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We conquer our most horrible demons by not giving in or giving up… “PERSEVERENCE?”

 Picture Perfect…

 

They say.. a picture paints a thousand words and until a few years ago I didn’t really think about the “saying” it is very true. In top left  is the photo that most of my twitter, running friends/family and also on my other social media outlets have seen, but to me it’s still one of my most proud moments and am still super stoked that I could be a part of this fundraiser for https://www.bumbleance.com . Bottom left is only a sketch of me me pretending to be training hard:):) and bottom right I posted on twitter before my bus journey to the airport started…which might I add was a panic before I even got to the airport.


 

These pictures are of my first back to back race for BUMBLEance very sick children’s charity. The race in question(Maritzburg 17km trail) was at a reasonable starting time although from the heat on the Saturday it probably would have been better to start earlier and not at 07:30, a 07:00  start would’ve probably been a lot better..but as mentioned before I had back issues going into this race so the heat was actually a help more then a hindrance. I went into the race without any running done for two weeks, for once I actually listened to my GP…!!? It was slow, cautious and methodical running no records were broken but loads of friends made and had a great chat with Chris/Ivan it’s a long story but to shorten it when we received our race numbers we all had our first names printed on the back and front of our numbers which was pretty cool because it was a lot more sociable, well Ivan had the wrong name printed on his race number and this contributed to a lot of laughs. It was also cool meeting Terri who had taken up running about 6 months ago and was loving it. Just goes to show to can start running whenever…


The next day was an early one luckily I stayed about 1km from the start. I woke up at 04:30am not feeling great stomach was doing turns and my lower back was aching from the dry needling and being turned inside out the day before(Chiropractic Volunteers thank you:) ) after the 13km trail (It was cut short for our safety). So I was really doubting myself and even had thoughts of pulling out if I wasn’t anyway right during the race…Fortunately the stomach issues subsided after going to the toilet 2/3 times..I started slow and kept the pace extra easy knowing that there would be some serious hills enroute…The longest hill was at about 16/17km and it seemed to never end but my training before I was layed off running for two weeks paid off and amazingly I kept the pace easy all the way up the hill and still had something left in the tank after 17km’s go figure…? guess a lot of it was also due to working with an awesome online coaching platform which is called Myprogramgenerator.com a huge thanks to my coach for all the tips and listening to me whinge and moan about not being able to train properly thank you JP thumbs up coach…:)

http://www.crotchguard-uk.com

 

 

A huge thank you to the guys at Crotchguard-uk.com for giving me the opportunity to try out your product it worked a treat in South Africa for the two back to back race for BUMBLEance childrens charity it’s easy to apply because of the way the bottle has a spray 2-3 squirts on the groin area was all I needed and it definitely stayed on well after I had finished my races a huge kudos for a great product that’s not only for cycling 🙂

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The awesome LaceLocker a huge thanks to Stash for believing in me.

I don’t think I say it enough …but Stash has been my favourite person to represent as an ambassador and one day we will get some interest for LaceLocker in Ireland..For now I will do my best to get the word out…

These are my last words for this blog as I am sure you will probably get bored with my ramblings..Thank you for taking the time to read this and feel free to let me know what you think.

 

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A review of the bright headlamp from Unilite

When Unilite first came to my attention a couple a years ago through a competition run by @ukrunchat I entered hoping I would be one of the first runner to try it out but alas it was not to be, well until this year:roll:.

When I received the headlight last week it was well packed and came with batteries which I think is a really nice touch.. I opened it up with no hesitation as I was keen to try it on and test the brightness..wow!! Was I surprised…lol nearly blinded myself and before you all laugh.. I know that bright light shouldn’t be directed straight at ones eyes but never thought for a minute it’d be that bright.

Anyway I digress.. I headed out with me new “spotlight 😂😂” Tuesday morning and was very pleased with the overall functionality of it..There is a wide angled beam which is really handy if you’re in a really dark environment like a forest ,A direct beam which is fully adjustable especially if you’re on the road and you don’t want blind to blind oncoming traffic and a red light which is handy if you’re in an environment where there is a bit of light..

So to summarise a very good sturdy piece of kit and really handy for running and odd jobs that need light..My sincere thanks for being chosen as a winner for this awesome prize I look forward to many more early morning miles with the Unilite headlamp.

A little bit of feedback for Domeaseoil

A few weeks ago I entered a competition on the off chance that I could be lucky…And low and behold my lucky number 22 came out and I was fortunate enough to win a bottle of Domeaseoil.

My running has been all over the place because of work and an old shoulder injury…So when this oil arrived I used it the very first day directly after I had a hot bath , I applied it to my very sore shoulder and my legs..It really gives a lovely warming sensation. The thing I found awesome was that even though it is a massage oil it’s not at all greasy and comes off your hands with no hassle.

Just to be as clear as possible, DOMs or delayed onset muscle soreness is relieved and not eradicated by this totally bio oil, don’t think there is any easy way of avoiding Doms? but that doesn’t mean you can’t help by relieving the symptoms a little.

Thank you C for letting me try this product and I will be buying some more in the not too distant future..In my opinion a great product.

A better way of training

I have been using #myprogramgenerator  for a few months now and all I can say is..wow! I have hit my Personal bests every month for the past 3 months amazing yes? Well the reason for these results is down to throwing old school training regimen out and incorporating this online program with a team of dedicated coaches who have loads of experience amongst them. 

In a previous blog I wrote about the large quantities of mileage I use to run ,which is also known as dead miles. The advantages are clear to see with every aspect of my running, don’t get me wrong it’s still hard work but it’s made easier because of the way the training programs are structured recovery is an essential part of these programs, as well as strength work which is basically a 30 to 40 min program provided by Mpgfitness twice a week.

There is also a video which sums up 8 things about coaches  A video description of what we stand for enjoy👍 . There is huge potential for this way of training because of it’s accuracy for each individual’s ability and all the programs are specific to each athletes needs which then in turn makes it easier for the coach who does not have to write out programs for each athlete he or she trains. The program works on a comments basis which can be seen by the coaches and assessed and then replied to in order to guide the athlete in the best possible way.


At present we are recruiting possible coaches in Ireland as well as prospective athletes with a month introductory free trial offer check us out today ! If you are starting out or you feel that your training has reached a plateau this is for you or are you an elite athlete wanting more from your training but time is an issue?! 


Training with a program based on science and hard work.

It has always been my experience that hard work, blood and tears, is the only way forward. Well that’s all changed in the past few years with all the media and science out there. When I ran my first Comrades Marathon in 1998 I was running seriously long mileage because then ..it was the in thing , to run 89km you needed to run at least 2-3000kms in 6 months even at that you weren’t guaranteed to finish especially as the Comrades route is really tough. Up to 6-8months ago I was doing exactly that and in the course of running so much mileage I was struck with way too many injuries. I was desperate to run injury free and as runner’s we get really irate and frustrated,so when a member from Team-Mpg approached me to trial their program I grabbed at the chance to try something that top triathletes, duathletes and swimmers are using. Not only is it for elite athletes it’s based on each individual athlete no matter your fitness level there is a program that’ll suit your needs.

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If like myself you have been plagued with injuries for the last few months or maybe years this is definitely something to look into. It’s not a quick fix but if you’re a hard worker and you’re keen to up your anti with less, to gain more. This is where you can see the science and bios of people who are using this revolutionary new training program.  I have PBd 3 times in the last 2 months and even though I do work really hard I definitely can’t take all the credit because the training methodology is totally different to what I would have been used to. You never really know what to expect from week to week, it reminds me a little bit about video that Arnie made where he says that in order to build muscle you need to shock it , I guess the same or similar scenario applies to running.

Review of icespikes rather late then never..😜

It’s been about a year since I received these icespikes from the brilliant people at Icespikes and a few weeks ago I eventually got to try them out ..

I had headed out for a run not realising that the road and track that I train and run on were riddled with lethal black ice. I was about 2km into my run and becoming very frustrated at not having any traction what’s so ever . Luckily home isn’t far from the track so went home and inserted the spikes on the sole of each shoe..It took no more then 10 minutes and found that when I headed out again that the <a href=”<b>http://www.icespike.com/store/mobile.html&#8221; icespikes weren’t even noticed under foot..If there is fault with these amazingly genius spikes let me know 😜 I am totally impressed especially since I am heavy set individual and the spikes never showed any signs of wear and tear after running a couple of 10km after…

 Thank you Icespikes for an awesome invention👍 If anyone is interested in purchasing these spikes the links are highlighted in this blog.