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Training Tips to Stay Motivated in the Winter

Training Tips to Stay Motivated in the Winter

Winter running can be tough especially when it comes to braving cold temperatures. Those less than ideal conditions on the roads/trails can make it very difficult to find the motivation to get out the door. I struggle with this too but I’ve learned some helpful tricks to continue enjoying the great outdoors year-round. Dress the part Set yourself up for success with the proper apparel and equipment by planning ahead. If you run in the dark make sure you have…

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Ambassador Story: A Decade in Review

Ambassador Story: A Decade in Review

Ambassador Story: A Decade in Review By: Keri Mandell Ten years ago, I was twenty-eight, married, living in Boston, and working in Brookline Public School. Such as in life, there were good times and bad. Over the last decade, my life has changed pretty dramatically. After having cancerous cells removed from my cervix and learning I could never have kids, I became deeply depressed. Soon after, my dad and stepmom had learned that they too had terminal cancer. All this…

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Holiday Training Tips to Keep You on Track

Holiday Training Tips to Keep You on Track

The holidays tend to be tricky to navigate but when you’re an athlete, it takes it to another level. Fitting into your jeans after the ball drops is not your main fear but making sure you’re still on track when it comes to reaching your training goals is. This battle doesn’t have to be fought alone! Headsweats wants to help where we can. We’re so fortunate to have a superb network of athletes that love sharing their wealth of knowledge from experience,…

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Endurance Athletes, don’t ignore these symptoms! My journey to overcome chronic pain by Victoria Stopp

Endurance Athletes, don’t ignore these symptoms! My journey to overcome chronic pain by Victoria Stopp

By Victoria Stopp I hadn’t felt right for a while, and while that’s pretty non-specific, it’s an important feeling to honor, especially for athletes. My feet had become almost completely dysfunctional in the spring after not having any previous issues with them whatsoever. After doctors’ appointments, physical therapy workups, way too many new shoes, and five weeks of barely being able to walk a few steps, the answer finally came from a young chiropractor just a few blocks from my…

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Reasons Why You Need to Add a Workout Headband to Your Gym Bag

Reasons Why You Need to Add a Workout Headband to Your Gym Bag

Regardless of your workout of choice, exercise aficionados of all kinds have a few gym bag staples in tow every time they head out for a sweat session. Think of them as tools of the trade. Sneakers, headphones, a water bottle, an extra set of clothes, shower essentials, deodorant and a towel are surefire staples in most gym bags. Here’s another item that should be on your gym bag packing list — a headband. It really doesn’t matter if you’re…

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11 Important Life Lessons Marathon Running Can Teach You

11 Important Life Lessons Marathon Running Can Teach You

“At mile 20, I thought I was dead. At mile 22, I wished I was dead. At mile 24, I knew I was dead. At mile 26.2, I realized I had become too tough to kill.” – Anonymous Running a marathon requires putting on your thinking cap as much as, if not more than, your running cap. Mindset counts for a lot in a 26.2-mile jaunt that is a solitary exercise. That’s where quotes like the above kick in. View…

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Aspen Winter X Games: What to Watch for in 2019

Aspen Winter X Games: What to Watch for in 2019

When: January 24-27, 2019 Where: Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountains Events: Skiing (5), Snowboarding (7), Snowmobile (4) and Real Video Series (3) Future X Games: Summer X Games–August 1-4 in Minneapolis, Minn. (features Skateboard, BMX and Moto X competitions) X Games Aspen 2019 unveiled its first batch of invited athletes and the competition schedule just last week, meaning before we know it, the extreme sports world will once again have its eyes transfixed on Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountains. The 23rd Winter X…

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Conquering New Heights with Type 1 Diabetes: Project 50 in 50

Conquering New Heights with Type 1 Diabetes: Project 50 in 50

In the summer of 2019, athletes Patrick Mertes and myself will be launching Project 50-in-50, an attempt to climb the tallest peaks in each state of the US. We’ll be doing this all while managing our type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease where the pancreas no longer produces insulin, a vital hormone for delivering energy to the body. A little over 300 people, nicknamed “Highpointers” have completed all 50, usually over the course of their lifetime. We’ll be doing it…

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From Pavement to Peak: Making the Transition from Road to Trail

From Pavement to Peak: Making the Transition from Road to Trail

Last month I flew out to Honolulu to try my first ever Xterra trail race – the Xterra 21k trail World Championships at Kualoa ranch on Oahu. The course had about 3000’ of vertical gain over 13.3 miles with plenty of mud, slipping, and gorgeous views. For those of you who have never been to Hawaii, this is the famous park where Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor were filmed which meant plenty of tourists spectating throughout the course. The race…

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Cold-Weather Hiking Necessities: Winter Beanies and More

Cold-Weather Hiking Necessities: Winter Beanies and More

“If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.”–A Bitter Hiker The only way a cold-weather hike will put you in a bad mood is if you set out unprepared. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a list of the essentials to stay warm, fed, hydrated and happy throughout your winter hiking slate.