J Wedge
 
Want to hear what others are saying about J Wedge? Check out the latest review from Tom Crandall at EndtheTrendNow, a health and fitness blog. We met Tom while attending The Running Event in Austin, TX last December. You can read his review here.
Valetine's Day is upon us. Whether you're a runner looking to treat yo'self or dating a runner, these gifts are sure to please.

Themed Pillowcases

Nothing screams "I love you" like a good running pun. Order these here and give them to your sweetie over a delicious carb-filled dinner. Your significant other is sure to be impressed!
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Medal Hanger


Runners love to proudly display their accomplishments. Lend a helping hand by purchasing a medal hanger for your loved one. There are numerous options available on Etsy.
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Pedicure

Have you ever seen a runner's feet? Do yourself AND your loved one a favor by getting pedicures together before heading out to dinner and a movie.
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Scenic Weekend Getaway

Near a beautiful running trail, of course! Want to really up the romance factor this year? Take your sweetie somewhere with a gorgeous view. Click here to view some of the best running trail around the country.

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Massage

Massages are tried and true gift that the runner in your life is sure to appreciate. Want to make things more romantic? Try a couple's massage. If your loved one doesn't care for massages, try a foam roller! They're important for stretching out tired and achy muscles post-run.

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Race Entry Fee

Show your loved one you care by covering the entry fee for an upcoming race. Bonus points if you attend said race to cheer on your sweetheart and take him or her out for pancakes afterward.

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Runnerbox

A gift that lasts all year long! Runnerbox subscribers receive one time, speciality, or bi-monthly boxes filled with lots of goodies any runner would love. You can sign up yourself or the runner in your life here. Trust us, you'll be happy you did.

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Chocolate and Roses


Hey, runners are people too. We love the quintessential chocolate and roses, so long as the chocolate is dark!

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Happy Valentine's Day! In recognition of this auspicious occasion, we've put together a list of all the reasons we love running.

1) Running keeps us sane. Though life can become hectic with relationships, families careers, etc., running is the little slice of time that helps us make sense of things.

2) Running teaches us not to judge. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a complete newbie, running will benefit you. Moreover, as runners we learn not to judge other runners. We've all passed gas on a long run or eaten copious amounts of junk food post-race. The point of our sport is to compete with and improve upon ourselves, not with others!

3) Running is empowering. Knowing that you can run a mile or more without stopping to walk is exhilarating. It makes you feel invincible!

4) Running is a "cheap" sport. Runners can, and more likely than not do, shell out extra money for costlier shoes, tech clothing, and race fees. But in reality, all it takes is a pair of sneakers and a nice trail to take up running.

5) Running pushes us. As runners we strive to always push our limits by shaving a few seconds off of our time, running just a little further, going on a long run no matter the weather, or trying a more difficult trail. What better benefit is there than learning to push the limits instead of staying in our comfort zone?

What about you? What do you love about running?
Are you one of the many people that resolved to get fit or start eating healthier in the New Year but started slacking off after week two? You're not alone. A study conducted by the University of Scranton revealed that only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions. Lucky for you, we're here to help! These nine tips will help you create a solid plan, stay motivated, and ultimately reach your health or fitness goals in 2015.

1) One thing at a time.

Does anyone make just one New Year's resolution? Not really. In fact, you've probably got multiple resolutions related to getting healthier and fitter. The best course of action to achieve all of those goals: focus on one at a time. Think about it. When you're at work or home and trying to accomplish 20 different tasks at once, you ultimately feel overwhelmed and put off starting any of them. By giving each goal a little one-on-one attention, you're more likely to successfully reach each one. They (whoever they are) say it takes 21-28 days to establish a new habit, use this as your timeline for each goal. This brings us to our next tip—

2) Baby steps.

Having one massive or broad overall goal is great. Perhaps you want to lose fifty pounds this year, do a 180 on your diet, or run your first half marathon. But just like having multiple goals, this large feat can seem overwhelming. Your best bet? Break down each of your goals into smaller, more attainable mini-goals. Instead of losing fifty pounds, maybe you want to lose one or two pounds a week. If your focus is on healthy eating, try eating out fewer times per week. Or you can gradually start cutting out processed foods by switching them with healthier alternatives. Need ideas for cooking healthy meals at home? Pinterest has a ton!

3) Don't cut something out entirely.

Many times we jump into weight loss planning to cut out everything "bad" for us until we reach our goal. But then what? We forget that sustainability is the key to maintaining health and fitness. If the exercise regimen or diet you're on right now seems difficult to maintain, you need to be realistic about the likelihood of keeping with it further down the road. With diet, it's best to follow an 80/20 rule. Try to make healthy choices 80% of the time, but let yourself splurge a little too! You'll be happier and more apt to stick with your healthier lifestyle.

4) Write it out.

Writing things out is a great way to clarify your goals, pinpoint issues, and track your progress. If losing weight is your primary goal this year, download a calorie counting app like MyFitnessPal. It'll let you log everything you eat and any exercise you do throughout the day. Setting a PR for an upcoming race? Track your time and workouts with an app like MapMyRun. Whatever your goals, developing a course of action and recording your progress is a tried and true method for keeping you on point.