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Born and raised in South Africa, Balega ambassador, Sharon Jessop (IG: @go_well_with_sharon) lives and breathes running and rhinos. She started working to break the Guinness World Record for most consecutive half marathons in September 2020. She ended up breaking the record with 101 consecutive half marathons plus one more she did the morning after 101, just for fun. Read below to see our interview with her, and discover her passion, her experience and her advice.
As the holiday season is upon us, your family celebrations will most likely look quite different this year. But, just because this season looks different does not mean it has to be any less festive or that your cherished family time has to be cancelled. We have come up with a great list of socially distanced and immediate household member activities to help you and your loved ones celebrate this holiday season.
Whether you’re running for fun or training for a race, bringing your little ones along for the ride in a stroller might have to be a part of the plan. While it may not always be the most productive run you’ll do (you can go ahead and lower those expectations right now), bringing the kids and stroller with you has many benefits, including getting everyone out for some fresh air, providing a convenient place for your water and phone, and most of all, your kiddos watching you make movement and exercise an important part of your day.
This time is unprecedented for all of us, but the reality of being a new mom during a pandemic can be extremely scary and isolating. Motherhood is not meant to be done alone. We all thrive when we have community and as a new mother, having a community of moms is one of the most critical ways to get through the hard days and the even harder nights! (Did someone say sleep deprivation?) You can read all the books, but when another mom says, “I was up every two hours last night, too” you finally feel like you are not the only one!
Community, giving back and helping those less fortunate are fundamental parts of the Balega brand. Embodying these values, Balega is proud to launch a limited edition collection of Hidden Comfort socks to benefit the Lesedi Project, Balega’s non-profit organization and give-back initiative to strengthen South African and American communities.
We are very excited to announce that the application has officially opened for our sixth annual Impi ambassador team. For 2021, we will welcome applicants from around the globe to help represent Balega by spotlighting our brand’s core pillars – performance, excellence, harmony, creativity and community. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Like most things this year, Camp Shout Out for Youth Who Stutter turned their usual camp, virtual. While we all knew that it would be hard to mirror the unique experience camp brings through a computer screen, it still held all the values and practices that make it so special to the campers (and the adults). Another part of camp that has actually been virtual for the last five years (clearly they were ahead of the times) is the Camp Shout Out Virtual 5K. This run/walk helps raise scholarship money for campers who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend Camp Shout Out (CSO).
In honor of the giving season and the upcoming holidays, we are putting together six weeks of Balega giveaways! For the six weeks leading up to the last week of December, we will be giving away three pairs of Balega socks from each of the below categories. Enter for a chance to win the socks that are most applicable to you or someone special in your life!
Balega’s award-winning and best-selling Hidden Comfort and the super light Hidden Dry sock collections now are available in all new colorways for Fall! Spruce up your sock drawer with fresh styles in your go-to socks.
We have all used plenty of online training programs in order to accomplish our goals. I’ve used a few training programs to run marathons, a handful of triathlons, and help get ready for ski season. However, I feel that training programs could borrow a few principles from the business world. From Fortune 500s to non-profits, companies have utilized agile concepts to create immense value for their customer by reacting to change and focusing on what is most valuable. The same should be applied to your training strategy.
When the world shifted to all things virtual this past Spring, Balega Impi team ambassador Kelly McLay formed a team and ran across the U.S.- virtually. In Part 2 of her blog series, Kelly shared what the virtual run taught her and how she is preparing for the future.
I had a baby. In the winter. On the cusp of a pandemic. The mental and physical benefits to recovery are a must for me - if you can find the motivation to start. It was by no means pretty, but finally (alongside my friend who gave birth three weeks after me), we made it to our first “long” outdoor run - jogging strollers, rucked up babes, mobile milk and all.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to support our long-time partner organization, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Balega’s new Grit and Grace Women’s Enduro running socks are once again available for a limited time.
It’s now been two and a half months since I ran 800-miles and set the supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) for women on the Arizona Trail (AZT). It’s been two and a half months and today is the first day I’ve been able to go on my first long-ish run since the Arizona Trail.
I’m on the Hi-line trail, an oasis high up in the middle of the mountain, surrounded by red rock. I had just hiked through a wonderland, someplace you would find only in your imagination, a magical place. I was on day 7 of my Arizona Trail and things were most definitely not going to plan.
With fall fast approaching and daylight becoming more scarce, it’s important to wear reflective running gear when you’re getting after those miles. Balega’s first-ever reflective sock, the Reflective Enduro, offers runners more visibility at dawn or dusk.
Although many trail races are still in the virtual mode, some states and counties are loosening Coronavirus restrictions and a handful of in-person events are being staged. These live events look and feel a bit different from those held prior to the pandemic, but for competition junkies, the return of racing is indeed filling a void.
While cancelled races and other athletic events aren’t the worst of the hardships we are currently facing, as an athlete it can be tough to keep training and stay motivated with no races on the calendar for the foreseeable future. It can be easy to lose sight of why we run, bike, swim, or train during these hard times as events are continuing to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but if there is anything Gabe Grunewald taught us it’s to not give up when a situation gets tough.