February 2, 2016

St Patrick’s Day Dash Sign Ups- 1:33 pm

Registration for the 2016 St. Patricks Day Dash has begun!  You can register now online at, http://stpatsdash.com/index.php/2014-10-15-21-41-04 , and pick up your packet at Run 26 between March 5th-March 10th or register in store beginning February 13th and ending March 10th.  Run 26 offers a 10% discount on all regular priced product to St Pat’s Day Dash participants when you come in to the store to pick up or register for the event!

December 3, 2015

Cascade Run Club Information Meeting and Kickoff- 1:32 pm

The Cascade Run Club will be kicking off their Spring season on Saturday January 9th 8:00 am at Run26 with an information meeting followed by a training clinic and run . We will be training for the Eugene Half and Full marathon in May along with the Seattle Rock n Roll Half and Full in June. During the season we will participate in the St Patty’s Day Dash and the Whidbey Island 10k & 5k events. Weekly practices are held in the Mill Creek/Bothell area as well as Greenlake in Seattle.  Come join coaches Shelby Schenck, Run 26 owner and elite level coach and Yon Yilma, Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon and Seattle Amica Half winner  to get more information on this great club. The meeting is absolutely free!  For more information contact Yon Yilma at Yon@cascaderunclub.com or call Run 26 at 425-948-6495.

November 11, 2015

The benefits of Vitamin D- 1:35 pm

One of the best things you can do to help recover from training  is to start supplementing with Vitamin D.  Vitamin D has not only been proven to help prevent injuries but it can increase athletic performance because it helps the body absorb Calcium which in turn affects bone density, nerve signal efficiency, blood pressure, your immunity system and helps maintain muscle strength as we get older.  Most people get enough Calcium but very few get enough Vitamin D.  The best source of Vitamin D is the sun so in the Northwest, especially during Winter months, almost everyone is deficient and it’s very difficult to get enough through food so you will have to supplement.  You can use either D3 (animal form) or D2 (plant form) and shoot for 2000-3000 IU’s.

August 18, 2015

Himalayan salt is great for endurance athletes!- 1:34 pm

Imagine everyone sitting down for a big family feast. The best china set gently upon silk cloth, crystals brimming with fresh apple-cinnamon-ginger juice. An array of baked, steamed and sautéed vegetables decorate the table. Suddenly Grandma reaches for the salt, startled she rears back and exclaims, “Why is the salt PINK?!”

Oh Grandma, “Its Himalayan salt, and it’s wonderful!”

Origins

The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia passing through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Most people associate the Himalayans with Mount Everest, the highest peak on this planet, but here is something new to think about- salt.

Once upon a time (a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago) crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Aside from being kept it in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It is now hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary market.

Why Pink?

The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.

Benefits

In the same manner that vitamins and minerals are perfectly packaged in fruits and vegetables, because this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy.

(Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.)

Iodine- Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.

Less sodium consumed per serving- Himalayan salt is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 t. serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements- Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).

27Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can:

  • Create an electrolyte balance
  • Increases hydration
  • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
  • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
  • Prevent muscle cramping
  • Aid in proper metabolism functioning
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
  • Prevent goiters
  • Improve circulation
  • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

 

It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

Pink Salt vs. Sea Salt

Even though pink salts come from the mountains, they are technically sea salts as well. All salt comes from a salted body of water—namely, an ocean or salt-water lake. However, Himalayan salt is said to be the purest form of sea salt.

Why Table Salt is Inferior

Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures.

In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.

Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.

The Many Uses of Pink Salt

Cooking and curing– use pre-ground salt or grinders like any other salt.

Salt Slabs– used as serving platters, the slabs will impart an enhanced salt taste and mineral content. Chilled: decorate with fruits, sushi, vegetables or cheese. Frozen: present cold desserts and even sorbets. Heated: use the slabs to sear vegetables, shrimp, fish fillets or thinly sliced beef or even to fry an egg. The dense salt blocks conduct heat beautifully with near perfect heat distribution.

Best of all, Himalayan salt is naturally anti-microbial, so clean up requires just a quick scrub or rinse.

Decoration– use the salts in containers, as décor crystals and sprinkled on food for presentation.

28Bathing- throw in the tub for a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. The replenishing nutrients stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Naturally rich in 80+ nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with pink bath salt is a healing and therapeutic experience for mind and body.

Potpourri Holders and Essential Oil Diffusers– many on-line sites sell beautiful home décor featuring the pink salt as crystal rocks.

Air purification– crystal rock lamps for air purification are also found and sold on-line.

Hopefully now you will not be as shocked as Grandma when you reach for the salt shaker and find pink crystals staring back at you!

If you eat meat, brining should be in your bag of tools. Brining makes meat very juice and succulent! Here’s is an extremely simple recipe for it.

Basic low sodium brine for pork and poultry. (Brine will work for up to 8 lbs. of protein.)

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 3 ounces sea salt
  • 3 ounces sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. citrus zest (lemon, lime or orange – optional)

 

Instructions

  • Add the salt, sugar and other aromatics to a pot and bring the water to a simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and chill before using the brine.
  • Let your protein brine for 6 hours.
  • Drain the protein, and let it rest and air dry in fridge for 2 hours.
  • Roast, broil or grill as you would!

 

By Amanda Ennett

- See more at: http://fitlife.tv/10-amazing-benefits-of-pink-himalayan-salt/#sthash.siaTSCo2.dpuf

July 21, 2015

Cascade Run Club Kickoff- 3:36 pm

The Cascade Run Club will kickoff their Fall season on Saturday August 1st 8:00am at Run 26.  There will be a clinic followed by a run and discounts that day for all attendees.  The clinic will cover proper footwear, training theories, running form and nutrition.  It’s free and full of lots of great information!  For more information following the link in our events section or check out the Run 26 Facebook page.

June 9, 2015

Cascade Run Club Information Meeting- 4:20 pm

Are you looking to train for the Chicago, Portland, Seattle Marathon or any other event? Join our structured individualized training in a great group setting. Come hear about our training philosophy and go for an easy group run. Run26 will be hosting an information meeting on Saturday June 27th at 8am. We will cover the Cascade Run Club training program and the philosophy. Come join coaches Shelby Schenck, Run 26 owner and elite level coach, Yon Yilma, Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon winner and Ginny Morris, owner of Running Elements to get more information on this great club. It is absolutely free and will be followed by an easy run. For more information contact Yon Yilma at Yon@cascaderunclub.com or call Run 26 at 425-948-6495.

May 12, 2015

2015 Run 26 Raffle Runs- 12:11 pm

We have dates for this years Run 26 Raffle Runs! Thursday June 25th and Thursday August 20th will be at Run 26 starting at 6pm. For the first time ever we will hosting an Raffle Run outside of Mill Creek. On Saturday July 25th at 5pm we will be in downtown Edmonds! We have a local Brewery on board and it will be a blast! You can click on the link below to register for the Edmonds event. Look forward to seeing everyone this year!!

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February 9, 2015

Winter Apparel 26% Off!!- 11:39 am

All Winter apparel will be 26% off at Run 26 during the month of February!  Don’t miss out on your favorite brands and pieces.  Limited to stock on hand.

January 12, 2015

4 Sports Nutrition Products all Runners should be using- 3:31 pm

I’ve never been one to bring in nutrition products just to make a dollar, if we carry it in the store it’s been tested by the staff and we truly believe in it.  These days there are a lot of great running nutrition products on the market so it gets harder and harder to sort through what works and what doesn’t.  Here’s a list of four products we carry at Run26 all runners should be using.

1. Ph Strips -  Your body’s ph level will tell you if you are recovered or getting close to being overtrained.  With a simple test strip and saliva you can get a great read to where your current ph level is at and adjust your training and nutrition to get it to an optimal level.

2. E Lyte – Most runners know that electrolytes are essential to achieve optimal performance, but how do you know where your electrolyte levels are?  This great product mixes with water and has a taste indicator to let you know where your levels are.  If the water taste salty then your electrolytes are imbalanced, if the water tastes normal then your electrolytes are  balanced.

3. UCAN - UCAN is powered by SuperStarch, a healthy, natural, gluten-free innovation in carbohydrate nutrition. SuperStarch is a complex carbohydrate (derived from non-GMO corn) that uniquely stabilizes blood sugar and causes virtually no reaction from the fat-storage hormone insulin. Originally discovered for children with life-threatening energy imbalances, SuperStarch is a revolutionary fuel being used for endurance sports.

4. Electro Bytes - Electro Bytes is an electrolyte replacement product derived from Coconut Oil and Agave Syrup and chock full of electrolytes.  Besides it’s great balance of electrolytes the Coconut Oil helps reduce inflammation and acts as an antioxidant while the Agave Syrup supplies a readily available energy that is low on the glycemic index thus keeping the blood sugar levels steady.

With these four products you are sure to improve, not only your training and racing performances, but your overall health!

 

 

December 8, 2014

Benefits of training with a group – Cascade Run Club- 4:30 pm

One of the hardest things to do when training for an event is to motivate yourself to consistently get out the door for your run, especially in the dark winter months.  It’s easy to talk yourself out of a workout when training by yourself, this is why most successful runners train in groups.  A group setting gives you a support system and makes you accountable for your runs.  Knowing others are showing up is usually the nudge you need to get yourself to the run.  Additional benefits of group runs include time going by much faster when socializing with others, that awesome team environment at the events, formal coaching and being able to use others past experience to improve your own.  So is there any negatives to group running?  The most common one is group runs that become too competitive and ignore the goals of the training plan.  This is why its so important to choose the right group to run with when looking for running club.

The Cascade Run Club offers smart training in a group enviroment with proven results.  Coached by elite running coach Shelby Schenck, 2013 Seattle Rock nRoll marathon and 2014 Seattle Amica half marathon winner Yon Yilma and longtime Team in Training head coach Ginny Morris, you won’t find better coaching staff to help you reach your goals.  You will be taught the same training methods used by the best runners around including Yon Yilma himself.  The training plan is built around peaking properly and staying healthy while improving performance and having fun.

Cascade Run Club’s next session kicks off Saturday January 10th 9:00am at Run 26.  Please visit the website at www.CascadeRunClub.com or call Yon or Shelby at 425-948-6495 for questions or more information.

 

 

 

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