It’s that time of the year. He’ll be coming down the chimney! Enjoy a great holiday with your family and friends.
We are closed on Christmas Day.
See you during the week.
Don’t forget our New Year’s Day Run @ 9am!!
Our staff of running elves (yep, we all run) are prepared to help you pick out the perfect gifts for your cold weather runner.
Did you know that we keep a purchase history for each of our customers? It’s true! It comes in handy for times like these. Tell us a name, and we can provide their shoe and apparel sizes, brand preference, favorite sock style and more. Check back all month long for gift guides.
The following staff approved suggestions are perfect for your cold weather runner:
Moji is a local company based in Northbrook, Il. If you are looking for the latest recovery tools check them out. The Runner’s Edge carries a variety of Moji products including the Moji Heat line. You simply microwave, roll and quickly release muscle tension. Perfect stocking stuffer or gifts!
Goodr sunglasses are a running gifts idea hit! We carry all three models in a variety of colors. Get ’em quick. New colors tend to sell out online and in store.
Check out The Runner’s Edge inventory for Wilmette or Libertyville here: Powered by Locally.
Not all inventory is listed, but will give you a general idea. We can do in-store transfers and save you a trip!
Come over to meet an Orange Theory staff member this Saturday November 3rd to get your questions answered about training at Orange Theory! Get committed before the New Years Resolution season!
Orange Theory Staff will be at Runner’s Edge from 11a-2pm
The Runner’s Edge-Wilmette
1515 Sheridan Road
It’s high time to evaluate your recovery process. What does your recovery look like after a run? Whatever your plan is (or is not), it can generally be improved. Here are 5 quick tips to try or remind yourself:
Drink water. Lot’s of it. Recovery starts with replenishing your body and in turn you’ll ward off muscle injuries.
Eat well. You run how you fuel. You have heard those phrases before. However, we want to encourage you to pay attention to what you consume post-run. Ideally, you want to take in a general 4:1 carb to protein ratio within 30 minutes of your run like chocolate milk. That is the best window to encourage recovery because your muscles are the most receptive to glycogen. If chocolate milk (cow, almond, cashew, coconut, soy etc.) equates to less stiff or sore muscles- how could you pass?
Ice ice, baby. We prefer freezing water in small size paper cups. Peel it like a popsicle for your very own ice targeted massage. (No more frozen bags of vegetables people!!)
Vitamins and blood analysis. (Ask a doctor!) Did you know you can ask your doctor for a blood test? Learn about the 7 Health Tests Runners Should Take to check for deficiencies like anemia or even vitamin D. Also, check out this quick list of vitamins that are beneficial to athletes. It also includes different food sources you can get them from. Check it out.
Roll out and stretch. Most runners- beginner to experienced- know to stretch their calves, hamstrings and quads. But do you know how important it is to stretch or roll out your hip flexors? Tight hips can cause knee pain, Achilles tendinitis, IT band syndrome (ouch) and tight hamstrings. Here are 7 Hip Flexor Exercises with photos and/or videos we recommend from Runners Blue Print. Pigeon pose is popular with our staff!
***Don’t forget to enter our Roll 8 Recovery contest. Stop into your The Runner’s Edge location, take a photo with the logo cutout and post to Instagram. You’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card from Roll 8 Recovery. We have officially had one winner (M. Pawlak of Vernon Hills, but they are announcing one winner every day in August.***
The Runner’s Edge is hosting its 2nd annual School Supply & Book Drive. This year we are teaming up with North Chicago schools to help students and teachers start the 2018-2019 school year off on their best foot!
Where: Donations can be dropped off at The Runner’s Edge Libertyville or Wilmette.
When: 8/2 – 8/25/2018 during store hours
For full lists of the most needed items, please follow the link below.
The Runner’s Edge is excited to be able to give back to our supporting communities, and we hope you will join us again on this mission.
Other Ways to Give
We also have an ongoing shoe donation drive on behalf of GLASA (Great Lakes Adaptive Sports). Bring your retired or new shoes of any style to your nearest store and GLASA receives $.70 per pound of shoes to help keep people with physical and visual disabilities active.
Do you know a school(s) that could use the extra help? Let us know! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not let the weather confuse you folks. Spring is here and that means it is time to start your spring training. Remember the dark nights when you looked into the mirror and said, “Enough. I’ll run tomorrow. I’ll start my diet tomorrow. I’ll lose weight tomorrow.” Well tomorrow is here and we are excited for you!
The Runner’s Edge is here to help motivate, inspire and (gently) nudge you. Deciding it is time to take action is the hard part. Starting is easier. Regardless of where you are at on your journey, we have some gentle reminders as you get back to it.
We like shoes. We really do, and you should to. The right shoe fits the shape of your foot, feels comfortable and supports your body upon impact (the force is 3-5 times your body weight!!). Evaluate your current training shoes. How old are they? Can you bend it in half? Can you wring it like a towel? Does all of you feel supported when you are standing in the shoes? If you are not sure, stop into The Runner’s Edge nearest you for a free professional fitting. Learning to run is hard enough. Your body will appreciate the right shoe as you add miles.
Choose a goal. Plans come easy. Planning is the hard part. It is easier to plan your training with a goal in mind. Pick a race and sign up today. Give yourself adequate time to train without injury. If you are new to 5K’s the recommended training time is at least 9 weeks.
Here are a few great 5K races coming up in June to look forward to:
North Shore Classic 5K & 13.1 Highland Park | June 3, 2018
Run for the Zoo 10k, 5k, kids run Chicago | June 3, 2018
Dash Around the Lake, Mundelein- Run at the exclusive Mundelein Seminary | June 9, 2018
Superhero Dash & Splash 5k Mount Prospect | June 16, 2018
Fun & Fit Family 5K – Lamb’s Farm in Libertyville | June 23, 2018
Create a New Support System
Having one person you are accountable to is OK. However, these days you can create the positive support group you need. Find support on apps, live training groups or by following hashtags on Instagram of people working on a similar journey. Accountability doesn’t have to be your mom or significant partner anymore. Strava
Write Your Own Training Plan
The key difference between a rigid and flexible plan is finding one that fits your lifestyle best. Some people need an all-or-nothing plan. Others thrive off of the ability to change the prescribed workouts accordingly. Following someone else’s training plan is helpful or you can also use a few as templates to create your own. Who knows what you have time for better than you do? Just make sure you incorporate stretching, strength training and cross training which can be as simple as walking for an hour.
Take ownership of your actions by writing your goal onto paper. Post it. Think of a place you look everyday or perhaps in a place that triggers self-doubt; like a fridge or shoe rack. What is it for you?