Running With A Tribe

While running is often thought of as a solo sport, there are many perks to running with others. Whether you’re training for a race, or just wanting to move, here are 5 reasons why you need a tribe!

My Running Tribe

My Running Tribe, Tribe Fitness

1. Motivation.

Get energized and inspired! Running with a tribe means you have your own cheering squad to get rowdy on the highs and supportive on the lows. Whether it’s out during a long effort, sprints around a track, or on race day, having your own tribe gives you that extra cheer you need to run your best.

2. Safety.

Clearly it is much safer to run in a group vs. on your own. If someone in the tribe gets injured or sick, there is someone to help or get help.  When running in a group you may be less likely to be the target of an attacker as there is  power and strength in numbers. Can’t run with others? Then be sure to have yourself a RoadID.

Looking for other safety tips when running in the dark, check out my post for lululemon here!

3. Improved Performance.

When you run with others you can’t help but stick to their pace, meanwhile it turns out they were pushing to keep at yours. When you’re sticking with a tribe that pushes you to run better, improvement is the only option.

4.  Experience.

As a new runner (or even someone who’s been around the block), running in a tribe is a great opportunity to learn from those who are more experienced or have different experiences. Most runners are more than happy to share tips on fueling, recovery, and gear, your challenge will be to take everything with a grain of salt and figure out what works for you.

5. Friends Who Will Enjoy Your Endless Running Rants.

Running in a tribe is a great way to get to know people with similar hobbies and interests. Not only will you already have something in common, after you crush that personal best, or when you want to talk endlessly about your new favourite running shoes or gel, this tribe will actually want to hear it!

If you’re in the Toronto area and looking to run with a tribe. Join my tribe, Tribe Fitness. We host 2 free runs a week, Wednesday at 7pm (5km) and Saturday at 9am (long effort). Details are here! #JoinTheTribe

What benefits have you found from running in a group? Share them in the comments!

Beating the Heat While On Your Bike

While most cyclists count the days after a long winter until they can get back outdoors on their bikes, the scorching heat we’ve been having  lately can put you back on the trainer again if you’re not prepared.

As my GranFondo Niagara Falls training continues through this scorching weather, here are some simple tips I’m using to stay cool while staying safe on my long rides.

1.Wear the Right Clothes

Choose  gear made of fabric that will quickly wick sweat away from the skin  so that it can cool the body down better. Look for “technical” fabrics such as lycra, spandex or luon and wear cycling jerseys with zippers at the front so you can undo them to help keep you cooler.

2. Freeze Your Water Bottles

To have colder water longer consider putting at least one of your bottles in the freezer overnight, this way you can drink the cooler unfrozen one while the second melts. If you only ride with one, make sure that it will melt in time or consider only freezing half so you fill it the rest of the way and still have something cool to fuel with. Remember water expands when frozen, so don’t fill it up more then 3/4 full!

3. Cycle During The Cooler Times of Day

I hate morning workouts, but was up at the crack of dawn (kinda) on Sunday to beat the heat. When the temperature soars, by sure to ride during the cooler times of the day—in the early morning or  evening.

Warning Signs:

Even riders with the best intentions might need some help. Be aware of these warning signs when you ride in the scorching heat:

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you or a fellow rider experiences any of these symptoms, stop cycling, and find some shade.  Sit or lay down on some cool grass, and replenish your fluids right away.  If symptoms worsen, seek medical attention immediately.

What do you so to keep cool while training on these scorching summer days? Leave your ideas in the comment section!