J Wedge
Fitness professionals will soon converge in St. Louis for the NATA’s 66th Annual Clinical Symposia and AT Expo. Held June 23-26 at America’s Center Convention Complex, the four day conference offers learning labs, workshops, and an expo featuring over 350 industry-related vendors. J Wedge owners Mike and Carolyn Janzen will join these vendors as they introduce J Wedge to the athletic training community.

Expo attendees are invited stop by booth number 1040 to try using a J Wedge and pick up a free sample. Interested in learning more about distributor opportunities? Contact us via phone at (855) 491-9021 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view the full press release, click here.
Hi all, Ariel here. Well, I did it!

Sunday morning I finished the Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon in 2:09:26. The goal was to break two hours. Didn't happen. I did manage to shave 41 seconds off of my mile pace though, so there's that!

At a barbeque after the race, a friend asked me an important question— What would I do differently for my next race? I didn't really have an answer for her then. Now that it's been a few days, I can think of a few things.

1. Following my training plan more strictly

I (poorly) followed Hal Higdon's Novice Half Marathon plan to train for this race. Early in the program, I realized that running four days per week wasn't feasible if I wanted to continue doing Insanity and daily weight-lifting. Instead I ran just two or three days per week. While I felt some guilt for not logging as many miles, I assuaged it with the knowledge that Insanity is intended to build cardiovascular endurance. Since my next big race is a full marathon, I'll probably cut Insanity from my training.

2. Carb-loading and fueling

Fueling is so difficult! I completed this race without any kind of chews, GU, gummy bears, etc. I pushed through on Gatorade and good ol' H2O. For carb-loading, I opted to increase my carbohydrate intake in the few days leading up to the race. My biggest fueling mistake for this race was only eating one piece of toast for breakfast two hours before the race. When it comes to longer distances, your body needs more fuel. Next time I'll force myself to eat a larger breakfast. I'm also considering the Western Australia carb-loading plan. Basically you do a short, high-intensity workout 24 hours before your race. Then you eat about 500 grams of carbs throughout the rest of the day. Honestly, I'm not sure I'll be able to consume that many carbs in a day, but we'll find out!

3. Shoes

Most of my training took place on local trails. Oops. The entirety of this race was on asphalt, which causes quite a bit more impact with each step. My barefoot trail running shoes were not up to the task for this race. By Sunday night I could barely walk and my feet had ballooned up. Luckily, a quick doctor's visit revealed that I hadn't done any serious damage to my feet. She did recommend a more padded shoe for any future asphalt races. I'll be visiting one of our local running stores in the next couple weeks to get fitted for new shoes.

4. Enjoying the post-race festivities

Once I finished the race, I was pretty much outta there. Silly me. I missed out on free pizza, live music, congratulating other runners as they finished, and who knows what else! When I cross the finish line at future events, I intend to hang around afterward.

This race was a great learning experience. Even better, I found out what a great support group I have. My family, friends, and coworkers were all there to offer encouragement and advice along the way and to cheer me on as I crossed the finish line.
In honor of this auspicious occasion, we're offering a special $3 discount. Just enter code NATIONAL3 during checkout. Happy running!

National Running Day 2015
Hello, everyone! Ariel here.

Training is going well. As mentioned in this blog, I'm following the first half of Hal Higdon's Novice 1 Marathon Training Plan to prepare for the Prairie Fire Half Marathon on May 3rd. Rather, I should say that I'm loosely following it. In the early part of of week three, I realized that I cannot run four days a week and maintain the rest of my fitness regimen without over-training or injuring myself. Thus, I've decided to run only two or three days per week and continue doing Insanity. The nice thing about Insanity is that it builds cardiovascular endurance, so it shouldn't hinder my training in any way. 

The increase in weekly mileage has started taking its toll on my feet, so I've finally started stretching with a J Wedge. It has been a lifesaver! I don't suffer from plantar fasciitis, but lots of exercise can cause your feet to cramp up. Using the J Wedge before and after each workout has helped keep me going. Check out my personal blog for a review on the product as well as funny training stories and mishaps.

Until next time!