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Back’s on the mend and the River Run 100km approaches!

6 Aug

The last week or two have been frustrating with a hamstring injury and then leaning into the car and slightly straining my back – but I think I am back on track now ready for the River Run 100k of which I’m doing 20k next weekend!

I’ve spent the last week or so in and out of the physio’s office and running short distances on the treadmill and it seems to have paid off – I ran tonight and had hardly any pain compared to what I have had – yay!

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So now to turn my focus towards next weeks race. It will be an interesting one since I wont be running the distance all at once as it is done in a relay – and I am not sure whether that is a good thing or not since what will I do for an hour or two waiting for my turn to come around!?!

There are five of us in our team and I think it works in the sense you take it in turn to run your distance of 5k or 10k and then run the last 10k together – I think that’s how it works anyway…. so it should be fun and I am looking forward to catching up with some people I know that are also doing it too. We are running a trial run on the weekend to gauge how we all run together I guess – I only know one person in the group so I will be the newbie and token girlie in the group!

So in preparation for next weeks race I will be:

Upping the carbs a little bit again – I had lowered my carb intake after the Gold Coast Marathon was over but I need to have a few more back in my diet next week to get me through on the day.

Running a mixture of distances – I have a 10k planned for Sunday and then hope to do a couple of 5ks and possibly one 15-20k before the following Sunday – depends on time and my back

Getting my kit together again – I may even wear what I wore for the Gold Coast Marathon again since I know I dont have issues with any of that kit so that would be a safe bet to ensure from a race kit point of view all is good 🙂

Sorting my music out – I think I need some heavier and quicker tunes as I will probably at times be running quicker than I ran the Gold Coast – although the guys want to run at about 6min km so fairly steady – but my music always helps me get round 🙂

Anyway it’s the weekend tomorrow – yay! Hope you have a great weekend of running planned – and if you are racing – good luck 😀

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Review of Nuu Muu running dress and 15% off for every reader :-)

20 Jul

When Clara’s Closet approached me to try out one of their dresses I wasn’t too sure as the thought of running in a dress seemed quite crazy to me and I could never envisage myself doing that. I had a look at their website and the patterns were lovely so I started to warm towards the idea.

The dress came very quickly and was wrapped up like a present so I felt all excited to open it. When I did I wasn’t disappointed I loved the feel of the fabric and the pattern – I was still not 100% sure about running in it though.

We’ve had some cold and windy weather lately so I waited a while and then last week I decided let’s get it over with and try it out.nuumuudress2

The fit

I loved the fit and feel of the dress. I didn’t want something that was tight and this was nice and loose fitting and dropped comfortably on my hips. Yay for a dress that fits for a woman with curves shape!

It was cold so I wore a long sleeved running top underneath which I tucked into my running tights. I think even if it was warm I would wear shirts or tights underneath as I’m not a woman blessed with thighs that don’t join in the middle!

Here we go - me in the dress. Very comfy and I wore tights and a top underneath as it was so cold outside!

Here we go – me in the dress. Very comfy and I wore tights and a top underneath as it was so cold outside! – excuse my messy hair!

Use just for running?

I liked as well the fact that the dress was not too short and it would be great as a beach dress too or just to lounge around in. Caroline at Clara’s Closet originally brought the Nuu Muu dresses over from the USA where they are made as she has a love of padding boarding so these dresses are very versatile.

Suitable for running?

So I ventured out of the house in my dress and took to the streets. I have to say it was so comfortable – I loved it. It took a while to get used to the fact that I was running In a dress but I really liked it. I did get a few looks. The street but I’m used to that anyway as people tend to look at runners like you aren’t quite all there. A lot of my non running friends think I’m nuts for running!

The fabric didn’t stick at all so it was nice and loose and didn’t annoy me, being lightweight I didn’t really feel it. I liked feeling more like a girl when running too 🙂

Summary pros and cons

Pros

I genuinely liked the dress and I will definitely continue to wear it and love the versatility of it. It is suitable for cycling, running, yoga, beach, paddle boarding – you name it.

Would be great to take on holiday as a normal beach dress

Quality fabric and long wearing – value for money and it doesn’t wrinkle!

Very comfortable

Cons

The price is over $100 but most gym gear ie tights are over that these days unless you shop at Target and get what you pay for. The upside is the fabric is hard wearing and I reckon the dress would last for a long time and it’s versatile – and it looks great.

If you aren’t a fan of things flapping around then you might not like running in a dress. I wasn’t too sure until I tried it and did find I didn’t even notice I was wearing a dress.


Special price to The Girl That Runs readers

Clara’s Closest are offering a 15% discount and all you need to do is enter thegirlthatruns at the checkout as you go through before you pay –  so if you are interested in buying one get one now as it is cheaper 🙂

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!

Running Kit for a Marathon #GCAM15 @runstopshop

9 Jun

Hope you had a great week of long running. It’s been a bit stressful for me with my son having a terrible time of teething, getting a cold right before my long run and still suffering a bit with my foot. I am determined I am going to push on through the race and so have been really focussing on what I am intending to wear.

Being a RunStopShop Ambassador meant I got sent some cool kit to wear on the day so I have been busy using it and finely tuning it. So this post is about the kit I will be wearing and how I have found it as well as what to bear in mind with kit for marathons in my experience.

Adidas Techfit Moulded Bra

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Getting ready for my long run at the weekend in my kit.

RunStopShop sent me a lovely purple Adidas Techfit Moulded bra. Initially it was too big for me so I ended up going down a size and once I had done that found it to be comfortable. I tend to wear a sports bra that is more like a bra usually so this was different.

I’ve run in it a lot and have found it to be comfortable across all runs. I am not convinced it would be suitable for someone with a lot up top running as the ‘girls’  move around a bit but for me it works well and this is a definite for the race. Not that anyone sees it but I love the colour too.  You can remove the pads too to help it dry quicker when washing or if you generally don’t need them!

Adidas

Adidas techfit moulded bra

Adidas Supernova Climachill Tank

Of all the things that RunStopShop sent to me this is my favourite. It is so unbelievably comfortable and not being one for hugely bright dayglo colours I love the colouring which is a very dark grey with a hint of colour in the blue on the top of the top. The fabric is really comfortable and moulds to fit the body which I like. I am not keen on things flapping around or constantly having to be pulled down so this top for me is perfect. It’s a little bit big now as I have lost some weight but still is very comfortable. This is on my race day list.

Adidas Tank

Adidas Tank

Saucony Women’s Bullet Capri leggings 

Initially RunStopShop sent me a pair of tights by another brand but I didn’t get on too well with them having generous thighs! So they sent me some Saucony leggings and to be honest whilst I have run in Saucony shoes I had never used their clothing before but I was pleasantly surprised with these leggings. They are so comfortable. I am used to wearing compression pants so these were a change as you don’t get that pull.

Whilst I have been training i have suffered awful chafing too around the groin area and I haven’t had to continue wearing my Body Glide as there has been no chafing. I would say they are great for people like me with thighs that are shapely and not skinny as the fabric has a lot of give and is comfortable. I also found unlike some other pants I have I don’t constantly have to be pulling them up/down to get them comfortable.  The other thing I like about these pants is that they have pockets either side which I have been using to put one or two of my gels in on longer runs and they also don’t have a drawstring that you end up losing the string to pull the tights together – there is no way you can lose the string – a definitely like from me.

Saucony Bullet Capri

Saucony Bullet Capri

Steigen performance socks 

I haven’t tried Steigen socks before and have worn them a few times in my training. I am still trying to sort out my foot issues which I have written about in previous posts so am playing around with my socks. The Steigen in my opinion are very comfortable, light and a little bit glossy. They are a good price for a performance sock at $16.95 a pair and come in some great colours as well as giving arch support. Because I have had to have strapping and taping on my foot I haven’t worn them as much as I could as I have been trying to stick with what I know and not rocking the boat too much with my feet. They are on my list for the moment for training and I have to see how my foot goes.

Steigen Performance Socks

Steigen Performance Socks

Adidas Sequence Boost shoes 

It has been a bit trickier with my shoes because of my problem I had with my orthotic rubbing and causing a hassle on my foot. I have been wearing both my usual Kayano and the Adidas Sequence Boost that RunStopShop sent to me. The Adidas Sequence is a very light shoe from the Boost series with some stability. Love the colour and they are comfortable. I would say from wearing them that they are great for people with wide feet as the front of the shoe is very generous in terms of room for your foot.  They are a reasonable price compared to a lot of trainers out there now so are worth a look at when you next need some shoes.

Training kit

Sequence Boost shoes

compresssport visor

My visor is black but it didn’t photograph very well so I am using this one to show you what it looks like

CompressSport Visor 

I have to admit I had never worn a visor before so when RunStopShop sent me one as part of my pack I kind of looked at it and thought – hmm I’m not sure about that! I have noticed more runners wearing them but never thought to invest in one myself. Anyway I have given it a go and will be wearing it on race day as it’s actually pretty good.

It felt a bit weird being used to wearing a cap that covers the head but it was comfortable, gave plenty of coverage sun wise yet a nice breeze on the top of the head!

So this is my race kit so far I am still trying to sort out all the other bits I need and whether to run with my Camelbak or my Fuelbelt and what I need to take with me.

Have a great week of running, I’ll be posting more soon!

Note to self: don’t change your trainers at the advice of someone not qualified!

15 Feb

Last week I had issues with a blister because I wore old socks. it seems I am making a few mistakes lately as I found about 6 days ago that my ankle started to get sore. I assumed it was my orthotics needing attention and I pushed on to do a long run and really found it painful.

I was meant to do a 14k last Thursday and had to stop after 7k as I kept feeling niggles. I have got to the point now that when something doesn’t feel right in my running,it usually isn’t. So the next day I got on the phone to a podiatrist in Woollongabba at The Podiatry Practice as my usual guy was on holidays and I went in.

Asics Kayano

I have worn the Asics Kayano for a few years now and someone told me I was wearing the wrong shoe and I should have stuck with what I had! Lesson Learned!

My podiatrist said basically that in changing my trainers a few weeks ago (to cut a long story short the girl in the shop said wearing Kayano’s was wrong as they were not neutral and that I should wear a Saucony shoe) I had basically caused some tendonitis in my ankle and thrown my foot out a bit. So I left his office with my foot tightly bound, Kayano’s back on with the promise not to wear my lovely bright blue and pink Saucony running shoes.  He said that the Kayano was perfect for what I needed or a Brooks top end shoe – something solid not lightweight like a lot of the shoes now tend to be.

The binding on the foot was actually painful that he put on so I was naughty and took it off and then on Saturday ran 14k. I found wearing my old shoes the inside of my foot was rubbing again – argh! So not happy as my foot was sore but I finished the run. Then as luck would have it this morning I was meant to run 10k but work up with a temperature and a bit of a cold coming on so decided not to run so my foot got a rest. So all in all it has been a week of not 100% great running but I am still pushing on and learning from the mistakes I made yet again.

Lessons learned from all of this

1. Listen to a qualified professional when it comes to your feet/body. Just because someone works with selling shoes it doesn’t mean they know your feet and their history and also how severe your orthotics/conditions are.

2. Know when to stop. If it hurts – don’t push through. Stop. I’m glad I stopped as it could have been a whole lot worse.

3. Don’t be disheartened by setbacks. It’s better to sort things out now than have things go wrong half way through a race. I’ve got plenty of time before my marathon – so thankful that this has happened now and that I can still run.

Hope you had a great week of Running!  I’m hoping next week will be better 🙂

Wear decent socks when running or pay the price with blisters as I discovered!

11 Feb

I made another running mistake at the weekend.

I wore old running socks.

Lightfeet socks I was running 10km and by the end I was in agony where my socks had rubbed the inner section of the foot. I had raced out of the door as I was late getting up and I hadn’t got my kit ready properly and forgot socks. It was very early so I didn’t want to disturb the family so I grabbed some old socks!

That little mistake has led to my wearing Compeed all week on the area that rubbed to ensure I could still run so I won’t be making that mistake again.

There are some great socks on the market starting at a fairly cheap $10 per pair for Brooks right up to performance socks by the likes of Injinji, Balega and 2XU as well as Lightfeet which are in the middle and what I currently wear. (I did write a previous product review a year or two ago about Lightfeet socks with some tips to avoid blisters!).

It’s easy to forget about the importance of a decent sock when running as we often focus more on the shoe, but without a good sock as I found at the weekend it can result in pain and under performing in your training.

Anyway I hope you are having a great week of running, it has certainly been warm here in Brisbane. I’m steadily getting into my marathon training and the pain is starting to kick in now as the training runs get harder and harder – but loving every minute!

Happy Running!

Share your new year resolutions and win a $30 Paul’s Warehouse voucher!

5 Dec

Wow it’s December – how quickly did that come around! Hope your training is going well. I am feeling like the Girl That Waddles at the moment rather than the Girl That Runs 🙂

New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 

What are your new year resolutions for 2014!

What are your new year resolutions for 2014!

I usually start to think about New Year Resolutions about this time of the year and what I have achieved this year in comparison to what I said I would achieve 🙂 That’s just me – a bit nerdy like that. This year has definitely been a year of achievements, just not how I imagined them to be that’s for sure. Getting pregnant was definitely on the list but I figured I’d still be training and achieving little fitness goals here and there but as I mentioned in previous posts I haven’t been too well with it all so that all went out of the window.

So I started thinking about 2014 and I have lots of resolutions 🙂

1. To have a healthy baby and to be a good mother

2. To get fit again but not become obsessed with getting the weight down quickly but equally not to become a couch potato but to know my limits

3. To run at least one  race next year to help me get back into my running !

What are your new year’s resolutions? Win a $30 voucher! 

I’d love to hear. Pauls Warehouse

Pauls Warehouse have given me a $30 discount to give to one lucky person that shares their new year resolutions in the comments below.

Have you seen their site before? I have to admit I hadn’t and I had a proper look but I was seriously impressed with their prices since sports wear is pretty expensive over here in Australia – their prices are great and they have some amazing deals on running shoes and clothing  – and have regular buy one get one free deals which is always a draw card for me 🙂 so I’ll be doing a spot of shopping once the baby is born I think 🙂

Closing date for this competition is 13th December 2013 so we can get the voucher out before Christmas!

ps Kayano Fans – just had a look at their site and they have a great deal on Asics Kayanos at the moment if you are into Kayanos!

Great offer if you need a couple of pairs of Kayano's :-)

Happy Running 🙂