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Running Sunglasses

Running involves jumping,turning and of course sweating depending on the weather and the race. Running sunglasses should be able to adjust to all the conditions you experience during the race at the same time offering protection and improving your vision.

How to choose running sunglasses.

You should always go for the running sunglasses with best fit on your face and those that allow you to turn your head and jump without dropping or sliding. Try the running sunglasses on and check to see that they are closely snugged to your face without causing you any discomfort.

Lightweight materials such as nylon and plastic are the best for running sunglasses frames. Some frame materials like metal and some plastics are heavy and not advisable for wearing for long hours.

Choose frames that are flexible and impact-resistant. Flexible sunglasses are less prone to breaking compared to stiff ones. Frames made from inflexible materials such as metal and polycarbonate can be made flexible with springed hinges. The best impact resistant material for running sunglasses is polycarbonate because it is light, more available and cheap. It is however not flexible.

Running sunglasses should be able to resist slip when it heats up or when you sweat. To achieve this go for running sunglasses with absorbent nose pads that absorb sweat before it trickles. Nose pads are also good for comfort and for prevention of slipping or disorientation of the sunglasses. Avoid metallic frames in running sunglasses during summer because they heat up very fast and increase sweating around your eyes.

For convenience,choose running sunglasses with adjustable nose pieces and temples which will allow you to always have the right fitting sunglasses even when the frame material expands.

Spherical-shaped running sunglasses and wraparounds are the best because they cover the whole eye area including the sides which offers maximum protection to your eyes by keeping off peripheral glare. Flat-shaped running sunglasses leave the top and the bottom open and allows some glare into your eyes.

Cable temples serve runners well because they coil around the back of the ear so that the sunglasses do not slip down upon bending. If you have straight temples on your running sunglasses,consider changing the temple to a cable one or fit them with a supportive rubber strap to keep them in place.

Ventilated running sunglasses frames are good for foggy and hot days or during vigorous running because they allow air circulation around the eye and minimize sweating which is often the cause of slip.

Look out also for running sunglasses with side-shields for extra peripheral shielding from wind, dust and glare. Side shields can be permanently fixed or removable. The side-shields should however not cause any distraction to your peripheral vision.

How to choose protective lenses for running sunglasses.

Lenses for running sunglasses should have the following qualities for more effectiveness :

Polarized lenses :Polaroid lenses come in handy when running on a bright day and there is a lot of reflected glare form the road,walls or grass. With polarized lenses, you are free from peripheral glare which is not possible with normal sunglasses.

Photo-chromic lenses :These lenses change their tint according to the amount of UV radiation they are exposed to. They are very suitable for long distance runners or runners passing through places with changing light conditions. For better results, go for polarized photo-chromic sunglasses which give more contrast and better visual acuity.

Mirrored lenses :Mirrored improve the performance of photo-chromic and polarized lenses by reflecting back the sun’s glare.

Running sunglasses lenses with an anti-reflective coating or an anti-glare coating also serve the purpose of keeping off glare by reflecting it away.

Anti-fog coatings prevent fogging around the eyes which is normally caused by poor weather,change in body temperature during the race or your breathing. Fogging can impair your vision and cause eyestrain.

An anti-scratch coating on your running sunglasses is a great way to maintain all the other coatings you might have which saves you the cost of replacing them after a short while.

Remember to always ask for running sunglasses with lenses made of shatter proof material that does not break or crack easily upon impact. Polycarbonate lenses are a good choice because they are both impact-resistant and lightweight. Polycarbonate is however susceptible to scratch and should always be fitted with an anti-scratch coating for longer service.

Best Lens colors for running sunglasses.

Grey is the neutral lens colour that does not cause color distortions or make you feel uneasy. It is good for bright days because it has the effect of decreasing the amount of light getting into your eyes. Blue green and brown tints are also good for running under harsh bright light conditions.

For dull or foggy days,choose running sunglasses with golden tints such as yellow, gold and amber. These tints can filter blue light and increase contrast which allows the runner to see bumps ahead of them.

New trend in running sunglasses.

Runners who are lovers of music have a reason to rejoice with the invention of running sunglasses with a built-in sound system that allows you to listen to music for up to six hours with a fully charged battery. The music system is lighter than an i pod or an MP3 player and with it you don’t have to run with dangling wires hitting your face every time you turn. It is also possible to download your own music into the player with a USB cable.

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ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon 2011 Pictures & Photos

Pictures and Photos have been streaming in from ABN AMRO Rotterdam marathon 2011. Unlike previous years when the weather was horrendous, this years it was a no rain race.
Rotterdam Marathon 2011

The so-called “Magnificent Seven” Vincent Kipruto, Eliud Kiptanui, Wilson Chebet, Gilbert Kirwa (all Kenya), Feyisa Lilesa, Getu Feleke and Chala Dechase (all Ethiopian). They were tipped to break the world record! Image courtesy of Guus Krol @ Flicker.

To see more  Rotterdam Marathon 2011 Pictures & Photos visit Guus Krol Flickr Page. also see Kroobie Flickr Page.

2010 Rite Aid Cleveland Full & Half Marathon Photos : Pictures

I have been looking all over the web for pictures from 2010 Rite Aid Cleveland Full & Half Marathon Photos & Picture and at last found them. See cleveland marathon pictures @ local radio photo gallery

The race was  run by impressive crowd of 15,000 runners. The race was made up of 5k run, 10k run, half marathon and a full marathon. Cleveland marathon course is billed as one of the fastest and flattest  in US. Other attractions are, great weather and a newly redesigned course that runs past major city attractions like  the rock and  roll hall of fame.

Fastest US Marathons : Top Ten By Running Times

If you want to set a new PR or a course to help you qualify for Boston or New York marathon then you need to look at this list of fastest US marathon.

1. Chevron houston marathon in Texas

2. Austin Marathon

3. Lincoln National Gurad marathon

4. Rite Aid Cleveland marathon

5. Grandmas marathon

6. Chicago marathon

7. Steamtown marathon

8. Philadelphia marathon

9. California marathon marathon

10. Las Vegas marathon

Factors considered in compiling the list were : Flatness, weather, size of the field and number of turns.

Source running times

Steamtown Marathon : Your Easy Ticket To Boston Marathon

If you are looking for a fast and easy marathon course to qualify for Boston Marathon, then you may consider Steamtown marathon. In fact, in 2006, 28 percent of all runners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Reasons why Steamtown marathon is your answer for that elusive Boston marathon qualifier time.

What the press is saying

Runner’s World has called this race “One of the nation’s 10 fastest marathons.” The Running Times magazine reported that runners at Steamtown have finished faster than the national average for several years in a row.Running USA determined that Steamtown’s 2005 median time was at least 30 minutes faster than the national average and was the fastest of any 2005 U.S. marathon with at least 1,000 finishers.

What the runners have to say.

In a Runnersworld thread some runners reported to have set new PRs by upto 15mins.

The Steamtown marathon course

The course is not just flat it is downhill all the way (not the whole route but atleast most of the route) bad for quads but good for those who have prepared to run down hill.

The Perfect Scranton Pennsylvanian Weather

The race is held every October, when temperatures are relatively cool and the fall foliage is beginning to peak.

What the organizers promise

“The key to running Steamtown is managing the hills,” Cummings said. “Much of the first eight miles features significant downhills while the last few miles include several short, but challenging uphills. Many runners have set personal records here by wide margins. Others however, have failed to prepare for the hills and have crashed and burned, wondering how anyone could call Steamtown fast.”

For More information on race information, register, registratioon fee, visit steamtown marathon site

Samuel Wanjiru Vs Haile Gebrselassie – Who is Faster Runner

Haile Gebreselassie Vs Samuel Wanjiru. I had hoped this two will race together this year so that we can know who is the king of the full marathon.

Samuel Wanjiru had hoped to take on Haile at 2009 Berlin Marathon but he failed to get invitation to the Berlin Marathon from the organisers. I feel the organisers bowed to the demands of Haile who has previously been quoted saying he prefers to race against the clock rather than go head to head and worry about the athlete behind his neck.

After failing to challenge Haile in Berlin, Wanjiru has entered 2009 Chicago marathon. What is interesting is that Chicago is a flat course just like Berlin. If the weather cooperates, expect Wanjiru to attack Haile record time. Berlin Marathon is on September 20th While Chicago marathon will be on October 11th. After the Berlin marathon Wanjiru will have ample time to reflect and prepare to better Haile’s effort.

A local paper here in Kenya caught up with Samuel Wanjiru on a 35K run along Nyahururu – Gilgil road last monday and the 22 year old athlete played down the Berlin politics and insisted he is 100% focused on 2009 Chicago Marathon.