Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Waterproof Hiking Boots and Shoes

Nothing is worse than having soaking wet feet when you are out for a walk or run on nature trails. Prepare yourself for wet weather and wet hiking conditions now that spring has arrived. Waterproof hiking boots and shoes are great for when the trails get soggy. Below are three different hikers that are built to keep your feet dry and comfortable, even on the wettest of days.

Men’s The Northface Hedgehog GTX XCR III Hiking Shoes

Key Features:
  • A GORE-TEX waterproof membrane keeps your feet dry, while the mesh upper ensures breathability so your feet won’t get too warm and uncomfortable.
  • Heel and forefoot cushioning pads offer cushioned comfort and also gives you foot stability when you encounter uneven terrain.
  • The exclusive lightweight Vibram rubber outsole is built to keep you on your feet for when you run into rough and wet terrain.

Women’s Merrell Siren Hiking Boots
Key Features:
  • A waterproof leather upper is combined with a waterproof membrane that will keep your feet dry and comfortable even in the wettest of conditions.
  • This hiking boot is a mid boot that offers ankle and foot support, which is great for hiking trails that have uneven terrain. Also, a bellowed tongue keeps debris like sticks, rocks or leaves from entering your boots.
  • The women’s only QForm footbed gives you women’s specific stride sequence cushioning. The Vibram outsole gives you superior traction for all hiking terrain.

Men’s Columbia Firelane Mid Omni-Tech Hiking Boots

Key Features:
  • A waterproof suede and mesh upper is combined with an Omni-Tech waterproof membrane to give you impermeable waterproofing without sacrificing any breathability making sure your feet stay dry and comfortable all day.
  • The Contour Comfort 2D footbed forms to your foot giving you personalized comfort. The footbed is treated with AgION anti-odor to fight odors that may occur from all hikes.
  • The Omni-Grip outsole is made with a stable hiking design giving you traction on any terrain you may encounter.

To go along with hiking boots and shoes, Wigwam offers a great selection of moisture-wicking hiking socks that will keep your feet dry, warm and comfortable while you are out hiking in wet conditions all day. 

You can find these great hiking boots, shoes and socks along with many other hikers online at rogansshoes.com or at a Rogan’s Shoes location near you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

5K Update - Workout Schedule

I’m sure many of you, after reading my first post and reading the Runner’s Series, are thinking okay we get knowing foot type and getting the right shoes is important, but HOW are you training? Well, I have taken a 5K training schedule and modified it to fit my needs. (Below is an example of my 8-week schedule.)

I will be running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a gradual walk “X” minutes and run “X” minutes with the total length of walking and running being 30 minutes. By the end of week 8 I should be able to run for a continuous 30 minutes, which would be about a 5K or 3.1 miles. On Mondays and Wednesdays I will be doing upper body lifting workouts. This will help mix up my workouts and also help build muscle in my upper body as I build muscle in my legs. On Fridays I will be doing a cross-training workout, this would be elliptical or cycling. This will not only give me a change of pace from running, but it will also help me work other muscles in my legs that may not get worked as much during running. And then a much needed day off on Sundays.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 Lift Upper Body Run Lift Upper Body Run Crosstrain Run Off

Now, this is a workout designed for me with help from an athletic training student. I strongly recommend you consult with your doctor or with a personal trainer in order to create the proper weekly training program for you. 

If you want to create your own schedule, my tips are to start out slow and gradually work up so you don’t burn yourself out. Also, variety is good; it helps work other muscles and keeps workouts fresh instead of everyday being the same. A last thing to remember, it’s not about speed or distance, it’s about getting into running shape. The goal is at the end of the 8 weeks to be able to run for 30 minutes straight, comfortably.

It doesn’t stop for me after 8 weeks. I am in the process of creating a new 4 to 6 week plan that is more rigorous to start after the first 8 weeks. The last 4 to 6 weeks will take me right up to the 5K in June and I should be in tip-top shape!

Be sure to check back as I will continue to update my progress and talk about different aspects of preparing for my 5K.  In the meantime check out the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 7 (Available in mens and womens at rogansshoes.com).  This shoe has received tons of attention for it's comfort and bright colors.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Brighten Your Day with Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 7

Turn heads with the bright and flashy Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 7 running shoe for men and women. The Noosa 7 has a brightly colored scheme that will make you feel like you have a party on your feet. Parts of this shoe even glow in the dark!  Now they just aren't made to look cool and flashy, but they are extremely functional. The Noosa Tri 7 is designed to have quick tranisitions, maximum breathability and give you a lightweight, stable ride.
The Noosa Tri 7 falls into both the lightweight and stability running shoe categories. It is great for fast pace running or racing because it is lightweight and more flexible. It is also great for those with a neutral foot, because of the stability of the shoe.
Men's Noosa Tri 7
Why we're sole-d on the Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 7:

  • Open mesh design provides maximum breathability allowing you to run barefoot
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • The Guidance Line helps prevent over-pronation
  • Optional drawstring laces makes it for quicker to put on or take off
  • Just look at them...It's like a party on your feet

Keep up with the bright color athletic shoe trend for 2012 by getting the Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 7 running shoes. Brighten your day by finding your pair at rogansshoes.com or at a Rogan’s Shoes store near you.