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Where Does Spring Take You?

 

Spring marks the starting point for sports teams, hiking events and triathlons across the country. Whether you want to get down and dirty in a Tough Mudder event or compete in intramurals, Wigwam has a sock designed to fuel your feat/feet.

Blazing a Spring Trail

It may be muddy from April showers, but spring is high season for hikers and backpackers. Looking to try something new? American Hiking has a springtime event schedule for all who crave rugged terrain. On the whole, hiking might be one of the most accessible outdoor endeavors around. There are trails for all abilities and it only requires a few key pieces of equipment. Wigwam Hiking Socks

When it comes to the outdoors, the piece of equipment you should never skimp on is socks. After all, your best asset on a hike is your feet! Enjoy the trail longer with Wigwam’s Hiking Outdoor Pro and Merino Trailblaze Pro socks, designed to keep out moisture and pad your feet for even the rockiest routes. Wigwam adventure athlete Payge McMahon can vouch. Last year she competed in a 167-mile, 7-day feat called the Grand to Grand Ultra wearing Wigwam socks!

Get Your Game Face On

Did you join a spring intramural team? From flag football, to soccer, to softball, these casual games can inspire fierce competition. Sport your matching jerseys proudly and make sure the rest of your gear has you outfitted to win. When impressing your coworkers or maintaining champion status is on the line, you don’t want to worry about adjusting your socks. Go for a classic Wigwam Tube Sock to dominate on the court or a low-cut ULTIMAX® style to fuel your sprint downfield.

Swim, Cycle, Run

For serious athletes, spring is synonymous with triathlon season.  Many of you have been training all winter and are taking the final steps to prep for race day.  Having the right footwear can make or break your performance, whether you’re working toward a sprint triathlon or a full IRONMAN®. Typical socks can wrinkle, slide down your heel, or cause blistering. Our IRONMAN® sock styles were designed to weather the transitions of the triathlon.  These lightweight sock styles eliminate moisture, prevent blisters, and will stay snug on your feet through the finish line.

Share Your Spring Adventure

Make spring 2014 the season you finally conquer that mountain, join that team, or make a new personal best on race day. Share your victories, destinations and race goals with us on Facebook or @wigwamsocksusa on Twitter!

Written by Wigwam at 10:00

 

As we conclude our series of posts on running and marathons over the last couple of months, we had a single burning question to ask one of our long time Wigwam advocates, Payge McMahon. Payge, who has focused much of her adult life pursing the completion of a 25 item bucket list of exotic and athletic endeavors, has thus far fulfilled over half of the items on her list. Interestingly enough though, there is a single item that she has marked “pending” for two years now. This item on the list happens to be “Run a Marathon”. So, we at Wigwam felt compelled to reach out and ask the simple question: Why have you yet to complete one? Payge was kind enough to respond to this question in her own words:

 

Running a marathon is one of the most popular items people put on their bucket list.  It is #13 on mine. A 26.2-mile adventure, over 500,000 people finished one of the 1,100 marathons held in the U.S. last year.  I was not one of them.

It’s a Challenge

Truth be told, I don’t even like running that much, but there it is, ‘Run a Payge Mcmahon Medal WinnerMarathon,’ listed at #13. It comes right after #12, ‘North Pole & Polar Bears.’   If I were smart, I’d enter the North Pole Marathon and kill two birds with one snowball.  Alas, I like being cold even less then the thought of running 26.2 miles in -40F. That would be torture.  So why do I have either on my bucket list?  I love the challenge.

My bucket List #13 has been in ‘pending’ status since 2012. I keep putting it off because I want to actually run the whole marathon. I know I can run, hike, walk and crawl out 26.2 miles in a day. Most reasonably, healthy people can.   The average person walks at a 3 mph pace, which means they can crank out a marathon in less than 9 hours.  I want to run a marathon…all of it.

I have no illusions of ever qualifying for Boston. This body is not built for speed, but it does have endurance. 

Why Run a Marathon When You Can Do an Ultra-Marathon?

In 2012, I finished a 167-mile, self-supported, ultra marathon, stage race called The Grand to Grand Ultra.  While each person carryied a 19 lb. backpack, with all their food and gear for the week, we raced 7 days alongside the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and around Zion National Park.  We went up and down mountains, over sand dunes and through forests. While I was an experienced distance backpacker and mountain climber, I was the only competitor who had never run a marathon.  I’m pretty sure most thought I was crazy.  Maybe I was.  Who enters an ultra-marathon without ever running a marathon?  I had to look at this race as ‘aggressive backpacking,’ otherwise, I would have been too intimidated to enter. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. My whole body suffered, but I ran, hiked and traversed my way to finish 40 out of 60.

Leading up to the G2G Ultra, I had run five, half-marathons with average time of two hours and eleven minutes. In training, I had planned to run a whole marathon, but when the turn-off came, separating the full marathon course from the half, I wimped out and only did the 13.1 miles. I knew I couldn’t run the entire last half.  It was hard just to run 13.1 miles.

The Time Has Come

I’ve been putting it off and putting it off, but this year I turn 40 and am Payge Mcmahon Finish Linedetermined to check #13 off my bucket list.  I am building up my stamina and working on mechanics.  I am a heel striker and look like a rhino plodding through mud. I’ve always wanted to be that graceful runner who effortlessly glides and bounces down the trail, like a gazelle.  I have a running coach now and hope he can help correct my form. 

My goal, by the end of 2014, is to run a full marathon. Ideally, I’d like to finish in under 4:30, but I’m not going to worry so much about the time as I am on the running.  I don’t have to run fast, I just want to run all of it.

 

We want to thank Payge for contributing her time to this post and wish her the best of luck in completing whatever marathon she happens to choose to participate in this upcoming year. You can read her bio for more information on what inspired her bucket list and be sure to visit www.turnthepayge.com to follow her adventures around the world.

Written by Payge McMahon at 10:00

 

For those of you who enjoy running roads, trails and everything in between, our Rebel Fusion Quarter II provides the ultimate comfort, no matter the terrain. Made for the high impact outdoor athlete, this Merino blend sock is backed by careful engineering to keep your feet going strong.

Exclusive Design. Function. Comfort

What makes the Rebel Fusion Quarter II so special? First off, it combines the sock Wigwam Rebel Fusion Quarter IIand liner into a single piece of fabric. Wigwam is the only company that offers this unique combination and your feet will thank you for it. By blending the Olefin liner with Merino wool, the Rebel Fusion provides temperature regulation to keep your feet warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. Your feet will nestle into the sock's breathable mesh and really feel the difference. 

The Science Behind the Sock: Ultimax 

The Rebel Fusion Quarter II utilizes Wigwam's patented Ultimax technology to keep outdoor athletes on the trails from sunrise to sunset. Ultimax is our revolutionary moisture management system that uses a push/pull technique. The hydrophobic Olefin liner (moisture rejecting) and hydrophilic Merino wool (moisture absorbing) fibers move moisture from the inside out, keeping your feet in the optimum environment. These features, along with the Rebel Fusion's lightweight design, long-wearing heel and toe, and seamless toe closure make it the perfect all-in-one package. If you're looking for a versatile sock to keep up with your active lifestyle, try the Rebel Fusion Quarter II. Be sure to let us know what you think on Facebook!

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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.

 

Written by Wigwam at 00:00

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