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#50days: days six to eleven

It’s been fun seeing the various activities people are doing as part of the #50daysofwinterrunning challenge. I’ve even been converted to Instagram as part of it!

Day Six: Friday is always my rest day. For some reason, I’ve always struggled with exercising on a Friday – I’m not sure why! After a busy week at work I spent a bit of time on mapometer.com planning a route for the next morning, then did some foam rolling.

Day Seven: I met one of my TempoFit buddies for a long run. We ran 14km around the city and through the Domain. I felt like it was much more of a struggle than the weekend before, although I’m not sure why. No Prime Minister sightings this time, but lots of pretty leaves.

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Day Eight: After the run on Saturday I was keen to take it fairly easy on Sunday. My Mizuno’s are starting to get a bit worn down now, and unfortunately they discontinued the Wave Nexus. I was on my third pair, but now they are nowhere to be found. I wanted to get a comfy pair to use alongside my Asics, so I popped into my local Shoe Science. The team there was great as usual, and I ended up leaving with the Adidas Supernova Glide – back to pink shoes! I finished off the weekend with some more foam rolling (ugh!) and a Nike Training Club workout.

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Day Nine: In typical winter running form, it was raining. I ended doing a Nike Training Club (NTC) workout at home, while the triathlete made dinner. The app is great with so many different workouts available to choose from. I may have ended up yelling at the poor voiceover but that was simply due to my lack of flexibility 🙂

Day Ten: And then the storm hit. It wasn’t possible to run after work due to the crazy weather, so I decided that my 2km walk commute (work to train, train station to home) would have to do, and at least I was wearing sneakers! I also managed another NTC workout, although this time it was a 15-minute yoga session. It’s fair to say my muscles are pretty sore!

Day Eleven: Took my new shoes out for the first time on a short 30 minute run around the central city. I was worried I would be frozen but it was still really warm. Such weird weather and makes me worried for this weekend and the Run Auckland 10km I am meant to be doing.

Want to join the #50daysofwinterrunning challenge? Check out Hayden’s blog here and get inspired to mix things up a bit this winter!


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breaking up with my shoes

Dear Nike LunarGlides,

It was time for new shoes. They took you out of the box and my face said it all. Bright pink? Really?

But then I slipped my foot into the shoe, and realised how comfy you were.

I didn’t want to be another Nike-wearing too-cool-for-school Les-Mills-member, but you were the right choice on the day. You carried me through the 10km I didn’t train for, and we ran lots sunny kilometres along with eastern bays waterfront this summer.

But something just wasn’t right, and I’m going to lay most too the blame on you. None of my other shoes had ever caused me to be in pain the way you did. Between the IT band issues, toe blisters and searing pain through my toe, I had had enough.

You might have noticed my new friend arrive this week. They too are pink (because apparently I’m destined to wear pink running shoes for the rest of my life), although they have toned it down with some silver. They hold my foot nice and snug, stop me from rolling in (like you used to do…) and make me feel fast. All this and I can run without being in pain?

I’ll leave you hiding in the wardrobe, you might be brought out for when The Color Run finally hits New Zealand, or be taken as walking shoes to the US, or you might not. Anyway, I’ll leave you to think about YOUR failings, while I wear my sparkly new Mizuno Wave Nexus 7’s out for a run.

Goodbye, and good riddance.


I will note that I had the Lunarglides professionally fitted – and I went back to the store when I’d had them for about 3 months. We tried different socks and different lacing techniques which seemed to help, but I had just reached the end if my patience with these shoes! I had trained and run my marathon in a pair of adidas (pink…) shoes that I picked up from Fotex (Danish store) because specialist running shops cost way too much DKK for a student – and had no issues. I went back to the same store I got the Lunarglides from, albeit different branch, to get my new ones, and was still really happy with their service.

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