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nifty running gear finds

When I find something I really like, I’ve learnt to buy more than one to avoid the disappointment of it having been discontinued when I look for a replacement. As most females can probably relate to, in the case of jeans I will generally buy two sizes – the ‘skinny’ pair and the ‘not-so-skinny’ pair. Case in point, my favourite Adidas running singlets. These are perfect – flat stitching, a small pocket and long enough to cover this long torso.

After some advice from Super Generic Girl I went to Dressmart Onehunga to search for a running jacket. This little number from Nike ticked most of the boxes on my wish list. I was really surprised at how hard it was to find what I was after, although it seems a lot of people don’t like waterproof jackets due to their sweat-keeping-in properties. I decided I’d take that over getting drenched. It should also make me easier to see in the dark!

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With my crazy frizzy hair (tamed into submission with GHDs each day) not quite behaving during runs now that it is too dark at night to wear a cap, these little bands have been a lifesaver. I’ll be having a Keratin Blowout next weekend which should make winter/travel/running hair a little easier.

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And to add to my increasingly colourful running wardrobe, a bright long top to keep me a bit warmer. Considering my corporate wardrobe is based on a lot of black, grey and white with occasional hints of colour this is pretty bold for me – especially combined with the bright pink Lunarglides (although they may be ditched soon…).

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Thank goodness Rebel Sports have sales practically every weekend, since I refuse to pay full price for running clothes!

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tortoise times

It’s tough to keep heading out for a run and ‘hold back’ – either because I’m trying to not go too hard too soon or because it does actually start hurting!

Yesterday afternoon I decided it was time for another run. It was still pretty windy so we tried something different and headed through a large park near our house. I’ve found the worst pain comes from walking downstairs so when we came across a large concrete staircase I was glad to have the triathlete about to carry me down! We took it slow but I still enjoyed getting out in the sunshine, and we still managed to cover about 6km.

Today I was itching to run again so I headed back to the waterfront. I covered just over 6km in forty minutes, which included three 5-minute runs and a 1-minute sprint. I was probably running a little too fast considering the issues I’ve had with my leg – but it felt so awesome to run again! I also think my running form was better when I wasn’t trying to run really slow. 

Sitting on the couch my leg and hip are both feeling a bit tight but I’m looking forward to putting in place a training schedule once I’m fully healed.

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no experience required

This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to train. Over the past few years I’ve completed two half marathons, a marathon and a few shorter distance races. Throughout my school years I was able to run pretty easily without training, but I definitely had a reality check after my second half!

First Half – little training but luckily my fitness levels got me through! Longest run prior was 10K so I was pleased to run most of the way and finish in 2hrs 13mins.

Marathon – decided I’d use some of my ‘spare time’ while on exchange to run a marathon for charity. Daily cycling about the city helped, as did 2-3 runs per week and playing netball. Didn’t quite help enough though, my pace group was super fast so I finished the first half in about two hours, but I dropped back (a lot) and finished the Copenhagen Marathon in 4hrs 50 mins.

Second Half – not really running prior meant I was struggling from the 10K mark. It was a slow, painful second half and I finished in 2hrs 38mins. I also could barely move for the next week…

After switching to the 10K instead of the half last year I managed to run the whole way and finished in just over an hour. I’d wanted to crack 1 hour, but as I was plagued by stomach gremlins from the 2K mark I wasn’t too disappointed. Lesson learnt: Gregg’s Cumin Powder contains wheat.

I’m excited to see what I can achieve with some proper dedication this time!

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