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Slacking off!

17 Sep

I hope your training is going well. I haven’t been able to train for a little while with a few things going on health wise. I will be able to share more soon but at the moment it has been somewhat an effort to keep going!

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I’ve got some great products to review shortly and some new things to share, I just ask that you bear with me for the moment :-)

I’ll write more soon. In the meantime have a great day and happy training :-)

Product Review: Adidas Boost Trainers @adidasAU

13 Aug

A few weeks ago I got some of the new Adidas Boost shoes in the mail. I thought I would spend a while trying them out and then review them. If you have been reading this blog for a while now you’ll know I am a real Adidas fan. I started running using their Supernova shoe and love their clothing range as it is so cool and comfortable so I was delighted with the Boost shoe.

The first thing I noticed about the shoes apart from them being nice and bright purple :-) was how light they were. I bought a pair of the AdiZero range a while ago and I would say they are the same weight if not slightly heavier – so very light.

I wear orthotics so I was a bit worried whether they would fit ok but they did and I was also a bit worried they being so light might not be very hard wearing but so far so good.

Just about to go for a run in my shoes :-)

Just about to go for a run in my shoes :-)

I went for a few trots in them and found they took a while to get used to as my ASICs Kayano’s are much heavier but it was nice to feel that your feet were light. I think I would be more inclined to wear the shoes for racing and speed work rather than long long runs but they were nice and comfortable. I have a fairly wide foot and I found I had bags of space at the top end of my feet around the toes whereas normally I have had issues with my feet feeling cramped in some brands shoes so that was a definite winner for me although as my foot has a lot of room to move I wonder how it would cope again over a much longer distance.

I felt very cool wearing my shoes to the shops with lots of gen Y’s looking at my feet – they definitely stand out and look a bit like a fashion accessory rather than a bog standard normal pair of trainers :-)

Adidas says on its website:

The new BOOST™ foam with its unique energy capsules features a magical combination of functional benefits. Unlike any other foam it gives a soft and springy cushioning and feels ‘alive’. It energizes your running stride for more efficiency independent from the temperature and ensures maximum comfort.

I would say I did feel bouncy when running and light on my feet so that has to be good right?

Just about to take the dog for a trot in my shoes :-)

Just about to take the dog for a trot in my shoes :-)

So all in all I liked the shoes, loved the colour and the lightness to them. They fit very well into my training kit and as I have already purchased from their AdiZero range I like the concept of the lighter shoe I would definitely invest in another pair.  I have some friends that are into bare foot running and the really really practically not there shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers but I doubt I will ever be into those – the Boost are my happy comprimise :-)

Training and Schedules – do you use one?

9 Aug
Hope your training is going well. There are a few races coming up that I have friends training for such as the Sydney City to Surf (I am hoping to do this next year), The Sunshine Coast running festival and if you are really crazy then Tough Mudder is next weekend. I have a few friends doing it and didn’t have the inclination to do myself and get electric shocked on the way round!
Anyway, today’s post is around racing and scheduling.
Image courtesy of digitalart http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of digitalart http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Do you have a schedule you work to when you have a race scheduled? 

When I have had a race in the diary I usually work to a schedule 8-10 weeks before and try and stick to it to the letter depending on what I want to achieve i.e. a specific time, distance that I haven’t done for a while.

Schedules are great to give you motivation too. I don’t know about you but I am a list person and I like to tick things off – so the idea of ticking off a training session each day and counting down is very exciting for me (nerdy yes I know) as well as helping me meet my goals with specific training sessions i.e. hills, speed, distance etc to ensure I am strong enough for the race.

I received a training question last week from someone and I thought it might be useful to other people to share and it’s kind of around the idea of a schedule and planning hence it’s in this post.

Question

I’m putting a team together for the Lorne Adventure Race this December and I’m
going to do the Trail run part of the 50 km endurance race.
My question is; I run three 9 km runs a week and one 18 km every
fortnight or at least a 14 each fortnight, my runs are coastal, sand, hills ,logs , beach and road, how should I change my runs to get better
distance? Slower the first half? More interval training? Time of day?
My week consists of Pilates, yoga and PT sessions but nobody is a
distance runner so some advice would be great, the Lorne race needs to be
a fast 15 km. 
As I am not a qualified coach and didn’t want to give incorrect information I asked my UK friend and coach Roger Alsop who is is an accomplished International athlete with over 20 years experience of running  to  answer the question on my behalf.
My reply was: 
Sorry for taking a while to get back to you. I decided to ask my
friend/coach to help me with this question as I didn¹t want to give you
incorrect advice.
Roger knows his stuff and is top for his age for 5k in the UK. He helped
me with some of my races.
Anyway please see his response below (we are going on the fact that no exact distance was given and that a fast 15km was required):
The answer would be to mix up the training. 2 interval sessions a week, 1 short reps
with short recoveries e.g. 20 x 1 min and one long reps with longer
recoveries e.g. 5 x 5 mins with 3 min recoveries. The long run could be
time based, e.g. 2 hours at an enjoyable pace ( need to build up to it,
assuming that’s not how long he takes for 18k). That’s a very general
response to the question. When I do schedules for someone I find out as
much as possible to fit their needs, an indicator of their half marathon
time and 10k times would be useful as 15k is about 9 miles, but it is
trail. 
Schedules

 Here are some good generic schedules if you are looking for a starting point but I would always advise seeing a qualified coach who can create a tailored schedule for you and your training as the generic schedules may not be suitable for everyone:

The Girl That Runs previous post on training schedules (it’s a bit old – from 2011 but the information will still help)
Hope this helps. Have a great day running :-) It’s such a beautiful day out there :-)

Exercise Vs Healthy Diet

29 Jul

Hope you had a great weekend.

Healthy Eating

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I was talking to a good friend last week and we got to talking about exercise and diet. I know a lot of people who rely on their training to keep them trim and if they weren’t training they would be much larger than they are because their diet isn’t good.

I guess this was me when I first started running 11/12 years ago. I figured running was great because I could eat what I wanted and still lose weight. In fact when I was training for the London Marathon I was in Health and Fitness Magazine as the girl who could eat what she wanted and lose weight! I had to keep a food diary and they published it and then talked about the fact that i was training so hard it didn’t matter how much or what I was eating etc etc. At the time I was proud to have this label but when I think back now to what I was eating it was shocking and I was lucky I was motivated to train!

Food has always been one of those areas that I have had a love hate relationship with but I guess as I get older I am realising just how much it can affect my lifestyle and the way I feel.  Recently I have had to cut gluten out of my diet as well as dairy as much as possible and it has amazed me how hard it is and also how much rubbish there is on the market to try and replace much loved gluten and dairy items such as bread – and it’s been a real fight to remain healthy and not fall for all the yummy looking replacements out there full of junk. Not training as much as I would usually has also meant to really keep an eye on my eating which is finally paying off as thankfully I haven’t gained weight whilst reducing training in fact I have lost weight :-)

I am no nutritionist or personal trainer but it’s not rocket science – you are what you eat!  Eating and living unhealthily is not great –  and just because you can still run/swim/ride/whatever well it doesn’t mean you are healthy and living a healthy lifestyle – it means you are fit not healthy.  A lot of health experts say diet counts for 80% exercise 20% which I am definitely in agreement with. Why exercise when you then finish and have a doughnut or cigarette! What’s the point of all that hard work you just put in?!?

That’s my rambling for the day over :-)

 

 

Welcome to the world of Ultra Running

13 Jul

Imagine the sense of exhilaration you’ll experience at the end of race that’s even longer than a standard marathon. Intrigued? Welcome to the world of ‘ultra running’.

I have a few friends that are ultra runners and I have often had people ask me what’s involved and what it’s all about so today’s post should help answer a few of those questions.

If you’ve never heard of ‘ultra running’ before, the term basically covers all types of competitive running longer than the 42 kilometres of a typical marathon. They can also take place on any surface – including roads, dirt tracks and mountain trails.

In Australia, the UK and US, 50 mile (80km+)  routes are becoming increasingly popular, as are trails that take in rough terrain and woodland to really push runners to their physical limits.

While in many respects this could be considered the next step up from a marathon, taking up ultra running doesn’t necessarily require you to double your training schedule. Speaking to Men’s Health magazine, record breaking ultra runner William Sichel said it’s not necessarily increasing your training that’s crucial to succeeding in ultra running; rather it’s about adapting your running style, by incorporating walking breaks.

If anything, the only difference you’ll notice between traditional marathon running and ultra running is the speed at which you wear your running shoes out! It goes without saying that the more kilometres your rack up, the quicker you’ll need to replace your footwear.  Stringer Sports is a favourite Australian source for running shoes at the moment – in a lot of the stores they are too expensive and I end up having to order from the US but their prices are reasonable. And, for any UK readers, take a look at the selection of running shoes from Millet Sports and opt for a design that incorporates gel and foam into the design for optimum comfort when you’re covering long distances.

Ultra running shoes

Even though your training schedule won’t need to be expanded, you’ll notice that ultra running takes more of a toll on your body and recovery time is longer. If you’re feeling the strain of your exertion and you’re struggling to recover after a spot of ultra running, check out these top recovery tips from Runners World.

Ultra-running is about discovering your bodies limits; and pushing past them to achieve and endure more. If you’re an experienced and accomplished marathon runner, why not take the next step with ultra running and put your body to the test?

Interested in racing in Australia? See a list of Ultra races here.

I am not sure I am ready to yet but who know’s one day…….

Have a great weekend and happy running :-)

Secret running :-)

9 Jul

How is your training going?

I haven’t posted in a while as has life has been so chaotic with work. My working days have been spreading into time when I should still be in bed and long into the night. It’s all good but it’s meant that I haven’t been able to train too much.

Run Stop Shop

The weekend just gone was the Gold Coast Marathon, Half Marathon etc and I knew a lot of people who ran it including a number of friends that ran their first ever marathons. They had a tough day as it was quite warm and it’s hard when you have been training in the cold and then suddenly you get a much warmer day for the race. I have had that happen a few times and it’s hard work. But they did really well and finished which is awesome.

I was quite hyped up after reading about lots of different peoples experiences on Saturday and Sunday so was a bit naughty as I am not meant to be pushing myself too much at the moment and I went for a secret run! I probably pushed myself too hard and it hurt but oh boy did it feel good to be out running and feeling that great sense of working hard :-) Can’t wait until I can start my proper training again and my friend and I were just discussing today our plans to lead up to the New York Marathon on 2015. I am so excited I can’t wait to start building back up to those long long runs.

In the meantime I am taking it a bit easier, doing lots of toning to keep everything trim and enjoying the rest before the hard work begins again :-)

On another note if you have been reading for a little while you’ll remember that Run Stop Shop was looking to name the top running blog in Australia from their point of view. Thanks to those of you that voted I came 4th :-) I didn’t even expect to get ranked so it was a nice surprise and encouraging.

Have a great day and happy running :-)

 

Orange’d out!

21 Jun

Wow it’s been a busy week or so. I was planning to write a bit more than I have in the last couple of weeks but time has not been on my side.

I did manage to complete the 10 days of the #goOrange challenge but I forgot to take a photo of the last Orange day – oops! See photo – I wasn’t that adventurous but I tried!

I’m a little bit orange’d out though to be honest. It was a fun challenge but I think I will have a break from them for a little while.

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Hope your training week has been good. I did a PT session with my lovely friend earlier in the week and she smashed my arms! I am still aching now and struggling even to lift my hand bag – how much of a sook am I!! It’s amazing how a few kettle bell sessions and push ups can hurt!

Anyway thinking of all of you training and racing this weekend. My friends are riding the Brisbane to Gold Coast 100k bike ride – I wish them the best of luck and am actually thankful on this occasion I won’t be riding as it’s cold brrrr!

Happy Running :-)

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