With the crazy variable winter we’ve had, runners across the Blue Ridge are aching for a sunshine-filled spring, when we can dust off our running shoes and hit the trails for good. Or better yet, now could be the perfect time to upgrade some of your gear with these favorites. Race entry is open for some of the favorite spring runs, and when it comes to the list of things you need to keep track of on race day, your gear shouldn’t give you a headache.Here we’ve compiled an outfit to take you through your run, from a 5K to multi-leg race journey, these trail-tested items will carry you through, all while looking stylishly swift. 1 — Ambit2 (HR) by SUUNTOMaintaining your pace during a distance race is critical. While the excitement of race day can get your adrenaline pumping, resist the urge to race out of the gate by keeping an accurate eye on your pace and heart rate. The Ambit2 with the integrated Heart Rate system by Suunto makes it easy with a large pace display, lap comparisons by each kilometer/mile and scrollable options to view distance, speed, elapsed time, elevation, heart rate and calories burned. While you’re not out crushing it in a town race, the GPS-based watch offers an impressive bevy of other functions for outdoor adventurists.2 — Corsa Skort by ISISSlip into any piece by ISIS and you can instantly tell that it was designed by women, for women. Flattering cuts, styles, patterns and colors, backed by high performance materials, are what their pieces are known for. The Corsa Skort is no exception. The nylon and spandex short & skirt combination with stretch waistband is comfortable and chic, with a gusset crotch for movability. This will quickly become your go-topiece, having you feeling feminine yet fearless as you fly down the trails.3 — Unisex Ventilator Compression Support Calf Sleeves by CW-XCompression garments are all the rage, and with good reason. Why wait to sooth your legs until after the race, when you can begin the recovery process before you even begin? The Unisex Ventilator Compression Support Calf Sleeves by CW-X are engineered to provide muscle and joint support. The increase in blood circulation results in better endurance, less fatigue and faster recovery. The sleeve design allows you to pair them with your favorite running sock.4 — Women’s Running Ultra Light No Show by Point6Many a toenail was lost before the discovery of Point6 wool socks. The moisture wicking properties of wool prevent dampness from developing, keeping your toes dry and happy. The Running Ultra Light No Show by Point 6 is crafted of tightly knit merino wool, an antimicrobial, natural fiber that helps regulate your body temperature. The soft and snug fit stays put, alleviating blisters or hotspots, while the low cut ankle allows it to pair perfectly with any running shoe. After your run, slip on a pair of the Point6 Compression Ultra Lite OTC socks to aid in recovery. The “Over the Calf ” high rise sock, created with merino wool infused with Celliant fibers, aids in fatigue, reduces soreness and increases blood flow.5 – Women’s Coolest Cool Short Sleeve Top by ColumbiaThe intense midday sun in the Blue Ridge Mountains has become more bearable thanks to the Omni-Freeze Zero technology by Columbia. The sweat-activated cooling system in the Coolest Cool Short Sleeve top will keep you cooler than your competitors. While the Omni-Wick technology will keep you dry, pulling sweat away from your body, the Omni-Shade technology will keep you blocked from the Sun’s harmful rays. This triple action will keep you cool, dry and protected and you’ll coast stylishly down the trail while your fellow racers wondering what your secret is.6 — Bondi Speed by Hoka One One While the minimalist movement quickly saturated the market, Hoka One One made a push in the opposite direction. The first to pioneer the maximalist concept, the shoes are designed for runners of all levels. The oversized shoes are light, bouncy and nimble. Within the first hundred steps of wearing the Bondi Speed, you’ll be a believer. The cushioned midsoles deliver an almost trampoline-like effect. The large outsole footprint offers stability on trail or pavement, while minimizing impact, perfect for those with knee issues. Rather than hitting the pavement, you’ll feel as though you’re effortlessly running on vibrantly colored clouds. The fast-entry lacing system will get you out the door and onto the trial quicker than ever.7 — Jurek Endure by Ultimate DirectionPersonally designed by Scott Jurek, the Jurek Collection by Ultimate Direction provides runners with four hydration system options. The Jurek Endure is the perfect hydration belt for a mid-distance run. The belt comes with two ten-ounce bottles, for even weight distribution, keeping the belt from bouncing around. The construction of the bottle holsters is stiff enough to easily slide the bottles in and out, while still resting comfortably against your back. The front pocket allows for easy access to goos or gels, and the expandable back pocket can stash arm warmers or gloves. The waist belt is adjustable and comes with race bib clips.
Comment Advertisement Mertens could be available on a free transfer next summer (Getty Images)According to Il Mattino, both Arsenal and Tottenham have registered their interest in signing Mertens.The report claims that both Premier League sides have ‘taken information’ on Mertens ahead of a potential move.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut Juventus, AC Milan and Inter are also reportedly interested in signing the Belgian.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking about his future last month, Mertens admitted he could leave Napoli at the end of the season.‘I still don’t know what my future will be,’ he said.‘My objective right now is to have a very good season with Napoli. Then we’ll see how things go. There’s still some time left until the end of the season.‘Here at Napoli, I still have seven months left on my contract. I don’t know where I’ll be playing next season.‘At the end of this year, I’ll assess whether to renew my contract or not, but it’s still too early. I’m not in a position to rule anything out.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham in race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli Dries Mertens is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham (SIPA USA/PA Images)Arsenal and Tottenham are in the race to sign Dries Mertens from Napoli, according to reports.The 32-year-old’s current contract with the Serie A club expires at the end of the season and he is yet to agree a new deal.Mertens is currently in his seventh season at Napoli and is a key part of their attack with 116 goals for the Italian club.But Napoli risk losing the Belgium international next summer with several clubs lining up for his signature.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Nov 2019 11:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he will work to be the best player of all time after being presented with his third European Golden Boot award.The 29-year-old was speaking at a lavish ceremony in Madrid where he received the trophy for being the joint top scorer last season in Europe, along with Luis Suarez, having hit 31 goals.”I always try to do things well and not just last season. I always want to do better,” said Ronaldo.”The last five years have been very good and the last two have been a little bit better. I don’t want to just be the best in Portugal, I want to be the best ever and I will work to be that. After that it is down to individual opinions.”In my profession I want to be the best, and I am making a name for myself step by step. When my career ends I want to see the statistics and I want to see if I am among the best ever.”I am sure I will be.” The World Player of the Year, who also won the Golden Boot in the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons, has had a glittering career with both Manchester United and Real and he helped the latter to win their tenth European Cup last season.”To win the third Golden Boot is like winning the first. I am very happy, it is a special day and I want to share it with the people that have helped me,” said Ronaldo.”Everyone talks about whether this is the best Madrid side and I suppose at the end we will know – if we win nothing or we are the best. I believe that we will win a lot. We are working well with the coach (Carlo Ancelotti).”Things are going well and on a personal note I am happy and playing well.”Real lead the La Liga table with 24 points from 10 games and have already struck 37 goals. “Maybe now we have more of the ball which is good. The more you have it the more damage you can make,” he said.”We are causing problems for that reason, we are having more chances but the system is more or less the same. We have a very good squad. (Gareth) Bale has returned now and is in good shape.”We can go very far. We will work to get better each game and win the trophies: La Liga, the Champions League and the cup.”