December 11 2017
Our editor-in-chief reflects on the highs and lows of 2017 for runners and discusses Team WR's plans for the new year.
“This bottle of summery goodness has just one ingredient: organic watermelons—and it is so refreshing after a hot, after-work run, especially chilled (I swear it makes me run a little bit faster when I know it’s waiting for me). Plus, did you know that watermelon is naturally hydrating? It has more potassium than a banana (as well as the electrolytes magnesium and calcium), and has antioxidants (vitamins A and C) and minerals (like iron). Bonus: For every bottle of DRINKmelon sold, the company’s partner MORE Than Sport supplies 200 gallons of clean water to individuals in developing nations. ” –Bethany Mavis, managing editor
“A slightly heavier version than that Vaporfly that had everyone whispering ‘sub-2,’ the Nike Zoom Fly was surprisingly perfect to me. At first the seeming motion of propelling me forward felt a bit wonky, but after a few more runs, I appreciated all the power that was coming from underneath my foot. I would give these a go in a race!” –Caitlyn Pilkington, web editor
“As a runner, I realize that soda isn’t the healthiest choice when it comes to hydration. But I can’t help it; I’m in a longterm relationship with Diet Coke, and I have no intention of ending it any time soon. That being said, when a package of kombucha soda arrived at the office this week, I had to try the cola flavor. I’d tried kombucha before and wasn’t wowed, but I’m intrigued by this drink. It’s fizzy and tastes about as close to real cola as you can expect from an organic, gluten-free product. Even better: it has way more probiotics than one can expect from real soda (zero). A fine alternative for the days when guilt gets the best of me.” –Meghan Roos, associate web editor
“It is easy to forget that sleep is an important part of training and recovery. I’ve always had trouble calming my mind before bed, so once I discovered this pillow, things totally changed about my routine. It plays soothing sounds (that can only be heard by the person laying on it) and helps give me something to focus on other than racing thoughts. Try it as part of your recovery and you’ll probably notice quite the difference in your bedtime routine.” –Ashley Lauretta, freelance web editor
“When not wearing my hair up in a bun or pony, I do enjoy letting it down. Sometimes after many hours in the sun, filled with sweat from a long workout, my hair feels gritty. The Silk Express Collection has worked wonders on my hair, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. The best part is that it offers a natural sun protectant so I know my scalp is protected if I forget to throw a hat on while I’m outside. The products are light and easy to throw in a gym bag, too!” –Fara Rosenzweig, freelance writer