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Nikki's Guest Blog - The end of road marathons for me?

Bournemouth - is this the end of the road marathons for me?

Long distance running is what I do, it is what I love and the challenge that I set myself physically and mentally. Marathon running is a strange beast; some can go completely to plan while others can take you on a journey that seems far longer than half a day! It is the varied nature of these runs that keeps me going back for more and pushing myself each time with different goals. Sometimes my goal is to finish, other times it is to be a bit faster and this year at the start of Bournemouth marathon it was not to be sick! 

I ran two lovely trail marathons earlier in the year and enjoyed them both then April saw me at the start line for both Paris and London and both involved sickness which was particularly bad in Paris due to a combination of heat and fuel.  I then ran a 50-mile trail race and a 62-mile race with no issues. So with Bournemouth the aim of finishing marathon number 20 without the sickness that hits me on a road marathon.

The morning started well with sunshine and a light breeze and I chatted with a couple of friendly faces in the starting pen. Once we got going it kept getting hotter and hotter and I was glad of my visor and the fact that I was wearing my race vest with my own water with electrolytes and fuel. 

The route is really nice and the crowd support is great especially when you approach Bournemouth Pier for one of the out and back sections and you seem to hit a wall of sound.  This gave me a boost as I had just seen Mr eGlove and team and then my friend and her running club buddies.  I ran towards Boscombe Pier and was beginning to feel very hot and noticed I was covered in salt! I had a bit of a walk break along the pier and then ran back towards Bournemouth Pier.  By this time, I was seriously wondering what I was doing and whether the best thing to do would be to pull out. The hill after the pier found me having a slight retch over the side but I am not classing that as sick! I poured water over my head from the next stop and headed along the route.

Mile 18 or was it 19 and I sat down on the curb next to a brilliant marshal and had a cry! He asked me if I wanted transport and had I done a marathon before and I asked him how long was left so that I could work out if I could walk the rest! His encouragement and the sit down gave me a boost. A quick phone call to James with a cry and another offer of support from another marshal this one was on a bike and I was ready to go.

I zipped up the man/woman suit and got on with it and actually enjoyed the rest of the race. I started to incorporate a walk break for each mile which gave me a focus and I picked out people ahead of me to try and catch! Both of these things worked despite the sight of three runners needing pretty serious medical help along a section in front of some beach huts which is always a sobering sight.  I found myself actually smiling and singing along to the music playing in one of my headphones.  The steel band were fantastic and the sight of the pier was encouraging.  I found a runner in the last mile who is the daughter of my friend at work. She was having a bit of a moment so I said let’s run together to the end, it was a lovely way to finish the race as we saw James and her Mum and the sight of the finish was fantastic.

I have some lovely tan lines which is incredible for an October marathon, the beach was full of people having fun and swimming in the sea! We headed back to the car and a quick change and we were on our way home, job done, marathon 20 complete. The medal and the finishers shirt are great and I will wear the shirt as a little reminder to myself!

I found this marathon made me realise that my heart is in trail running and that tarmac is not for me! I enjoy seeing the fast runners and the crowds and the atmosphere of a road marathon is really special but I missed the varied terrain and the scenery and the quietness of a trail run.

Thanks for reading! 

Nikki x

Editors note - links for the Bournemouth Marathon are here

Running

Running Shoes - Never Assume!

There is a saying, never assume - because it makes an ass out of U and me...

Who'd have thought that would be true of running shoes?

About a year ago, I puchased some Saucony ISO Hurricane 2 running shoes - and I LOVED them! They were recommended to me by my friends at Absolute Running in Gosport - my local running shop (and stockist of eGlove running gloves). I do think they were probably a tiny bit small - they told me this, but I felt comfortable in them, and this didn't ever cause me major problems.

Anyway, I got to about 350 - 400 miles in them, and decided it was time for a change. By this time Saucony had brought out the Hurricane series 3 - and they came in eGlove colours!! Woohoo!! So, all I needed to do was order a 43 rather than a 42.5 and my love affair would grow... Right??

....WRONG!!!

I've found them adequate, but not great, nothing like my old ones - they have changed! I am sure that Saucony would argue that they are improved, but that's not how it feels! I wanted to be a convert, I wanted to say that I am a Saucony runner - but alas I cannot.

Turns out, this happens a lot - Hoka One One recently changed the Clifton and Challenger ATR - to improve it more padding in the tongue - which is great, but what happens if the previous padding was PERFECT for you?? A nightmare is what happens!!

So, what this means is that you really should go back to the treadmill in store EVERY time and look at the options available to you at the time... Maybe brand loyalty has to go out of the window??

What are your experiences of this?

Tough Mudder Review - Henley on Thames - May 2017

A long time ago, I was asked to be part of a team that did Tough Mudder. I am pretty sure I said no... This was obviously ignored, and in early May we trooped up to Henley on Thames to participate. Here is the story!

TOUGH and MUDDY. That's basically it, but read on...

One of my best mates, Dan, knows Linvoy Primus pretty well, and through Dan, I have met him a few times. Linvoy's a top bloke, and something of a legend in these parts having been a regular in the Portsmouth FC team throughout the noughties! Linvoy is heavily involved with a local charity - Faith and Football - which engages with less privileged kids through football and Christianity. You don't need to be religious to appreciate the work they do, and they have made a massive difference to the lives of many people. Linvoy was often known as the nicest man in football - it's easy to see why! Anyway, the long and short of it was that the Tough Mudder was to be done for the charity, and like it or not, I was in!!

At this point, I was pretty relaxed, I had recently done the Great South Run, a couple of Half Marathons and a few 10k's. I'd been skiing and I was pretty fit. Oh well, why not, I thought... Trouble was, for a variety of reasons my fitness dropped off leading up to the event, and I was concerned!!

Tough Mudder is nearly 12 miles of hills, mud, and 20+ obstacles. It's a lot of fun, but it's really tough (as the name suggests!). It's a team event really, and it was a team I was joining!

The "Tuff Brudderz" was our group, and along with a couple of Tuff Sisterz, we headed off to Henley on Thames for our day. Conditions were great - cool and dry.

Nath, Linvoy, Sam, Floyd, Steve, Ali, Dan, Paul, Becky, Me, Gary, Steve and Duke!

Nath, Linvoy, Sam, Floyd, Steve, Ali, Dan, Paul, Becky, Me, Gary, Steve and Duke!

We'd all chipped in for a tshirt, and of course, I donated eGloves! It was XTREME's and Sport's for a small donation to Faith and Football. They are actually an important part of the kit as it turns out!

We got to the event went through the check in paraphernalia, and lined up in our start pen. You are released in waves to try and spread everyone out over the course so you aren't hanging around too much - which works up to a point, but there are delays in certain places!!

Some of the obstacles are easy, some are fairly easy but unpleasant, but most of them are somewhere between tough and close to impossible (for me anyway!!). Noteworthy are; Arctic Enema - this involves sliding into a massive skip of ice and water! It is unbelievably disorientating, you feel numb and as you have to submerge yourself fully it messes with your thinking! Shock Therapy is the electrocution bit, and the best known obstacle - and it hurts!! (Unsurprisingly!! Haha!!). There are loads of 'em - The Block Ness Monster, Mud Mile, Hero Carry, Pyramid Scheme and Everest, to name a few...

All in all, the more time that passes, the more I recall the event fondly! I'm not sure I would do another, although I am under a bit of pressure to do so! It's a definite tick in the box though... :-)

If you get talked into doing one, here is my list of tips!

Good Luck!!

Notes and tips:

  • Traffic - leave plenty of time to get to the venue - we were in Henley and traffic was terrible!
  • VIP parking is REALLY convenient!
  • Trail Shoes are better than normal running shoes - you'll need the grip.
  • Quick drying clothing is essential...
  • Base layer with long sleeves and run tights are best - I wore shorts and ripped my knees up a bit - wish I'd worn some Absolute 360 run tights!
  • Wear your eGlove XTREME's - these are ideal as they dry quickly and give you protection...
  • Change or clothes - you WILL be filthy!

Snowsport, Wintersport

Keeping Warm when Skiing or Snowboarding

With my own trip to Val Thorens coming soon (leave on Friday night - ridiculously excited!), I started getting a few bits together, and have been thinking about what to wear. Val Thorens is high - 3200m at the top - and temperatures have been as low as -17C in the last few weeks, so keeping warm is vital if you want to enjoy the slopes...

In this blog, I'll share some of the techniques through which you can keep your body warm. For those with a short attention span, here's the key thing;
Layer Up
The most common approach to this is 3-layer rule of layering. Layering gives you the adaptability to include or remove layers, based upon the climate conditions (which can change quickly) and your movement level. These are the layers that you will need to wear: 

1. Wicking / Base Layer
This is the layer worn alongside your skin, most often a long sleeve top and pair of "long-johns" which come with an abundance of high tech names . Search for warm clothing made of a manufactured - more often than not polyester - fibre that has "wicking" control. This implies the strands will wick (move) dampness far from your skin and go it through the texture so it will dissipate. This keeps you warm, dry and comfortable. The one "don't" is cotton really - as comfortable as it is, it absorbs moisture, becomes damp and that dampness can get cold... and despite the fact that it's icy, you will sweat! So look for a technical fabric with wicking - most of the high street stores do this type of base layer, my preferred options:  

Personal favourites are my Big Crocodile top - very comfy, warm and technical fabric - and Absolute 360 Infrared leggings - these are genius, AND warm! Both of these brands are also small UK businesses, like us - so that's even better!! Links are at the end of this post - why not go check them out??

2. Protecting Layer
This centre layer (or layers!!) is where fleece tops and/or down are found. The thinking here is that more layers are better than 1 thick layer in order to keep warm in and icy out, which they do by catching air between the fibres. I tend to go with fleece as a start point and add a down or fleece gilet if it's really cold. Again, these are in plentiful supply - I personally have a few different models - Jack Wolfskin being my preferred brand. I also have a couple of Uniqlo Ultra Light Down gilets (oh and coats - great for warmer blue sky ski days!!). There is always one in my backpack!

3. Security Layer
The outside layer, for the most part a shell jacket and trouser combination and jeans, are crucial. They need to be waterproof to resist snow, slush or (please no) rain and have some form of windstopper membrane, at the same time there needs to be breathability giving moisture a chance to vanish. I've got some great O'Neill kit that I have had the eGlove logo added to (of course). For me they represent the perfect mix of look, quality, performance and price! I've always had a soft spot for O'Neill - I used to have some ski gear of thiers in the 90's... In fact, it's probably in the loft and fashionable again now... ;-)

At this point we get onto peripherals!! Head, neck, hands and feet...

For the neck, I wear a buff/snood style neckwarmer. For me, it's more about keeping the wind off, and I've always scarves too warm (although, you guessed it, the Uniqlo HEATTECH scarf is AMAZING!) so I have a specially made Giraffe eGlove branded version - It's great for running, walking, cycling, and of course snowsports!! Soon to be available on the website! :-)

For Your Head
We all wear helmets these days don't we? 'Nuff said. Seriously though, don't risk not wearing a lid - an earlier blog talks about the dangers of hear injury. For apres, eGlove have always LOVED a Zaini, and the Melrose is packed and ready to go for next week!!

Hands
Least surprising part of this blog! Gloves!! Keeping your hands warm is one of the most important thing while doing skiing or snowboarding. With eGlove, all of our Ski gloves and Snowboard gloves are touchscreen compatible without removing the gloves - this extra dexterity means that you are able to use devices and do zips with warm gloved hand cosiness! Our ski glove range has been tested down to -20C and below - and keep your hands warm and dry in the toughest conditions... Some people though have their own preferred glove or mitt option - so we also do a  touchscreen glove that can be used as a liner glove. These are a great option and liner gloves have always been a great idea for people who suffer with cold hands. UNTIL 9TH FEBRUARY 2017 THERE IS 20% OFF WITH CODE SNOW20 !! 

SNOWSPORT - HERE

Feet
Clearly you'll need either ski boots or snowboard boots. What goes under them is similarly as vital, and when selecting socks, comfort and warmth is key! My faves are some Salomon socks I picked up at TKMaxx of all places - warm and comfortable = happy! Sometimes, it's worth remembering that poorly fitting boots may actually be the issue rather than the socks - always make sure you have a pair of boots that don't restrict bloodflow and give your toes a little wriggle room!!

Hope this helps you have the best winter sport holiday possible!! Got any secrets to share? We'd welcome your comments!!

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