On a Snowy Day in February…..

Yikes!  It’s been colder than I would like since being back in Toronto. Perhaps since being in California my tolerance for the colder climate has gone down. I’ve been using my treadmill and staying indoors as much as possible. Yesterday, I managed 13K on the treadmill. I of course, could not have completed this without the help of my iphone. I am grateful that I own a treadmill, however, any run that exceeds 8K becomes boring and definitely uninspiring. I have no idea how some runners train for marathons on treadmills.  I recently have taken to my iphone to watch some TV shows and it definitely has helped to pass the time.  Yesterday, I got my inspiration from The Biggest Loser and How I Met Your Mother!

In other news, I wanted to let everyone know that Urban Running Girl has just launched a 20% off sale.  Just enter the code : URGFEB in the code box when ordering and you will receive this offer.  Don’t miss out!

Prior to leaving for California, there was a wonderful review written by Stephanie M for Urban Running Girl. She was the lucky winner of the PushPumpProgress blog giveaway. I wanted to share it here. It was a nice surprise and her review definitely made me smile.

URBAN RUNNING GIRL REVIEW by Stephanie M
Original link – An Essential Piece of Clothing
A few weeks ago I won my first blog giveaway ever from Michelle over at Push.Pump.Progress. When I saw the giveaway I wanted it SO BADLY! And then when I saw I won it I was SO EXCITED!

What did I win?

A running shrug!

What’s a running shrug? Well, according to the Urban Running Girl website, the company that makes these shrugs:

A shrug is a piece of clothing that’s designed to cover the shoulders and arms ONLY. Shrugs by Urban Running Girl are made of a light-weight 100% dry-wicking polyester, typical of other tech wear worn by active women. You can wear it over a tank or running shirt in place of a jacket. When you’ve warmed up enough, it’s easy to take off and tie around your waist, and unlike a jacket it won’t weigh you down.

The idea of a running shrug came about from the need to keep warm while warming up during an early morning run, particularly in the spring and fall. It’s too cool to start with only a tank top or t-shirt, but once warmed up and/or the outside temperature rises, it’s too warm for a long sleeve shirt or jacket.

So, you get warmth and cover without any unnecessary weight or flapping jackets once you don’t need the layers. Plus, the shrugs have built in mitts to keep your hands warm on colder days. Plus (!), this company is a small business based in Toronto, so if you’re interested in getting yourself this essential piece of clothing, you’d be supporting a local company instead of a big corporation. I was in Dick’s Sporting Goods a few weeks ago and saw that Nike is now making a similar product but it is twice the price and it’s Nike. Go local! (Also, I’m using the photos from the website because I have neglected to take a picture of myself wearing it. But I swear I have one!

I’ve worn my shrug a number of times and I am so happy with it. I wore it while running along the coast in North Carolina before Christmas and it was great with the wind and slight chill to the low-50s weather. When I was warmed by running and the humidity I took it off and couldn’t tell I even had it around my waist. I had to keep checking to see if it was there, which, of course it was.

I also wore it while running along the coast in Northern California after Christmas in similar, albeit slightly less humid weather, and it was again perfect for a mid-40s kind of day. After a few miles off it came. But once I was done running and was walking through my cool down it was great to have a layer to take the edge off the chill.

It’s been sub-30 degrees(F) here in Reno for the past few weeks, so I put away my running shrug, figuring I would have to wait to wear it until it warms up. BUT, yesterday I went on my long run with a wool short sleeve base layer, long sleeve tech shirt, and lightweight wind breaker. After 3 miles I was too hot and had to take off the long sleeved tech shirt and tie it around my waist for the remainder of the run. Lame.

So today, I wore my running shrug as my second layer under my windbreaker and it was perfect. I stayed warm but did not overheat. I may even layer it with other long sleeved shirts for days when it is too cold for just two layers but too warm for three.

I’ve already told some friends and family about this and I’m thinking that these shrugs will make great gifts for anyone I know who runs. Or really for anyone who does anything outside. My friends who hike and bike would probably like one, and really, it’s just a good layer for all kinds of uses. I could probably even layer it underneath sweaters to wear at work because my office has been freezing lately. Hmmm…note to self!

So, go on over to Urban Running Girl and check out the array of colors and order yours today! (Sorry, that sounded infomercial-y, but seriously, just get you one! You won’t regret it.) I love my shrug, and really do believe it is an essential piece of clothing. I am going to log a lot of miles in mine this year. Many thanks to Urban Running Girl and Michelle for hosting the giveaway and for randomly picking my name! Score!

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As a small independent online business, it can be a challenge to bring awareness to a product.  Of course, small businesses don’t have a gazillion dollars to advertise on a large scale.  As a result, if a business can’t get their name out, potential customers won’t know they exist to even begin looking for them.

Urban Running Girl has been extremely fortunate.  In regards to receiving additional blog and media exposure, the month of November has been AMAZING for Urban Running Girl. There have been two outstanding blog reviews from JillWillRun and The RUNiverse.  As well, the editorial content from Get Out There magazine and iRun has been fantastic.  I am most grateful for all the support, not only from the bloggers and the media, but from everyone who has taken a moment out of their busy day to read or comment on any of those blogs or magazines.  As well, those who have commented on URG’s blog, FB page, Tweeted or sent us a private email.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  Your support has been awesome and I truly appreciate it.

As November comes to a close, there is one last blog review from Push.Pump.Progress. Push.Pump.Progress is our first Canadian blogger to review Urban Running Girl and the response has been wonderful.

I’ve copied most of the review below, however, the full blog can be read here.

MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2012 – Blog Review from Push.Pump.Progress

Urban Running Girl Review & GIVEAWAY!!!
Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all having a great start to your week and that you are all getting ready to participate in this weeks Frosty Fitness Challenge! As if you needed an excuse to work on your push up skills!

Since I just got engaged and since it is the Christmas season (a definite time for giving!) I thought it would be a great time to do another review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Last month a stumbled upon a local Toronto based company called Urban Running Girl. Urban Running Girl makes running shrugs…. yes that’s right RUNNING SHRUGS! I was very intrigued by this product so I contact the owner Deb to get more information. These shrugs are designed for active women! “The idea of a running shrug came about from the need to keep warm while warming up during an early morning run, particularly in the spring and fall. It’s too cool to start with only a tank top or t-shirt, but once warmed up and/or the outside temperature rises, it’s too warm for a long sleeve shirt or jacket.” How many of you have faced that problem when out for a run?? I know that I have on several occasions!

Wearing a jacket or long sleeve shirt over a tank top when running can be very frustrating. For example you start to over heat but don’t want to stop to take your jacket or top off, jackets and tops tied around your waste can really weigh you down, zippers and Velcro can chafe, and if you over heat during a race you have to re-pin your bib if you take off your top layer! Now all of those problems have been solved with this unique little shrug!

These shrugs come in a variety of colours: purple, black, pink, orange and turquoise. Deb sent me the turqouise running shrug and I love it! The shrugs are made of tech material that wicks sweat away quickly, it also has fold over cuffs that you can use

to cover your hands on cooler days. What I REALLY like about Urban Running Girls is that the shrugs are all designed and made in Canada!!!! I am all about supporting Canadian made products!

Catching up with Urban Running Girl

Wow!  Time flies!  I looked back at my last blog post and realized I’d better get cracking at writing something new!  This week has been a busy one.

Firstly, I’d like to give a shout out to my American cousins.  I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and perhaps in the midst of all the festivities and good food, you’ve had some time to work it off with a good run or two.  If not, perhaps you are running around at the shopping mall, seeking out great Black Friday deals! 🙂  Either way, you are keeping active!  Woot!

This week I took some time to begin the big clean prior to Christmas.  I’ve been working up a sweat, moving furniture around, dusting, purging some items and getting my house in order.  A whole day was given to the pantry as I had to reorganize.  It really hasn’t been that long since I did this, but of course, I had to go through everything one by one, checking expiry dates on foods.  As well, checking our current baking supplies so we know what to purchase for the holiday season baking list.  Unfortunately, I had some expired Gu sitting in the back of the cupboard which I had to dispose of which didn’t make me happy.

I did get my Christmas tree up this week (without decorations) on account of this guy…..

LeChat

Don’t let him fool you.  He’s full of beans!  The tree went up as this will be his first Christmas with us, so I wanted to make sure he wouldn’t climb it and take it down.  So far, so good!

On a business front, Urban Running Girl has also been featured in the lastest issue of iRun magazine.

Urban Running Girl featured on page 50 of iRun magazine 2013 issue 01.

Close up of feature….

Urban Running Girl – Editorial coverage in iRun Magazine

Of course any additional coverage of Urban Running Girl in mainstream media makes me a happy girl. 🙂

Tonight I am off to see The Who in concert.  I don’t generally attend many rock concerts nowadays, however, this is one band that seemed to escape me.  Back in 1989 they played in Toronto and as luck would have it, on the exact same night, I had my high school graduation.  I’m sure they’ve played here since then, but of course, I missed that too.  So tonight, I get to pretend I am 18 again, and relive a moment I once missed!  However, with that said, I won’t be teasing my hair.  Hee hee!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend.  Happy Running!

Jillwillrun reviews Urban Running Girl

Jill at Jillwillrun did a review of the Urban Running Girl shrug.  I’ve reposted the full text review here, however her site review looks so much better with pics! (a sample screenshot of part of the review is below)  Check out her site!  Jill has a ton of great information on running and product reviews as her blog goes back as 2008 when she ran her first marathon.  She’s also a certified running coach with the RRCA and coached 4 seasons with Team Challenge

URBAN RUNNING GIRL REVIEW

Shrug if you want to stay warm

November 15, 2012 | Filed under: Gear, Reviews | 3 Comments
Tagged with: arm warmer, runner, shrug, urban running girl
Review of: Urban Running Girl Shrug
Price:$32.99
Reviewed by: Jill
Rating:
5

Summary:
Awesome option to keep your arms warm on slightly chilly days or at the start of races. You can tie it around your waist without adding a lot of bulk. Made out of soft material that washes well and even includes a way to cover your hands for warmth.

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I was initially unsure about the concept of the Urban Running Girl shrug. On one hand, it seemed like a potentially smart idea but on the other it seemed like a potentially strange idea. It wasn’t until I tried it that I truly saw the beauty of this product!

The Urban Running Girl shrug is basically a shirt… without most of the shirt! It covers the arms and shoulders, making it lightweight and easy to remove when you no longer need that layer. Plus, unlike arm warmers where you have to find somewhere to stash them once you’re done with them, this can tie around your waist without nearly the bulk that a jacket adds. This is perfect for cool morning runs (I live in Las Vegas, this could even be used for winter running!) and it’s a perfect option for races with cool starts. You can wear a tank or singlet and top it off with the shrug to stay warm. Your race number will stay expose while you stay warm until it’s time to remove the shrug.

It has handy little pockets at the end of the sleeves.

No, these pockets aren’t for storing stuff, they’re to tuck your hands into when you’re shivering in the starting corral or just need to keep your paws covered for a little while.

The shrug is a nice soft material and it washes up beautifully. On the back the website for UrbanRunningGirl.ca is featured… so others will know where to get one after they are jealous of your shrug!

You can use this for more than just running though. You could stuff it in your bag and pull it on in cold movie theaters (Does every place keep their movie theaters sub-zero? Vegas ones are cold!) You could slip it on over a t-shirt while working in the yard or just sitting in your office. (That’s been tested… it worked well!) I’m a fan, I think this is a smart design!

The business is based out of Canada and you can order from them online. Orders can be shipped to the US and Canada.

Get Out There Magazine – Urban Running Girl makes the Holiday Gift Guide

Urban Running Girl makes the cut!

Get Out There magazine 2012 – Holiday Gift Guide issue

Get Out There Magazine is Canada’s source for endurance sports, outdoor recreation adventure and play!  You can view online at GetOutThereMag.com

Get Out There magazine Holiday 2012 issue Page 20. Highlighting Urban Running Girl.

As well, Urban Running Girl was highlighted on Get Out There’s Facebook page for Day 10 of their Holiday Gift Guide!

Go check it out!

Urban Running Girl Review (and a surprise for our readers)

Alissa over at the RUNIVERSE posted a blog review of Urban Running Girl.  I’ve copied and pasted most of her review here, but there’s a special surprise if you click on the RUNIVERSE blog.  Check it out! 🙂

Urban Running Girl Shrug

Alissa | November 8, 2012

Running Shrug

Would you wear a shrug while running? After trying one, I am a believer! Image via urbanrunninggirl.ca

Not too long ago when we were contacted about reviewing a running shrug, my initial reaction was… huh? A shrug for running? I guess I’ve always seen shrugs as a fashion accessory, not a functional piece of clothing.  Why would I want to wear a shrug while running?

Upon reviewing the Urban Running Girl website, I began to understand just how functional a shrug can be for us runners. Let me elaborate…

I’ll start with this picture:

Nike Women's Marathon

Nike Women’s Marathon 2008

This was taken a few years ago when I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon with Team in Training. The race started near dawn on a cold, foggy October day in San Francisco. We had trained through the heat of the summer in the desert and starting the race in only our TNT singlets was out of the question. We wore throw-away shirts instead knowing that over the course of 26.2 miles we would warm up.

Unfortunately before we were warm, we encountered several of the official race photographers. Not wanting to miss out on our photos, and still wanting to show our TNT pride, we ended up with lots of pictures of  us “flashing” our TNT singlets to the cameras.

All this could have been avoided with an Urban Running Girl shrug! That’s because a shrug only covers your arms and your shoulders, leaving your race number visible to photographers.

Besides the race number issue, a shrug is also nice if you are wearing a shirt you want to show off (perhaps if you are running with a charity, group or team). Shrugs allow you to stay a little warmer and still show your team spirit. And when you are ready to take it off, it easily ties around the waist without all that extra fabric flapping in the wind.

Urban Running Girl Shrug

Post run this morning in my Urban Running Girl Shrug.

I used the size chart on Urban Running Girl’s website to determine what size to order. When the shrug came I was impressed that it fit perfectly. I wore the shug over a running tank on this morning’s early run and found it to be extremely comfortable. It was about 60 degrees and mostly dark when I set off around 6 am. (Did I mention I love this time of year here in Phoenix?) About 3 miles in, my body was warm and sweaty so I yanked off the shrug and tied it around my waist. I hardly noticed it after that.

The fabric is soft and silky, the cut is comfortable, and the little cuffs to keep the hands warm are a nice touch. Overall, I have nothing but praise for this product.

I was just doing a search tonight on the internet, and came across this wonderful blog by SOCCERAT32. I loved that she felt like a “bad*ss” wearing it too! It’s different, and of course, with anything different it stands out! But hey…I betcha you looked pretty cool in it!

soccerat32

I needed a little pick me up today.  With THE COLD last week and the pinocchio run yesterday I was feeling down on running, on exercise in general and especially on waking up.  It is funny how the world works though.  I spent last night gritching to Husband about how stressed out I was and how crummy my running was because I had to take an entire week off.  You know what he said?

Sure all those things are true but aren’t you excited to try out your new shrug tomorrow?

Why yes, yes I am.  Sure enough my new running shrug was just what I needed!

It happens to be that glorious time of year when the mornings are crisp and the afternoons are warm, when the leaves are still mostly green but the trees are speckled with gold and red.  I absolutely love being outside in the morning when it…

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