Welcome To The Streaking Runner!

Judy Mick

Hi!  My name is Judy Mick, also known as The Streaking Runner.  More about my name later!  I am passionate about running and helping runners to stay runners for life.  So many runners start a running program and quit for some reason or another – I want to help them get started correctly and keep running for life!

Throughout the years I’ve run numerous races at all distances.  As I’ve grown older, though, I find myself running the longer distances - marathons and half-marathons.  And, I always plan a race in Florida during January or February to get out of the cold!

I started running in college (around 1978) to basically try to stay in shape (you know, beer and pizza at all hours).  There was also a secondary reason.  My best friend and roommate was trying to catch the eye of a member of the cross country team.  Well, it worked on all counts, she married the runner and I’m still running!

My main claim to fame is that I have not missed a day of running since November 20 1985!   Thus the name:  The Streaking Runner.  I absolutely love running and I know that it has kept me healthy all these years – and probably more sane!

In this blog, we’ll be talking about many different aspects of running – from staying overall fit, proper clothes, shoes, fun races, continuing to run as you get older, etc.  Feel free to comment to let me know anything you’d like to see.

I’m also a firm believer in positive attitude and motivation.  Positive attitude can make all the difference in all area of life – including running!

If you’re a Facebook or Twitter user, I’d love for you to connect with me there!  Just click on the link to get to my Facebook Fan Page (and please “like” me while you’re there) and to follow me on Twitter!  I’d love to keep in touch!

I also am a published author on Amazon.  You can view my author page at: http://judyruns.com/authorpage

Another thing that I’m extremely excited about is that I’m an RRCA Certified Running Coach.  I want to help new runners get started correctly and help them to achieve their goals.

You can also email me at:  judy@thestreakingrunner.com

Run Happy!

 

Who Is This Person In My Body?

running as you get olderI’ve been running for well over 30 years now.  I have always been what I call a running purist.  Maybe a few stretches afterwards – but that was about it.  Now, there was weight workouts that I did – but just a couple of times a week – a few months out of the year.  Also, after hard workouts or long runs, I use the Running Stick to self massage my leg muscles – that I have been doing for years.

Then, I moved into my mid-50′s.  Wow, it even sounds weird to say that because I don’t feel that old at all.  I firmly believe that age is all in your mind (and in my mind, I still feel like I’m in my 20′s) – but there are some facts that you have to face.  As we get older, our bodies don’t bounce back from things as quickly as they did before.  We need to start doing some things that we may never have done before.

Which leads me to the title of this post.  About 6 weeks ago – I started doing things that I’ve never I’d find myself doing.  Yoga and core workouts.  Yes, me – yoga.  Go figure!

Two times a week, I do a pretty intense core workout.  Some days it’s weights, some days it’s push ups and crunches, some days it’s balance work.  And, is that an eye opener!  I totally do not have the balance that I used to have!   It’s an extra half hour a couple of times a week that I know will help me to be a stronger runner as I get older.

A running friend, Robert Michael Sands, kept mentioning that he does a yoga workout daily.  So, I got some really great yoga stretches from him that I do religiously every day after my run.  Nothing that twists myself into a pretzel or anything – just some nice stretches that helps with the muscles that a runner uses.

So, there it its.  I’m doing things now that I never thought that I’d do.  And, believe me, during the days that I’m doing the push ups – I wonder who the person is in my body making me do them!

Run Happy!

Judy

 

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Nicole Thomas

Nicole ThomasHere is our next interview with an awesome runner!  Today we find out about Nicole Thomas.

Nicole is a triathlete!  I admire those that can do 3 things well!  I’m certainly not a swimmer and as you’ve heard me say before – I’m not a cyclist because I want to see what’s coming at me!  :-D  So, Nicole is awesome in my book!

In her words:  ”When I started running as an adult, it was because I wanted to try triathlon. Now, starting my 8th season, I hope to keep running as long as my body will let me.”

Let’s find out more about Nicole!

1.  How long have you been running?  Started running as an adult in the Fall of 2006, when I decided that I wanted to do triathlon.

2.  How many days a week do you run?  It varies with the time of year and whether I’m in a build or recovery week, 2 to 4 times per week.

3.  How many hours a week do your work?  40 hours.

4.  What time of day do you prefer to run?  Early morning, before breakfast and work, before there are any demands on my time. Generally this ends up being around 6am. On weekends I usually sleep in a bit and start around 7:30.

5.  How many miles a week do you typically run?  Could be as low as 6-8 miles in a recovery week, up to 20 a week during peak training season.

6.  Do you ever have problems fitting your running in with your schedule? How do you deal with any problems?  Yes, of course. I need to be willing to rearrange my training schedule (move things to different days) and, if totally necessary, drop a workout entirely.

7.  How did you get started running?  A friend with run-coaching experience suggest to focus on starting with 30 minute workouts, easy running as much as you can, and then taking a walk break of no longer than 90 seconds, as needed; repeat. As my fitness improved, the run segments naturally got longer. Can’t remember how long it took before I could run for an entire 30 minutes.

8.  What was your best run ever?  I’m not sure how to define “best run”. Setting a 10K PR and placing 2nd in AG at last year’s Memorial Day race was pretty nice. First time I managed to run the entire run segment at a triathlon was great. Finishing my first HM, although I was in great pain and missed my goals, was special.

9.  Do you have any running quirks? What are they?  I don’t think so.

10. Do you have a favorite place to run? Where is it?  I love running near bodies of water. Most often, this ends up being during my vacations to Virginia Beach.

11. Do you have a favorite race? What race is it?  Not really, at least, not yet. I really like the Sandman Triathlon in Virginia Beach because it combines my love for triathlon with my love for being at the beach.

12. If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?  Something very scenic, maybe with history. Perhaps part of the Ironman Triathlon route in Kona?

13. Do you have a dream race that you’d like to run?  I don’t aspire to marathons, and I prefer smaller races, but the New York marathon would be amazing.

14. Have you ever been injured? What was it? How did you deal with it?  Yes, too many. Sprained ankle, Achilles tendinitis, mis-tracking kneecaps, hip pain/muscular imbalance. Achilles tendinitis is THE WORST! Beyond the typical RICE therapy I’m a big believer in physical therapy.

15. Do you have any running goals? What are they? (If you don’t mind sharing)  5K under 25 minutes; 10K under 55 minutes; half marathon under 2hr

16. Do you prefer to run with others or do you prefer to run alone?  I prefer to run alone. I’m always ready on my schedule and I’m always running my pace.

17. Do you have a running hero? Can be living or not.  I’m amazed and inspired by what my friends accomplish.

18. What are the most extreme conditions that you’ve ever run in?  Last week, ran at 6º, in wind, with fresh snow on the ground. Have also run in some heavy rains. I rarely let the weather keep me from running.

Note:  I got this from Nicole when we were still in the midst of all the wild winter weather!

19. What one thing will you absolutely not run without?  Hydration…and a good sports bra!

20. What 3 words would you use to describe your running?  Like a triathlete ;)

 

Thanks, Nicole!

I love reading about everyone!  I always fine out things that I have in common with them.  Like Nicole – I love early morning running, I run alone – and I love running Virginia Beach.

I hope that everyone is enjoying these interviews as much as I am.

Remember, if you’d like us to learn a little about you – just e-mail me at judy@thestreakingrunner.com.

Run Happy!

Judy

An Amazing Book About The Boston Marathon 2013

Hal Higdon's Boston Marathon BookFirst of all, I was hesitant to purchase this book.  I didn’t want to contribute to anything or anyone that might make money from the Boston Marathon bombings.  But, it is authored by Hal Higdon, a running author and coach – who I’ve always admired.  He has been writing for Runner’s World longer than anyone else.  So, I figured that he would not be doing any sensationalizing what happened.  

Then, I read more about what the book was about and I had to read it.  And, I was right.  4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners is written through the words of those that were there.  He took the stories of 75 people from that day in Boston.  Most of them were actually runners in the marathon – and a few family members and a few volunteers.  All of them willing to share their thoughts and experiences from that day.

I loved reading the stories of the runners.  They shared what was going through their minds throughout the whole race – from the start to the finish line.  What they were feeling along the way – the aches, the pains, the love from the crowds, etc.

The stories are from those that finished before the bombs went off, those that were right there and from those that were still on the course.  They talk about not really knowing what was happening at first – then trying to meet back up with their family and friends.

This is a book that I absolutely could not put down.  In fact, I read it all in one Sunday afternoon and evening.  

As Boston 2014 is coming up – this book is a must read.  If you are planning on running Boston – it will get you more ready than ever.  If you’re not running Boston – it will make you want to train harder to be sure to be there next year.

4:09:43: Boston 2013 Through the Eyes of the Runners is a book that I highly recommend that you read.  Click here to read more about it.

This is a great addition to your running book library.  I know that you’ll enjoy reading about the marathon from the eyes of those that were there.

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

 

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Rick Kerr

Rick KerrHere’s the next of our interviews with awesome runners!  Today we get to know more about Rick Kerr. We have a lot in common – we both like running by ourselves, are morning runners – and, are streakers!

I hope that you reading about Rick!

1.       How long have you been running?   Off and on since the late 60′s, and steady since 1980

2.       How many days a week do you run? Seven

3.       How many hours a week do your work?  Thirty plus. (Retired from GM.)

4.       What time of day do you prefer to run?  Mornings 

5.       How many miles a week do you typically run?  Thirty to Sixty    

6.       Do you ever have problems fitting your running in with your schedule? How do you deal with any problems?  No, I just run.

7.       How did you get started running?  In the Sixties as neighborhood kid competition, in 1980 to lose some weight.

8.       What was your best run ever?  So many different ones to say for sure.

9.       Do you have any running quirks? What are they?  Stats,stats stats, I log everything.

10.    Do you have a favorite place to run? Where is it?  Down in the home hills of Monroe County Kentucky.

11.    Do you have a favorite race? What race is it?  No I do not race much anymore, my favorite race was bicycle time trials.

12.    If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be?  Maui Hawaii.

13.    Do you have a dream race that you’d like to run?  Sorry, no.

14.    Have you ever been injured? What was it? How did you deal with it?  Lower back issues, I work out with a Bow-flex and do back specific stretches.    

15.    Do you have any running goals? What are they? (If you don’t mind sharing)  I have accomplished all my goals, I hope to run until my health or death takes me out.    

16.    Do you prefer to run with others or do you prefer to run alone?  I am a loner i am a rock I am an island.

17.    Do you have a running hero? Can be living or not.  My best running buddy Greg T. he is so mentally tough after so many life heartaches (loss of a child for one).    

18.    What is the most extreme conditions that you’ve ever run in?  105 degrees with nasty humidity, I hate extreme hot.    

19.    What one thing will you absolutely not run without?  My Iron Man watch, I time everything.

20.    What 3 words would you use to describe your running?  “My Personal Passion”.

 

Thanks, Rick!

I hope that everyone is enjoying learning about others as much as I am!  We all have different goals, are at different stages in our running, etc.

Run Happy!

Judy

 

Running Gear – Review Of Injinji Performance Toe Socks

Injinji Toe SocksToe socks.  I’ll admit – I used to think that anyone who wore these were a little bit out there.  But, I broke down one day and bought a pair – and now I’m hooked!  I got rid of all my other running socks and wear Injinji Toe Socks exclusively!

Here’s a review of them for you – good and bad points!

Product Description:

The Injinji Performance Micro Toesocks are a specially designed piece of footwear for athletes which separate out your toes as you train. If you train regularly, they are a great way to keep your feet comfortable and healthy as you run.

The socks are constructed from a blend of soft, moisture-wicking CoolMax fabric, durable Lycra and nylon. This creates a breathable, lightweight, low friction, moisture free sock which promotes natural movement throughout your entire foot. It also encourages healthy circulation and prevents skin-on-skin contact between your toes which reduces your chances of getting blisters.

Product Features:

-      Anatomical Interface System (AIS) which separates your toes and promotes healthy digital alignment.

-      Anti-friction fibers which prevent blisters and chafing.

-      Controls moisture levels in the foot.

-      Improves balance.

-      Improves grip.

-      Improves stability.

-      Machine washable.

-      Optimal fabric blend of 70% CoolMax, 25% nylon and 5% Lycra.

 

Good Points: 

1) Unique Design:- One of the main reasons for buying the Injinji Performance Toesocks is the unique design. While there are a large range of toe shoes on the market, there are actually very few toe socks. Having your socks separate your toes out in this way allows you to enjoy all the benefits that toe shoes provide, even when you are not out running. 

2) Toe Shoe Compatible:- Another key benefit of the Injinji Performance Toesocks is that they are compatible with toe shoes. If you have a pair of toe shoes that have started to chafe or don’t feel quite right on your feet, simply slip these socks on, pop your toe shoes on over the top and they’ll suddenly start to feel a whole lot more comfortable. 

3) Blemish Free Feet:- If you run regularly, particularly for long distances, then you’ll know all about the effect it can have on your feet. The moisture and chafing can lead to blisters, bruising and dry skin, particularly around your toes. The Injinji Performance Toe socks tackle this problem in three ways. First, the fabrics that are used to create the sock absorb lots of moisture as you run. Secondly these same fabrics reduce the amount of friction that the sock creates. Finally, the design of the sock separates out your toes and ensures that they can’t rub together. Collectively, this makes a massive difference and means that you’ll have very few or no blisters on your feet when wearing these Injinji Performance Toesocks, even after the longest, most intense runs.

Bad Points:

1) Take Longer To Put On Than Regular Socks:- If you’ve always used regular socks, then putting on the Injinji Toe socks does take a bit of getting used to. Instead of just slipping the sock on over your foot, you have to also ensure that each toe has gone into the right hole. This doesn’t take a huge amount of time but it does slow you down slightly, especially during the first few uses.

Summary:

If you are a fan of barefoot running or regular running, the Injinji Performance Toesocks are one of the best pieces of clothing you can buy. Putting these socks on makes your feet much more comfortable and more importantly protects them from the blemishes associated with regular running. Adjusting to the five toed design when you are used to regular socks does take some time but the benefits are well worth it. If you are serious about your running and the health of your feet, you’ll definitely want to pick up a pair of Injinji Performance Toe socks.  Now, I wouldn’t wear anything else but!  I don’t wear toe shoes – but I absolutely love my toe socks!

Take a closer look at them at http://judyruns.com/toesocks

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Erica Gorman

Erica GormanHere is the third in our series of interviews with some awesome runners.  Today we learn about Erica Gorman.  I’m jealous of her already as she lives in Hawaii!  Everyone knows that my dream is to live in a tropical area where I never have to worry about winter running clothes again!

Erica is also a super busy person – who still manages to run everyday.  Something else that I can relate to!  Here’s Erica!

 

1.       How long have you been running? Running has been a part of my life since my early years with soccer but then it was more of a “punishment” or a “necessity”. In college I took an aerobic running class as gym credits were required. I ran my first 5K that year and got interested but running fell to the wayside. My love of running was rekindled around 2006 and my commitment has been growing ever since!

2.       How many days a week do you run? Everyday! Once I run later today it will mark running streak day 771. Today is 2/7/14. 

3.       How many hours a week do your work? I am a full-time employee for a local non-profit so I put in a solid 40 hours a week there. Add in blogging, etc. and I am a very busy lady!

4.       What time of day do you prefer to run? Before work even if it is 4:00 am because it makes my afternoons less hectic. Although I have been failing miserably at getting up that early these past few weeks. 

5.       How many miles a week do you typically run? My goal is 40 miles a week. Typically I am around 35.

6.       Do you ever have problems fitting your running in with your schedule? How do you deal with any problems? YES! I am at the crazy time of the year at work and my running “suffers”. I do what I need to do and accept my minimum days. My mileage cuts back drastically but it is better than no mileage. 

7.       How did you get started running? In college as a requirement with the added hope to lose those extra college pounds. It worked!

8.       What was your best run ever? There are so many wonderful runs that are special in their own ways. Some of my highlights are the Kaua’i Half Marathon – it just felt very spiritual to run there. Then there was the time I had to run 20 miles on my home incline treadmill. That was a tough but fun run as every 30 minutes darling daughter would move a wash cloth from one stack to the next so she could see Mommy was getting there. And just this last summer in one of our final jogging stroller runs, I loaded her into the stroller with pool noodles and ran her to the pool in my Mom’s neighborhood. That was fun! Oh and we can not forget the jogging stroller run where we gained a new but used suitcase! Running back with that was funny.

9.       Do you have any running quirks? What are they? Ironically I can’t think of any true quirks. How boring! I do make the sign of the cross and send a kiss up to my dad at every race finish though. I miss him dearly.

10.    Do you have a favorite place to run? Where is it? Outside! Anywhere outside! I spend so much time on the treadmill since I run so early or after work with darling daughter at home. Being able to run outside is a real blessing.

11.    Do you have a favorite race? What race is it? Honolulu Marathon is pretty special to me right now. I truly love the course and its energy and it doesn’t hurt that I have made some great PR’s there. 

12.    If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? DISNEY! I want to do a Disney race one day. But then equally fun would be a family trip to Kaua’i to do the Kaua’i Marathon.

13.    Do you have a dream race that you’d like to run? It seems I answered that. :)

14.    Have you ever been injured? What was it? How did you deal with it? Yes. Ages ago but not really that long. I woke up with leg pain and never really figured out what I did to myself but somehow I tore something in my left hip. It took ages to really recover as I kept ignoring that my hips were out of alignment and needed to be readjusted. This was before my running streak so I didn’t run and worked my way through the pain. Seriously, I was in pain for years. I am pretty good now but my left hip can still get whiny at times. Yoga is helping with that!

15.    Do you have any running goals? What are they? (If you don’t mind sharing) I want to break a 4:00 marathon now. My last marathon was in 4:10:18 so I think it is doable. I would love to run an ultra one day too but don’t know how I can find the time to do the proper training with everything that is on my plate.

16.    Do you prefer to run with others or do you prefer to run alone? I typically run alone but sometimes I crave a run with my husband mainly for security. It just feels good knowing someone is there with you on those longer runs.

17.    Do you have a running hero? Can be living or not. I don’t know if I really have any heroes but I do have those who inspire me. Dean Karnazes is pretty inspirational and I think he is lucky to be able to bring running into the minds of others. But those who really inspire me are the gals and guys out there everyday making running a part of their life when it isn’t their job. Shelly Cable inspired me to start my running streak so I can’t not mention her but she is one of many bloggers who are awesome to follow. The mutual respect and support is beyond amazing.

18.    What is the most extreme conditions that you’ve ever run in? I live in Hawai’i. I don’t think we have extreme. ;) But there was that one time as a kid I ran from a friend’s house down the street home when it was lightening outside. That really scared me and is making me miss Texas right now!

19.    What one thing will you absolutely not run without? My phone. I won’t for many reasons – it is my music, my GPS, my sensor, but more importantly, it could be my lifeline…or someone elses. I am a mom and must keep safety as my number one priority.

20.    What 3 words would you use to describe your running? Daily. Energizing. Cleansing.

 

Thanks, Erica!

I so appreciate everyone who has shared their stories that you will be reading about in the weeks to come.  Remember, if you want to be included – just email me at judy@thestreakingrunner.com

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

The Treadmill Saves My Streak Again!

treadmill runningThis has not quite been the week that I planned for.  As some of you know – I stay at my Mom’s an hour and a half away 4 days a week to help to take care of her.  I usually leave up there on Monday for home.  Last Sunday, the weather was calling for several inches of snow both there and here – so I decided to head home a day early.

Plans were to beat the snow and to have an extra day to get some work done.  Well, that certainly didn’t happen.  Sunday night (well actually early Monday morning) 12:30 to be exact – I woke up with a killer headache. Then, some other symptoms started happening.  Without going into graphic detail, I realized something that I had eaten had totally not agreed with me.

The next 2 days, I was a best friend to my bathroom and caught up on a lot of sleep in between.

Those that know me (especially my hubby) were a little freaked out since I am never sick and always have enough energy for 3 people.  Well, not this week.

Monday, it was all I could do to pull on some shorts and a shirt and my shoes to head to my basement to my treadmill.  I got my mile in that day – and for the next 2 days after.  One mile did me in.  Thursday, I was feeling much better and was able to get 3 in.  Hopefully, I’ll be back to full strength by Sunday and a scheduled 8-miler.

The moral of the story is that without my treadmill being in my basement – I’m not sure my streak would still be here.  Well, OK, after all these years, I’d have made it happen somehow.  But, Monday, it was icy and cold and snowy and I felt like crap.  Running outside just wasn’t an option I wanted to think about.

I know that there are some runners out there that don’t consider treadmill running “real” running.  Well, I’m not one of those – and luckily most of my streaking friends don’t either.  We do whatever we have to do to get our runs in.

This was one of the weeks that I am in love with my treadmill!  It saved me (and my streak) again!

Run Happy!

Judy

 

I’m Glad I’m A Meat And Potatoes Girl!

running nutritionNow before I get started – I know that there are going to be some of you that totally disagree with me.  And, that’s fine.  There’s a lot of vegetarian runners out there – and if it works for them, great!  But, this has been working for me for over 30 years – so, I’m going to stick to it!

I will happily admit – I am a meat and potatoes girl!  I have been since way back – and I don’t see me changing anytime soon.  To me there is nothing better than a good old steak and a baked potato!  And, the good news is – that as a runner – it’s good for me!

I love all types of meat – but my absolute favorite is beef.  Yes, red meat.  Contrary to popular belief, red meat is good for you – and for runners! It is an excellent source of protein – which runners need in their diet. It is also a great source of zinc- which is needed for runners that do longer distances. A nice juicy steak is a great meal for your after race meal or after a hard workout. Just make sure that you are eating leaner cuts. Look for sirloin, filet mignon and 95 percent lean ground beef for your red meat choices.

Then, there’s potatoes.  Most people think that pasta is the best and only carb for runners.  Not true.  Baked, mashed, or boiled, potatoes actually provide more energy-delivering complex carbohydrates than a cup of pasta. All varieties–russet, red, yellow, purple, and sweet–contain impressive quantities of vitamins and minerals. Plus, they’re easy to digest and prepare.

If you’re like me – and would rather eat a side of beef than anything else.  That’s fine.  Meat and potatoes are two of what runners need – protein and carbs.  So, don’t be sorry when you head out to that steakhouse.  You’re actually doing a good thing for your body!

Run Happy!

Judy

 

 

 

Running Nutrition – An “Eggs-ellent” Food For Runners

Eggs are great for running nutritionThere’s a lot of talk going around about eggs not being good for you.  And, then there’s those that say that you should only eat egg whites. Ugh!! Have you ever seen – or smelled – an omelet made with just egg whites?  Well, it’s just wrong!

Eggs are actually good for you – both the whites and the yolks!  Yes, the yolks!

One egg fulfills about 10 percent of your daily protein needs. Egg protein is the most complete food protein short of human breast milk, which means the protein in eggs contains all the crucial amino acids your hard-working muscles need to promote recovery.

Eat just one of these nutritional powerhouses and you’ll also get about 30% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin K, which is vital for healthy bones. And eggs contain choline, a brain nutrient that aids memory, and lutein, a pigment needed for healthy eyes.

Researchers at Tufts University discovered that lutein is better absorbed from eggs than from other sources – such as spinach.  And, where does lutein come from in eggs?  The yolks!

Choose omega-3 enhanced eggs and you can also increase your intake of healthy fats. Don’t worry too much about the cholesterol: Studies have shown that egg eaters have a lower risk for heart disease than those who avoid eggs.

A good recipe for runners is a breakfast taco.  Fill up your tortilla  with scrambled eggs, and other good for you veggies.  What a great way to refuel after a morning run!

So, if you’re an egg lover – like I am – and you like to eat the whole egg, no more worries! Eggs are great for running nutrition.  You’re actually eating healthy when you eat your eggs!

Run Happy!
Judy

Running In The Dark: Review of Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands

jog-a-lite reflective bandsRunning in the dark is something that most runners have to deal with from time to time.  If you run in the mornings (as I do), it’s usually dark in the mornings when you head out.  If you run in the evenings – you may also be running in the dark.  In the winter it gets dark so early – and in the summer, you may wait and run in the dark after it gets cooler.

There are a number of things that you can wear to be seen by oncoming cars.  Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands are the first thing that I used.  And, something that I go back to if I’m not worried about seeing the ground where I am running.  Basically, if I’m just worried about being seen. Here’s a review on these bands.

Product Description:

Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands are tiny but effective accessories which give you maximum visibility when light levels are low. If you enjoy cycling, running or walking first thing in the morning or late at night, these reflective bands are the perfect way to ensure that you stay safe. Simply wrap them around your arms or legs, secure them with the Velcro and you are good to go. All Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands are constructed from high quality materials and come with a three year guarantee which is great news if you are planning to use them on a regular basis.

 Product Features:

-       360 degree visibility.

-       1.5 inches wide.

-       Double striped at both the front and back.

-       Protects your legs from bike chain abrasion.

-       Reflexite reflective tape which is visible up to 1,200 feet.

 

Good Points:

1) Great For Cyclists:- While reflective vests work great for cyclists, the Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands are even better because they double up as bike clips. This means not only will motorists be able to see you better in the dark but the clips will also prevent your pants rubbing against the chain and getting oily. You simply attach a band to each of your pant legs at the bottom and then you can enjoy an oil free, high visibility bike ride.

2) Great For Dogs:- Another great thing about the Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands is that they fit dogs perfectly. If you walk your dog early in the morning or late at night and travel down poorly lit roads, wrapping one of these bands around each of your dog’s legs will make your walk much safer and allow motorists to easily see both you and your dog. 

3) Discrete:- If you are not a fan of reflective vests because of the way they look, the Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands are an excellent alternative option. They still provide you with the high level of visibility but they don’t cover up all your clothes. Instead they wrap around a small area of your legs or arms to create discrete but effective solution for getting yourself seen in the dark.

 

Bad Points: 

1) Small:- The main negative with the Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands is that they are very small. If you are planning to wrap them around your ankles or wrists then they’ll fit just fine. However, if you want to wear them a bit further up your leg or on your upper arm, you’ll need to double up and use two bands per body part.

 

Summary:

Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands are a highly reflective, flexible and discrete alternative to reflective vests. It is a bit disappointing that the bands aren’t long enough to fit around the larger areas of your legs and arms. However, for the low price, you can quite easily double up and get more than one pair of bands without it breaking the bank. Ultimately, the Jog-A-Lite Reflective Bands do a great job and if you are looking for something a bit more subtle than a reflective vest, you should definitely check them out.

I actually like the bands better than a reflective vest as I am always having to fiddle with it as it starts going to one side as I run.  Maybe I just run crooked!  :-)  But, for the money – and if worn correctly – these reflective bands are great – and you don’t even know you have them on!

You can read more about them at:  http://judyruns.com/jogalite

Run Happy!

Judy