Product Review: Parkrun Wristband

*Disclaimer: this is my own opinion, I was not paid to do this review*

I recently bought my Parkrun wristband via Tenbits website.

About Tenbits: They as a company are all about empowering runners and the sport of running in South Africa. They have created these wristbands which have your Parkrun barcode on the strap, as well as your emergency contact details (name, emergency contact, medical aid name and number). Another cool thing about Tenbits, if you buy a Parkrun wristband from them, they donate 10% back to Parkrun events. Since Parkruns are free and volunteer based, you are giving back to keeping your Parkrun alive!

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Price: The cost is minimal given all the benefits of it. Its R139.

Delivery: You can pay extra to have it delivered, or you can opt to collect at your closest Sweatshop (FYI, newbie runners like myself go to Sweatshop to get the right pair of shoes – but that’s for another post).

Look and feel: It comes in pink or black. *warning: check the size of your wrist. I have the medium Areo wristband, but Rob needs the Bold version (which is R10 more expensive and comes in black or white).

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Pro’s: If you run Parkrun frequently – YOU NEED TO GET THIS! Say good bye to carrying bits of paper on you while you run. Its easy to wear and less distracting to hold or carry. Plus it has all your important info stored on it so  I use it even when I am running around the neighbourhood. So heck, even if you are just a runner, cyclist, outdoorsy person – you need this. Wearing something like this while you are running could save your life if you get hit by a car or something else terrible happens to you on the road, those emergency details will help to help you when you can’t help yourself.

Con’s: I must be honest I was a bit disappointed with the colour. I ordered the pink version. On the website it looks like its going to be hot lumo pink, but its more like a faded, pastel pink. But that’s the 80’s in me – Love lumo, and bright colours!

Using the product: As I said previously, I have used it on my local runs ( i actually wear it at work too). But I am yet to try it out on a an actual Parkrun. I go away this weekend, and then next weekend I run the Sandton to Soweto 10km. But I will be sure to review this product next month at my next park run which is the Delta Park Run!

Final Verdict Say: Get it! 🙂

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The YOU Challenge – 3 Films

In the spirit of being honest, I will only choose 3 films that I have specifically bought and own the DVD. SO they are truly my most treasured loved films.

1. The Breakfast Club. I bought this DVD in Canada when I was 13. After my cousin told me about it. I fell in love with movie from that day forward. I fell in love with all things 80’s/90’s movies. Molly Ringwald movies in particular. I love them. Love the music. I have watched this particular movie several million times. I am the basketcase.

the_breakfast_club_32. Little Miss Sunshine. Growll! Love this film so much!!! I can totally relate to the little girl in this movie. I only wish I had her confidence at her age!

Little-Miss-Sunshine-little-miss-sunshine-4115530-960-536 olive-little-miss-sunshine-outfit3. Dirt Dancing. Classic! The music, the dancing, the fairytale, the happy ending. LOVE. Seriously who tried that dance move in the pool as a kid?

dirty dancingWhat is your all time favourite movie?

Running Quiz {Link Up}

Today I am linking up with Hungry Runner Girl as well as Life with a Side of Coffee and taking the running quiz!
check-box i run1.  On average how many races do you run a year? 
Last year I started running, I entered almost a race every month from July last year – So I did a lot of running last year. This year my goal is to run my first half marathon, scheduled for 21st Sept. I have already run 4 x 10km races this year. I have 2 x 10km planned for August. After my half I am sure I will run a few more races this year. I love entering races because it helps me stay the course and keep to my running goals!
Last year's running medals2.  Head accessories, things you have to run with:  a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band? 
In winter I run with a head band and buff to keep my head and neck warm. I have to run in a tight ponytail because I hate getting my hair in my face. Other than that, I run Au Natural 🙂
3.  Where do your workouts come from?  A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day? 
I started my running life listening to advice from my boyfriend and friends who already ran. Now I am following the Runner’s World 12 week plan to my first 21km. I usually just run, no plan or coach – just whatever I feel like running but I must say I like the structure of a plan better, it helps me stick to my goals.
4.  How many KM’s on average do you put on a pair of shoes?  
Haven’t a clue, funny I mentioned this to my boyfriend just last week. Now that I have a Garmin I can better track the KM’s I get in with my shoes.
5.  Cell phone=  do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home? 
Lately I have been running with my phone but that’s because I blog 🙂 plus its winter so the jacket I have on fits my cellphone. Otherwise I don’t normally run with my phone.
6.  What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?
OK so my readers will know all about my calf pain etc, I recently found out I was wearing the wrong running shoes. But I have been doing physio and exercises and once I have the right shoes I will be on the road to running strong without pain!
7.  Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!? 
BOTH! I want to run faster but I am realistic in that it probably wont be the same day as my first 21km. I would like to get a good PB time for a 10km before the end of the year though.
8.  Speed work—->  at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it? 
I have added this to my training in the last month. I usually do my speed work on the road (lamp post to lamp post) because I don’t like the treadmill (aka deathmill).
9.  Stretching after a run:  hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching? 
Skip stretching mostly. Aside from the small exercises my physio has me doing, I generally don’t stretch. I know that’s bad, but that’s for another post.
10.  What was your reason(S) for starting to run?  
I started running last year because I wanted to take more control of my life. Its around the same time that this blog was started – I wanted to get fit, happy and healthy so one day I started running. And I really haven’t looked back. I love running, it helps me think and put things in my head into perspective. It helps with my mood and my feelings about myself too.
So who wants to link up and join the running quiz? What made you start running?

Setting up a Training Plan

As you guys know (and have heard TO DEATH!) I am training for my first ever half marathon.

leap of faithSo I am following a plan based on runners world 12 week program. But I thought I would share what else I am doing to get me fit to run this 21km!

I run 3 runs a week:

  • 1 x short fast pace – where I try run as fast as I can
  • 1 x medium time trial – where I try keep my pace the same as the pace I want to keep for my 21km
  • 1 x slow and steady run – where I just try finish it! LOL 🙂

I currently run in the mornings because its the best time of day to run for me personally (before my brain figures out what I am doing!) Also, the roads are quieter in the morning. My race will happen in the morning, so I am training in the right time frame for the actual race day. But with the longer distances I am having to get up earlier and earlier to try fit it in! EEK! So I may have to review and do some runs in the evenings or over lunch times.

8d144c6b6d1098d62a284e47c70dcad2I do at least 2 sessions a week of Weight Training (Les Mills BodyPump)

1f385e236db8e5d9635c46c2fae0947bI try do 2 sessions a week of HIIT cardio, that is not running. RPM is a indoor cylcing class and I really enjoy, its a variation to running, using my legs in a different way

I need 2 full rest days where I don’t think about working out and running and just recover/rest. I like taking one day during the week (Wednesday) and one on the weekend, so usually a Saturday, so I get a nice break.

So these are my goals for my training plan, so far its working out well… will keep you posted in my weekly recaps!

effortWhat training are you currently doing? Do you follow a plan or just wing it? What works for you?

Week 4 of 12 of Half Marathon Training

How did this week go? As most of you know, I am currently training for my first ever half marathon, happening in September! So I am going to be sharing weekly updates on my training program and how I am doing.

Kim-Kardashian-Breathe-In-Inspiration-Motivational-MondayMonday: Bodypump
Tuesday: 3km run in the morning
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: 6km Morning run (for some reason I thought I only had to do 6km but I needed to do 8km! Dammit!!) and Bodypump in the arvie
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Took a rest day (had a girls night the night before!!)
Sunday: It was terribly windy and cold out, and I’m battling to rid a sore throat and blocked nose, so we hit the gym instead of running outside. I did some track/treadmill intervals for 10km as well as some weights

So a total of 19km run this week, as well as some weight training. I am alternating my shoes with my Nikes as well as a mild anti-pronatory pair of shoes I am borrowing from my sister in law. So far I have limited pain this week! Hooray! The exercises and physio seem to be helping out a lot!

I kinda feel I slacked off a bit this week, didn’t keep my eye on the ball. I had a bit of a moody sad weekend mentally, my head just wasn’t where it should be. I wanted to do some RPM cycling classes this week and I missed the amount of running I was suppose to get in. I feel like I just didn’t make time for training. But I guess you are always going to have those kinds of weeks. Next week will be better!

How did your weeks goals go?

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Have you ever noticed that the minute you take in negative energy, have a bad day, in a bad mood – the whole world looks glum?

I have had my fair share of rainy days. My moods have swung from Highs to Low Lows in a matter of seconds. I have felt so alone in a room full of people.

Most people think I am bubbly, funny, extroverted and confident. I am not. Its a complete act. A disguise for a very insecure, scared, uncomfortable girl. I tend not to share a lot of myself with people. I have been hurt in the past. I tend not to shout out when I am sad and tell people around me what is going on.

This leads me to be a resting shoulder for others. Lately I have been feeling my feelings are bubbly at the surface, I am getting a voice but I cant seem to get my words out. So I am left listening to everyone elses worries and woes while my own is left on the side lines. Have you ever noticed how most people don’t listen to you? They just want to get out their own stuff? Is it just me, or don’t you find that no one really cares whats going on with you, they are so wrapped up in themselves? Normally this would suit me well, I don’t like being in the spotlight. Mostly because I take peoples words and twist it into something negative. Like they are only asking how I am so that they can point out my flaws, they want to see my weaknesses. Its bizarre to everyone who knows me that I feel this way. Perhaps because they just don’t understand me. Perhaps the main problem I don’t understand me.

This is turning into a bit of tangent/rant. But I guess what I am trying to say is that I need to worry less, and try be more happy. Internally happy. Because what appears on the outside of me looks happy but what is under my skin is like a disease boiling to the surface every now and then. Waiting patiently for a rainy day, so it can seep out of me like a bad wound.

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Wanna check out my feet?

After my meeting last week with a podiatrist and physio, the report is in. I am heavily over pronating. Which effectively means that my feet roll in and my arch collapses.

BiomechanicsTake a look at some pics. This is my foot while I am walking (Ideally the angle needs to be closer to 180˚):

whilst walkingThis is my foot while running (barefoot):

whilst running barefootThen we tried in my current shoes (Nike Pegasus – so they are a more neutral shoe):

neutral running shoesSo it looks like I will need to get Strong anti-pronation shoes to help better support my foot.

On top of new shoes, I am also doing exercises each day to help strengthen my feet. Plus I meet with my physio once week and she is trying to loosen my fascia (now forever referred to as my spider woman suit!) which we also think is a bit faulty. FYI, most painful process to loosen those buggers up – OMG it feels as though she is digging and tearing up my leg, and she is just rubbing a small area! Incredibly painful! I tried a mild anti-pronation shoe and with this, with the exercises, I have noticed a slight improvement although I still need better shoes and more physio.

Hopefully with these corrective measures my running will improve, and so will the pain in my calves and feet. Otherwise, I am still a happy plodder/runner – do any of you have feet problems? Other running injuries?