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The Winter That Would Not Quit

The winter of 2013-14 has been one for the record books here in WNC. And it seems more frigid weather is on the way. Having the right items can often be the difference between a comfortable workout and a miserable run. Here are some items that combine the best layering combos for winter conditions commonly faced by runners from Western North Carolina.

1- Long-Sleeve Top Slim-fitting top layers are a key component to keeping the upper body warm. Look for polyester with blends that wick moisture away from the body.

2- JacketLook for a wind proof, water-resistant, stretch woven fabric that can handle anything from an ice storm to a light drizzle. On some jackets, you can pull the sleeves off to make a vest, which is ideal for warmer days. 

3- Tights and Pants Poly blended tights serve as a great base layer to keep the legs warm. On real windy days add a wind proof, nylon pair of pants to keep your legs toasty.

4- Gloves Picking out gloves can be the toughest task to settle on this shopping list. But, a good pair of gloves are vital to keeping the hands warm on a frigid day.

5- Headband or Beanie If it's not frigid out, all you need is a lightweight, super-wicking headband to keep the ears toasty. For colder temps, go for a beanie that covers the entire and head and ears.

With these five items your bases will be covered to handle most all of the winter in WNC. There are other items that may come in handy as well, to include: balaclava, for the extreme cold, and arm sleeves. Most common shoe company brands, like Brooks, Asics, Nike, Mizuno, and New Balance, carry versions of all of these apparel items. For best proper fit, I would suggest going to a specialty running shop to get the right advice and what types of winter gear to buy.
For those that run the trails through the winter, there are a few companies that make trail running shoes with Gore-Tex liners. The only drawback I have ever had with the Gore-Tex shoes is that my feet tend to sweat a more than usual. This can be a negative factor on a longer run.
It is real easy to look out the window on a rainy day or a day where the temperatures stay in the 20s and 30s. But some of my most memorable runs have been in 6-10 inches of snow or when it was 37 degrees and pouring rain. Thanks to having the right winter running gear, I felt no cold, only triumph as I knew so many people were staring out the window and muttering the words, “not going to run today.” Not me. I am getting mine in.


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    The Winter That Would Not Quit

    The winter of 2013-14 has been one for the record books here in WNC. And it seems more frigid weather is on the way. Having the right items can often be the difference between a comfortable workout and a miserable run. Here are some items that combine the best layering combos for winter conditions commonly faced by runners from Western North Carolina.

    1- Long-Sleeve Top: Slim-fitting top layers are a key component to keeping the upper body warm. Look for polyester with blends that wick moisture away from the body.

    2- Jacket: Look for a wind proof, water-resistant, stretch woven fabric that can handle anything from an ice storm to a light drizzle. On some jackets, you can pull the sleeves off to make a vest, which is ideal for warmer days.

    3- Tights and Pants: Poly blended tights serve as a great base layer to keep the legs warm. On real windy days add a wind proof, nylon pair of pants to keep your legs toasty.

    4- Gloves: Picking out gloves can be the toughest task to settle on this shopping list. But, a good pair of gloves are vital to keeping the hands warm on a frigid day.

    5- Headband or Beanie: If it's not frigid out, all you need is a lightweight, super-wicking headband to keep the ears toasty. For colder temps, go for a beanie that covers the entire and head and ears.

    With these five items your bases will be covered to handle most all of the winter in WNC. There are other items that may come in handy as well, to include: balaclava, for the extreme cold, and arm sleeves. Most common shoe company brands, like Brooks, Asics, Nike, Mizuno, and New Balance, carry versions of all of these apparel items. For best proper fit, I would suggest going to a specialty running shop to get the right advice and what types of winter gear to buy.
    For those that run the trails through the winter, there are a few companies that make trail running shoes with Gore-Tex liners. The only drawback I have ever had with the Gore-Tex shoes is that my feet tend to sweat a more than usual. This can be a negative factor on a longer run.
    It is real easy to look out the window on a rainy day or a day where the temperatures stay in the 20s and 30s. But some of my most memorable runs have been in 6-10 inches of snow or when it was 37 degrees and pouring rain. Thanks to having the right winter running gear, I felt no cold, only triumph as I knew so many people were staring out the window and muttering the words, “not going to run today.” Not me. I am getting mine in.

  • RA Running and FTTC Results

    Laura Jortberg 9/2 1:37:11 Oakbrook 1/2m 1st AG  9/15 21:20 Chase The Bear 5k 5th OA 1st AG

    John Critchley  9/8 1:25:19 Chicago 1/2m 5th AG   9/15 38:31 Chase The Bear 10k 2nd OA

    Claudia Crawford 9/14 2:11:16 Divas 1/2m 1st AG

    Mary Koppenheffer 9/21 1:59:12 Bluegrass 1/2m 1st AG

    Michelle Ziegler  8/30 18:30 Midnight Flight 5k 2nd OA 9/07 10:48 Kingsport 3k  Eastman/ Food City; 1st OA 10:48  9/20 11:36 BMW 2 miler 1st place OA 

    Fast Twitch Track Club at the Asheville XC Carnival  9/14/2013

    Dodson, Cora Grace 24:28.00 25th  Franklin, Jacob17:21.00  6th   PR  Jones, Hannah 23:56.00 Lile, Christopher 17:31.00 8  PR Lubinski, Damon 20:10.00 Morrow, Crayton 21:20.00 Pepin, Jacob  25:56.00 Serenius, Anna 24:12.00 Turner, Brooke 20:33.00 5th

    9/21 Hare and Hound XC Invitational

    Andrew Robinson 16:55 PR, #2 current Freshman time in NC, Lance Morsell 19:18

    9/21 Beeson Park Invitational 

    Brandon King 16:31 PR

    9/21 Texas Time Trial Glen Rose, Texas 12 Hour Cycling Race- Darla Shinn 1st place Overall Female 212 miles

  • A Year Away

    After being a high school track and cross country coach for 10 of the last 12 years and a Head Coach for the last 7 years, it seems it is about time to take a year away from high school coaching. 2012-13 was an outstanding year, from Ben Fiedler's gutsy win at the NCISAA 3A State 3200 meter championships, to the 4 youngsters, Constance Ambler, Paige Bradford, Robyn Newcomb and Holt Mettee setting a Asheville School girls 4 x 800 a new school record to the proud feeling of helping 4 senior boys reach their dreams to become student-athletes in college, 2012-13 was a fantastic year. Ben Fiedler became my 15th individual to win a state track or cross country title and he won this title with shear intestinal fortitude. If you had not had a chance to see the race, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sag2fZcbk_A. For the year I will concentrate on building the Fast Twitch Track and Cross Country Club program. I will also continue to coach high school runners through RA Running. And I am just about ready to begin accepting new adult RA Running clients. I will continue to educate myself and build my coaching knowledge to be a better coach.

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