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RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional

Greensboro, North Carolina
Hi! I'm Thad and I'm the host of RunnerDude's blog (http://ncrunnerdude.blogspot.com) and owner of RunnerDude's Fitness (www.runnerdudesfitness.com). I'm also an ESR (Endurance State Reporter) for PurefitRadio.com and I write for AmateurEndurance.com.  I'm just a regular guy that loves to... Full Bio
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Saucony 8mm: They Read My MInd! by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running For the past year or so, I've been reading so much about the barefoot and minimalist movement. One consistent thing that crops up in both camps as well as even the t ... Read on »
Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Runners! by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running
Is your spouse, significant other, sibling, best friend, boss, colleague, or neighbor-down-the-street a runner? Are you at a loss for what gift to give them for the holidays? If so, then check out the gift suggestions below. From the practical, to the indulgent, to the whimsical, there's something for every runner in your life. Check it out!



FlexMassager
This cool "low-tech" tool is a must-have for any runner. Touted as the "Portable, Personal Massage Tool" it's exactly what it promises to be. The FlexMassager is the brain child of Steve and Lee, a father and son team who both enjoy outdoor activities and endurance sports. They needed something that was lightweight and compact enough to take on a backpacking trip, but could also provide an amazing massage. After about a year of tinkering in their garage, the FlexMassager was born. It provides deep tissue massage as well as a softer skin massage, and it can fit in your running bag easily! Or, just toss it in your car to have handy after your long run. I personally have a FlexMassager and use it frequently after runs. I also keep it by be desk in the studio. It's great for relaxing tense muscles from sitting at the computer too long. I also use it on my feet to prevent from getting plantar fasciitis. Click here to find out more about the FlexMassager. 



Amphipod Hydration Belt
If your runner is a distance runner he/she definitely needs a source of hydration on those long runs. I've never been a big fan of hydration belts until I discovered the Full-Tilt-Velocity belt by Amphipod. The belt allows the bottle to lay flat and stay secure. No jiggles. I promise. The Amphipod bottles are great too. They do not leak. I've had one bottle from a handheld model for over 8 years and it's still as water tight as the day I bought it. Check it out !
 
Personalized BibFOLIO

Almost every runner that races keeps their race bibs as a memento of their hard work. Usually they get stuffed in a drawer, in a shoe box, or in a file folder. Surprise your runner with a truly unique gift, a BibFolio . This one-of-a-kind display holder will house their bibs so they they can be displayed proudly and viewed often. There are several styles to choose from, many of which can be personalized with your runner's name and/or photograph. I have a BibFolio of my own, and it truly is a cool way to keep track of your races. Check them out here !
 
Feetures! Elite Socks
I've worn many different brands of socks, but by far, my favorite is Feetures ! Every runner needs socks and can never have enough. I've worn several styles from Feetures and love them all, but my favorite is the Elite. It's their most technically advanced sock. The Sock-Lock support system works to make your foot and sock one. The light cushion of the sock features high density cushioning in just the right spots. The Power Arch is anatomically constructed to provide targeted support where it's needed most. Anatomical right and left foot design enhances fit, delivering maximum protection by helping to eliminate blisters. iWick fibers wick moisture to keep feet dry and odor free. Stinkless socks? That's enough reason to buy them right there! Check them out !



Saucony's ViZiPRO High Performance Reflective Clothing and Gear Where competing high-visibility apparel falls short, ViZiPRO shines. Made with soft, moisture-wicking Drylete, crisp reflective accents and high-quality stitching makes this night-time line extremely comfortable to wear. I personally wear the Epic Run Vest and love it. It's breathable, yet at the same time keeps the penetrating wind and cold out. It's perfect for all the night time winter running I have to do. From shoes, to gloves, to vests, to jackets, to hats, check out the entire line .


 
Sprinter Headlamp by Black DiamondAlong with reflective gear (so motorists can see your favorite runner), your runner also needs to see where he/she is going! The Sprinter Headlamp by Black Diamond is a great option weighing only 3.5oz. It has a very bright light (around 70 lumens) which well let you see about 150 feet ahead and best of all the light is focused on the ground right around your feet and a few strides ahead, perfect for runners. The headlamp also comes with a blinking red light positioned on the back strap making it a great safety feature. Probably the best feature of all is that the lamp is rechargeable. There's no batteries!! Check it out here !

Lululemon Athletica Apparel My favorite: Run Response Short
About a year ago, a running buddy of mine had on a really cool pair of running shorts. They had pockets and the legs were a little longer and slimmer than most running shorts. The fabric looked awesome too. I didn't recognize the brand symbol so I asked him about them. He told me they were his Lulus. I said, "What?!" He said the brand was . He was on a trip with some running buddies and the ladies in the group took him and the other guys into the Lululemon Athletica shop. They told him the company was know for their great yoga apparel, but that they had really great running clothes too. He tried on a the pair of shorts and was sold. Shortly after, I ordered a pair too. They are awesome. Recently Lululemon sent me more styles to test out and they too are amazing. (Stay tuned for my upcoming review.) Their clothes are a little pricey, but the quality and comfort is amazing. !
 
TASC Running Apparel Another one of my favorite lines of running apparel (Thriv) now has a new name, TASC Performance . TASC stands for "Technical All Season Comfort" and I couldn't agree more. The company originated with one mission - the reinvention of performance apparel. After 2.5 years of research, development, and engineering, they brought the performance market something completely new and revolutionary with their first generation Bamboo Performance Technology line - Thriv. TASC Performance has taken that original technology and incorporated new fabric structures, fiber blends and technical details and is now staging a coup d' etat on the performance apparel industry. The other great thing is they now have Men's size small!!! (I'm a little dude and originally the Thriv brand only offered mediums as the smallest size for men, but that's all changed.) There are many different styles for men and women to choose from. I've recently tested and really like the Hybrid Fitted SS Crew. This shirt (see photo) has a snug fit making it perfect for a base layer. It's moisture wicking abilities are awesome. That's saying a lot coming from a guy who starts to sweat as soon as his foot hits the ground. The fabric is very soft and non abrasive. I like the snugger fit of the SS Crew as a base layer because it really helps prevent chafing. Don't worry, there are looser fitting options too. Go ahead... check them out !

Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas!
NipGuards

NipGuards have revolutionized the market for protectdion against painful nipple chafing and abrasion. Ask any runner, they'll know what you're talking about. Over 1 million NipGaurds have been successfully used since 1999. Each disposable pair of NipGuards is good for one workout-typically a long distance run or compteition.


Grabber Hand Warmers Does your runner suffer from cold hands on winter runs? It can really make a long run miserable. Air-activated, Grabber Hand Warmers keep hands and fingers toasty for over 10 hours. New and Improved! Now 20% larger and lasts 40% longer! These handy portable heat generating packets fit in the palm of your hand.  Perfect for those long cold runs! Check them out ! You'll also find Foot Warmers too!


PR*Bar
Every runner needs pre- and post-run nutrition to support support their activity. I've recently tested and reviewed PR* Bar and highly recommend them to runners. If you're looking for a nutrition bar that tastes good and really does provide a great source of energy and will help improve performance, then give PR*Bar a try. They're even the offical bar of the U.S. Olympic Team! Check them out !

Warrior Training Bracelet These cool leather training bracelets are made to wear while running, cycling, working out, sweating, racing, or all day long. Each features a positive and powerful keyword or phrase to help you train, perform, and live with greater strength of body and mind. Mine says "Persevere." Check them out at EndorphinWarrior.com


Yurbud Earphones 
For as long as I can remember, I've had a hard time finding earbuds that would fit my little ears. Finally I discovered Yurbuds! Yurbuds twist lock into place for a secure fit that never falls out even under the most intense workout conditions. I know. I've tried it! They're ergonomically designed to avoid nerve rich areas of the ear and they're made with medical grade silicone. And best of all, they keep the sweat out! Check them out !     
 
Note: The runner gift reccomendations above are purely based on my personal opinion. I was not paid by any of the featured companies to list their products nor was I encouraged in any way to write a positive review or to list positive comments about the featured products. Read on »
My First Marathon: Jeff's Story by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Jeff  started exercising for the first time in his life in June 2009. Eventually he got into running and he's been improving ever since. He lost 65 pounds running and ... Read on »
How To Create Your Carb-Load Plan by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Even non-runners have heard of carb-loading . They might joke about how runners get to drink all the beer and eat all the pasta they want. But there's a lot more ... Read on »
How Fitness Can Aide in Cancer Treatment by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Studies have shown that it is important for individuals who are fighting illness to keep physically active, maintain a positive attitude, and eat a balanced diet. These ... Read on »
My First Marathon: Vinny's Story by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I started running in February a few years ago, after I quite smoking in late November the year before. Like a lot of people out there, I ran in high school and a ... Read on »
PR* Bar: Great Taste, Nutrition, and Performance! by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Several months ago I received some new nutrition bars to sample called PR* Bar . I’ve been sent a lot of bars to sample and most do what they propose they do, but the trick ... Read on »
Running Form: A Work in Progress by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running A couple of years ago I purchased a copy of Danny Dreyer's book, Chi Running , and that was the first time I really began thinking more about the mind-body connection of ... Read on »
When Last Place Is Better Than First by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running The other day, Steve, a member of my beginning running group at the Volvo North America Headquarters told me that he was learning to “celebrate the small gains.” He ju ... Read on »
My First Marathon: Chris's Story by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running My (Chris Hazzard's) first marathon was Los Angeles 2011 (only 6 months ago!). Prior to training for LA, I was not a runner; I was a guy who occasionally ran short dis ... Read on »
Winner of the Saucony Cortanas is... by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Congratulations to Wayne Ball, the winner of the Saucony Cortanas! A Big thanks to all the participants in the contest and an even bigger thanks to Saucony for providing ... Read on »
And the Winner Is..... by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running And the winner of RunnerDude's Blog's Ugliest Runner's Feet Contest and the $75 RunningWarehouse.com Gift Card is Steven Pavao of Hilo, Hawaii. Steven says his feet h ... Read on »
Shoe Review: Saucony's New Cortana by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running If you're wanting a more flexible responsive shoe, but tend to be a mild to moderate overpronator and still need a little support and guidance, the you may want to check ... Read on »
My First Marathon: Peter by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I'll say it upfront: I finished in 3hrs, 29mins, and 56secs. My aim was 3 1/2 hours, so that number looks like the perfectly executed race. Read on... Preparation ... Read on »
Cast Your Vote for the Ugliest Runner's Feet ! by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Drum roll please...brace yourselves for some pretty gnarly looking feet! Below are the brave souls who bared their soles for the chance to win a $75 RunningWarehouse.com ... Read on »
When Do I Run At Race Pace? by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running As summer draws to a close, many runners are in the heat of their fall marathon race training. Cooler temps and decreasing humidity are being celebrated. The tempo run ... Read on »
My First Marathon: Vanessa by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Below is the first of a series of upcoming posts on "My First Marathon." It's such an awesome experience, I thought it would be great for readers to share what their fir ... Read on »
Ugliest Runner's Feet Contest! by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running You know you're a real runner when your first toenail turns black or better yet falls off. LOL! I have one toenail that's a permanent honorarium to my first Marathon (NY ... Read on »
National Run@Work Day! by RunnerDude Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Running SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 On September 16, 2011, the Road Runners Club of America will promote the 6th Annual RUN@WORK Day nationwide. Company-based wellness ... Read on »