As runners we do our best to get the best out of ourselves and so to as people we strive for that special spark. We try to excel or should I say strive?
I have had to really reign in on all the running and mileage the past few months because there has to be a balance between doing too much of one thing and not enough of another. Family life was affected by my love and passion for running to the point where I had to make a decision stop running…or run less and be a better husband and father, not sure that I have scratched the surface of being a good husband and father yet? but just like running, we never give up when the going gets tough we persevere and carry on regardless.
Let me start by saying hello😂 It feels like I haven’t blogged in absolutely ages..Ever since August of last year things have changed a lot and that’s all due to The Amazing journey getting to the Greatwallmarathon in China meeting and making inspirational new friends from all over the world. I believe that we all have a path to follow and although we follow that path, sometimes there are obstacles and instead of trying to climb over them we choose to avoid them in the hope that they won’t reappear. This is where the trouble lies because we didn’t face the obstacles head on from the start.
Nearly five years ago I became unemployed depressed and despondent not knowing from day to day what curve ball life was going to throw at me..then I got the chance to re-educate myself it was tough but with my rekindled love for running and a burning desire to do something worthy with my existence all of these factors have helped. It is never easy sucking in your pride but if you know what I’m talking about you will also know that it is all worth it. My motto at the moment is …I love what I do and do what I love if this is not the definition of passion I really and truly don’t know what is??
I am truly grateful for the friendship and friends that I have met on this arduous journey of discovery and look forward to making more along my exciting new one. I am evolving into a better more resilient person with all of the traits that I have picked up along the way and there’s always more room to improve.
The image at the top of the page is so true to my current situation and is so good to relate and hopefully to inspire others that through hardships comes learning and understanding and a better you.. I am sure that there will still be hardships to overcome and relish the opportunity at another challenge be it with life, running a marathon or possibly a personal challenge or should I call it an adventure of self discovery.
Please feel free to share this Text image of hardship. We all face these challenges differently but if you have the right supportive network of friends around you there is no limit to what can be achieved. I feel that I am the proof of what positive thinking and a change in mind set can achieve..So thank you for your support over the years and also my deepest gratitude to those that read my blogs and know me from where I was a couple of years ago, to where I am 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:)
Out with the old in with the new…A watch band made for new age of runner,cyclists and swimmer..
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 have been using #myprogramgeneratorfor 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?!
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 .
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..
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.?
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..
I’m always on the look out for foods that are easy to carry on long runs and I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to try these awesome wafer protein bars and go whey protein bars. I was sent a very generous selection of these bars with three different flavours , well actually four different flavours with the” SoGood!” whey protein bar, which is delicious and delivers 30% of your required protein intake, these bars are more specific for body building but in my opinion would be a good source of energy on a long run giving you the energy requirements when you need it most.
The protein wafer bars were also very tasty and came in three flavours namely Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla. From my experience with most whey protein powders …strawberry is never 100% “strawberry” flavour you know on the first bite that it is made from whey protein however it still doesn’t disappoint because it is covered with a light coating of chocolate on the outside and is deliciously sweet and of course I have a very sweet tooth:) .
The chocolate protein bar was really delicious and definitely ticked all of the boxes for flavour ,texture and if you didn’t know it was a protein bar you’d think it was just a normal chocolate bar that you’d buy in a shop.
The Vanilla protein bar was good but some of the Vanilla flavouring wasn’t coming through and a suggestion would bee to try a lemon based extract which would really give it a nice zing and enhance the Vanilla flavour.
Would I use these bars for my long runs? Most definitely, but my favourites would definitely be The ” SoGood!”bar because of its amazing flavour and the white chocolate covering with yummy coconut on top , my second favourite would definitely be the chocolate covered whey layered bar. Third and fourth would be the strawberry and vanilla bars.
These bars are laden with calories and protein and definitely not for anyone who only trains now and again. So if you are a weight lifter or in my case an ultra runner than these would be ideal as a snack between sessions or on a long run.