; The Leadman, a combination trail running marathon, a 50 mile mountain bicycle race,  a 100 mile mountain bike race, a 10k run and a 100 mile trail run, all at over 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains!

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Running Tips – Tailoring your Training to your Life 10/25 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

Running Tips – Tailoring your Training to your Life 10/25 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

 

JennyLearn what you can do when you’re not running to become a better runner. Listen as our host Richard Diaz and guest Coach Jenny Hadfield discuss the non-running aspects of training. Also, Running Tips for women, train the body cycle rather than from a template! Too much talk about mileage, work and more work. A runner spends only a fraction of their day running, what about the rest of the day? What can you do to enhance your ability to perform with the rest of your life? Veteran Coach and columnist for RunnersWorld.com and Women’s Running Magazine Jenny Hadfield has some interesting insights and Richard Diaz wants to share them with you!

Too much talk about mileage, work and more work. A runner spends only a fraction of their day running, what about the rest of the day? What can you do to enhance your ability to perform with the rest of your life? Veteran Coach and columnist for RunnersWorld.com and Women’s Running Magazine Jenny Hadfield has some interesting insights and Richard Diaz wants to share them with you!

 

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How to Train for a Half Marathon 03/28 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

Luke HumphreyHow to Train for a Half Marathon 03/28 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

The Half Marathon is the most popular running event in the world today. More runners participate in this distance than any other race. Join Richard Diaz as he discusses training for this event with Luke Humphrey, Author of Hanson’s Half Marathon Method.

Luke is the owner and head coach of the Hanson’s-Brooks Distance Project and 2 times Olympic Trial Qualifier and 5th place finisher at the San Diego Marathon with a time of 2:14:39. Listen as these two coaches share insights and theories on preparing for Americas favorite running distance.

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Diet Cults Exposed

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Diet CultsIf you are on a diet, any diet, you need to listen to this show. Best Selling Author Matt Fitzgerald has a lot to say about “One true way to eat” for maximum heath diets. Nutrition is plagued with fallacy and we’re going to expose some of these myths.

Fitzgerald advocates an agnostic, rational approach to eating, based on one’s own habits and lifestyle. Many professional athletes already practice this agnostic approach, and now we too can ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults for good.

Check out this episode!

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Online Coaching for Runners 02/28 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

Online Coaching for Runners 02/28 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

onlineThe Internet coupled with the advent of Bluetooth and GPS provides a unique opportunity to virtually coach runners online. Join Richard Diaz and Vanessa Runs as they discuss the benefits and provide real time support for one of our marathon running listeners.

It was not long ago that the ability to monitor heart rate was cutting edge information. Now many coaches are able to provide detailed advice regarding a client’s training across the globe! Richard Diaz reveals one of the hottest advancements in running and triathlon training technology.

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Product review – IceBreaker Merino Wool Garments

Let me begin by saying that, yes, I have a store and in our store we feature products that we feel are high quality and best suited to our clients who are involved in endurance sports and fitness activities. I will also confess that we suck as retailers. A good retail operation keeps lots of options, loads of inventory so that the consumer can find what they are looking for and the odds of a sale occurring are maximized. We on the other hand won’t carry anything we don’t feel strongly about. Each product we carry needs to meet our stringent demands to be showcased in our store front. Which brings me to a product that we are extremely fond of which is the IceBreaker line of garments. Now, I have to tell you how we came to carry this product line. One day a is often the case; a distributor for the line cold called on us. I personally shy away from these visits and let my wife handle the dismissal. Apparently, this fellow was able to engage my wife into reviewing some of the items he had brought along. I had escaped to my office to attend to other things to avoid being caugt up in a demonstration that generally eats my clock.

At the conclusion of the demo, the fella asked my wife what size shirt I wore and upon leaving he tossed me a T-shirt made of this mysterious fabric. It, like many other samples came home and tossed aside until one day out of shear curiosity, I put the shirt on. I was immediately taken back by how comfortable the shirt was. it was soft to the touch, the fit was perfect and cozy. I was impressed enough to pull up the company website to do a bit of research. I came to find that this unique fabric was shorn exclusively from a particular breed of mountain sheep that live in the Alps of New Zealand. As it turns out, these sheep thrive in some pretty harsh climates, very hot in the summer, very cold in the winter. The wool they produce protects them from these harsh in climate conditions year round. The wool is extremely fine which makes it very soft unlike typical sheep that live in the low lands. IceBreaker contracts sheep herders in these high country regions and from experience, have instructed these wool producers on the correct time and length of growth to sheer these sheep. I learned that if the wool grows too long or is cut to short, the tensile strength of the fabric is to weak and frays. They set very stringent guidelines as to the care, feeding and harvest of the wool and maintain exclusivity with these sheep herders.

Bottom line: I will no longer run or exercise in any synthetic garments. Not even cotton/synthetic blends. I am completely spoiled by the fit, the odor reduction, the sweat wicking properties and even the durability and ease of care. I wear their socks, shorts, shirts and even the casual wear garments. I love all of it. Who old of thought wool would be back in fashion? The stuff of old that shrank when you washed it, the general hassle to care for it and the itch factor. None of these concerns exist with IceBreaker.

It is now the principal garment we sell in our store. I must admit; it’s a pain in the ass having to explain this to every customer given the horror stories most people have with general wool products but once I get it on them, they are hooked. I give IceBreaker 4 thumbs up out of a perfect 5!

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