Lace up those sneakers! — Blog post on 6/5/13

Lace up those sneakers because today is National Running Day!

From the National Running Day website, this day is dedicated to everything about running:

A day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.”

We encourage everyone on the Ask, Listen, Learn team to get out and RUN today! It doesn’t matter how far or fast or where you are. You could go for a run at lunch with your coworkers, after school with your kids, or head off on the trail for 30 mins of alone time after dinner. It’s also easy to search for National Running Day events in your area if you want celebrate running with a new group of pals.

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TCC running along the Potomac last summer

It’s no secret running is one of the best exercises for your mind and body- so why not take this holiday to make a commitment to incorporate running into your weekly routine?

While you’re out there, we suggest you tweet or instagram with the hashtag #IMARUNNER and Timex will donate $5 to the One Fund Boston to help victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Happy trails!

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Celebrate Run@Work Day — Blog Post on 9/21/12

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s lace up those sneakers!

Did you know today is National Run@Work Day?

We admire our Superstars living a healthy lifestyle and travel to schools across the country to encourage kids to say “NO” to underage drinking, but even when our office is busy, we all like to stay in shape too!


Our office has bikers and swimmers and walkers, but today a couple of us used our lunch break to celebrate Run@Work Day!


We ran a 3 mile route from Crystal City to Gravelly point- and stopped to check out the awesome planes landing at Reagan National Airport along the way. If you’re in the DC area, this park is a must-see!


Blog post on 2/29/12

Stay Warm for Winter Workouts

FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you need to hibernate like a bear cuddled in blankets in front of the TV. Sure, that’s perfectly fine and wonderful when there’s a blizzard or icy roads in your neighborhood, but if you have the motivation and proper gear, you can get in just as good a workout in the cold as you would in the sunny, Summer months!


Here are some tips to stay warm and safe when working out in the chill zone:

-Start with a thin layer of synthetic material such as polypropylene, which absorbs body sweat. Avoid cotton material because it holds in moisture and will keep you wet, ultimately making you feel more cold. (

-Wear 2 or 3 layers with a windbreaker on top. (

-Covering your head is crucial. About 40 percent of your body heat is lost through your head. Wearing a hat will help prevent heat loss, while helping to distribute heat to the rest of the body. When it’s really cold, wear a face mask or scarf over your mouth to warm the air you breathe while protecting your face. (


-Run out IN to the wind, so when you’re on the way back it will be at your back and less cold when you’re sweaty. (

-Be sure to warm up and stretch. Muscles take longer to warm up in the cold and you don’t want them getting stiff. (

-On really cold days, make sure you monitor your fingers, toes, ears, and nose. They may feel numb at first, but they should warm up a few minutes into your run. If you notice a patch of hard, pale, cold skin, you may have frostbite. Cold air can also trigger chest pain or asthma attacks in some people, so check with your doctor if you’ve had previous issues. (

Photos: SnowFriends

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