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 !!!
After a great week of training i was looking at trying to get a good time on my usual 3 mile route. Last weekend i had a nightmare. It was like i had never run before in my life. So today i gave it some effort. I was sick at the 2 mile point. I haven't been sick on a run for years and this was a great big kick up the arse. I need to train more and harder, simple as that.
Nike Air Pegasus the original we’re the first “cor blimey these are bloody expensive” trainers I bought way back in the old days. They really were different to anything I had owned before. I certainly haven’t owned loads of pairs over the years because I really do quite literally run them into the ground until they are falling apart. I’ve been told not to do this but when you look at where that advice is coming from it will inevitably be linked back to a marketing guy or one of the big company’s who sell this stuff….of course.
Anyway these trainers below the PT-1000 developed by the Physical Training Corps of the British Army are outclassing anything I have ever owned including the good old Nike Air Pegasus. I’ve had these well over a year now and they’re still solid and comfortable providing support and stability like it was the first week of owning them. I’m gonna try and get my hands on another pair as soon I can before they become as elusive as the classics.
Keep up the pace with help from Healthspan’s glucosamine HCl supplement
When the winter weather eases and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds there is nothing better than digging out those trainers, putting in your headphones and going for a run. Up and down the country runners will head out to their local parks, attempting to break personal records and setting new goals.
Over time those morning runs could have a large impact on your joints, causing them to ache and become inflamed. However, including Healthspan’s glucosamine supplement in your diet could help prevent your joints from deteriorating and allow you to continue enjoying the sport you love.
What is glucosamine?
Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino acid produced by your body. As Stephanie Smith, sports specialist physiotherapist and owner of Pea Green Physio explains: “It is a building block for the production of proteins and lipids required for building the tough connective tissue called hyaline cartilage (the cartilage that protects and cushions the ends of bones in joints).”
As you grow older your body produces less glucosamine. This means the strain running puts on your joints could cause them to deteriorate and become inflamed. “In joints, the cartilage wears away and you get a thinning of the joint surfaces that results in bone on bone contact which can lead to crepitus (clicking and ‘gritty’ feeling in the knees), swelling, pain and limited range of motion,” says Stephanie. “Supplementing with glucosamine may help rebuild and regenerate the worn down cartilage benefiting the joint with rejuvenated cartilage, a reduction in joint swelling, pain and stiffness.”
Prevention of osteoarthritis
This wear and tear in the joints could lead to a common condition known as osteoarthritis (OA). “Osteoarthritis is a progressive natural degeneration or wear and tear of the joint surfaces as a result of high-impact, long-term overuse of the joint,” explains Stephanie. “Adding a glucosamine supplement to your daily diet may be particularly beneficial if you have a chronic joint condition, such as osteoarthritis,” she says.
A regular intake of Healthspan’s glucosamine could help slow down the development of arthritis in the joints. Healthspan has the UK’s largest range of glucosamine supplements with 11 expertly formulated products. Almost the entire range includes 40% more glucosamine per gram than glucosamine sulphate. What’s more, Healthspan use only the purest natural ingredients derived from a sustainable corn base. Their products are all 100% allergen and shellfish free too so, unlike many supplements which source their glucosamine from crabs and lobsters, Healthspan’s are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. It is no surprise then over half-a-million people chose Healthspan’s glucosamine and joint care products in 2012.
I’m going to start taking my camera out with me more often on the runs I do, up here in this part of the kingdom in order to post some routes on this new website. “Running Routes” arrived on the running scene recently and it really is worth highlighting. “Running Routes” is a site where you can upload and share your favourite routes.
After a quick registration (no long forms or DNA samples needed) you can start plotting your routes using a Google maps like interface. A simple matter of clicking along the desired location with the site updating the distance as you go along. It’s not fiddly and it takes a few moments to complete. A nice feature is the ability to add photos and attach the thumbnail to that part of the route where it was taken. You can also add notes giving you the ability to point out some hidden gems along the way or areas to avoid of course. Like most of these things it’s as good as the data that’s put in. The simplicity of it all makes it a bookmark and indeed a tool I can see myself using a lot.
If you have a run or jog that you want to share this is a great place to get that information up there and displayed in a quality way. Great stuff and one of those sites that can only get better with more of us runners using it.
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