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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg HuntIt’s 6:00am ET, and Tina is wide awake. She grabbed a healthy breakfast, consisting of oatmeal, an egg, a banana, and a nice refreshing glass of orange juice. She has on her Proviz Women’s High Visibility Running Shorts and Proviz Women’s High Visibility Running Long Sleeve Shirt, and her shoes are tied tight. After all, she’s getting ready to go for a hunt. She received word that HeartRateMonitorsUSA was having an Easter Egg Hunt and the winning egg contained a $200 Gift Certificate. The prize is in her sights, and she’s determined to win.

She’s getting her game plan ready. The hunt will last from Saturday March 28th, and expires March 31st at Midnight ET. This gives her a chance to take her time. She straps on her Garmin Vivoactive Smartwatch so she can keep track of her daily performance, allowing her to see her strengths and weaknesses. She partners that with her GoPro Hero4 Black Edition HD Action Camera with 32GB Ultra Memory Card, so she can watch the play back and see if there was anything missed. She really wants her name to be announced as the winner.

The hunt is on, and Tina starts off slow. She’s taking her time, combing through every page of, looking for all three eggs. You heard that right, there are three eggs. In order for her to claim her $200 prize, she needs to locate at least one. She’s checking the Brands page, and she searched through the Running Shoes section as well. Tina is really in it for the win. She even checked the Shipping page and noticed that there is Free 2 Day Shipping on all orders over $100 and Free Overnight on all orders over $250. This kicked her search into over-drive.

There’s one egg, she found. There’s yet another egg. Where is the third egg? It’s hidden really well, but Tina will not give up. Will she find it? Will you find it? Search the entire website, and locate the hidden egg(s). Once the egg(s) have been located, e-mail the location(s) to The search will begin on Saturday March 28th, and ends March 31st at Midnight ET. One winner will be announced on April 1, 2015 at 10:00am ET.

8 Tips to Maintaining Fitness in the Cold Season

The colder 8 Tips to Maintaining Fitness in the Cold Seasonseason is upon us. For some, that means their workout sessions will slow down, while for others it will come to a complete stop until next season. Don’t allow the cold to frighten you from your daily routines. Exercising in the cold can have its benefits. Sometimes the chill allows you to do a more thorough workout than you would get in the warmer weather. If you’re exercising in particularly frigid temperatures, your body will expend more energy to regulate core temperature, increasing your heart rate and boosting the number of calories you burn during a workout. While it may be a challenge, here are a few tips for getting through a winter workout:

Warm Up Wisely
Before any workout, walk around or jog in place indoors for five minutes, recommends Olympian Jeff Galloway, coauthor of A Woman’s Guide to Running. When you head out, give your body time to adjust to the conditions by taking 30-second breaks every few minutes for the first 10 minutes.

Even if it’s not as obvious as in the summer, you’re still sweating during cold-weather workouts and pushing yourself, so stay hydrated. Mayo Clinic suggests drinking water before, after and during your runs, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Dress Warm
Dress in removable layers, sometimes two or three. Wearing a sweater adds inches to the bar, making it harder on exercises like Front Squats to put the bar correctly. I remove my sweater during work sets, and put it back on between sets. Try also a wool hat to avoid sinus & ear infections from the cold weather.

Don’t forget your hat and gloves
Keeping hands and feet warm is key in the cold temperatures since your body will shunt blood away from extremities to keep your internal organs warm. Gloves will help prevent skin damage and frostbite in sub-zero temperatures. To keep your feet warm, make sure your torso is properly insulated. That will drive blood back down to your lower extremities. About 50 percent of body heat is lost from an uncovered head when the temperatures hit the freezing mark. Wearing a hat will help your body retain heat.

Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia
Symptoms of hypothermia include an inability to think clearly or move easily, shivering, exhaustion, memory loss, drowsiness, fumbling hands, slurred speech, pain in the extremities, a slow and weak pulse, as well as collapse or unconsciousness.

Don’t Overdress
Wearing too many clothes during a workout can cause you to sweat more. In the winter, sweat being soaked into your clothing may leave you feeling a bit more chilled. If you notice that you are feeling colder, immediately remove an additional layer of clothes. Try to stay away from heavy cottons, as they’d promote and soak up more sweat.

Check the weather
knowing the forecast allows you to properly prep for the next workout, adjusting your wardrobe accordingly

 Plan your route
Having a set destination is important for any exercise, regardless of weather conditions. During the colder season, try on planning a route with heavily lined trees or buildings. This allows some protection against the wind. Another great practice is to be sure there is a store or cafe along the way, in case you need to step in and warm up a little.

There are some safety risks to consider when exercising in the cold. The most dangerous conditions to work out in are those that involve extremes in temperature. Cold weather exercise can lead to hypothermic symptoms. When exercising in the cold, you need to think more about your clothing and your exposure to the elements.


What Do You Know about the GoPro Hero 3+?

GoPro Hero 3+ action camera

Learn about how the GoPro Hero 3+ action camera can join you on your adventures!

We know a lot about the awesome, interactive camera, the GoPro Hero 3+, but what do you know about it? Heart Rate Monitors USA has the facts on what makes this camera just as active as you are, so you can take it wherever you go!

So what is the GoPro Hero 3+ Action camera?

Think about all the cool stuff you see out on your runs, bike rides, or any other outdoor expeditions. The GoPro action camera can go with you and capture of all the excitement you see while you’re out on your adventure. Not only is this camera made for those who like to be adventurous, it also comes with a waterproof housing case and an adhesive mount to place on your helmet, bike, canoe, or virtually anything else.

The GoPro Hero 3+ has pretty much everything you’d want out of an ideal travel partner: it takes pictures of the things you can’t, records the awesome events of your ride or excursion, and can be taken pretty much anywhere without being damaged. In addition, this action camera has a wide-angle perspective and a time lapse feature that takes up to 30 frames per second. Not only does it go wherever you go, it can capture the things that are harder to catch on a regular camera.

What kinds of accessories are meant for the GoPro Hero 3+?

You can get a wrist accessory to house the camera on your arm while you cycle down the trail, or you can get a Floaty Backdoor device to place the camera on while you’re in the water. Whatever kinds of accessories you need to get the shot you’ve been dying for, our accessories selection for the GoPro Hero 3+ have almost anything you’d need.

Want to see our full collection of GoPro action cameras? Visit us today at!

Healthy Story: Michele of Hungry for a Living

Hello readers! We’ve got another great interview with a featured blogger and we can’t wait to share. We got to chat with Michele of Hungry for Living and she provided some AWESOME responses. Be sure to check out her blog!

Hungry for Living

What made you decide to get healthy? (Your Journey page tells a bit, but could you be
more specific?)

Growing up I struggled with my weight. I was a dancer since I was little and then in High School
I stopped and began to gain weight. My weight would go up and down due to my poor eating
habits and continued throughout college. Finally I saw pictures of myself and I didn’t recognize
the person in the photos. I was not happy with myself and I finally realized that I not only wanted
to lose weight but also become all together healthier. I knew I had to make long lasting changes.

How do you stay motivated to stick with your wellness plan?

It is hard to stay motivated, especially after you reach certain goals you had been working
towards. I definitely still plateau at times. It’s all about finding new ways to stay motivated.
Finding new workouts, new recipes and working towards new goals. Keeping my blog also helps
me to stay on track.

What does a typical day of your diet/exercise plan look like?

A typical day for me:

Cheerios and a banana for breakfast, followed by and mid morning snack of some type of fruit.
I usually have a protein shake for lunch; sometimes I hit the gym around lunch time. Then I will
snack on fruits, nuts, or maybe some edename. For dinner I usually have a large salad with
grilled chicken or shrimp or maybe some whole wheat pasta. It changes depending on the day,
but dinner time is when I try to get most my vegetables in. If I am still hungry I will snack on pop
corn I pop on the stove using a small amount of oil or some fruit. Depending on the season I will
go to the gym, go to a boot camp class, do Wii fit or go for a bike ride in the evening

I am bad when it comes to eating vegetables; I am a very picky eater, so I usually always try to
have a salad every day. I also take a green supplement to make sure I get all the nutrients I

What about exercise? What do you recommend for those who are just starting out on the
path to getting healthier?

I started out doing a mile on my bike one night and then tried to go a little further each night. I
eventually got to the point where I was biking 26 miles around my neighborhood after work. I
would say the best thing is to start slow and gradually work your way up. Walk around your
block, then the next night go a bit further. After a while try walking some and jogging some, then
try jogging the whole way.

What, do you feel, has been your biggest wellness achievement so far?

I think just being able to feel healthier from within and getting to share my experiences and tips
with others.

What is your one best tip for someone who wants to start eating healthier?

Same as with the exercise, you have to start slow. If you jump into a whole new way of eating
you are less likely to stick with it. Slowly change your eating habits and start to incorporate
healthier meals and snacks into your day. Also I don’t think you should deprive yourself. If
you say you will never eat ice cream again you will constantly wish you could eat ice cream
and eventually you will sub come and feel like a failure. If you allow yourself special treats in
moderation you will always feel satisfied and you will be able to make life long changes.

What’s your favorite food?

It sounds funny because I don’t like a lot of vegetables, but I love artichokes.

Aside from that I could live on a diet of pure chocolate… but since that is not a very healthy diet I
am constantly teaching myself moderation.

Thanks Michele!

Michele blogs at Hungry for  Living.

Runner’s Story: My Track Record

My Track Record

Heart Rate Monitors USA got the chance to interview Greg of My Track Record and we have to say, we’re impressed! Not only is Greg a great blogger (we love the video posts :)), but he’s also a past member of the United States’ 100K World Championship team. We wish him all the luck in the world in achieving his future goals, as well as congratulations for his past achievements. Enjoy our interview!

How did you get started in running?

As a kid, I loved sports in general, so I tried everything. Long-distance running was one of the only sports I was good at, so I stuck with it. (The story of the day when I realized I was suited for long distances is told here:

What do you love most about running?

Perhaps the fact that, in general, hard work is rewarded and progress is easy to measure. If you increase your commitment to running, your times get faster or your weight gets lighter or whatever. You don’t have the complications of teammates, frequent changes in equipment and venues, etc. To a large extent, it’s just you against the clock.

What are your personal records so far in your sport?
My best times are 15:03 for 5 kilometers, 30:58 for 10 kilometers, 2:22:32 for a marathon, and 6:52:52 for 100 kilometers.

Do you have any running goals for the future?

Of course I do. I’ve been struggling with an Achilles tendon problem for the last six months, so my goal for 2011 is simply to get healthy again. After that, I would like to make it back onto the United States’ 100K World Championship team, which I was a member of in 2005, 2007, and 2008. And I’ll turn 40 in 2013, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to turn in some strong masters times at all distances from 5K on up.

How do you keep in shape?

When healthy, I run every day, with one or two speed workouts per week plus a longer run on the weekend. I also do some commuting by bicycle, though I hesitate to call it cross-training, and chase my 4-year-old son around the playground from time to time.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a runner who is just getting started?

Experiment with different kinds of running — fast vs. slow, continuous vs. intervals, roads vs. track vs. trails vs. treadmill, timed vs. untimed, morning vs. evening, solo vs. with friends, shorter vs. longer — to see what’s most fun for you. Too many people get locked into a pattern that simply represents what they’re used to, not what they enjoy most.

Thanks for the interview Greg!

For all of you Heart Rate Monitors USA readers, be sure to check out Greg’s blog, My Track Record!

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Runner’s Story: Old Man Running

We have another inspiring story for you! Allen Leigh, of Old Man Running, was kind enough to share his story with us and we have to say, it’s quite amazing. You can read more about how running actually saved his life here, but for now, he’s going to share his best running tips and advice. Enjoy!

Allen Leigh of

Allen Leigh of

How and when did you start running?
I started running at age 38 due to having pain in my feet when I was on my feet for several hours. I had been raised in a small Utah town in which I walked or rode a bike everywhere. I completed four years of college during which I walked several miles each day just going to and coming from campus twice a day.

After my Sophomore year of college I worked at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon as a Bell Hop and was on my feet all day. During my off hours, I hiked 90 miles in the canyon, including a rim-rim hike of 26 miles. The upshot of this is that I had very strong legs and feet until…until I bought my first car and started driving everywhere. After a few years, my feet started to hurt. For example, after 6 or 7 hours of doing yard work, my feet would be so sore the next morning that I had to crawl from my bed to the bathroom. On top of all this, I was born with a very stiff skeleton (a bone specialist said I had the opposite of double joints).

I thought my stiff skeleton might be the cause of the pain in my feet, and I went to a bone specialist. He examined me and said the muscles in my feet were weak and that I should do anything I wanted to do to strengthen them. I began running. I had experimented a few times with running, through the influence of a friend at National Guard summer camp, and I thought running would strengthen my feet. It did, and I kept on running.

What’s been your biggest achievement as an athlete so far?

In terms of running, my four marathons at age 46-47. However, I think a bigger achievement is just that I’ve been running for about 38 years.

Do you compete in any running events regularly? If so, which ones?

No, although there is a local 5K that I like to run each June. Later, after I get my long run back to 15 miles, I’d like to do a half-marathon each year. I’m a very competitive person and like to compete with myself. But, I don’t want to race on a regular basis. I prefer to just run for enjoyment.

What are your goals for the future?
Two years ago I had serious blood clots that literally shut me down. I finished a 22-mile week with a 7-mile run on Saturday. On Monday I could only walk about 200 feet. I was in the hospital for 5 days, and when I left my walking was up to 400 feet. My wife and I walked together, and when our walking got up to 1 1/2 miles, I started to mix in small amounts of running. My long run is currently 7 miles, about 60% running and 40% walking. I alternate short runs with short walks, about 1 minute for running and a bit less for walking.

My immediate goals are to get my Monday or Tuesday rest run to 5 miles (I’ve achieved that), my Wednesday or Thursday medium run to 7 miles (I just did that but my body isn’t used to it yet), and my Friday or Saturday long run to 10 miles. After I reach those goals and my body is getting used to those distances, I’ll increase the medium and long runs until my three runs are 5, 10, 15 miles. At that point, I will consider doing a half-marathon once or twice a year.

What is your favorite thing about running?
I run for enjoyment. I enjoy the running. I enjoy being outside. I enjoy the birds and animals that I see. I even enjoy picking up trash along the path I run. I do almost all of my running on the Jordan River Parkway that follows the Jordan River from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. I like to run the Parkway, because it gets me away from city streets and the resulting smog. It gets me out in nature. I pass quite a few walkers, runners, cyclists, etc., and I enjoy nodding hello to them. There is an older man, who I see once or twice a week, who rides an electric scooter, and I always stop and talk with him. I enjoy races, too, but they are a secondary interest in my running.

What’s a normal workout routine for you?
I don’t do much in cross training, so I don’t have much of a workout routine. I run three times per week, and I stretch before and after I run.

Do you have a favorite runner or athlete?
George “Doc” Sheehan. Even though I never met him, he was my mentor, and I attribute my 38 years of running with only one minor injury to following his advice: enjoy my running, listen to my body, and modify my running by how my body feels. I grew up in running before the technical gadgets were invented, and I learned to listen to my body and run according to how I feel. In my training site ( I’ve posted an essay by Doc Sheehan which was the first thing I read in the running literature. I’ve dedicated that post to Doc Sheehan.

Do you have any running gear that you love?
I’m not into running gear very much. My shoes, shorts, long pants, technical T-shirts, nylon wind breaker, a wide-brim hat, and my Fuel Belt are all I have and need. Oh yes, I have an old Garmin GPS that I use to measure distance when I go on a new path. I don’t carry the Garmin on a regular basis. Just when I need to measure distance or check on my pace. I try not to check on my pace very often, because I don’t want to become obsessed with running faster. I run for enjoyment and let my speed increase naturally.

What’s the one mistake that you see most new runners making?
Pushing themselves too much. Abnormal soreness, pain, side stitches, a high resting heart rate are not normal. They are statements from our bodies that we’re doing too much. If one feels pain, lack of energy, abnormal soreness, he or she should do the natural thing and walk or stop running. It’s abnormal to push ones self through pain. If your body tells you it can’t handle the stress of running, do what ever it takes to reduce the stress. Pushing through the pain increases the stress, just the opposite of what your body needs.

If you could give one bit of advice to a new runner, what would it be?
Run because you want to. If you don’t like running, then walk, swim, cycle, or something else. Listen to your body and enjoy what ever you do.

Thanks Allen!

Be sure to check out Old Man Running for some great running tips, advice, and of course, some insight from Allen!

Runner’s Story: Triathlon @ 55

Augusta RunAt Heart Rate Monitors USA, we love to see inspiring stories from runners who truly have a passion for the sport. One such runner is Mauricio Sanchez, the blogger behind Triathlon @ 55. We found Mauricio one day when we were looking at some different running resouces, and we have to say, he’s a great resource to have on hand!

Mauricio’s story is one that shows that no matter what the challenge, it can be overcome with determination…and some practice. Enjoy our interview with him!

What made you get started with marathon running? Have you always been an athlete?

I was never the athlete type, far from it.  I had back surgery in April 2003.  I had a ruptured disk.  The doctor told me that I needed to do some exercising and lose some weight.  Day of surgery I weighed in at 198lbs. (Today, 168) If I chose not to do that I would continue to have problems with my back.  I didn’t want to grow old in pain.  So I started running.  First on the treadmill at the “Y”.  When that got old and boring, after about two months, I took to the road and that lasted about a year (give or take) before I started getting bored again.

Looking for motivation, I registered myself for the Country Music 1/2 Marathon in 2007… and the rest, as they say is history.
How about triathlons? When did you first start competing? How was it?

After a year of running, I started looking for a new challenge.  I had heard of this thing called “triathlon” so I started researching it.  My wife bought me a book for Christmas that year called Triathlon for Dummies.  I read it twice in two days.  Then I went to our local Tri store to ask questions and walked out with my first road bike.

Do you run any marathons or triathlons annually?

The only event I have run every year is the Country Music Marathon.  I have run the 1/2 twice and the full twice.  I pick and choose other events according to what my friends are doing.  I have also done the Goofy Challenge in Walt Disney World (1/2 marathon on Saturday, Full Marathon on Sunday).

As far as Triathlons, I try to go to different events every year.  I have done the Augusta Ironman 70.3 and the Steelhead Ironman 70.3 as well as a bunch of spring triathlons along the way.

What made you set your eyes on Ironman?

I plan to do my first full Ironman on August 28, 2011… the Louisville Ironman.  My eyes have been set on this since the day I finished my first triathlon a little over two years ago.  Mostly because I want to see how far I can push myself!

McMinnville Bike
What are you looking forward to in 2011?

Ironman Louisville is my one and only focus for 2011.  I will do the New Orleans Ironman 70.3 and the Country Music Marathon as part of my training.

Do you have any running gear that you love/swear by?

Yes.  My Heart Rate Monitor.  But it wasn’t until I received advice from my tri coach.  He showed me how important it was to train within my “zone”, and this couldn’t be done without a HRM.  My training runs and rides all of the sudden became more effective.

If you could give one bit of advice to a new triathlete, what would it be?

Have Fun!  Train Hard, Train Smart.  Listen to your body.

Plus… my mantra is simple:  Faith.  Focus.  Finish.

I see that you enjoy swimming, biking, and running – do you have a particular favorite out of those three?

Yes, I guess the running because I’m the most comfortable with this.

What’s a normal workout routine for you?

I try to work out six days a week, rest on Sunday.  At the moment I am in the middle of the P90X program.  I’m doing this to improve my overall fitness, strengthen my core and tone my muscles.  This being the off season, I also keep my swimming, cycling and running base by swimming once per week for about an hour, spin class once or twice per week and running once or twice.  Usually a long run 7 miles plus on Saturday.
During the season, training is very structured.  I follow a plan provided by my coach which involves speed work, endurance work, etc.

How do you recover after a particularly tough event?

First thing I do is to drink my recovery drink within the first thirty minutes of finishing.  Usually a low fat chocolate milk.  I have tried the fancy, expensive drinks but found that good ol’ chocolate milk does the job.  Then I stretch for a while.  Usually a good thirty minutes of overall stretching works great for me.  Then soon thereafter I eat a complete, well-balanced meal.  After that, I go home and crash for a while.  The day after the event is very important; usually a recovery swim, run or ride is in order.

Thanks so much for the interview Mauricio!

Be sure to check out his blog, Triathlon @ 55,  for running tips and insight on the path to the Ironman.

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