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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!


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.


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…).


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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