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 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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EdgegearEdgegear the watch band of the future and now…

When I first saw Edgegear I was intrigued and really keen to try out this latest piece of awesome running kit and so I decided to approach @Edgegear on twitter and asked if I could review their revamped watch band/strap. I never thought anymore of the DM until Andrew replied and offered me the chance to try this strap out for myself..

It arrived in the post with a connection for my Garmin 220 which might I add is Garmin specific there are a range of different fittings for most types of running and smart watches for example the Apple smart watch. If I had actually followed the instructions on how to attach the straps to my watch it wouldn’t have taken a half an hour …!!!:) I guess another lesson learned:)

I took my new gadget out for a test run the next morning in the pitch dark of early morning and with a little adjusting and also remembering that my watch was not in the conventional position helped:). It was awesome not having to lift my sleeve to look at my pacing and distance. So far this is an awesome piece of kit and I have got some real interest from other runners and cyclists. My wife who isn’t a runner and son who is a footballer do not really see the benefits of the positioning and the practicalities of this watch band  because they are not runner’s or cyclists

 Since doing the draft for this blog I have acquired an additional piece of kit and another awesome watch from Garmin the 920xt..And I was very kindly sent another watch band which fits the 920 even better than the 220(A huge thank you to Andy).. Can’t wait to try it out on my long run tomorrow ;).

The only fault well…If you can call it a fault is that the watch band doesn’t have a quick release so that you can change from athletic mode to working day mode..But the awesome people at EdgeGear have informed me that they are working on it and that it is only a matter of time before the band becomes even more user friendly and adaptable..

I look forward to working with the team @EdgeGear in the future as this is an awesome, innovative piece of pure genius..No more creak in the neck and losing pace looking down at your watch http://www.getedgegear.com ..For all you athlete’s out there take a look at  EdgeGear for a better way of running.

 
 

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.

Natures own Blackcurrants into a supplement….

As most of you who have met me on social media and in person, know I am totally passionate about running and anything that makes running a little easier and I say a little because to me who likes to push  to the verge and often beyond my limitations having a new gadget or a supplement that eases the  constant pounding I give my body always helps:)

In this instance its a brilliant product that is produced in New Zealand like the awesome Manuka honey it has many health benefits like energy boosting properties which I only realised recently because the kind team at CurranzSport sent me a 2 month supply which has since been completed . I definitely noticed a decrease in energy levels since finishing the course and I am not recovering as quickly or feeling as spritely.

I started off with 2 per day for the first week to get them into my system and then took 2 on the days I did my training runs or strength sessions and only used 1 on my off days..About 2 or 3 weeks ago I did a very hard run with the group I run with, but instead of feeling spent after the run I was able to maintain and did an intense sparring session after. Felt absolutely amazing!!

These little beauties are the new way forward at Curranzsports and to be totally honest if I had the funds to continue using this supplement I would definitely continue using them, unfortunately being an adult scholar has its downfalls they are well worth the money. If you click on the highlighted “Curranzsports” you can have a look at all the benefits of Blackcurrants and more importantly who has benefited  from these Black Beauties.

I was going to write a conclusion but decided that there isn’t one yet because this product is so versatile it doesn’t necessarily have to be just for overly active people but for anyone who wants to take a healthy approach to life in general..If you want to feel more energetic and less lethargic then this is definitely for you.

My sincere thanks goes out to Fleur for the opportunity to try out this awesome product and everybody at Curranzsport .

 

The Crazy Logic of a Runner.

I think as athletes we all have our vices and mine is definitely running. When I was much younger running was my way of losing weight. I was a plump version of the Michelin Man and I hated it especially when I used to be ridiculed at primary school about my weight, kids can be really malicious and cruel. It was this fact and a word from my GP that made me realise I had to do something. So I started doing cross country at school and participated in athletics and did really well at sprint distances. 

I was reared in a small village in the mountains of kwa Zulu Natal Southern Africa, about one and a half hours from the nearest high school and I think it was the pinnacle of my sporting aspirations because boarding school was all about extra mural activities and my school had all sports from basketball in the summer to rugby in the winter. I was very active and lost all of the weight which changed my mindset and approach to a lot of things especially my introverted and shy nature. 

When I finished my matric or leavers it was straight to the South African Defence force for ones years voluntary service. In the army I learned to endure and carry on no matter what that’s why I think I’m so passionate about running. When you are out on a long run, marathon or ultra  there is always a voice in your head that makes you question yourself and it’s up to you whether to push on or just tell the little voice to be quiet..

We are all made unique and it is up to each and every one of us how we deal with different situations. Some of us are married and have to make the time to do what we love or give up completely I don’t think I could give up my passion, could you? To all of you who are just starting out in your chosen sport remember that everything in life takes time unless of course you have natural born talent and thrive at whatever you attempt. To me it’s like a long run or marathon once you get to the start ,you have only to get to the finish, I know it sounds crazy but there is some Crazy Logic in there somewhere

Lace Locker

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As promised once I received the LaceLocker(🎬) I would write about them and here goes.. First off thank you for offering me a pair to try out . As you can see from the picture I took, they were really easy to insert under the laces and even a numpty like me didn’t get confused but then again how could I? Especially with all the directions you get with the Lace Lockers, even if you can’t understand the instructions there is a youtube link and then if you still feel clueless.. there other ways of getting in touch for instance Facebook/Twitter.
As for what the Lace Locker doe’s it pretty much doe’s what it says ..It keeps your laces from coming loose whilst running, I only received them yesterday but I already noticed that my laces stayed tight throughout my run yesterday ,which is an achievement because I can never keep my laces tied on long runs..

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If you take a look you’ll see that there’s a 15%discount code why not grab yourself a pair of lace lockers today.?

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Remember it doesn’t necessarily have to be just for running…you could be a walker,hiker or just someone who likes to keep their laces tied and in place..

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