Athens Marathon – Training log Week #13 & HUGE milestone!

Hello😀

Hope you guys had a great weekend!

It was pretty relaxed for us around here and I also had a crazy work week – won’t get any better till christmas I am afraid… But that’s OK I am totally loving being busy😉

So…this week training got in the back burner I have to admit (also I was super sore from my crazy obstacle run during both Monday and Tuesday…).

I did only one 5km run on Wednesday and… MY VERY FIRST 20 MILER on Saturday! Yup, that is big news! I took it slow and steady and got it done in 3:21:54 – with an average pace of 10:09/mile. Unfortunately I don’t know my stats since I had to go old school with this one.

Yeah… my Garmin had an unfortunate run in with the washing machine😦 but that’s a story for another time! Also I think I look rather discombobulated – always loved that word LOL – in the photo above but I believe after 20 miles a person is meant to look (and feel like that…)!

I got home, had an ice bath and a nice stretch and then ALL the food!! hahaha! Also, so very thankful for my audio book! 20 miles can be a long way to go and I knew music wouldn’t cut it…

Here are the stats from this week… really hope this week will be better!

Weekly mileage: 23.2

Total mileage: 260.7

Weekly cross-training session: 0

Got to rush off to work now!! Hope you all have an amazing week!!🙂

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Virtual 5km Race – Put your back into it!

Hello everyone!!

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As you have probably seen in my SM by now, my blogger friend Andreea from Penny Plain Fit and I are organizing a donation based virtual 5km race and 100% of the profits will go to Spinal Research. Yes, you ‘ve heard them before, these are the nice people who fund my dreams … erm I meant my PhD😉

SO, off the couch we go and let’s all run together and raise some money for all the good scientists to fight back and win against paralysis!

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How does it work?

Register today and we’ll send you your race pack. Then all you have to do is run (walk or jog  or crawl😉 ) the 5k (or any other distance really!) anytime you want during the whole month of October. We will also send you an email with a few training tips.

We encourage you to make it a fun day out with family or friends and take lots of pictures. And then share them with all of us🙂

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How much does it cost?

It’s donation based and we recommend a minimum of £8, but it’s really up to you. For donations under £20, the race pack will contain a t-shirt and your medal. For donations over £20, we will also send you a water bottle.

Get social

If you want to share your training or your run with us, please do. If you’re posting on Instagram, tag us (@pennyplainfit, @taleoftworuns, @spinalresearch) and use #teamSpinal and #LTR4Spinal as hashtags. We’re also on Twitter with the same names and we encourage you to join our Facebook event to see how others are doing too! And please tell your friends about the run. We would also appreciate any mentions in a blog post if you’re a blogger too.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the work of Spinal research😉

We’re supporting Spinal Research, the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop effective treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Every year 1,000 people in the UK and Ireland are paralyzed following an injury to their spinal cord. Spinal Research raises money to fund research into clinical treatments as well as vital scientific research such as clinical tools to better understand the injury caused, and for the devastating effects on daily living such as breathing, hand movement, and bladder and bowel control. Thanks to the innovative research we have funded, many experimental treatments, including those to restore movement and feeling, have had positive effects on spinal cord injury in the research laboratory. This medical research will not only benefit people with a spinal cord injury but also advance treatments for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, dementia and motor neurone disease. Read more at http://www.spinal-research.org/.

 

LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Trust me when I tell you this is worth it! I am one of those people who their work benefits from people’s donations! We really do try our best to work hard and really beat paralysis!!

I can not wait to “run along” all of you next month!

THANK YOU!😀

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RUNNING AROUND THE WORLD #6 – KENYA

Hello friends from around the world😉
Today i am super excited to share another “Running around the world” piece, this time from an exotic destination and an elite ethlete!  (No idea what i am talking about? Check it out here)! I know it is not Tuesday (I should probably drop this Tuesday thing right?? Since I have no patience whatsoever….😉 ) but I couldn’t wait to share this one, it was too interesting and awesome not to share! So today’s piece is from Joseph Mugekenyi😀
Let’s see in which part of our world we are going to travel today!
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Today’s post will be a little different than usual and it will be more like an interview instead of the story. That’s because I had like a gazillion questions for Joseph😉
So here we go! Enjoy!
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Q: when did you start running and why did you start running?
A: When I was in high school in the year 2002, and because there was sponsorship in high school for running.
Q: why did you choose running over other sports?
A: I’m talented in running more than other sports and also it is my passion
Q: where do you run in your hometown?
A: I have run many races in Kenya, like Ndakaini half marathon,laikipia university half marathon,Nairobi marathon and many others places.
Q: if a runner was visiting Kenya and you hometown what advice you would give them about where to run, what to be aware of ?
A: To be ready for a tough workout with hill routes,rough roads,and many beautiful places
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Q:  whats the weather like in your country? Does it affect your running? Any advice to other runners who run in similar weather?
A: Weather in Kenya keep changing, hot, cold,windy,raining.It is best to not training during the day when it’s hot but also when it’s raining due to muddy and slippery ground.My advice to other runners is to train early in the morning before the weather is hot and late evening when weather is cool.
Q: how do you train? Do you have a coach? Any big upcoming races for you?  
A:I do my long runs in the morning and usually jogging in the evenings. I do not have a coach I’m my own coach.Yes, I have an upcoming race on 30 October, the Nairobi marathon.
Q:what is your favourite place to run in your country ?
A:My favourite place to run is Nanyuki Kenya.
Q:do you run alone or you have running friends?
A:I run alone but usually during speed work I have friends to run with.
Q:what else do you like to do apart from running? Do you have any other hobbies?
A:I do business to get my daily bread.I have a shop and I sell motorcycle spare parts. I like watching sports and making new friends, usually other athletes.
Q:what type of fuelling do you prefer for your long runs and marathons?
A:I prefer eating a balance diet. In the morning, at 10am fruits,lunch our traditional food’s,4pm porridge, supper Ugali and greens vegetables.
Q:what is your favourite distance to run, marathon, half marathon, other?
A:I like the half marathon
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Q:what are your best time (personal record) for the marathon and the half marathon?
A: Half best time 1:04, full marathon 2:12.
Q: what is your favourite running memory?
A:Favourable memory is when I won my first race in cross-country in the year 2003.
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Huge thank you to Joseph for sharing his story with us🙂

Till next time with other exotic (and not) running destinations!!

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Any one who has a running story from ANYWHERE in the world that would like to be part of these series is welcome!! Shoot me an email to taleoftworuns@gmail.com or send me atweet or a Facebook or an Instagram message! Also if you would like to connect with other runners from all over the world you can join our -open to all- Facebook group :D

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Rough Runner 10km obstacle course race recap!

If I could describe this race in 3 words?

AWESOME

FUN

CHALLENGING

Ladies and gentlemen —> Running buddy Corey and I at Rough Runner 2016😀

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I totally loved it! This is my very first obstacle race, a lot of first lately right??? Thanks Corey😉 And I do have to admit I was anxious about it. the night before my running buddy Corey called and – according to her and my boyfriend – I was miss grumpy pants lol!

So @mymamus and I headed to Clapham Common – which is only about 25 mins from my house – and met with Corey, her husband  Glen and my goof friend Katalin. Registration took literally 3 minutes and we were in line waiting for the 5 minute briefing (general course rules) and 10 min warm up. After that we were off!!

The 10km course had 15 obstacles and at least half of them included water🙂 Oh the joy!!! – we were following the blue line!

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I have to be honest I dont completely remember the order of the obstacles but the boys (and Katalin🙂 ) made sure they took photos of us trying most of them!

So, this is where we first got wet… I admit i didn’t make it past the second gigantic orange ball! But it was still so much fun!!

Wet but SUPER excited!!

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Next was the zip line bar! Good coordination and …. VUALA!! We made it across!!!

Then we had to go through some human sized pigeons …

And also climb up a wall and down a  wall… I totally love how synchronised Corey and I were lol!!! We do make a great team❤!

Next one was this silly thingy looking like a shaw… run, jump (repeat a few time to get it right since Corey is quite taller than i am lol) and roll to the other side!

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I think our faces here are totally priceless!!

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And then it was the second one we didnt make it through… I am still kicking myself for not taking off my gloves for this one… but oh well, splashing in the pool was fun too!

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oh, if you are wondering why my face is like that, I was admiring Corey’s effort before she very graciously as well splashed into the pool😉

Now this one, I have to admit it was probably the hardest one! you can see a video here, on Corey’s youtube channel.

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And then, there were those weird rotating thingies…

And these…

And to top it all THIS is how the course ends…. the TRAVELATOR….

Fell on my face twice before I finally made it! Oh by the way, see this belt with the marked arrows?? IT MOVES! The opposite way of the way I am running up!!!

Attempt #1 … FAIL

Attempt #2 … DONE!

A little too excited you ‘d say???

So we smashed it,and finished the race (i didn’t really care but i think it was about 1:20 mins lol) and got our bling – which was also a bottle opener/key holder! Awesome!!

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PS: in case you are wondering how we managed to match our outifts?? Remember my Decathlon running series race recap? We are totally in love with the running t-shirt we got there! Fits perfectly and doesn’t get all droopy when wet! thanks @Decathlon😉

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So all and all — YOU SHOULD TOTALLY TRY IT OUT!!!! We had a blast! It felt like an adult fitness playground!!!

(My entry to the race was complimentary but all the opinions are my own as always!) 

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Athens Marathon – Training log Week #12

Is this for real?!?! Less than 8 weeks to go😀😀😀 Whoo hoo!!

It has been such an emotional roller coaster… One day i feel all confident and good to go and the next day…let’s not even talk about. Hopefully I’ll feel more confident than not soon. So let’s see how this training week went down. I am quite happy about it actually🙂

Monday: OFF. It’s weird how I’d always wanted to workout/run on Mondays, but it almost always ends up being a day off LOL. I might just have to accept it😉 Mondays are as good of a day as any…

Tuesday: 6:15am HIIT workout in park with Stevie from WeTrain.

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Wednesday: Kicking butt doing speed work at the Castle (everyone active) gym with Corey. 5x1000m RI 3:00 smashed🙂

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Thursday: 3.2 speedy miles run and 1 hour of my favourite Barrè class with Hilary from WeTRAIN.

Friday: 16 miles (27km) long run in the evening after work. Unfortunately I have no idea what my pace was since I didn’t have my Garmin with me.

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: the funniest 10km I ‘ve ever had in my life!! My first obstacle race with Rough Runner🙂 It was awesome!!! Thanks a million Corey for pushing me to do it😉 Full race recap coming up veeeery soon!

 

Weekly mileage: 24.2

Total mileage: 237.5

Weekly cross-training session: 2

Hope you all have an amazing week!!🙂

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BIG things are happening in our household at the moment!!!

Hellooooo beautiful people🙂

How is your week going?? Almost the weekend so I am sure is as great as mine😉

So there are quite a few things going on around here these days. BIG, EXCITING and AWESOME things!

So, according to Facebook – what would I do in my life without these reminders lol!?!?!

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I am already a 2nd year PhD student! Now don’t ask where this past year went cause i am totally clueless! Just super grateful that – aside of all the hardships and obstacles I faced the past year – I get to do something I truly love every day…❤ I am so excited with all the new cool science-y stuff i am doing at the moment!!

Next reminder was that –>

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I can not believe I have been sharing my life and our home with this special guy for a whole year now! I still remember the first time I met him, how I was totally speechless and a clutch😉 We ;ve been through some rough patches – like every relationship does – and we ‘ve come out stronger🙂 I am blessed to have him in my life❤

But enough with the walk down memory lane! Let’s talk about the future and all the new things that have been happening!

See this handsome guy on the photo above? Well, he has been working on something totally awesome – all on his own! – and it is finally released out – in the wilderness of the – internet😉  I know it’s not at all related to my field but please let me brag for a minute here😉

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He designed his own game, called Cafe Racer. Here is the trailer and here is where you can find the game if you are interested on having a look🙂

Even though I am totally lame when it comes to playing – thumb eye co-ordination is not my strong suit – I am still so proud of him! He has worked so hard on it. The game itself is really cool and from a newbie’s point of view it gives you a very “realistic” feel on how to drive a motorbike😉 Also I totally love the low-poly design… (that’s how the little blocks that build everything are called LOL, i did not know that either…)

So after 16 very long months the game went live on Tuesday (the 13th LOL – we sure know how to pick ’em!) Here are some more photos, and for anyone who’s interested we would totally appreciate a good review😉

I hope you guys have an awesome day😀

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Camari Gear compression sleeves – REVIEW

Hello everyone! Happy hump day😉

Hope your week started off great! Mine has me running around like a mad woman with work these days but I ‘m totally loving it!

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So, as you ‘ve probably heard before I have been on the look out for a pair of compression sock, that works but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! Call me crazy but I do find pretty bad to have to pay £20-25 for a pair of socks…

So a few weeks ago I go the opportunity to review two pairs of  compression sleeves from Camari gear. A calf one and a shorter one.

And I have to admit… it was a HUGE success! I totally loved them and I am wearing every time after a long run.

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According to the company the sleeves/socks are made of:

“HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL: The Calf Compression Sleeve by Camari Gear are made of premium quality, breathable & durable fabric made of 75% Nylon and 25% Spandex.The Spandex helps maintain firm pressure on the calves due to its superior compression characteristics thereby preventing calf strain and shin splints. Our compression sleeves are extensively factory tested to ensure optimal graduated compression at all points.”

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So for me the biggest test happened on Friday. After running 27km between 6-9am, I went straight to work (crazy me!?!?) and had a full work day of 10 hours – on my feet all day! I was wearing the Camari gear compression sleeves and you know what… It felt great! My legs actively recovered while I was working (and secretly stretching every chance I got lol)

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They also came along to my first trail run🙂 And it was bliss to be able to get oout of my muddy shoes and into these short sleeves and my flip flops. I totally love the fact that your toes are not covered like my other short compression socks. It allows me to wear flip flops after my run and also i never liked it when my toes were “compressed”😉

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So here is my rating:

material: 10/10 – it feels soft and doens’t make my legs itch

compression: 9/10 – I got myself the medium size and it was a little too tight but I think it ‘ll stretch a little and it’ll feel better after a while.

price: 10/10 – great value for money!

OVERALL: 9.5/10

You can get the sleeves on Amazon here and here. Also you can follow them on Twitter🙂

Disclaimer: I didn’t get paid for this review but I did receive FREE products. All opinions are my own. I am not a licensed personal trainer neither a sports specialist or a medical doctor. 

I hope you guys have an awesome rest of the week!!!

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