Archive for March, 2013


In previous years, by this point of the year, it is possible to venture out in little more than a vest/t-shirt and shorts without thinking twice.
Unfortunately, this year is proving to be a completely different kettle of fish altogether, as the recent poor weather has meant that I am stuck wearing at least three layers for the foreseeable future!
Rather than staying at home feeling sorry for myself at the fact that I can’t show off more of my pasty white skin, I thought I would use the cold weather to my advantage.
You may find it hard to believe, but exercising outdoors is one of the most effective cold & flu prevention methods, as frequent exercise in cold-weather conditions will actually boost your immune-system.
  • Another benefit of cold weather training is that your body has to expend additional energy (calories) in order to keep you warm; specifically in the form of brown fat. Cold weather exercise is notoriously good at activating brown fat stores, which are more effective at burning calories than your normal fat stores, which roughly equates to an additional 500 calories burned per day. An ice cold shower in the morning produces a similar effect.
  • Another benefit is that exercising outdoors can counteract the brain’s dramatic dip in feel-good chemicals as a result of the short days and long nights; this is achieved through an increased production of serotonin in your brain.
  • It has also been clinically proven that running is four times more effective at reducing the symptoms of depression when compared to anti-depressants.
  • Finally, running in wintry conditions means that your body is actually being trained to use oxygen more efficiently, which will come in handy the next time you are 10 miles into a half-marathon.
Unfortunately, all this is only true if you make sure you are adequately wrapped up against the elements. If you take to the streets in a skimpy vest and pair of shorts in this weather, then you are asking for trouble; it is vital to layer up, which will help to keep your muscles warm and reduce the risk of injury.
If you must wear a skimpy vest, at least wear a thin layer underneath, such as a base layer from Helly Hansen. In my opinion, Outwood Sports stocks a wide range of Helly Hansen base layers in a range of colours and sizes. Alternatively, a lightweight Helly Hansen Jacket over the top of your running gear will be just as effective.
So, there you have it, I have just given you 5 less reasons for not going for a run in this weather – don’t shoot the messenger!
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Jack Wolfskin Waterproof

I got ask to try a bit of kit out from this site. I chose the Jack Wolfskin jacket. While waiting around for a race to start i admit i do get small pleasure watching my fellow competitors shivering and suffering before they have even started (I'm shallow like that)

Anyway i have invested in good kit for the pre race hang out and likewise the post race stuff. This jacket i have used 4 times now and once in quite a downpour. I suppose the basic test is , does it keep you dry ?…….yes it does and does it breath?………yes it does and finally but not so important does it look good?………yes it does. Plenty of very cool top of the range stuff for runners on a great site to use.

Quality gear and it does the job.



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Adidas Boost

I was a bit peeved that Haile Gebrselassie got his free pair of Adidas boost before me. What has he ever done for running? :)

Anyway. So i have run about 26 miles (not in one go i might add) and i found the claim that they bounce back higher than other trainers hard to prove in normal everyday running but they are comfortable and they did not give any sore points which i usually get from new trainers especially on the left toe.
I personally don’t think they look great but that’s just an aesthetic thing and not so important on my list of priorities for a trainer. Ny daughter thinks they look “well cool” what do i know hey? One other small gripe is that i found the sizes to be wrong. When i opened the box it said they were size 11. When i tried them on i found they were quite snug. Now my feet haven’t swollen up and my other size 10 trainers fit perfectly fine unless i got a beta version of the trainers i can see that being a bit of a problem down the line so to speak.



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The Worst Place To Run In The World

A lot is made of the best place to run in the World but what about the worst?  The UK has to have a lot of candidates. I have lived and worked in some of the roughest places in the North but there is no place in the whole world worse than my shed to run. I have had a treadmill in there for about 5 months now. I do have some good sessions (on the treadmill) but i went for a run on it tonight (pissing down outside) and i was about 2 miles in, i looked around and just kind of made a pffffuuuckk!! noise in reaction to how crap it is in there.

I mean look at it !!!


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