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Spring Training: Ready. Set. Race!

 

Spring training isn’t just for Major League Baseball. As the temperature rises, so do the number of runners and joggers hitting the pavement after a long winter on the treadmill. It’s time to train for spring races!

Today, there are more races than ever to explore no matter what your running level. Whether you’re training for the Boston Marathon, a half-marathon like the NYC Half, or looking for a 5K in your area, RunnersWorld keeps an ongoing list of local running events. Still not convinced? First timers might consider a less traditional race like The Color Run or the Zombie Run - both are as much of a party as they are an athletic race!

Keep Your Feet Happy

Whether you’re a veteran or just starting out, taking care of your feet is vital to achieve your training goals. Without the right footwear, running can wreak havoc on your feet! Investing in high performance socks, for instance, can prevent blisters, odor and moisture buildup. Features like a cushioned sole or seamless toe closure will also help you run longer and more comfortably. There are countless running sock varieties to choose from, so which one’s right for you?

Choosing the Perfect Running Sock

For Trail Runners:

Trail runners need footwear with flexibility to regulate temperature, keep feet dryWigwam Merino Ridge Runner and provide cushioned support for uneven terrain. Wigwam’s Merino Ridge Runner Pro combines the benefits of Dri-release® that keeps your feet dry and snug, with a special fine blend of Merino wool.

For Triathlon Runners:

The Ironman Endur Pro was designed with Wigwam’s patented Ultimax technology.Wigwam Ironman Endur Pro Ultimax moves moisture from the bottom of the sock up and out to keep feet dry and prevent blisters. With breathable mesh air vents, this sock is ideal for triathlons, where a seamless transition can make or break a race split. 

For Crew Cut Fans:

You can never go wrong with a classic. Wigwam’s Cool Lite Pro Crew sock is perfectWigwam Cool Lite Pro Crew for the multifaceted athlete looking for a sock that is equally multipurpose. This crew sock combines a high performance Dri-release® TENCEL® fiber to speed drying, in addition to X20 Acrylic fibers that repel moisture up and out of the sock.

For No Show Socks:

If you prefer a low ankle-cut sock, try Wigwam’s Ironman Velocity Pro. It cradlesWigwam Ironman Velocity Pro the foot, prevents friction and features a seamless toe closure to guarantee lasting comfort. It also contains Chitosan, a natural odor defense to keep your footwear from smelling, well, like feet.

For Color Lovers:

Wigwam’s Ironman Lightning Pro Low Cut is where fashionWigwam Ironman Lightening Pro Low Cut meets function. Offered in a rainbow of neon, this brightly colored style will match your favorite workout apparel. Boosted with Wigwam Ultimax technology, the Lightning Pro also has a heel tab designed to prevent friction within your running shoe.

Run with Wigwam

All of us at Wigwam Socks pride ourselves on being THE performance sock company. We’re constantly evolving our technology to keep your toes comfortable. For 109 years we’ve provided our customers with quality, American made socks that elevate your performance as an athlete.

Enjoy spring running season and show your feet some love with Wigwam!

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It’s that time of year again. The Boston Marathon is just weeks away and approximately 36,000 runners (up 25% from 2013!) are finishing their training, anticipating the 3rd Monday of April. Race Day.

A Brief History

The 1896 Olympic Games in Athens brought the marathon to the forefront of society, as it was run on an international level for the first time. The city of Boston capitalized on that excitement the following spring, launching a now 118-year old Boston Cityscapetradition: The Boston Marathon. Boston officials selected the newly founded holiday of Patriot’s Day for the race. As a day meant to commemorate the Revolutionary War Battles of Lexington and Concord, Patriots’ Day instilled American values into the very heart of the marathon.

Few changes have been made since that inaugural race, though until 1924, the length of the Boston Marathon was only 24.5 miles. As races became standardized around the world, officials adjusted the length to the 26 miles and 385 yards length we know today.

So, what does it take to master those 26.2 historical miles?

What It Takes to Run Boston

The Boston Marathon is the marathon to aspire to for many runners. Training begins months, if not years in advance. Prior to race day, each potential Boston Marathon runner must complete a certified course with a qualifying time. For instance, an 18-34 year-old male must complete the race in no more than 3 hours and 5 minutes. That qualifying time increases with each age bracket.  

Whereas someone preparing for the NYC Half-Marathon may only have trained for a couple of months, most coaches would recommend 12-20 weeks before attempting a first marathon. After selecting the right training plan, it’s also important for every runner to find the right gear. Shoes and socks can make all the difference in a runner’s comfort with today’s breathable fabrics and moisture-wicking technologies. Once outfitted for success, many potential marathoners start on a path of shorter races, 5ks, 10ks, etc. They build up to their first 26.2-mile trek. Most also choose a less conspicuous marathon to complete before gearing up for the iconic New England course.

What Boston Marathoners Can Expect

Once headed to the Boston Marathon, runners should be prepared for an adrenaline rush like never before. The event draws a crowd of 500,000 spectators, tons of media, and elite athletes with jaw-dropping finishing times.Boston Marathon Start Line

What’s more, runners must conquer a notoriously difficult route. The Boston Marathon is known for its arduous hills. Starting off with a nice downward stretch, the dreaded up-hill battle commences at mile 16. There, four peaks known as the “Newton Hills” await runners. The four culminate at mile 20 with a stretch known as “Heartbreak Hill.” For those running, make sure to have your support team cheering from the sidelines around miles 20-21. Luckily, hundreds of supportive locals will add to the cheers buzzing in your ears, pushing you over that final hump.

There’s No Crowd Like the Boston Marathon Crowd

Those screaming, encouraging fans only multiple as you approach the finish line. The more your body begs you to stop, the more the crowd rallies you on, one step at the time. Finally, that glorious moment approaches - the moment when you cross the Boston Marathon finish line. The moment when you become part of a 118-year tradition – a tradition that draws some of the finest athletes from around the world.

The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo

In the days leading up to the marathon, more than 200 exhibitors will gather at the 36th annual John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. Wigwam and other fitness brands will be there, helping runners gear up for race day and offering promotional items. The Expo, which runs April 18-20, is open to the public and will host over 100,000 attendees.

Looking Toward the Finish Line

This year’s marathoners will be looking toward the future and continuing the glorious American tradition that is the Boston Marathon.

 

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Runners are gearing up for the 8th annual NYC Half-Marathon!  If you’re preparing to run on March 16th, here are a few ways to prepare your feet for the 13.1 miles.

Sweat – Running any race, your feet are bound to sweat. Your goal should be to evaporate that sweat as quickly as possible. Socks are key in this process, serving as a barrier between your feet and your shoes. When selecting your race day socks, look for wicking fabrics like those with dri-relase technology that moves moisture up and out of the socks. X20 Acrylic is another advanced synthetic fiber that is engineered to absorb. Dry feet are happy feet.

Blisters – 13.1 miles can cause blisters. First, make sure your running shoes fitNyc -half -marathon -training comfortably - you should have about a thumb's width between your big toe and the end of the shoe. Socks are also fundamental in blister-prevention. Look for styles with a seamless toe closure and those with moisture control. Good moisture control systems combine hydrophobic (moisture-rejecting) and hydrophilic (moisture-absorbing and transporting) fibers to move moisture out of your shoe and keep your feet dry and blister free.

Impact – The NYC Half-Marathon runners should expect a hilly first half of the race. The route starts with a scenic 6 miles through Central Park. Luckily, you can look forward to a downhill push at mile 7 into the heart of Times Square. To keep your feet cozy through the ups and downs, make sure to break in your shoes prior to race day and choose a style with a roomy toebox so your toes have room to splay. As for socks, look for a foot hugging fit and cushioned soles.

Warmth –New York in March is rarely a balmy 70 degrees, but NYC Half-Marathon runners should expect lower temperatures than normal at this year’s race. Past temperature averages fall between 32-48 degrees. Plan for cold weather running conditions and choose fabrics that will wick away moisture quickly so you stay warm through the finish line.

Odor – When it’s all said and done, you’ll have to take off your shoes. No one likes smelly feet, so choose footwear with odor-defense technology. Chitosan, found in X20 Acrylic has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial characteristics. Your cheering support team on the sidelines will thank you.

Have other questions about the NYC Half-Marathon race prep? Let us know here, Facebook, or Twitter! Best of luck to everyone participating!

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Ironman Pro

 

"I have been an avid endurance athlete over the past 20 years. From cycling and triathlons to completing my fourth marathon this past weekend in Chicago. I typically don't rave about equipment, but I can honestly say your Ironman Pro socks are simply in a league of their own. Never have I trained for a long-distance running event without having my foot covered with blisters. I just completed 4 months of training and a marathon without one blister! Nothing short of a miracle. My feet sweat profusely and these socks can handle the load. Thanks again for a quality product."   - Doug

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Support US Textiles

 

Trade is the engine for textile jobs in the United States. Without access to foreign markets, the U.S. textile industry could not survive. However, when trade agreements do not protect our markets from artificially low-priced imports or allow governments to subsidize their textile exporters, American textile companies, their workers and their communities all suffer.

The U.S. textile industry and its workers are fighting for trade agreements that provide new access for our textile products. We oppose trade agreements that allow subsidized producers greater access to the U.S. market or give countries like China a back door to bring goods into our country. Click here to learn more.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... What is it?

The TPP is an international free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Once finalized, the agreement will allow member countries to export their goods with lower tariffs, duties and other reduced trade barriers within TPP member countries.

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When bad trade deals lead to closed textile plants, the impact on local communities where textile mills are located can be devastating, with long-lasting, negative repercussions.

When a textile mill closes in a rural community, there are rarely new manufacturing jobs to take their place. Even when jobs are available, they are almost always at lower wages, with less benefits. And that is not all. Retail stores, restaurants, charities and churches all suffer and the local government often has to either raise taxes or reduce spending on roads, police and education. In addition, many U.S. textile companies provide important services to their communities, including funding for college scholarships, local athletics and recreational activities, and holiday and seasonal community events. Click here to learn more.

Existing textile mills in rural communities are the cornerstone of some small towns. Watch this video on what Mount Vernon Mills means to Trion, GA.

Protecting American textile and apparel manufacturing jobs starts with you! Tell Congress and the Administration to support a strong Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that protects the U.S. textile industry, American jobs and communities across America. Click here to contact your elected official in support of American jobs.

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