April has worn sneakers from New Balance since she first got her AFOs. My only complaint with them is that they are so long past her toes, and there's no velcro option. She just got new braces two weeks ago, and is very eager to be independent. Although her New Balance sneakers still fit over the braces (which is rather amazing, as she's worn this ONE pair since January of 2012!!), I'm strongly considering getting her Hatchbacks for Christmas, so that she can put them on and off all by herself. She's also walking more and more, and I'd prefer she didn't have that extra toe length in the way (her feet tend to rotate in). In the crawling stage, April wore Skidders over her braces. They aren't much more than socks with a sole, so not a lot of support built into them, but they are inexpensive and easy to crawl in (and worked pretty well to protect her feet in aquatherapy, too in a size that fit her feet rather than her braces). To be perfect honest, with our son, all the support he needs comes from his AFO's. Therefore I do not buy expensive support shoes, I go to Kohls, Target, etc. and try on every LIGHTWEIGHT shoe and see which ones fit over his braces. And when I find a pair, bingo, I buy it, he doesn't need extra weight from support soles or heavy rubber soles !! Also, for many shoes I take out the soft insert from inside so his brace fits farther down (our ortho recommended this) Plus, he can multiply shoes, church shoes, preschool shoes, play shoes (to get dirty Kim :) I agree the hatchbacks are heavy. Try looking for "skater" type shoes, like Vans or DC. They have really wide,flat bottoms. I've also found New Balance and even some Nikes and Reeboks that have fit over his braces. One time I even got him some Chucks that fit if I worked on them! There were so cute. Take the braces to the store and leave the kid at home so you can take your time. Look for shoes that come in wide or extra wide. 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She has been running seriously for a year and is training for her second marathon the Hudson Mohawk Winter Marathon in Albany this February.Molly Gavin, of Rochester, is a certified personal trainer and instructor in the Wellness Instructional Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been a runner since junior high school and currently runs half marathons and 5Ks.Both Nelson and Gavin stress the necessity of cross training for runners."The biggest thing with cross training is that it will help improve any muscle imbalances you have and help you build more strength and muscle," Gavin said. "In the long run adding cross training will make you a better runner."They see runners they work with neglect to cross train for a few reasons, including an intense love of running."Running is such an amazing workout on its own that sometimes you forgot you need to do other things," Nelson said. "We can become so focused on running we neglect other muscles such as our hips, backs and upper body. That's when injuries happen."They also come across runners who don't cross train because they think they have to join a gym to do so."You can get a full body total workout at home just doing body weight exercises," Nelson said. "One of the best ways to build overall body strength is to do planks."She also suggests doing squats and lunges at home three sets of eight to ten repetitions several times a week.Molly Gavin(Photo: Photo provided by Molly Gavin)Gavin is also a huge fan of building overall body strength through planks, back extensions on a ball, and leg extensions."Some great exercises you can do to keep your lower body strong if you're not running as much in the winter are squats and hamstring curls," Gavin said. "Squats help develop muscles and keep them strong."If you do join an exercise facility for the winter, both Gavin and Nelson recommend intervals on a stationary bike or spinning, in place of treadmill running from time to time and swimming if possible.Nelson also suggests taking group exercise classes at the gym, like Pilates or boot camp."The key is to find something you enjoy besides running," Nelson said. "All runners are different."Both women also suggest taking advantage of the free fitness consult most gyms offer with a new membership or hiring the gym's trainer for a few sessions."Hire a trainer to get suggestions for cross training things to do on your 'off days,'' Gavin said. "They will also help you with motivation. It's so easy to get in your head when the weather turns and you just want to hibernate."
New Cheap 136027 007 Air Jordan V Black New Emerald Grape Ice Black,653972 500 Kobe 9 EM Strong demand for Nike's products continues to push its business higher. Fourth quarter revenue increased to $6.7 billion, up by 9% excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency. Fiscal 2013 revenue from continuing operations was up by 8% to $25.3 billion, or 11% excluding currency changes. Fourth quarter earnings were up by 27% to $0.76 per share and for the full year, earnings increased 11% to $2.69 per share. Its results were driven by innovation and brand strength. Revenue was helped by a good performance from running, basketball, men's and women's training products, and these segments offset slight declines in sportswear, action sports and soccer. In spite of this, revenue from other businesses grew by 10%. The company continually evaluates its existing portfolio to ensure resources are invested in those businesses that are accretive to the Nike brand and represent potential growth and the highest returns. As mentioned earlier, Nike's range of brands gives it diversification, which helps it withstand fluctuations in any one single region. But the company is now facing trouble in one of the world's fastest growth markets in China. Of late, the Chinese business has been under pressure with falling sales, and Nike expects declines in the next couple of quarters as well. The North American market has been acting as a hedge against trouble in China, but the company might be in more trouble if moves of its competitors are taken into account. A slowing Chinese economy does not bode well for Nike and this has led consumers to search for cheaper alternatives. The company's home market has been holding up well, but with the likes of Under Armour (NYSE: UA) making good strides, Nike will have to be on its toes. Under Armour has been doing well of late and the company's latest results tell us that it would prove to be a strong competitor for Nike. Under Armour has been growing both apparel and footwear revenue impressively. Apparel revenue increased 23% last quarter and footwear sales jumped 21%. The company is looking to hit revenue of $4 billion in the next three years and the fact that its marketing budget as a percentage of revenue equaled Nike last year justifies its intent. The company beat estimates in its latest quarterly report and also bumped up its guidance, which means that its business is witnessing good momentum. Also, Nike needs to keep a close eye on yet another competitor in North America, which is the formidable Adidas (NASDAQOTH: ADDYY). The company's $150 running shoes, which are supposed to provide more comfort to the runner, might hurt Nike in the long run. Adidas is a far smaller player than Nike but the company is following a good strategy to take market share away from Nike. Adidas is looking to useits "Bounce" technology in tennis, basketball etc. after its running shoes hit decent adoption rates. Adidas might be way behind Nike in North America, standing insixth place, but the company's latest move of introducing its new technology might help it gain momentum. In fiscal 2012, Adidas' North American revenue grew 2% on a constant currency basis, which by no means is stellar. But with the new technology and the fact that Adidas will be making a solid push to sell them through partnerships with the likes of Foot Locker, there is the probability that it can eat into Nike's share. But to counter such competitors, Nike is diversifying and focusing on innovation through different products such as Nike+ App, GPS sports watch, Nike+ Fuel Band, Sweat free apparels, etc. which would track daily routine workouts and intakes. Nike has been a good performer so far but it faces some challenges. A slowdown in the Chinese economy and the rise of potent competitors in North America might trouble the company going forward. But its diversification and presence across different market is still a good reason why investors might continue to stick with their long positions in Nike. The company does have a strong brand and it is yet another reason why it is an attractive stock to buy. But if you do want to add to your Nike position despite the challenges, you would be better off monitoring the situation in China and moves of its competitors and decide to what extent they might trouble the company. Amal Singh has no position in any stocks mentioned. 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This is a C chord. When you play it separately, it becomes an arpeggio. Now if you play it all together, as harpists we like to complete our chords, so where you might use all four fingers, and we're going to want to place our thumb on the C, one octave higher. That was an arpeggio running up, and an arpeggio running down, and a C chord. Now you can. run the arpeggio all the way up. Now if you wanted to play an F chord, it's the same thing. You just start with the F note, and then you run to the A and run to the C. Or if you want to complete the chord, you can use all four fingers. And that's it.
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