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We are athletes and weekend warriors that like have fun and look good while staying active. As a competitor in dozens of races, we cover tips and topics important to the average mid-pack runner.

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Tracking with Strava. Is Premium Worth It?

We are big fans of tracking all sorts of data, and that includes workouts. With 100M+ users Strava is one of the leaders in the industry and has free and paid versions. Read our full review of Strava Premium features and see if they are valuable to you

Strava Training Plans Review 

Tracking your activity is crucial to a good training plan. If you are a Strava Premium member you have access to not only track your workouts but also find quality training plans. See our review from a real use of a 5k Strava training plan

Top Strava Add-Ons

Get the most our of your activity data with popular Strava add-ons. We reviewed more than a dozen great extensions to get real insights from your data. Review the best Strava extensions here.

 

 

Full Day of Tracking Your Body with Wellness Trackers

For anyone who simply wants to feel better or stay in shape, tracking your body can help. Knowing how the things you do impact your body and recovery is critical. Some things should be monitored long periods of time. But even those must be tracked on a day to day basis. This is a look at using wellness trackers as much as possible in a single day.

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Vivoo and Vessel – At home Urinalysis

These days you can get Laos’s of helpful test for at home. Everything from Cue Health at home Covid tests and BioIQ mail in PCT tests, to Vivoo at home Urinalysis and Vessel Health test strips.

Vivoo and Vessel are unique in that they monitor an output of the body using urine test strips. They can be used as a marker for results of a diet change, or to monitor how the body is capturing vitamins or dealing with hydration. See the full Vessel health review here.

Blood pressure cuffs can help you know if you are affected by “white coat syndrome”, and fitness trackers like Amazon Halo let you know if you are getting enough sleep.

Tracking Health for a Faster 5k

As a long time runner the goal of running a personal best is always on my mind. There are only so many more years where that is possible, but following a strong training plan (for the first time in many years) allowed me to shave 3 minutes off my 5k time in a matter of months.

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Losing 20 pounds sure helped, by allowing me to put in more hard efforts and recover more quickly, but the real trick was a 6 week block of running that was better than anything since having run high school cross country. Being able to monitor the detail of the training plan made it easier to stick to after the initial excitement wore off.

Check Out the Free 5K Complete Training Plan