Common Running Shoe Buying Mistakes

Don’t simply buy for looks

Many first time runners get too concerned with fashion and forget about the most important issues like proper support, fit and comfort. Don’t let the color or the style of the footwear influence the decision-making process. If the running shoes don’t give the desired support, they will soon leave the feet feeling irritated and sore.

Shoes are too tight

Wearing a pair of running shoes that are too tight can soon lead to black toenails, blisters, or similar issues. Many runners prefer to wear close-fitting shoes for their normal everyday activities, but this same rule shouldn’t apply when engaged in physical activity. The preferred option is to have a little extra space in the forefoot to avoid squashing the feet. Try to leave a space of about half an inch in this area for the most comfortable fit.

Don’t wear shoes for too long

On average, a decent pair of running shoes should last in the region of 300 to 500 miles. It is not practical to wear this type of footwear unit they are completely worn out. A good indicator of when it is necessary to replace the footwear is when aches and pains start to become a common issue. Other indicators of the worn out footwear include lumpy foam inside which leads to the uneven sole and smooth grooves on the bottom.

Shop at the right time of day

The preferred time to buy footwear is later in the day. Our feet will continue to sweet throughout the day and this can continue until about 4 PM. So, it makes sense to wait until the evening to try on the running shoes to increase the chance of finding the most comfortable fit.

Don’t assume the shoe size

It is important to get the feet measured every time a new pair of running shoes is needed. The shoe size is very likely to differ between different brands and types of shoes. Also, the stitching, shape of the upper and foot forms can have an impact on the all-round fit and comfort.

Info of Outdoor Running

Run on the grass whenever possible. If I’m on the boardwalk I’ll run on the dirt/grass beside the concrete path. Grass is much easier on the joints. It absorbs the shock even better than my Asics gel sneakers. After running on the pavement, you will feel it in your knees and hips. Not in the “hurt so good” way either.

Hills are your friend. Uphill anyway! Downhill = Shinsplints. Uphill = Strong legs and butt. The proper way to run hills is to lean in to them and shorten your stride. When you reach the top, you should soar over it and pick up the pace again. If you get to the top and have to crawl home, you may need to start with a smaller hill!

Push yourself a little farther. When you start to feel the need for a walking break, look ahead of you and pick an object. It could be a bus stop, an intersection or anything really. Just pick a spot that you can aim to reach before breaking. This technique helps you to push yourself just a little harder so you can improve. If you stop whenever you feel like it, you will always get tired at a certain point and never break your energy plateau.

Take the stairs. Try to add some stairs in to your runs. In, one of my routes, I have found THREE big staircases to climb along the way. Stairs add to your workout. They elevate your heart rate and they work muscles differently in your lower bod. Remember to climb stairs with your whole foot on, pressing off from your heels, for maximum benefits. I remember when I ran The Toronto Zoo 10k there was a big flight of stairs mid-way through the run. Everybody was groaning and gasping. Not me! I knew I could do it, no problemo! If anything I found it to be a nice break after having run for so long already.

Stretch after your run. The difference between outdoor running and a treadmill is like night and day! On the electric treadmill you are just playing keep up. Outside your body is using all of it’s power to propel itself forward. You feel everything! After my run this morning my muscles were stiff almost immediately! I probably should have started with the 3 mile route instead of the 6 but what can I say? I was too excited!

Enjoy. Don’t feel bad about stopping your run mid-way through to relax and take in the sights of nature around you. If I run to the beach I go to the lake, just to feel the breeze for a few minutes. If I run through a forest, I like to explore a bit, to look for wildlife. A huge bonus to outdoor activities is that you get the scenery. So enjoy the little things in life that make you happy and you will look forward to your next run even more!

Basic Types of Bowling Ball Layouts

  • The Arcing layout – this layout is what I call the 90 degree layout or Ebonites 90 degree layout it is used on most house shots. Or if the bowler wants to play the bowling lane at the track area or between the 13 and 8 board at the arrows. This layout has the widest range in usefulness. And I recommend it for 90% of house shots and bowlers that only bowl on a house shot. Or in other words the once a week or twice a week average bowler. The layout – When the ball is drilled put the pin 4.5 inches from your positive axis point (pap) or under your ring finger. On a symmetrical ball the center of gravity (cg) should be in line with the pin angling toward your thumb. On an asymmetrical ball the mass bias should be in line with the pin and directly underneath your thumb. This is the Ebonite’s 90% layout.
  • The Early Rolling Layout. – this layout is used on oily or long oil patterns or carry down. Also used when the bowler wants to play the lanes from 7 boards out or I should say the lane conditions dictate this. The type of bowling ball is usually solid reactive resin or particle. This layout can also be used to break down a shot on a sport pattern I like to use the word break open rather than. Break down cause that’s what you are trying to do. The layout pin under the ring finger again or 4.5 away from your pap. And the mass or the cg angled 35 to 65 degrees. The angle is determined by the amount or early roll you want I prefer mine at about 35 degrees which is about 2 inches off the thumb ratter than 3 inches. In other words 3 inches = 45degrees and 35 degrees = 2 inches. Another rule of thumb the close the mass is to the pap the earlier the roll. Average once or twice a week bowlers will rarely ever need this layout unless the bowler is bowling in a center that has slick lane conditions and the shot is more outside.
  • The Flip Layout. – this layout is just what it says it is a flipping ball. This layout is used for playing the lanes more inside at about the 14 boards in at the arrows with a open line. This layout is a used to stand left and give it room. It is use when the lane conditions have really dry backends and when the shot is really trashed late night in pot games is when I used this ball. A long and strong ball in other words or now I know that lots of people think this is an all around ball but its is really not used that much especially if you always bowl on fresh. OK the layout this layout is the stacked layout it is pin 4.5 from pap and the cg or mass directly under it in a vertical line the amount of length is determined by how high above the fingers the pin is. In other word the higher the pin the longer the ball move before the flip or break. The surface is usually a pearl or a shiner solid reactive bowling ball.

Rock Climbing Apparel

Most outdoor apparel sites kind of just throw information about a particular product at you when you have no understanding about the subject, during my search on the internet I came across a particular site that was new and broke down information for me on rock climbing harnesses. This was very helpful for me and this site saved me precious time, so for those of you who participate in outdoor climbing or indoor climbing and you’re new to the extreme sport, I’m going to tell you what to look for in a good informative rock climbing apparel website.

How to look for a rock climbing apparel site that’s convenient and provides you quality information

  • Look for a site that provides you on up to date analysis and helps you find the best offers on the top climbing gear.
  • The site should provide the latest reviews and posts each week pertaining to rock climbing gear as well as other equipment.
  • Make sure that the site is simple, versatile, and easy to work with so you can get the information you need directly.
  • If possible find a site that provides you a monthly newsletter, that way you will receive the latest info on rock climbing gear and outdoor apparel.
  • Last but not least always make sure that the website has a contact page, that way if you have any questions they can help you out, which again saves you valuable time.

The climbing industry is growing, people are getting more involved with the sport and I must admit your adrenaline does start to pump when you climb those very intense routes for the first time. At one time the major outdoor apparel sites were the only ones that could provide you with quality information on equipment, but now there are various blog and review sites that can help you out with all sorts of questions and provide you quality information. This is great for everyone that participates in rock climbing because you get the information that you need right away, I hope this was informative and I hope that you find what you’re looking for.

Spin Bowling Success

Target areas

Off spin: The off spinner aims to spin the ball from a right handed batsmen’s off side towards the leg side. Try to bowl just outside of the off stump so that the ball turns and hits the stumps, also try to entice the batsmen forward on to the front foot by bowling a full length.

Leg spin: The leg spinner aims to bowl the ball so that it spins from a right handed batsmen’s leg side to the off side. Again try to pitch the ball up to the batsman to get them coming forward. Pitch the ball inline with the wickets so that the ball turns to hit the top of the off stump.

The grip

Leg spin: Use the first two fingers to grip the ball horizontally across the seam, your third finger should be bent and running along the seam. Your thumb should rest lightly on seam and the spin is generated primarily by the third finger.

Off spin: Again grip the ball with your first two fingers horizontally across the seam and try to spread as wide as possible apart the joints of index and middle finger. The ball then rests lightly on third finger and thumb, the spin is and produced and passed on mainly through the index finger.

The delivery

The off spin delivery, should start with an angled and short delivery stride. You should then pivot on ball of the front foot keeping your bowling arm high. Cock your wrist inwards and drive your back leg through to help rotate the body. Release the ball by turning your wrist sharply from left to right and by pulling down on seam with the index finger to generate spin. The back of hand should face the off side or upwards at finish of the delivery, don’t forget to follow through properly. Keep your head as upright as possible throughout the delivery and your eyes fixed on the target at all times.

The leg spin delivery is very similar to the off spin except with a few subtle and important variations. Your approach should be somewhat longer and have a slightly angled approach towards the target.

As you bowl you should raise your lead arm towards the target and bowl with a braced front leg (your weight should be through this leg). Pivot on the ball of the lead foot and bring your bowling arm up high with your wrist cocked outwards. Drive your back leg through and release the ball. Generate the spin by rotating your wrist from right to left and by most importantly using the third finger to impart the most spin. Finish with your palm facing leg side.

Follow through by rotating shoulders through the line of the wickets and driving your back leg through the action so that your hips rotate over your front foot. Keep your hips and shoulders inline and head as upright as possible throughout the delivery and your eyes fixed on the target at all times.

The Googly and the Doosra: Deceptive deliveries

The googly is bowled by a leg spinner and is a ball that appears to look like a leg spinner when it’s bowled but then moves unexpectedly in the opposite direction after it pitches. It’s bowled out of the back of the hand and requires the shoulder to be dropped a little at the point of release. A great example of a bowler who has mastered the googly is Shane Warne.

The doosra is bowled by an off spinner and is a ball that initially seems to look like an off spinner when it’s bowled but then moves unexpectedly in the opposite direction after it pitches. The doosra has been pioneered by the Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan and is very difficult to bowl, Muralitharan reputedly practiced the delivery for 2-3 years in the nets and practice before using it in first class cricket…I can’t bowl it so I’m not going to go into it!

The power and rotation on the ball are generated through a strong action and is enhanced by flicking the wrist and straightening the fingers at the point of release. Always try and spin the ball as much as you can, your consistency and accuracy will come with practice and hard work. Remember to bowl your spinners with oomph and purpose, don’t just throw it up and hope for the best.

Bowling for Bucks

After discussing his personal traits, angers, fears, and other details surrounding his slump, I wrote a session designed specifically for him. The words that I used were precisely to help him overcome some bad habits in his form, his anxiety about poor performance, his fears surrounding getting older, and his feeling of weakening after the second game.

He taught me a lot about what “perfect form” meant. We discussed in detail all of the errors bowlers generally make regarding their choices of where to stand, how to set up, changing balls, taking too long or too short to begin their approach, the number of perfect steps and footing before release, poor hand release form and improperly swinging their arm during the backswing. He told me that he could usually perform well without much preparation, but for some unknown reason he was twisting his arm and hand just before release. He told me in detail about many of his 300 games, the perfect score for a bowler. He was passionate about the sport he had been playing since he was a child. Now in his 60s and still part of the tour it was tough to compete with the younger stronger players and he lost his confidence.

We went over his entire set-up, how he wanted to look, how he wanted to feel, what the ball should look like, what he mentally needed in order to be perfect. He gave details about the lanes, if they were oiled or dry, wood or laminate, and comments that were pertinent to his successful performance.

I explained what he should expect from hypno-therapy. I would first put him into a relaxed state of being and his mind would begin to calm from the stresses of the day. He would listen to the sound of my voice and that alone. Deep inhalations and exhalations to slow his breathing began. He learned what tension in his muscles felt like. He became aware of his own heart rate and breathing, whether he was breathing from his chest or his diaphragm. He tightened every muscle in his body so that he completely understood the complete opposite, or the feeling of physical relaxation.

We then began his personalized program. “Continue with your deep breathing. Fix your eyes of a spot across the room.” He chose to focus on a butterfly in one of my pictures on the wall. He breathed in the essence of the butterfly and breathed out all tension first from his mind, then from each part of his body. As he inhaled he chose to breathe in the freedom of the butterfly.

As we continued, the muscles of his face relaxed and I noticed him cooperating more and more with each phrase. “Now concentrate only on the freedom of the butterfly. The butterfly has the ability to fly above of all of the earthly problems you are experiencing. It doesn’t have to think about HOW to fly, it just flies easily and smoothly over all obstacles.” He gently smiled as he continued to relax more and more deeply.

I brought him back to a time in his life when he performed perfectly, when he bowled a 300 game that he remembered in detail. Leading him into a deeper state of relaxation, he was completely relaxed and immersed in a true state of hypnosis. Then each detail became more and more important as he was absorbing both in mental imagery and by memory and post hypnotic suggestion each word that I was saying.

As I got to the negative habit he had somehow acquired, I repeated the following words over and over again to strongly imprint his mind and reset his technique:

“I am completely relaxed and confident each time I step into a bowling alley. I love to bowl and I am the very best bowler in the country. Each time I take out my bowling balls I know exactly which ball is best for the lane I am going to play. It doesn’t matter if the lanes are oily or dry, I have exactly what I need to play a perfect game each time. My form is perfect, my clothing feels comfortable, my shoes feel comfortable, the crowd supports me, my mind plays this tape over and over again as soon as I walk into a bowling alley. My only option is success. I remain strong and energized during and after each game I play. I can easily play ten games and feel great.

My form is perfect. My fingers fit easily and comfortably into the holes in my bowling balls. My hand and the the ball are a perfect fit. I love the feeling of holding my bowling ball, almost as much as I love to watch it roll perfectly down the aisle to the sweet spot, the pocket. The pins always cooperate as my ball comes towards them. I see the strike before my ball reaches the pins. My arm and hand remain perfectly straight in my backswing. I swing effortlessly back and follow through as my hand passes my ear my eyes remain fixed on the pocket. I hit the pocket every time I roll the ball down the alley. As soon as I set up I focus only on the pocket and my mind sees the strike happen before the ball leaves my hand. I am mentally ready, mentally strong, nothing distracts me.

As soon as I pick up my ball, I set my feet in the same spot each time. Two boards from the first dot on the right. As I look at the pins, I focus only on the pocket, no other pins exist. As I set my ball down quietly it rolls down the aisle with a memory of where to hook. The ball has a memory imprint from my hands and it knows exactly what to do. All I have to do is lay it down in the same spot. I easily hit the same spot every time, because my hand, my arm, my shoulder and my release are perfect in delivery. My muscles lock into place, straight on the back swing and the perfect and powerful release. Over and over again, one strike after the next. As simple as walking…. I love the feeling of winning. I feel happy. I am confident. I am a winner. I bowl a perfect game easily!”

After a one hour session of repeating this paragraph over and over and over again, I had apparently programmed myself unknowingly. The next evening I was participating for fun in a Pro-Am tournament at our local bowling alley. The gentleman who I was working with was also participating. Although my average was just 150, I was the surprise of the entire tournament!

Without thinking, I picked up my 12 pound ball confidently with a new relaxed sense about the game. Even my practice balls were strikes. The teams were chosen at random. Each team had one pro bowler. Mine was smiling widely as I continued throwing one strike after the next. The tournament ended with me rolling the very best games of my career; a high game of 260! My other games that night were 190 and 210, both far beyond my regular average. It was a thrill of a lifetime! Only the pro bowler and I realized what had happened and we had a good laugh about it later. He asked that I not turn pro!

If you are interested in improving your performance in any sport, or competition of any kind, you might want to research hypno-therapy and other forms of mental retainment. It could be very worth your while! This is certainly proof that success is first a THOUGHT. If you think you will…you will. If you think you can’t…you won’t. Here’s to your next success!

Hiking Clothes

If you are hiking on a regular basis then you should not limit yourself to just one outfit, the weather should play a key influence on what style of clothing you should wear. A great tip for all hikers would be to wear layered clothing, which is essentially layers of clothing, this way you can always change clothes quickly and simply, which in turn allows for maximum comfort. If you want to avoid feeling sticky and moist through perspiration, then wearing polyester micro fiber as your base layer is advised.

Another key component in your decision of hiking clothes should be the length. You do not want to leave any part of the skin showing (apart from you face) as this could lead to burning, scratched, bitten or grazed skin. Therefore, if the day is hot, wear something long which has breathable materials, so you can stay safe but cool.

Water-resistant clothes are also extremely handy to have on you, even if you do not wear them to start. My recommendation would be a waterproof cagoule, which are lightweight, easy to carry and easy to put equip yet they also do an effective job at braving off the rain.

Let us not forget about the footwear! To decide on the best footwear, you need to answer the question, where am I going? If you are off walking across rocky terrain then durable footwear should be your number one concern, however, if you are trailing through the woods then you can opt for something lighter. Make sure your footwear is always comfortable regardless of the surroundings, due to the amount of time you will be hiking for. Socks are also extremely valuable, there are hiking socks, which reduce friction, however, wearing two pairs of socks can be just as equally effective.

As for headgear, it is always a smart idea to wear some hat to fend off sunburn, or to act as protection from the rain. It is also a smart idea to wear high protection UV sunglasses, as the sun can be a pest when trying to navigate through harder terrains.

If you hike in the snow, then your clothing should be much different to this. Polyester clothing is essential as it will not hold perspiration, which in cold conditions can chill up and become dangerous. Your clothing should also be windproof and water resistant. However, layered clothing is essential as you do not know how cold it is going to be, therefore, wearing too many clothes is much better than not enough.

Bowling Tricks for Beginners

Use the correct weight ball for your size.

Choose the heaviest ball you can throw without compromising your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early. A good rule of thumb to follow is to roll 1 pound of ball per 10 pounds of body weight, then add or subtract 1 pound. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may seem to heavy at first, but as long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight accordingly.

Use the lane to help you aim.

When you stand on the approach ready to begin your shot, as you look at the lane you will notice a variety of markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a series of arrows that point toward the pins. Most bowlers look at these arrows rather than the pins when aiming. Why? Simply stated, it is easier to hit a target that is closer to you. So, begin bowling and watch your ball roll over the arrows, ensuring you are standing in the same position to start each time–use the dots on the front of the lane to position your feet. Make a mental note of where the ball crossed the arrows when you hit the head pin. This will be your “mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of each frame first, it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares.

Don’t worry about strikes.

No one gets a strike every time. If you put that kind of pressure on yourself you won’t have any fun. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique will help you to improve. Once you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, make sure that you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you hit it and the result is consistently different, consider developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you’ll find that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.

Bowling Shoes

One of the most important factors that often goes unnoticed is the weight of shoe. Although you won’t be walking any great distances in these shoes (always save them from wear and tear by waiting until you get to the bowling alley before putting them on), securing a lightweight pair of shoes will inevitably grant you a greater degree of comfort, which will allow you to concentrate better on your game. Plus, even if you’re not going to walk long distances in them, you are sure to feel the difference between a heavy pair of shoes and a light pair after a long day of bowling.

And you must also check to see that the shoes you are considering feature breathable material. Going for a perfect score is tough work and you’re sure to perspire a bit in the process. Getting shoes with breathable material will help cut down on excessive sweating, which is not only a tad unhygienic, it can also cause you to slip in your shoes and throw off your bowling technique-make sure your shoes don’t cost you the game!

Your traction abilities also rank very highly among the features you should look for. Shoe designs that include a hardened rubber toe cap and traction sole will go a long way in helping you maintain steady footing every time. You are sure to notice a more confident follow through with these.

As a final note, these specialty shoes are available in models for both men and women, so make sure the shoes you are about to purchase are indeed made for the appropriate gender. Furthermore, you can also find bowling shoes that have been expertly designed to match your particular style of play based on what hand you use. This includes being able to find shoes that have been made for right handers or left handers.

Tree Climbing Harnesses

Importance of tree climbing harnesses

Tree climbing harnesses are extremely important. In fact, they’re as important as your climbing rope. If either fails, you could be in serious trouble. Your TCH (Tree Climbing Harnesses) will support your body while climbing-both your upper and lower body.

Picking the right tree climbing harnesses for you

Knowing how important TCH are, you should take great care when purchasing one. Here are a few pointers to help you make an adequate selection:

  • Make sure it fits-Sometimes people get so hung up on the safety aspect of a harness that they fail to check for comfort. The safest TCH in the world do you little good if you can’t stand to wear them. If a harness doesn’t fit you right, return it and get one that does.
  • Look for a quality brand-Brand names are important when it comes to tree climbing gear such as harnesses. Why? Because when you see a quality brand name you know you can rely on the product. Sure you may have to pay a bit more for a good brand name, but isn’t it worth it when the product keeps you safe?
  • Certified equipment-All tree climbing harnesses, as well as any other tree gear you purchase, should be ANSI and OSHA certified. Why should you care? Well these organizations symbolize safe arborist practices and products they certify meet all their stringent safety standards.

Remember, check for quality. If you have to pay a little more to make sure you get high quality equipment, so be it. Safety should always come first.

Shopping for tree climbing harnesses online

In today’s technological age you can practically do all your shopping without ever leaving your home. Such is the case with TCH and other tree gear. By going to Google or a similar search engine, you can type in the necessary keywords and find a plethora of suppliers with ease. The difficult part is deciding who to purchase from. Use a systematic approach and you’ll come across the right supplier.

First of all, look for a site that is easy to navigate. Online shopping is supposed to make your life easier-not induce stress. If the site is difficult to order from, move on to the next.

As stated above, you always want certified equipment. Pick a supplier that advertises their equipment certification. This should be noted by a badge on their homepage. This is the mark of a company that truly puts safety first.

Also, do business with a company that takes your private information seriously. That means they have a plainly stated privacy policy on their site, as well as a badge that indicates a secure, authentic site for purchasing purposes.

Finally, make sure they list a customer service phone number for you to get a hold of an actual person. Even though you’re ordering online, there are times when it will be necessary to speak to a live representative. It’s important that this option be available.