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http://mustangcipowebaruhaz.hu/?sisd=options-bineaire-con-simulatore&db5=c8 So I completed the Summer Wolf Run in Stanford Hall, Leicester this weekend which was tricky but good! The Wolf Run (Wolf stands for Woods, Obstacles, Lakes and Fields) is a running event which is 10k filled with wading through mud, crawling through trees, swimming through water, and climbing over obstacles and running! There is the opportunity to bring your family members to watch and there are loads of food stalls to get your burger and pint after the race and amusements to keep the kids entertained! To enter in the Wolf Run, you sign up online and collect your race number on the day once you have handed in your disclaimer form. There is a key drop for your car keys and a bag drop for those that travelled by public transport. If you complete each Wolf Run (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) then you get the Alpha Wolf Medal and shirt. Once you have completed the Wolf Run, you receive a goody bag consisting of a Wolf Run shirt, water bottle and a Cliff bar snack before you run off to the shower facilities to get the worse of the mud off!

The obstacles

here I cannot remember all of them but here is a list of what to expect if you run one:

  • Crawling through overgrowth
  • Climbing obstacles ranging from climbing walls to the climbing nets.
  • Mud swamps (lots of them)
  • Swimming in open water and a lake
  • Wading through ditches
  • Climbing over tyres
  • Crawling through a tube

The training and my Wolf Run experience

http://melroth.com/?komp=opzioni-binarie-grafico-in-tempo-reale-gratis&91f=fb I hadn’t trained much beforehand because my knee was so sore, so running was swapped for swimming. I could tell there was something up with my knee because I could feel it clicking loads in the pool! As I am not a strong swimmer, the swimming did not replace the running like for like in terms of fitness. And my god I could tell that I had lost some of that fitness.

go to link Regarding my experience of the Wolf Run, I have literally no upper arm strength and that is where I struggled as there was a lot of wading through mud swamps and oh my god that mud was horrendous. Everyone was getting stuck, it felt like quicksand, I literally had guys pulling me up onto the log. At one point I nearly fainted I think it was just with all of the adrenaline and maybe the shock of being stuck in the mud for so long threw me a bit. After walking 2k and missing a couple of obstacles for my own safety and so I could gain some strength back I was off again. I did miss the two swimming ones just because I am a weak swimmer and I didn’t want to put myself or anyone else that would have to rescue me in danger. The race was well thought out with obstacles spaced out evenly giving you the chance to recover from a few of the tougher obstacles. The obstacles were various levels of challenging with the chance to run round if you didn’t feel up to it.

So what did I learn from completing the Wolf Run?

  • For gawddd sake don’t take any valuables. It was a last minute thing for me to take of my engagement ring and I am glad I did as that would have been long gone in the mud.
  • Running and obstacle running are two different things. Obstacle running requires a lot of upper arm strength, something I didn’t really think about until I was actually running the course. I would recommend putting in some upper strength training before the run.
  • I don’t think it is a beginners or a fun run like Pretty Muddy (but it isn’t timed so you can take your time). Personally I would get some fitness in as it will help you in the long run.
  • Wear old clothes, yes the mud did wash off after putting on the washing machine TWICE but since you will be crawling through trees.

http://www.backclinicinc.com/?jixer=ebook-sul-trading-free&082=3d Have you done a Wolf Run?

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http://celebritysex.cz/?triores=dating-agency-sa-login&f8b=4b If you read this blog often you will know that I was going to run the Birmingham International Marathon in October and I was documenting it on my little corner of the internet. I was so excited to run the Birmingham International Marathon, I had ran the half last year and I also work in Birmingham so it really meant something to me. I didn’t just want to run a marathon in a random place that I didn’t care about.

christian singles dating australia However unfortunately the Birmingham International Marathon has been cancelled. It was cancelled due to ongoing building and road works. I was gutted when on the same day the Stafford Half Marathon was rescheduled due to poor weather.

enter Turns out it was probably for the best, before the cancellations I had been off sick the last week with a very bad cold. I am not usually off sick with a cold but I just felt terrible. The next week after I was off sick again and since then I have just been ill. I have an upper respiratory tract infection, which is just a fancy name for a cold but my lungs are painful, my glands hurt and I generally feel unwell.

http://bodowlaw.com/?biopeme=forum-su-opzioni-digitali&264=17 I have not been able to exercise for over a month now, in a way it is a good thing the marathon has been cancelled as it would have seriously dented my training schedule. Due to this I have also decided to not run the Stafford Half Marathon. Again something I am gutted about, but I am just not fit enough and I really do not want to get ill again.

dating 35 yr old man I have been asked whether I will run another marathon but I am not sure now. I have other projects that I am currently completing but what is most important is that I want to run on a route that means something to me. I haven’t even started looking at other marathon’s yet because I feel so poorly the last thing I want is to look at marathons.

However I do have some challenges lined up, I have put my name in the ballot for the 40 mile RideLondon, I am also going to do the Wolf Run in June. I am still going to do the Great North Run and Great Birmingham 10k. I am going to try and cycle a lot more by going out on my mountain and road bikes.

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Since I have last written my post the running has fallen by the wayside a bit. I was constantly tired as my legs were constantly aching. The weather really stared to grind at me, the coldness was just getting at me. Cross training at the gym increased as I wanted to keep my fitness up. Then last week, I was just disinterested in exercise, I would usually do at least 5k on the treadmill. Then I just caught the worse cold in the world –  which has just wiped me out and has kept me wiped out since. I had to run to catch my train the other day and I noticed a difference in my lung capacity. I was embarrassed!

As my half marathon is next week, I am getting worried about it. I know I will run it but it was meant to be a test of my training and fitness up until this point. It won’t be an accurate reflection and I am gutted about that.

Food and the marathon training community

In terms of food, again in that department it has slipped. I have been trying to live a more vegetarian lifestyle. At home I have really kept that up but at work it has slipped, I bring tonnes of food in but once that has gone I struggle to get anything that doesn’t have diary in. In the last post I also said I would spend time looking at twitter feeds for other people in my position who are running their first marathon. I haven’t done that because I have been busy with my blog. Hopefully next week I will be back on track and have something more positive to report.

Hey everyone,

After a two week break (I have been on my jollies!) I am finally back with a new post.

A few weeks ago USN* very kindly contacted me and sent me through loads of their new products to try out. being a fitness fanatic myself of course I couldn’t wait to try them out. I knew USN as a brand through cycling as Emily Kay one of GB’s cyclists used to be on their cycling team years back. I also like USN’s ethos of #challengeyourself and it is especially fitting for me as although I regularly exercise I haven’t focused on my diet too much but since I am trying to tone up it has come at the perfect time.

As I have only had about two weeks testing ( I have been away for two weeks) today is going to focus on the taste of the products and how I have found them so far. At the end of the month I will focus on the if I have noticed any changes in the way I perform as I get ready for the Cannock Chase 10k and will have a long stretch of training with no holidays!

Tub of USN BCAA Power Punch

USN Core Series BCAA+ Power Punch

Admittedly, this was the product I was dreading trying the most. I am not keen on blue raspberry myself and it took a good week after I was trying everything else to face up to it. I even brought some Vimto to dilute the taste if needed! The taste is surprisingly good, it reminds me of those bubblegum lollies I used to eat when I was a kid. Although I will finish the product through testing I prefer BCAA in a tablet form so I can drink less fluid.

USN B4 Burn

B4 Burn Thermogenic Pre-Workout

I love, love, LOVE this product, I was sent the pink lemonade flavour and it tastes so good! I use it just before workouts to help increase my energy through workouts. It says to drink it half an hour before, but I found it to be too strong and felt sick half way through the circuit session. Therefore now I drink it up to an hour before.

USN Whey Protein

USN Essentials Dynamic Whey

I use whey so was most confident with this product. I usually use the Hi5 Whey as I like the taste (although I did love the USN Pro Recover Chocolate flavour however it seems as if they have discontinued it) so I was interested in seeing if it beat Hi5. Unfortunately as first I was gutted, it was a choir to get down my throat and was dreading having another 20 servings to get through me. However I seemed to have got used to the taste so it isn’t as bad now.

All of the above products came with a scoop in the tub/ packet which is super handy.

USN Creatine

USN Creatine Micronized Powder

I had never come across Creatine before so after a Google I found out that it helps in increasing the intensity of the workout which will help increase muscle mass. As I am also cutting out carbohydrates this means I am losing energy. Creatine helps with offsetting this.  Win – Win! It is tasteless, which is great as I am going to add it with water and drink it throughout the day at work.

USN Metal Pink Shaker

USN Stainless Steal Shaker

I already had a shaker that I brought myself from USN however this one is just lush. The metal means it is less likely to break than the plastic shakers. It was a welcome relief when I was exercising in the hot weather to pour cold water in the metal with the shaker helping keep my hands cool.

USN Plastic Shaker

USN Plastic Pink Shaker

A smaller version of my plastic blue shaker, there is not much I can say about it myself other than it is a tough durable shaker.

Have you tried USN products? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

  • I was very kindly sent these products by USN to review. All opinions are my own. 

 

Rebecca Merchant with her Go Tri medal

A post I can now finally write, I completed a triathlon today! I never thought I would say this. I COMPLETED a triathlon! I never had an interest in completing in a triathlon before but when my friend asked me to join her for the one in Stoke, I thought ‘why not’. So…

How did I find it?

It was hard! When I parked up, I was quietly confident that I would be able to do it. Purely because I do a 5k run most weeks on parkrun, I had practiced swimming ten lengths at my local pool and I do quite a bit of cycling so didn’t think it would be too rough. The instructions were clear on where I had to go and the race marshall’s explained everything really well. The triathlon started with the swim. The swimming I went quite hard in. When I got out of the pool to do the bike ride, wearing the TriSuit I felt so exposed it felt like I was running naked. Soon I was off cycling, cycling took me down the A34 which was quite busy!  Luckily for me it was a sunny day which was drying the TriSuit nicely.

After dumping my bike I finished with the run. That part was the worst for me, my legs felt like jelly as they had gone from being used to pedalling to suddenly having to run! At this point each directional marker was a marker for me to aim to pass. I felt my breathing feel really heavy. I remember at one point I was thinking ‘do a triathlon, I said, it will be fun, I said‘. I also remember that feeling when I ran down the hill to find out I had to do a second lap. Awful! I was so determined to get that finisher’s medal and that feeling when I got it just cancelled out all of the pain.

Did I train for the triathlon?

Yes I did! Although it was a beginners triathlon, I didn’t want to go into it completely blind. I attended as many parkrun’s as possible for the running and the week before I managed to get a free week’s gym membership at my local leisure centre. So I used the pool there all of the time to test myself on the lengths. Funnily enough although I would say cycling is my strongest sport, I didn’t do much cycling leading up to the race. However, I was constantly attending circuit training at G-Force in Stafford so I was constantly being active.

What did I wear?

This part was the part I was most nervous about. After spending a bargain £12 on entry, I didn’t want to spend £30 on a TriSuit. I emailed Gold Events who were hosting the Stoke-on-Trent triathlon and they said that you could wear a swimsuit. The thought of running in my swimsuit did not appeal to me, so I got on ebay and got a cheap suit for £20. I chucked on a long armed cycling jersey and just used my usual trainers.

Would you do another one?

I would! Gold Events are running three in the Stoke-on-Trent area and if you attend all three you get a special shirt which is what I would quite like to aim for. I would also like to train a bit more and see if I can improve on my time.

Rebecca with her bike and medal at Go Tri in Stoke

How do I get involved?

Go Tri is approved by Triathlon England and its ethos is for the triathlon to be accessible for all. See all events by accessing there website here.