All 68 entries tagged Sport
December 28, 2009
Writing about web page http://www.fitnessfootwear.com/c-63-new-balance.aspx
So guess one of the up sides of sharing random thoughts online is that you get the occasional interesting email... this year there have been 2 notable messages that have arrived via this blog:
1) a lovely thank you note from a complete stranger who had stumbled upon my way of creating Chocolate Guinness Cake and quite obviously enjoyed it :o)
2) an offer of freebie Saucony running shoes in return for a review, offer was April... to cut a very very long story short it was nearly July when a pair of New Balance 1063 running shoes finally arrived!?
230 miles later New Balance 1063s are worn in but not yet worn out, although they are not the most comfortable footwear... they have seen me through several long road runs including a new PB marathon time *yay* :o)
as long as the trim at breakover point doesn't give out - unlikely scenario.
Good to be able to mention that these running shoes are actually made in a small town in the Lake District - not many running shoes can claim British build!
October 19, 2009
Writing about web page http://www.lakelandtrails.org
Following a playful introduction to trail running via 2008 Ullswater Dirty Double found myself signing up for a full series of weekend trail running trips during 2009... my intro weekend had been a useful reckie trip, could go on & on about the electric atmosphere, fabulous people, awesome scenary, beer & partying... best stick with what NOT to wear on your feet... pulling out an old pair of slightly worn rugged trainers was possibly a touch crazy and hard work on the ankles!
So went shopping before embarking on 2009 Lakeland Trails series and went on to discover 4 great reasons to own Inov-8 Terroc 330s... Hawkeshead, Garburn, Derwentwater & Coniston :o)
Can't claim my new shoes turned me into a mountain goat but found under rocky trail conditions my feet could plant themselves with increased confidence. Cue much fun *boing* Also, they are soooo comfy and manage to stay put through boggy ground and sticky muddy fields too.
Back on road they proved to be a bit too "sticky" for long stretches on dry roads (think knee jarring) but in pouring rain they turned out to be roadie footwear of choice - gripping and wicking away excess water.
Trip to the seaside was taken in stride... turns out they cope with sand dunes and board walks too :o)
Lakeland trails ROCK
Looking forward to discovering more great reasons to own Inov-8 Terroc 330s :o)
September 15, 2009
Writing about web page http://www.comicrelief.com/donate/eddie
Eddie Izzard, fabulous comedian and absolute gentleman. Offical website claims
He is the first to admit that he gets well paid for talking total bollocks. The good pay is because unlike the bollocks most of us talk, it's funny.
Not previously known for his athleticism Eddie has done what he does best turned convention on it's head for the past few weeks he has been on an alternative UK tour doing a bit of running for charity. So now after 4 billion, correction, 42 marathons, he will have a party in Trafalgar Square * yay *
Update: job done time to sleep!
So how did this happen?
Eddie Iz told Sport Relief: I wanted to try to run around the whole of the UK. London to Cardiff to Belfast to Edinburgh and back to London, running through as many parts of the UK that lie in between our 4 capitals.
They said great. You're nuts.
Eddie Iz said yes but that never hurt.
Sport Relief said how far is this?
Eddie Iz said 1100 miles. I will try to run 30 miles a day for 6 days a week. It will probably take 7 weeks....
Along with many others (including over 1 million followers on Twitter) I have been following his steps with great and growing admiration for this truely awesome effort, here's how...
Twitter updates: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Running blog: Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Unoffical tracking site Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Facebook group Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Fetcheveryone FETCH talk at Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Video Diary updates - BBC 3 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 1 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 2 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 3 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 4 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 5 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 6 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Part 7 Link (roll over me to see where I go)
General Media stuff (personally think media have been quite quiet so far...)
GMTV Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Frank Skinner - Times Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Ice cream Borders welcome Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Times Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Mirror Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Cumbria Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Wales Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Surrey Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Daily Mail Link (roll over me to see where I go)
Been a while since I last experienced Eddie live stand up show but can highly recommend the experience and you might want to see a few clips of genius at work...
...cake or death Link (roll over me to see where I go)
...on Christopher Walken Link (roll over me to see where I go)
...death star canteen Link (roll over me to see where I go)
...being bilingual Link (roll over me to see where I go)
****btw WILL be seeing eddie again on my birthday ****
December 31, 2008
the year i discovered…
Anything is possible
found my challenge… UK Ironman... went for it… did it :o)
Had amazing support from family and friends, met so many fabulous new people on my journey and climbed a spectacularly steep learning curve… thanks to FETCH also managed to clock training miles along the way… totals for the year stand as follows:
- swimming (pool and open water) 98
- cycling (road and MTBing) 3521
- running (road/xc/fell) 570
So as someone who spent 2008 doing MORE stuff… especially eating lots to fuel the exercise!? this is my plea to anyone out there contemplating new year resolutions…
don’t resolve to give up stuff… instead resolve to do MORE good stuff :o)
Wishing everyone a fabulous and fun 2009! xx
October 05, 2008
Not sure ‘what happens after’ bit really occured to me… focused for so long on the BIG day and now it’s done…
...recovery started with me bouncing around on a crazy mad high rush of adrenalin * boing * * boing * * boing *
...then after several days noticed a niggling pain in my left knee which turned into a big ouch! when I hopped back on the bike to commute to work << deep sigh >> so forced to use motor to get to work – yuk :(
...on the plus side am keeping up swimming sessions with tri club a couple of times a week, going out with running club once a week and riding the nag most days so it’s not total down time!
Had hoped to run Kenilworth half this morning but put my ‘sensible hat’ on for a change and spectated instead :o)
Godiva half in a couple of weeks, entered, so will just have to see how my legs feel on the day!?