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  • Running Wild Blog

    February is for #RUNLOVE

    January 19, 2023

    The biggest Hallmark Holiday is upon us…Valentine’s Day.  There are a great number of people that use this ONE day of the year to profess their love for their better half, and a greater number of people that despise this tradition for that very reason.  As a runner, who is married to a runner, I tend to be in the second group.  I love my husband everyday (okay maybe not every minute of the day, but enough to proclaim Happily Married After for 25 years!) and personally think this is a bogus holiday.  I mean, I do not want to change your opinion on this…I am simply expressing that going out to dinner on February 24th is just as romantic as the 14th, but without all the hype.

    RunLove, however, can be celebrated everyday through out the year.  It is YOUR relationship with RUNNING in a very metaphorical way.  Running gives so much, why not celebrate it and give yourself or the special runner in your life the gift of that relationship.

    1. My First 5K training class:  Our next one is for the Fiesta 5k.  It’s a 12-week program that takes one from no experience running to completing a 3.1 mile event safely and fostering an intimate relationship with RunLove.  Included is 2 coached sessions per week with people to share the love, a professional fit and new shoes, entry into the Fiesta 5k Run, and much more.
    2. The gift of new apparel.  There is not much more that can inspire you than a new outfit!!! Wrapping yourself in Vuori, ON, Brooks, Rabbit or lululemon apparel is pure luxury to romance your hard working body is equivalent to the added confidence of your interview suit or wedding attire.
    3. Nutrition.  Electrolytes.  Recovery drinks.  You may have the time to meal prep or maybe you don’t, but if you’re doing any type of endurance that requires extra long hours of RunLove, you do not want to implode on yourself.  Give yourself the gift of good nutrition.
    4. Reflectivity.  I can not say enough about safety.
    5. Socks.  New socks are just sexy.  When Paul brings home a new pair of INJINI socks for me, it’s the same experience as another couple getting new flowers.  And flowers die much sooner than socks.  You can not go wrong with giving yourself or the one you love a new pair of socks.
    6. Trigger Point Therapy and Theraguns.  Oh my gosh!!!  This is the pinnacle of romance!  Smoosh all those knots out of your body so you can continue this special affair with RunLove.

    Best wishes to a year and beyond cultivating your RunLove!!!

    The Circle of Inspiration

    January 3, 2023

    When you hang out with inspiring people on a day-to-day basis, you cant help but do inspiring things.  And when you do inspiring things, you inspire others.  It is a great circle that has to be nourished and protected though, because if you surround yourself with doubt and negativity, that can be the circle you live in.  We at Running Wild focus on the positive inspirational circle, starting with our staff.  We challenged the Running Wild staff with walking and/or running 1000 miles for the year in 2022.  We feel like we need to exemplify what we share with others in our community: regular exercise can fix (almost) anything. Ten members of the team completed the goal: Mike, Dom, Candi, Ann, Leah, Bill, Mary, Jenae, Cherie and Paul.  They each have amazing stories of overcoming adversity to accomplish the goal, but first we will start with Jenae:

    Running Wild’s Staff 1000 Miles in one Year Challenge! (While Pregnant!)

    1000 miles in one year! Sounds like a lot at first. You tell yourself you could never do that, but what if you told yourself you could? And you keep telling yourself that. All you have to do is take it one day and one mile at a time. 

    I started this challenge at 2 months pregnant. There was a part of me that said “This will be fun and keep me in shape, I can totally do this!” and another part that said, “No way, I can’t do this! Especially being pregnant and due in August!” During the first few months of this challenge, I was doing great. I wasn’t running but I was walking. A lot! I was averaging what I needed, to complete the challenge. Some months I even went over my goal. When it got closer to August, it was definitely getting harder. But I told myself, “I have a goal and I can do this!” I wanted to at least try and stay on target until my due date. My mileage per walk dropped down. I was only walking around one mile at a time most days. I would walk one mile in the morning, one mile in the afternoon, and sometimes one mile in the evening. In July I walked 50 times and only averaged 1.28 miles for each walk. By the time I had my son in August, I was on track. I told myself to try and make it until August and I did it! It just took one mile at a time but I was at 600 miles!

    I knew it wasn’t going to be easy finishing out the year. When I came home from the hospital I wanted to keep the streak going. I felt good. I would do a mile here and there. Unfortunately, as most moms know, I lost a lot of energy. I was caring for a baby so there was very little sleep and eating extra calories just to keep my body functioning for my little human. There were even days I didn’t get outside. For a brief time, I thought I wouldn’t get this challenge completed. I made the excuse “I just had a baby.”

    Still not confident I would complete this challenge, I kept walking when I could. I started walking with the Wild Cheetah Girlz on Wednesday mornings. I brought my son and would push him in the stroller. Slowly I got my strength back and eventually started running. It felt so amazing. By the time December rolled around I was 200 miles shy of my 1000 mile goal. I told myself I can’t give up on this challenge that I worked so hard and so long for and was so close! While pushing my little one I also pushed myself into high gear. I ran almost every day averaging 6 miles and you better believe it, I did it! I completed 1000 miles in 2022 starting the year 2 months pregnant and ending it 5 months postpartum. I couldn’t be happier with myself and am so happy I told myself “I can do this!” Thank you Running Wild for giving me this goal. You helped me stay healthy and moving during a physically and mentally hard year and am looking forward to doing this challenge again. 

    If you are pregnant or a new mom and need help staying active or getting back into walking/running please reach out. You can email me any time at jenae@werunwild.com or find me at Wild Cheetah Girlz Run/Walk club on Wednesday mornings pushing my little one! 

    Track Running for All Ages

    February 1, 2022

    One of the first sports known to humanity is track and field, recorded at the Ancient Olympic Games of 776 B.C. in Olympia, Greece.  For 12 centuries, wars would halt for these games, as opposed to the Modern Olympics, where countries have boycotted the games for political reasons or stopped altogether during times of war.  It started with a foot race of approximately 200 meters and progressed to the many distances today.

    Track running is a sport that can improve your overall running as well as improve your game of other sports.  Robertsdale High School Coach, Rebecca Bell, used running to stay in shape for soccer which ultimately led to a college scholarship at Samford University in Birmingham.  While track was not her favorite thing, she attests that it “does not lie’.  The distance is the same week after week with little to no variables so your performance feedback is pure and immediate.

    Caleb Carmichael, who ran for The University of West Florida and eventually became the head coach of both men’s and women’s cross country teams, also began running to stay in shape for basketball.  Both Bell and Carmichael started running at a young age, both coach other young people to love running, and have influenced their own children to run.

    They both have a small, close group of friends that they run with for accountability and encouragement.  Their community of runners makes it fun.  For decades of running, Carmichael suggests a variety of running including trail running, changing up the time of day in your run, and finding a run club or group.  Bell agrees with mixing it up and suggests finding the distance you enjoy racing or even just “run for fun.”  New-to-you events like an adventure race or triathlon keep it fun.  “Most of my friends from adulthood I met through running.  Bottom line is to keep it enjoyable.”  Bell finds joy in running marathons and ultra-marathons, but even more so, seeing her high school athletes excel.  Just this weekend her girls’ relay team qualified for the state competition in its first-ever indoor track season.  How fun is THAT?!?!?!

    Carmichael’s daughter, Elyse, is a freshman at Washington High School and just completed her freshman varsity soccer season last week and is beginning track this week.  Does she run to stay in shape for soccer?  Well, as a cross country/soccer/track athlete she is NEVER out of shape.  “When I’m not playing soccer, I’m running which helps my endurance in soccer of which sometimes I play all 80 minutes.  The same goes for running, soccer keeps me on my toes and flexible.  The sports work very well for her mental and physical fitness.

    The track can be repetitive and many think “not fun” but Elyse inspires her teammates and the community.  One of the ways that she makes track running fun is just “sharing the experience with friends and family.  We laugh, we talk, and feel better for it afterward.  I think this helps me to inspire others because I always want to take the right approach to things and enjoy the little moments running brings me; I figure once I share that enjoyment of the sport- we’ve already won as people and athletes.”

    Have YOU ever run track? It is not a sport just for the young and springy!  Coach Carmichael coaches a Monday Night Track workout at UWF that is open to the public.  Are your young and springy kids interested in running track?  We recommend Golden Elite for some of the best youth coaching in the sport!

    Consistency is a key to habit

    January 6, 2022

    You know how to develop a habit?  Repeat the step over and over.  If you want to be a writer, you don’t sit down and write a novel in one day.  If you want to be a partner in a law firm, you don’t apply for that position right out of law school.  And if this year, you want to become a fitter and healthier person, you don’t come into Running Wild and buy your shoes to run a marathon the next day when you have never run before and declare yourself a runner!

    Accomplishing goals takes consistent behaviors day after day, week after week and month after month until you are publishing books, winning cases and running or walking daily.  Well, we don’t really know much about the first two, writing and lawyering, BUT we can show you how to keep moving your body so that you can reap the rewards: lower blood pressure, weight control, heart health and just plain ol’ feeling better after months of BAD habits.

    Enter our model motivator, Bill Buckland:

    A young, vivacious man at 69 who had once been a very accomplished marathon runner had developed some BAD habits.  We have all been there, even the best of us.  “I think I will take three days off” can slowly turn into a week, a month and so on.  A couple of extra pounds each year suddenly leaves you feeling sluggish and tired.  And then more problems can arise.

    Last January, Bill started a goal of walking 15 miles a week.  He had been walking before that, but without consistency.  He felt OKAY…but now he is definitely feeling better.  With the support of the Running Wild staff, he met his goal of 780 miles for the year, lost 10 pounds, cut his blood pressure medicine in half and looks and feels better than he did 12 months ago.  Using The Frozen Feet Challenge as a springboard to keep him focused on doing the miles helped him to accomplish this goal AND set a bigger one for 2022.  He plans to walk 20 miles a week for 1000 miles for 2022!!!

    His advice for the newbie:

    -Sleep.  Make sure you are getting enough sleep.  He had to rearrange his schedule some to wake up earlier and get some walking in.  That meant he also had get to sleep a little earlier.

    -Nutrition. Think about what you are putting INTO your body to help you recover.  Nutrition and sleep are both key when recovering from one workout planning for your next one.

    -Consistency.  Slow it down; consistency is more important than quantity miles or pace.

    And finally, work within your own schedule, not someone else’s.  Yes sometimes it is motivating to have a partner or a group to train with, but you can’t always rely on someone else.  Ultimately, in order to fully make that habit it has to be on YOU!  So start small and stay consistent.

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