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Run and be rewarded: 100 points for free using my code – points make prizes! @RunningHeroesAU

20 Jun Running Heroes

I was approached by a company called Running Heroes a while back that has just launched in Australia. They told me that the concept was simple:

Running Heroes

 

Run and be rewarded

I figured – hmm there has to be a catch – but no there isn’t and it is pretty simple and a great idea.

Running Heroes basically is a website that you sign up to for free and you run, accumulate points and then you can redeem offers, coupons and awesome brand experiences.

You basically connect your running app/watch to their website and each time you run you get rewards such as discounts off clothes and products such as Polar and Nike as well as free Spotify time and money off Anytime Fitness. Once you sync it to your phone/watch it’s pretty easy and literally I just went in and checked and I already have 716 points from a couple of runs which gets me money off most things on the site.

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Special Offer to The Girl That Runs friends

Running Heroes have given me a code for anyone to use to sign up and immediately get 100 points. It’s valid until the end of June – I’m not being paid any sort of royalties for it it’s just something I thought you might be interested in.

How to redeem:

Use the exclusive promotional code GIRLRHA15 to get 100 points. The offer is valid until 30/06/2015. To Redeem the offer, just follow this simple steps:

  1. Go to www.runningheroes.com.au,
  2. Register for a new Running Heroes account
  3. Hit “Activate a bonus code” from the profile menu
  4. Submit your bonus code: GIRLRHA15
  5. You now have an 100 points. Start running and collect even more points to unlock great rewards.

Enjoy! and have a great weekend of running!

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Product Review : Polar Loop Activity bracelet

17 Dec

I have a Garmin 405cx and used to love it so much but since coming back to running since having bub I don’t like it as much. I mean I like what it does and the data it gives but I don’t like the bulkiness which hurts my wrists and the fact that the battery wears down so much so I hardly use it. Am saving for a newer lighter version!

A few months ago I started looking into activity bracelets as it seems everywhere I looked there was a new one and a number of my gym buddies had them. I liked the idea of them being light and thought getting one might be good until I get my new watch. So I ended up getting a Polar Loop in the mail from my friends at Run Stop Shop and have been using it for the last couple of months to see whether it would be useful or not.

What’s the point of activity bracelets?

I guess my interpretation would be taking the old step pedometers into the modern age! The bracelet tracks your steps, how active you have been, how many calories you have burned and at what time. I did use a Nike+ for a while a good few years ago and the activity bracelets now are a little bit similar to that but a bit more advanced in terms of features but it depends which one you get.

Set up

When the package came in the mail I was very excited to get it. The first thing you have to do is chop the watch strap down to fit your wrist. I was a but scared I would end up cutting too much off and be stuffed but I measured my wrist and then as my friend Shaun advised me to do I measured again. When I was sure I wouldn’t stuff it up I got my husband to cut the strap. I then plugged the USB thingy into my computer and set up was easy.

Polar Loop Review on The Girl That Runs

Useability

I couldn’t wait to put the wristband on and to start seeing my steps accumulate. I found to begin with every few steps I was checking it to see how many steps. I know – nuts and slightly obsessive!

The idea is that the watch will show you how active you have been and I found it did make me think in terms of when sat at my desk how inactive I was and then start thinking about making up for it by going to the gym at night or for a run!

I also had the Bluetooth heart rate monitor which is great for the gym as everytime I got onto the treadmill or bike my heart rate comes straight up on the screen clearly in front of me rather than having to put my hands on the heart rate readers which can be awkward. There is an app that you can download too which syncs everything together and shows a breakdown for how active your day has been and whether you met the daily goal.

You can sleep in with the Loop on too and it tells you how well you slept. I found I couldn’t wear it because of my tendinitis but it is handy to see how restful you are. I managed to wear it a couple of times and it was pretty accurate.

The Girl That Runs - photo of Polar Loop

Seeing my calories burned became an obsession!


Down sides

The only down side to the Loop for me really is because at the moment I am a new mother and am using a pushchair a lot the issue I have is that it doesn’t pick up the steps when walking or running with the pushchair unless I walk one handed and let my hand swing. I contacted Run Stop Shop who were very helpful and explained that the Loop is designed to be an activity monitor i.e steps/calories burnt in day to day life and responds to movement especially in your arms so normal walking or running you would swing your arms but having them on a pushchair means that you are restricted in movement and so the technology doesn’t respond as well.

There are lots of GPS/ heart rate monitor watches out there which would be better for hardcore training outdoors and give more information such as routes and times etc.  Polar do have a number which are worth looking at. I haven’t tried them out but have seen good reviews.  I’m highlighting the Polar RC3 as there is a sale on at the moment if you are in the market for a new watch!

For me The Loop is great as an activity monitor and great for indoor training where my Garmin doesn’t tend to be used as the GPS signal is slow or non existent.

Conclusion
For me the Loop is great as a day to day activity monitor and for use indoors where my Garmin doesn’t seem to work so well and when I want to keep an eye on my heart rate in training. It would be a great gift for someone wanting to get into exercise or just generally improve their activity and monitor heart rate etc however if you want to really monitor training, and have GPS, times, maps etc then this is not for you.
 Please note that these are my own opinions and I have not been paid to write this review. 

The Girl That Runs featured on Fitblogger

11 Oct

My little blog is blog of the day on Fitblogger today 🙂

If you haven’t had a look at Fitblogger it’s a great community site to check out and be a part of. It has lots of like minded people on the site as well as some great articles and tips for people interested in living a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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Vegemite free Olympics app

16 Jul

I don’t know about you but I cannot wait until the Olympics. I’ve always been a huge fan and wrote my dissertation about them and worked at the Games in Atlanta in 1996. I am counting down until they start and I will be holding out to watch the athletics and most importantly (to me) the running.

Unfortunately as the Games are in London and I am here in Oz it’s going to prove to be an issue since the UK is 9 hours behind and we’ll have to be watching in the middle of the night, but I found and downloaded a great app for my iPhone by can you believe it – Vegemite.

vegemite olympic app

The app basically enables you to select a wake up call from two of Australia’s most rousing cheerleaders – Laurie Lawrence or Dave Hughes – to coincide with any time or Olympic event. You can also select your sport and decide how much time you need to wake up, grab a coffee and sit and watch, and for you nerds out there it will show up to the minute medal tallies showing the top ten countries – so hopefully the UK and Australia will be on there!

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You can easily set your wake up call which will be very handy for me since I doubt I’d be able to get up otherwise!

The free app is called Wake Up and Smell the Vegemite and is available to download for iPhone and Android from http://www.vegemite.com.au. Or, go directly to iTunes or Google Play and search for ’Vegemite’.

Not long to go now! I can’t wait!

Running websites and apps to log your training

8 Mar

Having a great week of training so far. How is your training going? I’ve done a variety of tempo work and some slower runs and am starting to feel fitter again which I am really pleased about. I am very glad to not be doing the International Women’s Day 5k this weekend as it has really given me a breather.

I’ve started using a website called Daily Mile which is great and is actually motivating me somewhat at the moment.

Daily MileIf you haven’t heard of Daily Mile it is a running community website that you can sign up to and basically log your training. As well as logging your training you can make friends on the site and support one another – be it people in your area or all over the world. I like it as each time I’ve done a workout and logged it someone has congratulated me and in turn it has made me feel a bit accountable for my training and supported in a random social media kind of way.

There are others out there, in fact there are lots out there, so I thought in today’s post I would look at some of the different running websites where you can log training currently out in the market place.


My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal

This website is great and is more of a calorie King type website where you can log both training and calories. It is somewhat addictive especially as a number of my friends are using it and you can see what one another are doing training wise and also comment, and I have the iPhone app for it which is good as it means I can log my food wherever I go. I did get fed up though as for some reason my training wasn’t showing in my news feed and so it looked to other people like I wasn’t exercising. I did email My Fitness Pal and tell them and the y said there were some glitches for some people and they were working on it, so I am tending not to use it now and using Daily Mile instead.


Run Keeper

Runkeeper is another great website for logg

ing training and also has a great iPhone app where it acts as a GPS and logs your run and then sends it to your profile. You can add friends and support one another and share runs. As with My Fitness Pal and Daily Mile, Runkeeper has a whole community section where you can log training and get fitness reports.

Nike Running

Nike has always been very active in the running community and since bringing its Nike+ out some time ago it has developed a real following by runners and there is a Nike+ community which shows all runs done with the Nike+ and the ability to set goals and challenge friends. So if you have one it might be worth your while having a look at this. I wrote a post about mine a while ago which I mused to use before I got my Garmin. It’s a great tool to use if you use it understanding it might not be 100% accurate but it’s great for those that have just started running or run on similar terrain each time.

Adidas MiCoach

I don’t know too much about the MiCoach.  I know there is an app and I believe it works similarly to the Nike Plus pod and it goes under your trainer. The MiCoach I believe goes further than the Nike Plus and offers extras such as you can buy a MiCoach heart rate monitor and use a pacer which links to the app. It has a forum and a coaching area. I am not sure about a community but I am sure there would be one.

Garmin Connect

Garmin also has a great community website – “Garmin Connect ” for users of its watches where you can sync your runs from your watch and also add friends and share runs. You need to have one of their watches though to use the site. I find it useful and really good to see how my pace has changed and heart rate. The Garmin Connect site shows quite detailed information on your run such as elevation and heart rate which I find really useful.

Map My Run

Similar to that of Run Keeper. Map My Run enables you to map runs, share with friends, log runs and has a nice portal for you to see it all in as well as challenge friends and note your nutrition.

Other sites that you might be interested in that I haven’t used

Running Log

RunningAHEAD

Runners World Training Log Community

Log Your Run

Another cool site  is Cool Running running portal

Cool Running is an Aussie based running site. I quite like this site. It isn’t for logging your training so much although you can keep your own blog and list your running in there if you so wish.  But this site is actually great for looking up races in your area and in and around Australia. It also has lots of resources such as training advice and technique guides so well worth a look.

Race diary update 2012

14 Jan

I finally got round to updating the Queensland race diary for 2012. Keep a look out for new events. I’ve just started with a few regulars.

Off sick

20 Dec

Typical isn’t it. Whenever I am training well – I get sick!

I’ve been training really well and have been unwell for the last couple of days so am having a rest, no point in pushing when my chest feels like it is about to cave in and my head like there is a constant rock band playing inside!

Am hoping to be back training tomorrow and armed with my vitamin c, garlic and horse radish and olive leaf today so here’s hoping.

On another note, just got a copy of Born to Run by Christopher McDougal about ultra running and a hidden tribe of barefoot runners. Hoping this inspires me over the Christmas season to prepare for race season again in January.