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Get Race-Ready with Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes’ Training Tips

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Get race training tips from Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes

If you’re preparing for your first race, start from the ground up by investing in a good pair of shoes. Then, begin tracking your progress using some of the great technology available today (i.e., Fitbit Charge or Surge). Mix up your routine by going hard one day, and easy the next. Try to do a couple longer training runs on the weekend.

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Thanks for stepping up on Fitbit Goal Day!

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Congrats to everyone who stepped up for Fitbit Goal Day! It was our first-ever Goal Day celebration, and we couldn’t be more proud of how everyone did.

Check out the infographic to see how much we accomplished last Saturday:  read more

Join us for Fitbit Goal Day!

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Join us on Saturday, May 16th for Fitbit Goal Day!

With 365 days in the year, you have to wonder which ones end up being the most active. Last year, our highest daily step count per person* came on the third Saturday of May. And since Fitbit is all about setting goals, we’ve got a new one for 2015: to blow our previous record out of the water.

So, on Saturday, May 16, we’re introducing the first-ever Fitbit Goal Day, and challenging each and every Fitbit user to beat their best step day. Whether you walk 7,000 steps or 30,000, we want to see you go the distance and help us make this year the highest average step day in Fitbit history.

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Join Fitbit for Your Next Race

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Dean Karnazes runs through Death Valley

Race season is upon us! If you’re feeling inspired to sign up for a race this year, or are simply looking to up your step count, we’re here to help.

Fitbit is the official fitness tracker of Destination Races. Destination Races is the visionary producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series offering unforgettable race weekends for runners and food and wine enthusiasts alike, complete with scenic courses, post-race Wine & Music festivals, and exclusive access to esteemed wineries, gourmet tastings, and local personalities.

Not only is Fitbit the official fitness tracker, but we’re also partnering with Destination Races in training! With the help of Fitbit ambassador and Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, we’ll be getting you race ready by providing training tips along the way. And you can check out the training page to get motivated, download training schedules, and stay on track, whether you’re working towards your first 5K or are doing a 1/2 Marathon.

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Heart-Racing Moments from the Big Game

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After another exciting season of football, we thought of exploring how watching the games affects our users. While exploring how many steps users were losing during football games (turns out it was 1700 steps per game!) we found characteristic patterns of cities watching football games. We could see dips in steps as the games came on,  briefly rise and fall during halftime, and rapidly shoot back up as the game ended. This led us to wonder what this would look like for the biggest game of the year.

While tracking heart rate throughout the day using anonymized data from each city, we could see heart rates going up for exciting moments during the game! The largest peak for the exciting game ending equates to a rise of about 10 BPM on average for both cities. We also noticed that the overall heart rate for both cities was up by about 3 BPM compared to a non-football Sunday, showing that the excitement was actually felt all throughout the game – although the second half was decidedly more exciting than the first, since that average heart rate bumped up by about 6 BPM for that period.

Click on the image below to view it in full size!

Big Game Activity

Robert is a Data Scientist on the Research and Development team at Fitbit. His favorite football team is the 49ers. 

How Watching Football Affects Your Step Count [Infographic]

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We’re ramping up for the Big Game tomorrow, but have any of you noticed your step counts going down on Game Day? We did.

We learned that the average football fan loses 1,700 steps when they sit down to watch the game, which over the course of the season adds up to over 27,000 steps! We all need our leisure time, but if you want to stay on top of the sport while keeping your step count up, we have some Game Day Hacks for you.

Click on the image below to view the full graphic.

Big Game infographic

Big Game Snack Strategy 

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Today’s guest post comes from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and creator of the Foodtrainers blog.

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Whether it’s the World Series for baseball fans, hockey playoffs, or the upcoming football game, I know big games can be exciting. As the mother of two boys I watch it all, but I definitely put more thought into our game day snack spread than any point spread. Priorities… right? Here are some winning (food) plays for game day.

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Free Run with Dean Karnazes at The North Face on Sept 8

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Join Fitbit ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes as he leads a free training run from The North Face Store in Corte Madera, CA on Monday September 8 at 6pm just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The North Face will host a demo and shoe clinic where you can test out North Face shoes for your run, like the Ultra Protection Series. You can try on some new kicks, test them out on the run alongside Dean, and enter to win pair.

Plus, you can enter to win a free race entry to the Tiburon ½ Marathon & 5K and a Fitbit device.

There’s no need to register for this event, so just come on out and have a great training run with your favorite runner Dean Karnazes!

 

‘Music That Moves’ Musicians use Fitbit to take on Ragnar Relay

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This guest post is from Annie Clements Beaty who plays in the band Sugarland. Annie previously wrote about the #Fitbit2014 Challenge, adding recipes and more.

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As a musician, I’m on the road two-thirds of the calendar year. I’m in a new city all the time, changing time zones, staying up late, eating late, sleeping late, and trying my best to maintain my physical and mental health. Ever since I can remember, my weight has gone up and down, subject to the whims of my will power and whatever fad diet was popular at the time. When I met and married my husband while playing with the band Sugarland, together we rode the roller coaster of touring like crazy, yo-yo dieting and holding on for dear life.

Then he did the unthinkable and became a vegan, trained for an IRONMAN, and lost over 70 pounds. Suddenly, I was no longer the better-looking better half in our marriage. Not cool, man. As I continued to fantasize about swimming in chocolate rivers, drowning my sorrows in pizza and Diet Cokes (“Hi, I’d like a large stuffed-crust pizza. Oh and a Diet Coke, of course.”) my husband swam in actual bodies of water, biked hundreds of miles, and ran marathons. Turns out Thad is the type of person with an never-ending fountain of self-discipline. But I needed extra help.

It was time for me to make a lifestyle change, not some crazy deprivation diet plan that was sure to fail. I needed knowledge and accountability, two things I’ve now got in spades thanks to my handy little Fitbit. At last I had a way to understand how many calories I was burning throughout the day, and I saw real results. Like, fitting-into-the-minidress-I-wore-to-my-Sweet-Sixteen results (Yes, I still have the dress. A super-classy hot pink rayon number from Contempo Casuals. How could I ever bear to part with it?). read more

Explore the Scenic SF Bay at the Fitbit Tiburon 1/2 Marathon & 5K

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Fitbit Tiburon 5K Course Map

Training for the Fitbit Tiburon Half Marathon or 5K? Prepare yourself for some amazing views. Here are the detailed course maps for both the half marathon and 5K, along with a breakdown of each mile of the half marathon to help you get familiar with the course.

Don’t forget you can still register at a discounted rate! read more