Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Fitness Tips from Michelle Lovitt

ASICS Fitness Expert
Michelle Lovitt
From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, holiday traditions will bring us cherished memories of a lifetime . . . and some real challenges on the training front. ASICS & Pear Sports Fitness Expert (and 2014 NYC Marathon finisher) Michelle Lovitt is kind enough to share these important tips entering into this holiday season so you can make the most of a wonderful time of year and stay within your fit lifestyle.

Ready? Here goes:

1) Drink plenty of water before and after a meal. Water will not only help you feel more satiated it will help increase your metabolism and help your body burn calories more efficiently. Keep in mind that the increase in calories burned is modest, however the water keeps your body hydrated and functioning properly.

2) Don't drink your calories. If you partake in holiday festivities limit your alcohol (and eggnog) consumption to no more than two glasses. Drinking caloric beverages daily not only dehydrates you but also packs on unwanted pounds with extra calories.

3) Use smaller plates. Less chance of over-indulging if you can't fit it on your plate.

4) Don't skip meals to "save" calories. Eat small meals throughout the day and you will be less likely to overindulge later.

Thanks again to Michelle for sharing these helpful tips! As a celebrity trainer in the LA area, she specializes in weight loss and body sculpting. You can follow her @MichelleLovitt, visit her site at michellelovitt.com and get her fitness plans and workouts via the Pear Sports app. And if you want to know how to fuel properly in the days and weeks leading up to a marathon, see the tips she shared here last February before the ASICS LA Marathon.

How do YOU plan to balance training and celebrations during the holiday season? Please feel free to share any tips you have as well.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Turkey Trot Calorie Counting

If you're like me, your next race is a Turkey Trot. It seems like everyone is running these now. I've run more than 100 races and this will be my first of those, I think. It's actually the 25th Annual Fifth Third Bank Turkey Day 5K, in my boyhood town of Evansville, Indiana. I plan to gobble Mom's cooking so I was wondering what kind of calories I may be clearing to make room for mashed potatoes and stuffing. It looks like I can expect to burn between 422 and 482 that morning based on available info. Here's some of what I found as there are many running calorie counting resources.

This is from the U.S. Army fitness manuals:

Running at 5 MPH burns .064 calories per minute per pound of body weight
Running at 6 MPH burns .079 calories per minute per pound of body weight
Running at 10 MPH burns .10 calories per minute per pound of body weight
Running at 12 MPH burns .13 calories per minute per pound of body weight

Also, my alma mater of Indiana University lists a formula for determining how many calories are burned based on body weight for each mile run. This formula is based on running 5 miles per hour (a 12-minute mile); remember running faster will increase your calorie burn.

Formula: 0.73 x weight = calories burned per mile x 3.1 = calories burned in 5K

Example: 0.73 x 150 =110 calories per mile
110 calories x 3.1 miles = 341 calories

Go here for the Runner's World Running Calories Counter. This was the least reliable for me because every time I changed a variable such as finish time it still gave me exactly the same number of calories burned, so I am kind of skeptical of this one...although I really love it because it says I am going to burn 500 calories no matter what. Glad I am a RW subscriber!

May I recommend you follow my friend Michelle Lovitt, the ASICS Fitness Expert. You may recall the great advice she gave during my ASICS LA Marathon training. I'm sure she will have thing or two to say about eating and working out during the holidays!

Follow me @Marathoner on Twitter and tell me how you plan to handle running and eating over the holidays.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ASICS Holiday Wishlist

I dropped in on my friends at the ASICS New York City Meatpacking District Store this afternoon and bought the new PR Thermal 2-N-1 Beanie reversable knit cap. I'll get plenty of use out of it as I start training through another tough NYC winter, this time for the Walt Disney World Marathon scheduled for Jan. 11. It's just $18 and a huge addition:

And what it looks like on an 8th Avenue sidewalk subway grate, symbolic of the #beastmode street action it is about to get over the next couple of months:

While I was in the ASICS store, I also took a barrage of photos of ASICS STUFF I WISH I HAD. Let's call it the ASICS @Marathoner Holiday Wishlist. If Santa wanted to drop any of this stuff under my Christmas tree or in a stocking next month, hey you're the jolly mon. Here are a dozen items that especially caught my eye on the "guy side" of the store, with links on asicsamerica.com.

1. Medium Duffle. It's back to the gym and this would be super-practical.

2. Vest. Perfect to go over my ASICS base layer right now and reflective.

3. Electro Jacket. Lightweight, wind resistant & LED spiral light!

4. Shorts. These were in the Training section, not sure the model.

5. Thermo Windblocker. Perfect for Central Park in coming weeks.

6. Lite Tech Clip-On LED. For my after-work training runs, staying safe.

7. Ard Jacket. 4-Way Stretch Jacket with Packable Hood.

8. All Sport Hoody. Front kangaroo hand pocket rocks. It's awesome.

9. Lite-Show Jacket. I would wear this everywhere.

10. Lite-Tech Vest. Again, ideal for my post-work training runs.

11. Speed Softshell Top. Trail-ready right now.

12. Thermostripe Half Zip. Everyone loves this new look.

Oh, and I found some pretty cool shoes for the ladies. Kayano 21s:

What's on YOUR wishlist?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

110th World Series 10K

Hello from Kansas City! I am working my 20th World Series, and this morning I put on my new ASICS GEL-Kayano 21s that ASICS sent me to review, and got in a glorious run before all the wildness begins between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, which you can watch on FOX with Game 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Jackson County is shared by the Royals and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and it is massive. Which makes it also ideal for training runs for an @marathoner like me.

It is about 1.8 miles around the main perimeter loop, which circles both stadiums. You can stretch it a bit farther if you want to run into some of the adjacent nook parking lots. This is what it looks like from my hotel:

I did the two main perimeter loops and a couple of interior loops just around The K, where the place is buzzing. There are some good hills to run, and it's a great place for hill repeats, too. Pavement is smooth.

I am staying right over the George Brett Bridge at the Holiday Inn, with a great view of the complex. In fact, housekeeping left me note this morning to be sure to leave my far-left window blind closed, and the right two open, with the light on in my room -- so fans in the stadium tonight (and on FOX) can see the side of our hotel with a big "KC" on it!

I finished the 110th World Series 10K in just under 1:10. That included my second mile in which I paused to do some work and forgot to pause my Garmin, so I lost a good 5 or 6 minutes there.

We are making World Series stops in Kansas City for Games 1, 2 and (if necessary) 6 and 7. I fly to San Francisco on Thursday morning and look forward to a run or two there, as Lisa and Rachel will fly there as well to join in on the fun. Last year, I ran the Charles River in Boston the morning of Game 1, so this is another reason running makes life better. It gives you energy when you are working a big event like this, and you get to experience some amazing venues for running.

I felt incredible this morning and my new ASICS are ridiculously cushiony and comfortable. It was my second run in them, following last week's Staten Island Half. I love them. I took this photo in the middle of the road next to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs:

Here are some more pics from today's 10K! Enjoy the Fall Classic!

Also, I had to take a picture of this:

They dedicated a big area to the Chiefs' 1969 team, which beat my beloved Vikings in the 1970 Super Bowl. There are three monuments in this space, and it's kind of tough to take when you grew up with the Purple People Eaters. But I love the passion, and I feel for a city that is really hungry for another championship.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Go Big. No REALLY Big.

I was walking 44 blocks to our MLB HQ from Grand Central when this happened.

"We Are Marathoners. We Go Big." And if you want to see just HOW big, then watch the video I just took with my iPhone. You can see for yourself what happens when you combine ASICS with the TCS New York City Marathon and iconic scenery for the world's biggest race.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 Giveaway!


Congrats to Garrick Black, aka @DJ_GBlack! You were randomly chosen by Rafflecopter out of the qualified entries in this contest. ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 code is on the way to your email so you can order a free pair at asicsamerica.com!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

ASICS Foot ID: How to Buy the Right Running Shoe

"What running shoe is right for me?" Biomechanical analysis finally gives us the answer.

The comprehensive ASICS Foot ID is the best way to know exactly what shoe type you need and therefore run healthy for years to come -- the most important part of running. Today we had the opportunity to experience the full effect of the ASICS Foot ID system inside the ASICS NYC Meatpacking District Store. Rachel, our 19-year-old NY Road Runners member who ran her first Half last weekend, needed a new pair of shoes for the Staten Island Half next week. This was the perfect opportunity to explore the process from start to purchase, and I want to thank Boris and the awesome team at ASICS (and Rachel!) for obliging my documentation for you.

Those are the six easy and informative steps, and we'll go through each of them here with photos and videos.

Step 1. Registration. Rachel fills out the quick form with some basic info to help the staff assess her current situation as a runner. Rate yourself from 1 to 7, with 1 being a brand-new runner and 7 being a high-mileage competitor. She put down 4. Notice how comfortable the setting is in the middle of the store, with room for your belongings.