With worries of the shutdown ruining Washington’s biggest marathon weekend far behind us, the Marine Corps Marathon is on schedule for this Sunday with a few minor changes. Whether you’re running (good luck!) or cheering, here are a few key things to keep in mind this Sunday.
1) The morning will be cold.
The Capital Weather Gang is calling for a mostly sunny day with the high in the upper 50s to low 60s. Bundle up, folks.
It’s perfect weather to hit the trails and get a look at those beautiful autumn leaves—except of course that some of the best views are closed due to the shutdown.
But plenty of great trails are still open. Read on to find out which of our 45 Hikes and Bikes are available for your viewing pleasure.
Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve
Broad Run, Virginia
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cedarville State Forest
Wildcat Mountain Natural Area
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Cabin John Stream Valley Trail
Remember when everyone started getting smartphones and you were still stuck with your crappy flip phone? You were all, “I love my phone. It fits in my pocket and still gets the job done.”
As much as you may not want to admit it, that extra technology really does help, thanks to the thousands of useful phone and Web apps that plan our meals, track our fitness, and just make our life easier. Here are our top five favorite (and free!) apps that help us stay on track. We hope they do the same for you.
First, load Wunderlist onto all of your devices—computer, tablet, and phone. That way, you’ll be able to access your to-do lists from anywhere. We love that you can make separate lists, from your daily chores to movies you’ve been dying to see to a task list you can share with your coworkers. You can also receive reminders so you’ll never miss that dentist appointment again.
Confession: I stepped into a Whole Foods for the first time ever this summer. And while yes, it was magical, and yes, I appreciated all of the local and organic produce, as local nutritionist Betsy Ramirez points out, there’s a reason it’s often dubbed “Whole Paycheck.”
But shopping at Whole Foods doesn’t have to be so expensive that you’re silently sobbing as you hand over your credit card. We consulted with grocery-shopping expert Ramirez and fellow nutritionist Danielle Omar to see how they manage to save some major bucks at Whole Foods. Print out this list before you make your next shopping trip, and leave Whole Foods with a heaping bag of healthy groceries—and a much healthier bank account.
1) Check the website for coupons and sale tips.
Each month Whole Foods publishes a Whole Deal coupon booklet that’s available for download. You can also check out the in-store flyer to see what’s on sale for the week at each location. Says Omar, “I take advantage of the Whole Deal coupon booklet every month and work my meal planning for the week around what’s on sale.” Also helpful, says Ramirez, is the Whole Foods recipe app. “Everyone should have this. Not only do you have access to recipes at your fingertips, but you can access your store’s sales flyer. It also features a budget-friendly meal planner broken down by date, nutrition information, and special diet.”
Mother’s Day brunch: good. The extra calories that come with it: not so good. The solution? Fit-friendly Mother’s Day alternatives that’ll let you enjoy a guilt-free brunch after. Hit up your local barre studio together, run a race, or channel your inner oms as one.
Run the Mother’s Day 4-Miler
Potomac River Running hosts the 2013 Devotion to Children Mother’s Day 4-Miler on Sunday, May 11, at 8 AM. All runners will receive a T-shirt, and moms will receive a flower, too. $35.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if your mom is the type to pick an outdoor run over a decadent brunch, you’re in luck. We rounded up ten awesome fitness products for her, from a stylish gym tote she won’t be embarrassed to lug around to a flattering endurance dress that can be worn during a workout or while hanging with her girlfriends.
Don’t get us wrong—we love running the Monument loop and through the streets of DC. But urban running has its downsides: catching every single red light, inhaling car exhaust, and weaving through pedestrians on the sidewalk, to name a few. That’s why Doug Hay of the blog Rock Creek Runner switched from road running to trail running a few years ago. “When I moved to DC I was running just roads, until three years ago when I realized we have so many trails in our backyard.”
But the transition to trail running isn’t easy, says Hay, who does approximately 70 percent of his training on trails. One thing to get used to? Getting wet. “No one loves running in wet shoes,” Hay says. “But there’s just no way to not get your shoes wet.” Read on for more of Hay’s trail running tips.
1) Go slowly.
Those used to running on the road may find going slower on trails the hardest adjustment, says Hay. “My advice to people when first starting out is to not focus on pace or distance.” For example, instead of timing a three-mile trail run, plan to run for 30 minutes and “just see how far you go.”
If you’re still at a loss for what to get the fitness lover in your life, you can breathe easy. We have lots of ideas, including a sweet running-themed iPhone case, padded socks, and even workout-friendly sunglasses. Here are 11 of our finds, with more than half of them less than $30.
These days, if you’re not tracking your caloric intake, heart rate, sleep cycle, and running mileage, you’re way behind the game. From a quarter-size wireless activity tracker to the highly touted FitBit One that records your every single move 24/7, these new gadgets will keep any fitness buff on track this holiday season.
The holidays call for delicious desserts, hearty meals, festive drinks . . . and weight gain. But for that relative or friend who can’t get enough of working out—while still enjoying a holiday cookie or two—equipment for an at-home gym is the perfect present. From a space-saving kettlebell set to Nike’s new personal training video game for Xbox 360, these gifts will keep the fitness lover in your life happily sweating indoors.
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