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Top 10 running tips from Kathrine Switzer

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It’s marathon season! Looking for some inspiration on how to start running? Here are some super simple tips from Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon – she’s 65 and still running.

Kathrine’s Top 10 Tips

  1. Put your shoes on and go
  2. Enter an upcoming race and train for it, a goal keeps you focused
  3. Record every run; it keeps you honest and it’s motivating
  4. Find a running buddy; you won’t skip a run
  5. Only have 10 minutes; That’s better than no minutes, so get going
  6. Missed a workout? Don’t feel guilty, just start again
  7. Diets alone don’t work, exercise does. Running burns more calories faster than anything else
  8. Your run is an investment in YOU; you deserve to feel good
  9. If you’re not good for yourself, you’re not your best for anyone else
  10. You’re never too old, slow or big to run. Feel the joy

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston marathon in 1967, when the race was considered a mens-only event. Despite being attacked by the race director who tried to rip off her bib numbers ‘261’ and throw her out of the race, Kathrine prevailed and finished, vowing to change woman’s running for ever.

And she did! After running 35 marathons and winning the New York City Marathon, Kathrine created a global circuit of races for over a million women that led to the inclusion of the women’s marathon in the Olympic Games.

For more motivation and help check out Kathrine’s books at


Icebreaker Gear Bolsters Team CatWalk in NYC

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What a week we had. All 15 members of Team CatWalk made it safely round the NYC marathon and lived to tell the tale! To come all the way from New Zealand to participate in the world’s greatest marathon was an amazing experience and boy, does New York know how to host a party?! What an incredible atmostphere – the spectators, the bands, the food, the flags; just amazing.

Our sponsored Icebreaker gear was such an awesome treat too. To get logoed running tees (Rush Crewe for women and Ace Crewe for men) and a hoodie (GT260 Quantum Hood) really cemented the Team, we could spot each other in the hotel (even if not on the road with 47,000 other runners!) and they are so warm – essential in a New York winter! We were really proud to be showcasing fantastic NZ merino quality clothing on the international stage.

Of course New Yorkers know all about Icebreaker because of the phenomenal TouchLab store there. As we discovered on our second night in NYC, it’s also a great place for a party! We had a great night meeting other like minded runners and getting excited about the big event. The cute ‘Ram’ mascot was an added bonus to the evening!

Running a marathon for a worthy cause combines a trip to one of the greatest cities in the world with a ‘bucket list’ tick and a high feel good factor for the Team CatWalk members. Knowing a world class company like Icebreaker is also supporting us gives us that bit more energy to keep going when we are wondering what we signed ourselves up for. We will get spinal cord injured people out of wheelchairs and back on their feet, and Icebreaker will have helped. Everyone’s a winner (except possibly the odd toenail!)

Nicola Holmwood, Team Manager for Team CatWalk 2011

Give Synthetics the Boot (bag)


We are “bagging synthetics” this week!

Bring your synthetic t-shirt into Paragon Sports flagship store on 18th and Broadway (New York City, USA) from Monday 5th October and a live seamstress sitting in the store window will turn it into a reusable running shoe bag for free!

New York Marathoners and aspiring marathoners will also receive 26.2% off their Icebreaker GT purchase and a free pair of Icebreaker socks (from October 5th to 12th).

Synthetic tops make great plastic bags – but aren’t great to run in. They stink after a run, feel unnatural, and are made from oil.

Our apparel is the natural alternative to synthetics – it feels better, doesn’t hold odor, is better for the environment and is biodegradable. Because you can run in Icebreaker for weeks without washing it, energy costs are reduced and less detergents are put into the environment.

Here are the details for the event:

Monday, October 5 to Monday, October 12
11 am – 7 pm
Paragon Sports
867 Broadway at 18th Street, NYC

See you there!