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Product Review: Garmin Forerunner 235

8 Mar

I was never really a watch wearer until I got into running seriously (as seriously I can be anyway!).

Being a person that likes to see improvement, and is motivated by stats in training at times – I found that running with a watch gave me a plethora of statistics back on things such as my training time, splits (time per km/lap/mile), distance as well as lots of other things.

I’ve had my Garmin Forerunner 235 for 5 weeks now and I have to say I love it. My first running gadget was the Nike Plus years ago when they first came out, then I moved onto the Garmin 405cx, then onto the TomTom Cardio and I have done almost a full circle and come back to Garmin again.

Garmin Forerunner 235

I loved the TomTom but found I wanted more data and information on my runs so I decided to look back at the Garmin. I spent ages chatting to the guys at RunStopShop asking them about different products and what they would recommend for what I needed. I loved the look of the Fenix but at almost double the price of the Forerunner 235 – I think my husband would have had something to say! So it was between the Forerunner 235 and the 630 – and I settled on the 235 with built in heart rate monitor as I loved that about the TomTom I had previously been using.

So my RunStopShop package arrived and I immediately charged the watch and started playing around with it. Below are my opinions and experiences with the watch – I haven’t been paid for this review I am just trying to help others who might be on the market for a watch make their mind up!

Look and Feel

My first impressions of the watch when it arrived was the watch face seemed fairly big but I liked that it was circular rather than rectangular. I realise now in order to be able to see all the data as you are running  you need to have a fairly reasonable size screen. The thing I really love about it is that it is really light. My first Garmin was so heavy it actually hurt my wrist after a while and I have very weak wrists – so this is a definite plus for me.

The overall design is nice, simple and subtle. You can get other colours such as a bright blue strap but I decided to go with a simple black so it blends in no matter what I am wearing. If you change your mind then you can buy replacement straps in a range of colours.

Ease of Use

I love the fact that the GPS so far works brilliantly and quickly, and also the fact that again with this watch as with my last one I don’t have to wear a heart rate monitor strap – it seems fairly accurate too which is always a good thing!

In order to run you literally press the top right button a couple of times and you are off, and to pause or end it is simple too. You can also lock the watch face but I have found I don’t need to – but with my previous Garmin I had all sorts of issues such as people knocking me in a race and stuffing up my timing – but this is all good.

To access settings too it is really straight forward and you can sync from Garmin Connect and download workouts and training. There are four simple training options to –  Run Indoors, Run Outdoors, Bike Outdoors, and ‘Other’. I generally have only had to use the Run Outdoors at the moment so haven’t tested any of the others.

The watch also will give you VO2 Max stats after training as well as elevation, time, average pace and a whole host of other stats. During running you can easily flick between pages on the watch to get stats such as average per pace, current pace, time, heart rate.

Smart features 

There are lots of options for training including intervals, straight running, selecting by finish time. You can check your history, stats as well as set it up so you get bluetooth notifications on your run with calendar entries, emails and text messages.

I actually switched mine off as I don’t need to know I have an email when running a long run – but I know people that do!! However I do like the fact that the watch tells me the weather forecast – it has come in very handy when running or planning to run.

Activity Tracker 

The watch also has an activity tracker which I was not too bothered about but again I know people that love those features. Whilst wearing the watch you can check how many steps you have done, how much sleep you have had if you want to wear the watch whilst sleeping, what your heart rate is (there is an option to switch it off as it does wear down the battery quicker if you use it with heart rate all the time).

With the activity tracker I went for a few runs with my son and realised that whilst running with a stroller the activity tracker doesn’t pic up those steps. Not a big deal when running with a GPS watch but it annoyed me as I wanted to see my steps reflected from my run – you’ll find this with all activity monitors so it isn’t just this watch.

Battery

The battery lasts for ages and there isn’t the need to constantly be charging it – days if you don’t have the heart rate monitor constantly going and about 11 hours if you have the heart rate monitor on which is pretty good.

Very happy with the battery life as my previous Garmin years ago in one of my marathons had almost worn out after 4 hours!

I find sometimes I get obsessive over how low I can get my resting heart rate – nerdy I know!

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Price

The price is actually quite reasonable for an intermediate watch – Currently $469 at RunStopShop (8 Mar 16).

I think compared to the higher level models and I think unless you are a serious athlete, a triathlete, or numbers nerd you don’t potentially need all the extra functions. You can pay  by instalments with RunStopShop which is a great idea.

Live Tracking 

One of the things I loved about this watch when I was researching and what persuaded me to go back to Garmin was that most of their watches now come with ‘Live Tracking’ which means you can set your watch up so that others can see where you are. This would have been handy last year when running my marathon as I did a 36k run one day and my husband was a bit nervous whether I would be ok as I had all sorts of foot issues so we had to scramble around to find an app and I had to run with my giant phone on my arm.

So now he can access Garmin Connect and I can give him access through his phone to see where I am at all times.

Pros and Cons 

Pro’s

  • Nice and light
  • Nice design and not too intrusive
  • Reasonably priced for a middle of the range running watch
  • Battery life
  • Smart features
  • Live Tracking – good for safety

Cons

  • Activity monitor doesn’t pick up steps when running with a stroller – but that applies to all watches with activity monitors (as far as I know!)
  • Not too many colour variations if you like lots of colour in your watch – didn’t bother me though as I chose black with a hint of red.

So in summary. This is a great middle of the range running watch with lots of great functions and statistics available if you want data in relation to your running.

 

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Product Review: 2XU Elite Compression Shorts

12 Nov

RunStopShop sent me a pair of 2XU Elite Compression Shorts to try out and the plan was to wear them whilst I was overseas on holiday. I did try them once in Macau but wanted to try them a few more times before reviewing them, and on arriving into the UK it was way too cold to run in them – and then Singapore had a problem with fires in Indonesia so it wasn’t safe to breathe all the air in outside…. so to cut a long story short I am only just writing up this review!

When I was asked whether I would like to try the shorts out to be honest I wasn’t sure as they looked shorter than I would normally run in. I am not blessed with tiny thighs so the thought of tiny shorts and my legs wobbling about didn’t appeal. I was assured by the team that they were great shorts so decided to give them ago. What you read below is my own account of how I experienced them and this is not an advertorial!

2XU Elite Compression shorts

Shorts design and comfort

When the shorts arrived I took them out of the packet and freaked out as there did not look like there would be enough fabric to cover my thighs and butt and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to review them as they looked quite short – but when I tried them on they actually were not as short as I had anticipated and felt quite comfortable.  I was still a bit worried my legs might rub but figured I’d give them a go on the treadmill at the hotel I was staying in in Macau on a boiling hot day in a gym with no air conditioning!

The shorts have a drawstring which I liked as I have worn a fair few pairs of shorts which either end up with a muffin top or pulling them up all the time so I figured you have more control with drawstring.

They also come with UPF50+ sun protection which living here in Queensland is a real plus so I figured they would come in really handy for running outside, and the compression feature seemed to be comprehensive on the information on the box so I was intriegued to see how I went when trying them out. I also liked when I tried them on how they actually held everything in – i love that about compression pants 😀

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So i put the shorts on and went for a run on the treadmill at my hotel in Macau and have since run in them a few times back here in Queensland and I have to say they are comfortable and I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that the short is a bit shorter than I would normally go but I didn’t experience any rubbing or chafing at all. I ran for an average of 30-60 minutes each time I have tried the shorts out so far and found them to be great. I haven’t worn 2xu shorts before so all in all I was happy and that I’ve found some shorts that are good in the warmer weather as I have lots of longer pants.

Size matters!

I think size really counts on the short though as when I got back from holidays whilst I hadn’t put any weight on I was not as toned as I was and the shorts felt a bit more snug the first couple of times I wore them – so really be conscious of the size you are ordering as they may not be as comfortable if you get a slightly too small size or alternatively a size that is too big as the compression element won’t work.

There is a sizing chart on the back of the packet and on the website to help you ensure you get the right size.

Summary

So all in all these are my thoughts on the shorts:

Pro’s

  • They didn’t ride up my legs for me which is a major plus point. I have had a number a shorts that did just that and made it really uncomfortable to run in
  • Compression pants – I’m a big fan of these and think they are a real asset to these shorts
  • Drawstring which means you don’t end up with a muffin top and they are not low rising either!
  • There is an inside key pocket to store your key or car fob when running which is good

Cons

  • If you don’t like shorts that are well and truly above the knee then these are not for you
  • They can make you look even curvier if you are an hourglass like me, I felt a little bit self conscious to begin with but am embracing my curves!
  • They are not the cheapest shorts so if you are on a budget these are not for you

You can buy the shorts on RunStopShop‘s site and if you sign up to their newsletter you can get $10 off your order 🙂 (this was correct at the time of writing the post 12 Nov 15)

Training for your first 5k and considering running for charity?

20 Oct

I’ve got a few posts coming up in the next few weeks as there has been a lot going on, but in the mean time I just wanted to share two posts that I recently wrote as guest blogger for RunstopShop and Azumio.

The first blog post which was for RunStopShop is all about running for charity. It’s often hard to decide whether to run for charity and how to ask people to support you. So I have given a bit of an insight in my post which you can read here.

My second post which was writing for Azumio gives guidance if you have just started running and are wanting to run your first 5k. Read it here.

Have a great week of running and I will be writing lots more soon 🙂

I did it! I ran my 5th Marathon – The Gold Coast Marathon :-) #GCAM15 Race recap

6 Jul
At the finish with my bub :-)

At the finish with my bub 🙂

Yesterday I ran my 5th full marathon – the Gold Coast Marathon.

This time last year my son was 2 months old and my goal before he was born was to give birth, and then when allowed to: get back into my running and train to run a marathon and I did it!

RunStopShop fuelled my challenge by inviting me to choose a marathon in Australia I wanted to run and they would support me which they did. So I had no excuse to not do it right! If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I decided upon the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and was also invited to be one of their Advocates – meaning I got to speak at their Legends Lunch too.

So it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend.

Garmin Legends Lunch 

I was so nervous before the lunch. The thought of getting up in front of 300 people including elite athletes and talking about my journey was terrifying. My friend Nadia coaxed me into the room and my legs went to jelly when I saw the MC for the day Channel 7’s Sunrise Sports presenter Mark Beretta. But you know it was actually great and I got to meet one of my Twitter Friends Scott and also to meet some amazing people including Steve Moneghetti, Rob De Costella, Benita Willis, Lee Troop and other RunStopShop Ambassador Portia Large.

Garmin Legends Lunch

Being on the stage being interviewed was a bit of a blur. I think I did ok and I remember people laughing with me (not at me) so hopefully it was all good!

Being on the stage was a blur and I vaguely remember saying about being in labour and telling my husband I was going to run a marathon and people laughing but other than that I was quite nervous so don’t remember much, but after the event a few people came up and said they really resonated with what I had said and I was really touched.

Garmin Legends Lunch

On the stage with some amazing people including Steve Moneghetti, Benita Willis, Lee Troop, Rob De Castello, Pat Carroll and Portia Large.

Expo

Then it was off to the Expo to collect my race pack and to get my foot strapped for one final time by Doug at InTraining. Just getting my race number made me nervous and I am so glad Nadia was with me as I might have been tempted to run at that point. The guys at Intraining have been great helping me with my foot. I really thought a couple of months back that I might not even be able to run because of my whopping blister that caused a whole load of problems but foot got strapped and I was ready to go.

The night before

I was quite anxious the night before the race. It suddenly hit me that the next day I was going to run another marathon and I was concerned I might not make it. Lots of positive affirmations later and I was laying out my clothes. Nadia and I went for a walk to find some food; and a pizza, loads of water and garlic bread later I was stuffed. We went to bed just after 9pm and I had had the hotel set a call for 4am as RunStopShop’s Simon wanted me at the start for 5am so I could get a pic with Portia before her race! My race didn’t start until 7.20 so I figured I’d go to the hospitality pavilion after which the Gold Coast Marathon team had kindly given me access to as an Advocate.

Having fun with Nadia the day before the race

Having fun with Nadia the day before the race

The big day 

So the alarm went and I had a whinge to Nadia about the time and then eventually hauled myself out of bed. I had a terrible nights sleep mainly just because I was so nervous. Got ready, managed to force myself to eat my porridge and Nadia drove me to as close as we could get – I don’t know how she kept her cool as I was stressed beyond stressed.

Raced to find 99 Bikes which was where I was meeting Simon and Portia and we went to get our photo taken – it was crazy at this point – people everywhere, queues for toilets, people pinning on badges etc. We walked Portia to her start line and then it was off to chill in the hospitality pavilion which was great – no queues for toilets, water, food (although I just had a banana) and a perfect view of the finish line….I saw the winner come in and then had to go to my start line – a nervous wreck at this point.

At the hotel waiting for the lift to go to the race

At the hotel waiting for the lift to go to the race

The Race 

The start of the race was a bit of a blur. I got my watch ready and waited for the start to happen. They were a minute or so late and then it all kicked off. I was a bit back so it took a couple of minutes to get over the start line and then I was off! I tried to keep an even pace and not race off at the start and just keep things steady so I was constantly looking at my watch to get a good rhythm and to ensure I wasn’t going too fast. I found at about 3k suddenly my foot started hurting where the strapping was and I really thought I would have to stop but then it seemed to calm down and disappeared completely.

The heat was a bit of an issue as our race didn’t start until 7.20am and it was actually quite warm. I was very thankful for training later at lunch times and as late as I could in training to make sure I was ok with the heat. I did see some people going down from the heat throughout the race however 😦

Stitch

I took an energy gel 20 minutes before the race and then once the race started every 50 minutes afterwards so things were going ok and I felt pretty good. I saw one of my friends Maria at the 8k mark and that gave me a real lift.

I got to 21k and thats when things started to hurt. I felt a bit nauseous and suddenly my stomach was not feeling so great and I got stitch. I slowed down and pushed through it but then howled out in pain and had to walk. A lovely girl came up and stopped running to check I was ok and gave me some encouraging words to push through the stitch and then I was back running again.

Then it happened again and I at that point felt like I just wanted to quit. I was crying at one of the water stations but something in me just said – you cannot quit. You have waited and trained so long for this just suck it up and push on. A guy who had been ahead of me and then following me came up and put his hand on my shoulder and comforted me and then I was off again and fine.

Beautiful Views

I loved the views by the sea. The Gold Coast is a truly beautiful landscape and the breeze from the sea was wonderful. The course was nice and flat bar a very slight incline towards Runaway Bay. It was a psychological battle once we got to the sections where the faster athletes were coming down the road the opposite way and you realised how far you had to run to get to where they were – but I think I shut down for a while and just got on with it.

I got to just before 30k and things were a struggle but I just focussed and told myself – get to 30k come on and then get to 35k and then when you get to 37k you only have 5k left and then at 40 only 2! So I pushed on.

Running Community 

As I was approaching just over 39.5k I could see the 40km sign way up ahead (I’m long sighted!) and I needed a breather and figured I would walk this last bit and then run the rest of the way to the finish. I spotted a guy who looked in trouble and I walked with him. I said to him – “you see that sign up there – that is the 40km mark.” He looked at me as if to say – yes so what? and I said “when we get to that sign we are going to run to the finish.” He kind of looked at me as if to say ‘ yeah ok. We reached 40km and he looked at me and I said “come on – go and get to that finish line!” and he ran like crazy and I never saw him again – so I am confident he finished!

That’s what I love about the running community – people help you; you help them. I ran pretty much the rest of the way and got to 41k, stopped and had a bit of a cry and then carried on. It was a cry of sheer relief that I only had 1k to go and I was going to finish. As I carried on more and more people appeared – and a lot of them. I pushed on and actually saw one of my friends Karen – she had done the half marathon earlier – she hadn’t seen me. I tapped her on the arm said “hey” and then I took off – that was my trigger to finish and I sprinted like a mad woman. Right at the finish my husband and son were there and my husband said “you did amazing” and I just cried and hobbled through the exit section.

Posing after the race with Benita Willis - she was so encouraging :-)

Posing after the race with Benita Willis – she was so encouraging 🙂

Posing with Steve Moneghetti after the race.

Posing with Steve Moneghetti after the race.

What an experience! I haven’t really talked about time – as for me it was never about the time. It was about coming back to running after not training for a while because of being pregnant and showing myself and other people that you can do anything you put your mind to if you believe in yourself.  I finished the race in 4:35 which I was really pleased with because I never even thought I would get to the finish line at one point.

I’m so thankful for all the support I have had both online and offline and the people I have met through this amazing journey – you are all very special 🙂

So what now?

I’m having a rest today but I am planning to do some walking and maybe a short run at the weekend and then the next thing on the calendar is the Bridge to Brisbane 🙂 See you there?

The Marathon is in less than 2 days! #GCAM15 @runstopshop

3 Jul

So the time has finally come and tomorrow I head to the Gold Coast to the Legends Lunch as Gold Coast Marathon Advocate where I will be interviewed on the stage by Steve Moneghetti for a couple of minutes, I’ll then go to the Expo and pick up my race number and pop to see the guys at Intraining to get my foot strapped up just to ensure my pesky blister scarring doesn’t cause too many issues on Sunday and then my friend and I intend to relax somewhere that doesn’t involve moving too much!

I can’t believe the race is here already. I am very nervous – initially more at having to get up in front of people tomorrow, and then it will be nerves before the race so I will be glad to get moving and running on the day and give it my best shot.

Time

Lots of people have asked – “what time are you going for?.” My response has been “i’m not. I just want to enjoy it and finish.” I have had a fair few issues along the way in training with my foot and being sick so I decided not to set myself up. I always knew it wouldn’t be a quick race for me – I just wanted the challenge of running it and getting my fitness back and I have done that – well the fitness part – I still have to run the race!

Kit

I pretty much have my kit all sorted with my clothes from RunStopShop all ready. I made sure I have packed extra plasters just in case, plenty of tunes in case I need a push and I still can’t decide whether to run with my backpack or my Fuelbelt. I’ve got lots of energy gels just in case I need a further boost on the way round. I’m not good with caffeine so the orange Science in Sport ones are the only ones I could find that worked with my unreliable tummy. Kit for the marathon

I really appreciate my husband and all my friends and professionals that have supported me – who have had to listen to my ups and downs and had to reassure me along the way – I’m sure they will be glad as much as I will when the race is over 🙂

So now it’s time to relax, there is nothing more I can do – just to enjoy the experience, sit back, relax and bring it on on Sunday 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Happy Running!

5 week countdown to marathon – tips #GCAM15

2 Jun

Well the marathon is almost here and the last week or two have not been without drama as you will have read in my last post.

The blister went on to sideline me from a weeks training when distance was at its most crucial. I spent a frustrating week not running and visiting the podiatrist instead. I ended up switching and going to see the guys at InTraining as they are all runners and I figured they would be used to dealing with stressed out runners like me not wanting to rest and needing to run and I was right.

I was given advice of what I should do and what potentially if we fixed me up temporarily what I ‘might’ be able to do. Of course I went with the latter and some plasters and strapping meant i was able to run on the coast in Caloundra on Saturday with no pain! I almost cried with sheer joy! I ran 10k (oops sorry Roger I know I wasn’t meant to!) And then back in Brisbane on the Sunday I ran 20k after a visit to InTraining for restrapping on Saturday – and again no pain. So I am very hopeful about this weekends 36k….

With all of this going on I had a bit of a meltdown and my confidence in being able to finish the race started to wobble. I went out with friends on Saturday and just couldn’t concentrate and freaked out as questions were asked about training in a coffee place afterwards. The 20k run the next day helped squash the doubts and I am getting back on track thankfully. I also remembered a great quote from modern Olympic Games creator Baron Pierre de Coubertin – see photo  below, and it made me feel less stressed about everything. pierre-coubertin-quote

So 5 weeks until the marathon. Here are a few tips based on what I am doing at the moment that may be helpful:

Iron out any niggles with training kit and injuries 

This is the time to be sorting out any last minute niggles with kit and in general. I’ve almost got my kit sorted that RunStopShop kindly sent me and will be writing a separate blog post about what I will be using on race day but if you have any dramas with your kit – it needs to be sorted now! The same goes for any niggles with injuries etc. If an injury is still playing up and not looking like it is improving then I would say don’t run the race at this stage with only 5 weeks left to go. I really thought with this silly blister that I wouldn’t be able to run. Had it been the week before it could have been a real problem but thankfully it seems to be healing.

I’m also still making the decision of whether to run with my Camelbak or Fuelbelt. I often suffer with my stomach and things around my waist don’t help but I can’t decide at the moment.

Food and Drink

make sure you have nailed your food and drink now. Be happy with your energy gels if you are using them and be comfortable with how long you eat before your run and what you eat. I’m still working on mine. I am not a huge breakfast eater these days and so I struggle to eat a lot before a run – but I am getting there. Bananas are my friend at the moment.

Tapering to start soon 

Depending on whether you are following a training program or working with a coach your last longer run may well be this week. I have a 36km run on Saturday and then everything starts to go down distance wise. I need the run on Saturday to give me the confidence that I can do it especially after the last few weeks with issues.

Music

Go back through your music and start to pick our your playlist. I have started doing this as I find when I am struggling I need music to keep me going. Races aren’t too keen on you using your headphones but I always taken them with me for marathons in case I struggle.
Don’t panic! 

I had my melt down at the weekend and it can be overwhelming with the marathon around the corner, especially if it is your first. Chat to friends, feel comfortable in the training you have done/are doing and try to relax and mentally prepare yourself. I have found in all of my marathons that if I haven’t got the mental side prepared as much as the physical training side then I am in for a very tough finish. You’ve done the training, you’re ready to go so relax would be my advice – although I know it is easier said than done!

Anyway more posts coming – I have a lot to say in the next few weeks 😀 Have a great week and happy running! xo

Tips for 3 months before your marathon #GCAM15 #runstopshop

23 Mar

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind but great from a running point of view. I am slowly getting faster and slowly getting used to running further. This week I have done around 60k and I finally feel like I am getting a bit stronger. Saturday I ran 20k, yesterday 6.5k and today I ran 12k with an 18k tomorrow!  I am finding that looking back now – running at 10.5kph doesn’t seem so hard on the treadmill anymore whereas back in January running at 8kph was tough so it is great to see consistency has equalled improvement although I am still finding it hard as the mileage goes up.

I can’t believe it is only 3 and a bit months to the race! Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2015 It’s been an exciting month or so and I was invited by The Gold Coast Marathon organisers to be an Ambassador!

I am quite nervous now because it’s not like I am an elite athlete or really have a story to tell. I just run and write about it! So whereas before I was planning on running and not stressing too much about it all I feel a little bit more nervous now. As a RunStopShop Ambassador as well it all feels a bit surreal.

Being an Ambassador means that I will be covering my time in the lead up to the race which I am doing anyway and then attend a lunch the day before and be interviewed so that’s a bit scary but all exciting.

I’m working through my training plan and have incorporated a few more carbs into my diet as since the beginning of the year I dropped off carbs a bit but I can’t now because of all the energy I am using. I’m starting to think about race kit and gels etc so I have been trying out different gels to make sure my stomach doesn’t react badly to them. I believe the official gel on the day is lemon-lime Endura Rehydration Formula so I will try that too.

Below are some tips that I wanted to share but also that are on my mind at the moment as I approach the 3 month countdown mark in the lead up to the marathon that might be of interest if you are running your first marathon.

3 months before marathon tips

Mileage

In the past with my marathons I’ve run – by this point I have had to ensure I can run at least 13-15 miles comfortably as from here the mileage needs to go up fairly steeply. I have been training as you know since January for this after coming back to training after having my son last year but if you are already fit then 12 weeks should be plenty of time to train. I am dreading the next months program that my trainer is preparing as i know it’s going to be full-on but I intend to embrace it like I now embrace hills 🙂

Race Entry

Make sure you have actually entered the race! I know people that have gotten so carried away with training that they actually almost missed the race entry cut off times. A lot of races tend to give earlybird entry specials and the prices go up nearer the time.

Kit and Gels

Start thinking about the weather at the time of the race and what training kit you might need or want to try closer to the time ready for the day. I generally have two or three pairs of trainers on the go at any one time and it’s good to know which trainers/kit work best for you on your long runs to avoid any issues on race day. Like I said above with Gels – try them out and don’t decide to try a new one on the day. I ran a half marathon where I made that mistake and ended up throwing up half way round.

Also if this is your first marathon or like me you are coming back to training after a baby or injury be aware of clothing and that it might get looser! I was running this morning and I had put on some old tights that I wore when I was a bit bigger and they started to fall down as I was running lol! I ended up having to pull them up all the way round so find clothing you like but be prepared you might have to buy a size or two smaller closer to the race if you drop weight.

Long run partner

I’ve been running with my lovely friend on a Saturday when doing my long run and it has made a huge amount of difference to my training. Normally I am a bit of a loner when it comes to running but the long runs are nice and gentle and a great time to catch up with my friend and to support one another as we run for a couple of hours. Sometimes she only runs half way with me and other times the full way but regardless I so appreciate the time we have to catch up and chat and run together – it certainly alleviates the monotony of the long run.

Anyway have a great Monday and as always – Happy Running 🙂