Reach Your Goals in 2015 with the Crim Training Program: Signup Day Slated January 10 at Complete Runner

Crim Training ProgramAs 2014 draws to an end and the New Year begins, many people take time to reflect and look forward to what they can accomplish in the next twelve months.

What are your specific health, fitness, and running goals for 2015?

Are you looking to drop your 5K time by two minutes?  Drop twenty pounds?  Participate in a marathon?  Run your first Crim?

After you have defined your goal, the next question to ask is what steps do you need to take to reach your goal?

For seasoned and new runners alike in the Flint area, the CrimFit Adult Trianing Program is part of their yearly ritual for accomplishing their goals.  It can be part of your plan in 2015, too!

The CrimFit Adult Training Program is a top-notch 15-week training program for runners and walkers of all fitness levels. From beginner to advanced, the program is used to give participants the tools and confidence to meet their goals of finishing the Crim race of their liking or improving their race times.

Complete Runner is excited to host a CrimFit Adult Training Program registration event on Saturday, January 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Receive free Crim memorabilia when you sign up for the program at $10 off the regular rate, and enjoy special store discounts and access to Crim Training staff to answer questions.

We hope you will join us on January 10 to kick off the New Year right!

Beets Proven to Offer a Natural Way to Increase Athletic Performance

Beets good for runners

What if you could get your PR by consuming more beets?  Sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Beets are high in nitric oxide.  Studies show that nitric oxide helps the body increase circulation and oxygen efficiency, which improves energy to working muscles, extends endurance, and speeds recovery.  Elite athletes have the highest potential for nitric oxide production, and the rest of us can eat more beats or take a nitric oxide supplement like Beet Elite Neo Shot to aid our bodies’ production.

If you are curious what your current nitric oxide level is in your body, stop by Complete Runner and ask to take the test.  It is free of cost and only takes a minute, and will let you know if your body could benefit from an increased diet in beets!

Instead of filling your body with caffeine or sugar before a race or workout, wouldn’t you rather fill it with something natural that is proven to increase athletic performance?

Add Variety to Your Feet to Reduce Your Chance of Injury

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In the same way that we add variety to workouts to improve our performance, and cross training to stress different muscle groups, a study shows that rotating your running shoes can drastically reduce your chances of injury.

It is probably something most people haven’t thought of, but it makes total sense.  The impact of your foot and muscle groups will be totally different when wearing your light-weight, low heal-drop racer trainers than when you wear your high cushion training shoes.  If you wear the same shoes all the time you will always stress the same muscles, not allowing your feet and legs the proper recovery to improve your speed and strength.

Rotating your shoes is not only smart, but also proven to help reduce injury.  Consider adding a pair of complementary shoes to your race bag today and your feet and legs will thank you.

It’s Black Friday All Week Long at Complete Runner!

One day isn’t enough for all the savings we have in store, so we decided to extend our Black Friday sale all week long!

Save BIG on our annual clearance of running and walking shoes, most popular GPS running watches and activity bands starting at $99.95, and select ellipticals at Complete Runner from Monday, November 24 through Saturday, November 29.

With limited supplies stop by early to check out the savings before it’s too late!

We also have gift cards and plenty of innovative niche running and walking tech wear, gear, and accessories for the runner or walker on your gift list this season.

Top 8 Gift Ideas for Runners or Walkers

Runner Gift Ideas

With the holidays right around the corner are you looking for gift ideas for the runner or walker on your list?  Being one of the most innovative running stores in Michigan, Complete Runner prides itself on our quality inventory of shoes, teach wear, equipment and accessories, and nutritional items that active people want!  Here is a quick list of gift ideas for the runner or walker in your life:

SmartWool tech wear is hard to keep in stock.  This isn’t surprising as it keeps runners and walkers warm, dry, odor-free, and is as comfortable as anything you are ever wore. [Learn More]

Heat generating tech wear offers innovative base layers and jackets to allow active individuals to continue their activities outside in the cold and snow. [Learn More]

SealSkinz offers amazing socks, hats, and gloves that are not only breathable but also waterproof to keep you dry in Michigan’s unpredictable weather. [Learn More]

Reflective gear and safety lights to help runners and walkers see and be seen while in the dark. [Learn More]

GPS running watch or activity band to keep track of daily progress towards goals. [Learn More]

Random items to start a new or contribute to an existing race bag to be ready for anything on race day. [Learn More]

Traction aids to keep on your feet when running in the snow and ice. [Learn More]

Last but not least…a Complete Runner gift card, which also acts as a loyalty card, when you are just not sure and want to give more options to the recipient! [Learn More]

With friendly staff who knows a thing or two about the latest trends and most innovative products, let Complete Runner help you bring smiles to your friends and family this holiday season!

Online Registration is Open for the 35th Annual Pot O’ Gold Race

Pot O Gold Run Flint MI

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 isn’t as far away as you may think.

Registration is now open for the Pot O’ Gold’s 35th Annual 4 Mile Run and Walk, March 17, 2015 in Downtown Flint, Michigan.  Highlights of the race include:

  • Every finisher gets a medal
  • Free leprechaun hat to the first 500 to register
  • After race party with great eats
  • Proceeds to the Crim Foundation
  • A great way to spend St. Patrick’s Day with your friends or family

Registration for the Pot O’ Gold race would make for a great gift for a family member, friend, or co-worker.

To learn more about the race visit www.PotOfGoldRace.com.

Don’t Let the Weather Slow Down Your Outdoor Activities

Waterproof Running Socks Flint Michigan

Put down your phone.  Turn off the Weather Channel and the local weather forecast.  The weather doesn’t matter anymore when planning your next outdoor fitness adventure!

The key to staying comfortable during your outdoor activities is staying dry.  Not only do you want to stay dry from your own perspiration with breathable, wicking tech wear, but you also want to stay dry from the outdoor elements of snow, slush, sleet, and rain with waterproof technology.

Socks, hats, and gloves by SealSkinz are both waterproof and breathable, the first to offer you the best of both worlds!

Now you can run or walk through the slush in your regular running shoes without worrying about getting wet feet, allowing your training to be uncompromised by the variable Michigan weather.  Better yet, your SealSkinz apparel will come equally handy when scraping the slow and ice off the windshield before work, or having an impromptu snowball fight with the kids.

Check out this video to see how SealSkins is defying the cold and the wet, and will keep you comfortable in whatever the weather decides to bring.

Two Minutes a Day to Better Stretching and Fewer Injuries

healthy stretch for runners

If you are a serious runner or walker, odds are you desire at least these two things:

1. To achieve peak performance

2. To stay healthy

Odds also are that you’ve invested a lot of time and energy into training to prepare for your upcoming races, as well as finances to pay for the races and your gear.

What if you could do a simple stretch each day to help reach your top performance while reducing the chance of injuries?  It is possible with the Healthy Stretch calf stretching wedges!

The Healthy Stretch properly positions your foot, based on your arch type, to help you achieve the perfect stretch.  Just step on the wedges and lean forward for about twenty seconds, and repeat a few times.  Designed by an orthopedic surgeon, the Healthy Stretch is a must for runners or walkers to get the benefits of stretching like you’ve never seen before.  It is also great to help treat plantar fasciitis!

Check it out for yourself the next time you come into Complete Runner.

Last Call for Run4Wine Early Registration

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Do you have plans on the evening of October 9, 2014? Hundreds of runners, walkers, and beer and wine enthusiasts are signed up for the Run4Wine, and time is running out if you haven’t yet registered!

The third annual Run4Wine offers a great evening with your friends or spouse. Along with all the typical things you get from a race, Run4Wine also boasts of a unique course, amazing food buffet, craft beer, and of course, wine.

DJ Dan Richards of KCQ 98.1 will be heading up the entertainment, and don’t forget to bring some cash to purchase any wine or beer that your taste buds won’t allow you to go home without. As with last year, Nathan will also be there showcasing their line of safety and night running products, including lights and reflective gear at special pricing.

Participants will also be entered into a drawing where one lucky runner or walker will win a night on the town from Grand Blanc Motor Cars, where a driver will escort you and a spouse or friend to dinner in a Mercedes.

Proceeds benefit the Old Newsboys of Flint.

The price will jump again on October 1, so make sure to inform your friends and register today!

Related Article: 5 Reasons Why You Should Invite Your Man to Participate in the Run4Wine

See and Be Seen When Running in the Dark

Running Light

With car and runner accidents happening all too often, smart people understand that you need to be seen when running or walking in the dark.  This typically involves wearing reflective clothing, a lighted vest, blinking spurs on your shoes, or other forms of reflectors and flashing lights.  However, being seen is only half of the equation as it is just as important to see where you are running in the dark.

Unfortunately, reflectors and blinking lights won’t light up the path when running, so a flashlight or head lamp will help you to not only be seen, but also see the road ahead and where you are running.  With all the pot holes and uneven footing out there, this is essential for your safety.

The Zephyr Fire 100 Runners Flashlight is a neat light for active people, fitting conveniently in your hand with a strap to offer a good grip. Unlike a regular flashlight this light is intuitively pointed down to see the ground in front of you and a light that can be seen by cars from behind.  It also comes equipped with an emergency siren that you can push in the event of a crisis.

You don’t need to look like a construction worker anymore with a bright orange vest to be seen when running or walking at night or in the morning.  Stop by Complete Runner today to check out the many options available in reflective and light up gear, as well as specific running flashlights to help you see the road ahead.

It’s better to be safe than sorry.