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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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Let’s make 2016 an awesome year!

31 Dec

I am sat on New Year’s Eve with a smile on my face.

No it’s not because I have lots of things planned for the evening – (my night will be pretty boring actually) but it is because I am allowed to run again! I went to the physio yesterday and he says there is enough improvement that I can run and gradually build up ready for my half marathon in March and then my marathon later on this year.

I’m allowed to do two sessions this week of 2-3km and the following two weeks three to four sessions of 3-4km. I know it will be hard to stick to those distances and to not be tempted to go further if I feel good but I am going to try and stick to it as I know the ultimate prize is being able to run normally again.

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Looking back over the year

Looking back on the last year it has been quite challenging.  I pretty much started from scratch back in January 2015 after not running properly for a while, and trained for and ran the Gold Coast Marathon  (thanks to my elite runner friend Roger getting me through and my friend Nadia for being there supporting me the night before!) as well as being their Advocate and worked with RunStopShop also. It was so much fun and I remember being so nervous getting up on the stage to chat at the Legends Lunch – what a fun time it was, and then running the race after all my blister issues – what a drama that was!!

I then ran the River Run 100k relay with my friend Shaun and his friends, and then the Bridge to Brisbane dressed as a French maid, and then over to the UK to see family and managed to run my second Park Run and the Birmingham Half Marathon whilst there which was great fun.

I also started writing as a guest blogger for Azumio™ who are an international health app market leader which was really exciting.

So all in all it has been a great year of getting back into running longer distances, having fun running with friends and feeling better when it comes to exercise again.

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Posing after the Gold Coast Marathon with Benita Willis – she was so encouraging 🙂

2016 – goals and challenges

I said in my last blog post that I had a lot of goals to achieve in 2016 and I have added another one to the list – an 8 week challenge run by my lovely friend Nadia at NADU Fitness. I figured – start on the right footing with food and exercise and kick start the year.

What are your goals for 2016?

I am a very goal driven person so always need to have goals set otherwise I become demotivated. I’m so excited about this year as so many of my friends have set themselves challenges and it’s going to be great to support them and see them achieve them!

2016 running goals

Write them down!

If you are a goal person like me and are struggling with what you’d like to achieve why not write them down – simply write down what you want to try and do – whether it is to run for the first time, to run a ParkRun or running race or to improve or run your first Marathon.

Pin them up!

I find writing things down and pinning them up somewhere I constantly see them helps me focus on the objective!

Reward yourself

Rewarding yourself too is a great way to keep on track – I am intending on buying a new Garmin in 2016 – probably the Garmin 235 and so I want to complete my 8 week challenge and that will be my reward to myself at the end. Rewards don’t have to be as extravagant but it could be a new gym top, or something you’ve wanted to do – or simply a chocolate bar (in moderation of course ;-D).

Anyway – have a great start to your 2016. I’ve got lots of new ideas for my blog to share with you so watch this space.

Happy running 🙂

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?

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!

Tips for preparing 2 months before your marathon #GCAM15 #runstopshop @runstopshop

5 May Marathon Training Kit from RunStopShop - The Girl That Runs

The last week or so has been a blur with training and organising my son’s first birthday party. I never tend to do things by half so I put far too much stress on myself in preparation for his party and ended up making 4 cakes for his birthday as trial runs and they all went bad – so King of Cakes saved the day! But anyway as a result I haven’t written many blog posts lately.

Marathon training is up and down and it is now less than two months until the big day. I ran 28km on Sunday and the long runs are going up and up so all going ok at the moment but I feel like a bit of a tortoise crawling along and very tired.

I’m starting to get a bit nervous about race day and I whilst I haven’t put any pressure on myself to run a specific time it’s starting to stress me a bit and I keep thinking – what if I don’t finish!?! My last marathon was nearly 10 years ago and I was a spring chicken then, it has been so much harder training this time and yes of course I am coming back from having a baby so there is that!

Anyway here is my 2 months countdown to marathon checklist

Make sure you have entered the race!

Sounds crazy but you can get so carried away with training that it might slip your mind to actually enter the race. This should be top of your list to get done. I know with the Gold Coast their early bird entries are closed now but you can still enter – but make sure you enter whatever race it is you are doing!  Also if you need accommodation get it booked ASAP – in fact in hindsight this should have been a 3 months before… I struggled to find accommodation for the Gold Coast Marathon but my awesome travel agent managed to get me some as I didn’t fancy driving from Brisbane on the day – just another headache.

Practice in your kit

Marathon Training Kit from RunStopShop - The Girl That Runs

Marathon Training Kit sent from RunStopShop

As a RunStopShop Ambassador I got sent my Marathon Day clothes and shoes last week! and I am now busy trying them out to ensure they fit properly. The leggings were not right and the crop top was too big so I’ve had to send them back and will get replacements through shortly but I will be wearing them on most of my long runs now to ensure that I am used to them on race day.

Also if you are planning on running with energy gels start trying them out now too. As I said in my previous post 3 months before your marathon I had bad experiences with not trying out gels beforehand. Find out what the official gel for the race is and try that or choose your own but make sure you try them first.

Longer distance runs should be the norm

You should be feeling very comfortable with long runs now. I ran 28k at the weekend and I will be doing 20k this weekend and 30k the following. Depending on your program 2 months before the race your long runs should be up there too. I don’t stress about the time I do it in as I’m not trying to win the race – I just concentrate on time on legs for my long run.

Train at the time of race 

Training kit

I’m trying out all my race day kit

I have a few friends who ran a marathon a couple of years ago and they had been doing all their training very early in the morning i.e. 4am and the actual race started at 7.30am – and on the day it was an unusually warm day for that time of year and they struggled as their bodies weren’t used to running later in the morning.

I have started running later and later for some of my runs as The Gold Coast Marathon starts at 7.30amish and a lot of my runs have been either at 5am or at the gym in the evening so I am trying out running later in the morning and boy it makes a difference – I think that’s probably why I am finding it hard at the moment whilst my body adjusts to the temperature.

Massage and Physio if needed

I have started going to see my massage therapist as my calfs have been getting quite tight and I am worried I will get an injury so that has been helping, and I have friends who have their physio on speed dial during training to check out niggles they keep having. Worth considering if you are getting a few aches and pains.

Anyway the countdown is on! Less than 2 months to go until my marathon. Hope your training is going well and Happy Running 😀 

 

Please remember I am not a qualified professional when it comes to training and injuries. I write based on my experiences –  so always consult your doctor or trained professional before trying out anything new or if experiencing pain etc.