Archive for the ‘Equipment’ Category

Let’s take stock. My last run was about 3 months ago. The sun was shining, and my only dilemma was which pair of shorts to wear. In the meantime, the only part of marathon training I have been able to keep up with is calorie intake. It’s not all bad news. I joined the new […]

Recent events have caused me to augment my default selection of training routes. It started when I signed up for the Seven Hills of Edinburgh race. After the Rock’n’Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon was cancelled, I had been looking for another race to fill the void. Initially I dismissed the Seven Hills race as an option […]

Saturday morning. The morning after arriving back from Tokyo. Tired and stiff, I wanted a run to eradicate the long flight from my legs. I did not fancy any of my usual routes and I wanted to try something new. A quick search provided the perfect answer – the Traprain Law hill race. Only a […]

Cold Weather Gear Predicament

Posted: 18th November 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment
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It is not winter yet, officially. But here in Edinburgh, it certainly feels like it. When I think about it, I have not done winter running before. When I started running again in 2012, I conveniently stopped in September, tried to start again in January (and thought, that’s cold, let’s wait a while) and really […]

Foam Rolling – There’s Nothing Foamy About It

Posted: 29th September 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment, Medical
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Every now and again my twitter feed gets illuminated with a message from a runner just about to head off for a session with a foam roller. It always used to prompt two questions in my mind. What is a foam roller? How painful could foam rolling be? After all, it’s like foamy and you […]

The Positive Impact of Negative Ions?

Posted: 17th September 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment, Inspiration
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About a year and a half ago I started running again. Around the same time, and on impulse, I purchased a negative ion band because I thought it would look cool. Since then I have run more often and further than I ever did before, shed several kilos and recorded PBs for most distances. So, […]

New Runners – Aug 2013

Posted: 26th August 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment
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Early last year I was staring to get into running. I hadn’t entered any races yet, but I had caught the bug and was starting to put in regular training runs. My “normal” run was 5K and my “long” run was 10K. I ran in kilometres back then. My run frequency increased when my family […]

Time to Step it Up

Posted: 20th August 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment, Training Plan
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I started this whole thing off in April this year, when I set myself a goal to run a marathon in under 4 hours. I have been happy with progress so far. Three half marathon races and a couple of 10Ks are now under my belt, and I am clocking around 100 miles per month […]

I recently ran two half marathons, both of which had long on-road sections and policies on the use of headphones. The Dundee Half Marathon (Half DRAM) pre-race notes stated no headphones. When the race organiser was asked to clarify whether headphones could be used in certain circumstances, he confirmed that it was at the runners […]

Face Off: Garmin vs Nike+

Posted: 16th May 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment
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<                  vs                  > In the red corner, the reigning champion – iPhone 4GS with Nike+ Running app, Sennheiser neckband headphones and an upper arm iphone pouch. In the blue corner, the challenger – Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS watch with […]