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North Face Flight Series Better Than Naked Clothing: An endurance athletes dream

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Looking for clothing for the endurance athlete? Look no further than the North Face’s Flight Series collection of Better Than Naked performance gear. The Better Than Naked line is completely performance-driven with premium features and a minimalistic design. They protect the athlete from the environment while providing comfort and durability.

North Face provides both a women’s and men’s line of clothing in their Better Than Naked series consisting of shirts, jackets, and shorts. All articles are extremely light functional and built for endurance athletes who may experience fluctuating conditions all within one days’ workout. The fabric is uniquely soft, yet also breathable and stretchy.

When I first tested the clothing, the morning began with a damp drizzle which faded away to a hot sun by the end of my workout. I was extremely impressed by the jackets ability to keep me dry and warm as well as be airy and unrestricting at the same time. As the temperature warmed up it was easy to store the jacket in my shorts pocket due to the little amount of space the jacket required to be stored. Under the jacket I wore the Better Than Naked short sleeve running shirt. It felt wonderful on and wicked the sweat away while still feeling light and cool.

Overall, the Better Than Naked clothing is a joy to wear for varying weather conditions as well as various training scenarios. With gear like this there is little need for a multitude of training outfits. This one can fit the bill for all.

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Kid Friendly Paleo Salad

So, recently I have been researching the “paleo” way of eating and the benefits it boasts for athletes as seen in my article Paleo 101. Throughout my search I have been looking for recipes that are “kid friendly” being that my two and five-year- old boys are not always an easy sell on new food. The following is a recipe I discovered from Paleo Kids/Paleo Recipes.  Believe it or not my kids are big fans.

Nutty Peachy Arugula Spinach Salad Recipe
Ingredients:

– 1 1/2 cups fresh Arugula
– 1 1/2 cups spinach
– 1/2 cup blackberries
– 3/4 cup slice peaches (peaches cut in 1/8)
– 1/2 cup walnuts soaked
– 4 to 6 slices bacon (fried)
– 2 tbsp. virgin coconut oil
– 1 boiled egg
– 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
– 1 tsp nutmeg (optional)

 

Preparation:

– Wash arugula, spinach and blackberries set aside to dry.
– Slice walnuts in halves
– Saute sliced fresh peaches (whole peach cut in 1/8). Saute in virgin coconut oil until tended and set aside.
– Crumble crisp fried bacon into bits.
– Shell boiled eggs and finely chop egg.
– Mix arugula, spinach, bacon bits, blackberries, egg bits, walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg.
– Top salad with sauteed (grilled peaches) and add balsamic dressing of choice.

 Paleo Balsamic Dressing Recipe

In a small bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey (to taste). Combine dressing ingredients to taste. Orthodox Paleo diet does not allow honey but honey used in many Paleo Recipes. Serves 4

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Inspiring woman…be one

Inspiration comes in many forms. Many find inspiration in different places. When it comes to triathlon and running we are inspired by women who dare to step up to the start line for the very first time, women who have battled personal challenges, women who have found sport in their golden years or after having children, and women who have used sports to lose weight, get healthy, and take their lives and their future into their own hands.

Many of these women are not professionals and they may not and most times don’t win their races. Many have seen triathlon and running as yet another challenge and have gone on to compete with dedication, positive attitudes and fierce determination.

You may ask, “Who are these women? Where can I find someone like that?” My reply is to look in the mirror. Each and every person has the talent, ability, and drive inside of them to run that next mile, pedal over the hill, swim just one more lap. You are the inspiration… own it.

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Paleo 101 for Endurance Athetes

If you have been an endurance athlete for long or have even thought of going the long course chances are you have heard of the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet is said to aid in recovery, reduce the need for carbohydrates during a training session, aid in sleep, and create less of a chance of “bonking” during a race.

So, what is the Paleo Diet? It was a way of eating that was developed by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., whose book, The Paleo Diet, was published in 2002. It later became popular with endurance athletes after a sequel, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, was published three years later.

The rest of this article can be seen at my site on the Examiner at: http://www.examiner.com/article/paleo-101-for-endurance-athletes

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Pre-Race nutrition: What to do and eat 24 hours prior to your race

One of the number one questions endurance athletes ask is, “What should I eat before a race?” While there is not one menu or approach that fits everyone, there are some general guidelines that everyone can follow in the 24 hours leading up to the race.

To read more about this check out my article on:

http://www.examiner.com/dc-in-washington-dc/kristen-hench

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Running skirts: 2013 fashion for endurance athletes (as seen on the Examiner)

Running skirts are the new fashion statement in the endurance sport world.  Almost every sports gear company offers a version of them now, but there is only one company that can call itself the original: RunningSkirts.com

Check out the rest of this article and more info about RunningSkirts.com on the Examiner at:

http://www.examiner.com/article/running-skirts-2013-fashion-for-endurance-athletes?cid=db_articles

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Running Skirts.com: Fashion for 2013

Last Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Cindy Lynch and Christy Baker, twin sisters and co-owners of RunningSkirts.com. Both Cindy and Christy are mothers who combine the world of fitness, business, and motherhood into a whirlwind of a successful life. The following is the interview I had with Cindy.

Me: How did it all start?

Cindy (paraphrased): In 2008 I entered Christy into the lottery for the 2008 ING New York City Marathon.  I told her not to worry because our chance for getting drawn was slim. Then, she got picked. At the time Christy had no illusions or desire to run a marathon, she was a fashion designer for her own children’s clothing line. Christy was determined not to wear the “regular” gym shorts that everyone else wore and she set out to design something “cute” to wear for the race. She came up with the running skirt. Everyone complimented us on our skirts and when we got home we both put a little money into the business and my husband made us a website. Five years later…. Here we are. Running Skirts is an internationally recognized company that sells skirts online as well as in Dick’s Sporting Goods and other local running and triathlon stores around the country.

Me: Wow that’s amazing! Since you are a mother how do you incorporate fitness into your every day life as well as your children’s?

Cindy (paraphrased): We find that we do most of our training early in the morning before our kids get up. We enjoy running but we also work with a trainer and do a “bootcamp” style workout once a week to keep us strong. As far as our children, we try to be fit as a family. They participate many times in the kid races that are held concurrently with many race series.

Me: What is your favorite type of workout?

Cindy (paraphrased): I like speed workouts the best as far as running goes. I also like “crossfit” type workouts because they help to keep the injuries away.

Me: Do you have a favorite race series?

Cindy (paraphrased): I really enjoy the Disney race series both in California and Florida. They are a lot of fun both to run in and for the family.

Me: Do you see a triathlon anywhere in your future?

Cindy (paraphrased): Well, my husband bought me a road bike for Christmas and is trying to encourage me to do a triathlon in Hawaii this next year. We will see…..

In visiting with both Christy and Cindy I found them to be a delight and an inspiration for mothers today who desire to be fit, do what they love, and dare to take a chance on an idea and make a dream a reality.

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Check out Triathlon Camps and Clinics in the Local Area

The following are some kid triathlon camps and programs that are offered in the Washington DC and outlying area:

–          JRU Coaching will be holding a Camp for Kids (C4K) clinic in Leesburg, Virginia to kick off their summer USAT sponsored TriCamp4Kids. The clinics will be held in February, March, and April. More info can be found on their website at http://www.tricamp4kids.com.

 

–          Achieve Kids Tri, Inc. is a non-profit organization, operating in Washington DC, that helps under-privileged and at-risk youth enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. They will be holding camps at three locations July 18- July 27. A major component of the ACHIEVE program is to expose kids to the many benefits that come from participation in endurance sports. For more info visit their website at http://achievekidstri.org

 

–          The Columbia Youth Triathlon Camp is specifically designed for youth ages 7-14 years old who want learn how to do a triathlon. Kids will learn everything they need to know to complete a KIDS Triathlon and have FUN doing it! The camp will take place in July and more information and be found at http://www.tri2bemore.com/index.php/events/kids-tri-camp.

 

–         And of course….. Moms Who TRI, out of Burke, Virginia conducts a unique, ongoing program that offers triathlon and running specific skill techniques, basic safety issues, workouts for swimming, biking, and running, and works towards safely competing in age appropriate races. For more info check out http://www.momswhotri.com.  

 

If anyone knows of any others please let me know so we can post them! Hears to happier and healthier kids!

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More of Abby………

I first off wanted to write a BIG thank you to Abby Kelley who has been contributing to the blog and Moms Who TRI since it started last year. Sadly she will be leaving the area and moving on to new ventures but I wanted to let you all know some of the wonderful places she write for so that you can continue to follow her.

Moody Publishers as a book reviewer
She Loves Magazine
Start Marriage Right 
Believer Life
Haven Journal
Finding Balance
Alive Now – for 2013 print publications
Faith Writers
Best of luck Abby. We love you!
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