Joining Reebok for the London Marathon

I’m delighted to announce that I will be joining Team Reebok as a Reebok Floatride Ambassador for this years London Marathon.

I ran London last year, and it was one of my favorite marathons ever, so I was disappointed to miss out in the ballot this year. Reebok and The Running Bug saved the day however, and I look forward to working with my coach Shaun Dixon over the next few weeks to get in shape for London!

I am also looking forward to trying out the new Reebok Floatride shoes for the marathon, and letting you know how they perform.

Better get back on the training wagon!

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Kinematix TUNE Giveaway!

I have been using the very clever Kinematix TUNE for a few months now, and am constantly amazed at the amount of information it gives on the biomechanics of my running, and how to improve them.

Kinematix have very kindly given me a TUNE, for one of my readers. Simply pop onto the RandRuns Facebook page, and tell me in one sentence what you think TUNE could best help improve in your running. I’ll pick the best one on Friday December 23rd – just in time for Christmas! Terms & Conditions below.

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Terms and Conditions:
One entry per reader
Entry is by posting a comment on the RandRuns Facebook page
Prize is a Kinematix TUNE, supplied by Kinematix directly to the winner
No substitutions of the prize
Judges decision is final

The Jimmycase

 

After a recent incident where my iPhone fell out of my belt while running, and smashed into a lot of expensive pieces on the road, I decided that it might be a good idea to use a protective case with the new one. Although I don’t usually carry my phone when running, I sometimes need to if I have to be reachable, and I will be carry it more often now when I am using the Kinematix TUNE.

To this end, I have tried the Jimmycase, an American-made protective phone case that is made from the slightly unusual combination of silicon rubber and mahogany.

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Despite the inclusion of the bulky-sounding mahogany, the case is quite compact, and incorporates an elasticated cardholder on the back. It looks great, and, having dropped my phone a few times since I’ve gotten it, I can confirm it protects well too!

I discovered an advantage to the silicon rubber casing that I doubt was part of the design brief – I accidently left my phone on my car roof one day after a run, and drove the 4 miles home, at speeds of up to 60 mph, and when I got out of the car at home, there was my phone still on the roof……I don’t recommend you try this yourself though!

All in all, I’m very happy with the Jimmycase, and would be happy to recommend it to runners, or anyone else who needs a case that can take a few knocks and protect your phone – the card holder is also handy for those long runs where you forgot to bring water and need to buy some.

CBS The Green 5k and 3k Run

If you are anywhere near Tralee on Sunday September 25th, come along to The Green School, beside Tralee Town Park, and take part in the CBS The Green School 5k or 3k. The run is being organised by CBS teachers Helen Kelliher and Karen Tobin to raise funds towards the construction of an all-weather pitch. Entry is just €10 for adults, and €5 for students and children. You can enter at the school the day before, or on the morning of the run, and there are lots of activities for younger kids going on, and the run is suitable for all abilities, including walkers. My eldest attends CBS The Green, and is looking forward to the pitch being finished, so he’ll be there, as will I, as long as I survive the 24 Hour Endurance Race, which finishes an hour before this starts. I hope to see lots of you there!

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Kerry 24 Hour Endurance Race

My next race will be the Kerry 24 Hour Endurance Race. This will be a big test of where I am mentally and physically after my travails in the 100k, and I’m really looking forward to it (though I wish I’d more training done!). The race was originally scheduled to take place on a running track, but has been moved to Tralee Town Park, where the Tralee parkrun takes place. This move could be interesting, and will certainly be more scenic!

The course consists of 0.75 mile laps of the park, and it starts at 12pm on Saturday, September 24th, and ends, not surprisingly, 24 hours later, at 12pm on Sunday.
If you are in the area, and aren’t up for running it, be sure to drop in and give us some encouragement.

There are 12 hour and 6 hour versions running at the same time. I’ve a feeling I’ll be very envious of those runners on the day! I believe there are still places available through Run The Kingdom for anyone interested.

My eldest son’s school, CBS The Green, which is adjacent to the park, is organising a fundraising 5k starting at 1pm on the Sunday, with registration available at the school – I’m considering entering it – surely an hours rest will be enough for a 5k……

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Karkoa Tepee Sports Bag Review

I was sent a Karkoa Tepee sports bag recently, with a view to trying it out as a triathlon bag.

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My first impression was that the bag was a really interesting and innovative design – a lot of thought has obviously gone into it. It is a “duffle bag” style, and has lots of neat little design features.

It is laid out in several distinct and separate compartments, each of which has a specific purpose. These include a shoe compartment, an insulated bottle compartment, and various small pockets for holding all your gear. It also comes with a nifty little toiletries bag, and a waterproof bag for dirty clothes.

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I found the bag to be an ideal triathlon bag, as it is large enough to hold all the necessary gear, but small enough to carry into transition. The main compartment can easily carry the  wetsuit, tri suit, spare clothes, towel, helmet, etc. while the shoe compartment is big enough to take both my running shoes and my cycling shoes. There is separate compartments that I can use for goggles, number belt etc. so everything has a place – very important to reduce stress on triathlon day!

Although not designed specifically for triathlon, the Karkoa Tepee fills the requirements for a good tri bag very well. I’ve also used it for my marathons, and it is more than up to that job.

The quality looks great, with strong handles, and the interior material can be wiped clean.

Overall, I am impressed with this bag, and would recommend it – my hardest job is keeping it as my wife has taken a fancy to it!