Happy Feet: Picking The Right Running Socks

When it comes to running gear, the focus, most of the time, is on choosing the right shoes. While this is crucial whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned marathoner, this fixation overlooks socks, which can change the game.

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By selecting the right socks, runners need not worry about blisters, chafing, corns, overheated feet, and unbearable pain. But here now is the dilemma. With advancements in fabric and design technologies, the humble running socks have morphed into hundreds of varieties that may leave any runner dazed, confused, and dashing out the store. So how do you go and pick the right running socks?

While there’s no exact science for selecting a good pair, running enthusiasts offer these basic guidelines:

  1. Study your options. If runners spend time doing research on the best shoes out in the market, the same amount of examination should be dedicated when shopping for socks. And with the plethora of brands and sock types available, you need to be certain about the pair that you need. For example, do you require moderate or maximum cushion? Are you going to use them for long runs or sprints? Are you particular about your socks peeking out from your shoes or would you prefer a no-show? Or are you all about compression wear? These are just some of the questions a runner has to weigh in before purchasing a pair.
  2. Know the materials. See those cotton socks? Best to run away from them. As most runners know, cotton retains moisture. And with moisture, heat, and friction present in your running shoes, you’ll likely end up with painful blisters. The best material for your socks are synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, acrylic, and CoolMax since they wick away moisture and keep the feet dry and cool.
  3. Set a budget. Running isn’t necessarily cheap. You have to spend a good deal for your shoes, clothes, gadgets, sunglasses, and yes, even your socks. A pair of running socks typically sell from $1o to $20. Compression socks are more expensive at around $30 a pair. Remember, you might be needing two pairs of more, so it is best to have a budget while shopping around.
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Seeking a Runner’s High: Why More Businesses Are Organizing Marathons

How much have marathons continued to grow in the past decades? Back in 1976, there were an estimated 25,000 individuals who finished marathons in the U.S. Fast forward four decades; there is an annual average of around 500,000 marathon finishers in the country. The highest number, so far, is 550,600 marathoners, which was set back in 2014.

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Even if managing these events can be time-consuming, costly, and requires much energy, corporations are getting in on the business of organized road racing because of the benefits it yields, such as the following:

Lucrative return on investment

The largest revenue stream during marathons is the participation fee; the New York City Marathon charges a $255 registration fee for the participants. But even with all the cost channels involved, from marketing to operations, there is still a big amount of profits that awaits. This is why companies usually organize races for charitable fundraising.

Long-term partnership with sponsors

Marathons, especially those that are created for charity or philanthropy, attract sponsors who wish to contribute, too, to a good cause. This provides a means for the organizing corporation to establish a rapport with these sponsors which could prove advantageous for both parties in the long run.

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Community building

With thousands of runners looking to participate in marathons, half-marathons, or other running events, organizing one can serve as an effective tool for community building and networking opportunities.

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Online reviews: Their essential role in business development

Nowadays, business development strategies lean toward digital media as online channels have raised buyer engagement. Digital tools that have been overlooked by some businesses are online reviews and ratings.

An industry that has embraced online reviews is the tourism industry. According to studies, more than 90 percent of travelers base their decisions on reviews and other user-created contents.

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Other businesses can also benefit from utilizing online reviews.

For one, these reviews often offer constructive criticisms and suggestions. Comments made by customers provide either a validation of the quality of products and services or information on how the business can improve operations and business practices. During decision making processes, online reviews, whether positive or negative, offer great insights.

Online reviews can also be a free marketing tool as they can create brand awareness and expose the products and services to an even wider audience. There are even instances when online reviews are a more optimal advertisement option than traditional marketing channels.

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Online reviews also influence search engine results, with some experts even claiming that these are strong off-page SEO elements.

By managing online reviews effectively, any organization can create ideas and initiatives with long-term values, while establishing healthy relationships with customers, partners, and the market.

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Watch Out For These Common Running Injuries

Even the strongest, fastest runners suffer from running injuries. Injuries usually happen when runners work too hard or without caution. But running injuries can be prevented. Here are some of the most common running injuries and ways how athletes can avoid them.

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Stress fracture

A stress fracture is a crack in the bone that causes discomfort or pain, often affecting the feet or shin. It happens when runners put too much pressure on their steps. For runners to prevent stress fracture, they must take enough time to rest. Continuous bone stress can lead to more injuries.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the large tendon (Achilles tendon) that attaches the calf to the back of the heel. Repetitive pain or stress usually cause this injury in the tendon area. Tight calf muscles are also to blame for this kind of injury. Runners can treat the area by doing calf stretches and icing the area.

Hamstring injuries

Hamstring injuries happen when the leg muscles are weak. People who are flexible such as athletes and dancers are at risk of such injury due to their stretched-out muscles. Those who have muscular imbalance are also candidates for hamstring injuries. Some runners have to rest for weeks and even months before participating in long-distance marathons. A deep tissue massage can help runners recover from hamstring injuries.

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Blisters

A lot of runners think that foot blisters are normal after every marathon. Blisters can affect one’s running performance, especially those who are running long distance. Blisters can be prevented by stopping at the first signs of a hot spot. Runners can put a gel bandage or a moleskin band around the area.

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The Price Of Loyalty: Secrets Of Higher Employee Retention

In earlier generations, workers stayed for years, decades even, serving a single company or industry. Baby boomers and Gen X-ers were able to raise their children, buy a home, and prepare for retirement with their chosen company and careers. Switching jobs was something not a lot of them did in their lifetime.

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Young talents in the workforce have different expectations. They want to work while gaining experience in various jobs to make them “bankable” individuals. It is also easier for them to switch careers because of what other companies offer. With these things in mind, how can business leaders ensure that their company retains their top-performing young talents? Here are things business leaders should value to reduce employee turnover.

Provide competitive and fair compensation

The main reason employees stay is because of their income from a job they perform. They want to be paid based on the value of work they do. However, when they find out that their coworker, who happens to work and perform less gets a higher paycheck, they feel that their service is of lesser value. When they get the pay they think they deserve, they stay longer.

Offer perks

Employees stay when companies value their life out of work. Aside from having bonuses, retirement funds, and paid vacation leaves, employees stay more when they are given the liberty to work when they can (i.e., flexitime). They also stay when they are offered free meals or when they can reimburse their commute or travel expenses. Company leaders must understand what motivates their employees to work and stay at work.

Give them continuous skills training

Young professionals want more from their employers. They will stay in a place where they get paid and learn new things. Promotions and salary increases aside, they want to hone their skills so they can serve their company better. This can be in the form of mentoring, leadership training, and workshops.

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Breath Of Fresh Air: Breathing Techniques For The New Runner

Practice deep or diaphragmatic breathing

Many people feel that breathing through their chests or upper bodies is good enough. While shallow breathing can be helpful at times, it can exhaust the upper chest and lungs. Practicing deep or diaphragmatic breathing prevents dizziness and nausea. It can also help the runner take in the appropriate amount of oxygen.

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Learn breathing through the nose

Breathing through the nose helps runners breathe deeply and efficiently. People who run in cooler temperatures could experience dry air that can lead to asthma-like symptoms (e.g. coughing and wheezing). The human lungs work best with moist air, and breathing through the nose makes it possible to take in the moist air. It also filters out air impurities.

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Match breathing to steps

Think of breathing and running as a dancing routine. Tempo and timing are important in breathing and running. For easy-paced jogs, try inhaling for three to four steps, and exhaling in the same number of steps. For intense runs, try breathing in for one to two steps, and exhaling at the same pace.

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Hydrate Right: How Much Should a Runner Drink?

In the past years, dehydration seemed to be the problem that made many runners weak. Not having enough electrolytes in their system affected their performance in marathons. This opened up opportunities for different sports drinks to find their way into the market and become the solution for those who need their fluids.

Since running became popular, sports and fitness experts have seen a new trend—over-hydration or hyponatremia. A body that is overhydrated and in action can also mean a low level of sodium in the blood. This could cause disorientation, confusion, muscle weakness, nausea, and vomiting. In worse cases, it could lead to seizures or cardiac arrest.

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Experts from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and International Marathon Medical Directors Association (IMMDA) suggest that runners should only drink when they feel thirsty. People lose fluids at different rates and to avoid getting into extremes, runners should learn what happens to their bodies when it is time to hydrate.

A cup or two of water is safe enough to cover the first hour of a marathon. Sports drinks can also be consumed in small doses. Finishing multiple cups or a whole bottle might even be detrimental to one’s performance. Throughout the process, what’s important is that the body has an adequate amount of fluids to move swiftly.

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