If you want to set a goal that you’ll see right through to the end, make sure it excites you.
In this short video I talk about how to connect with your heart and emotions and find out what really lights you up. That way you’ll be fired up for your training… no matter how terrible the weather!
Are you stuck in a running rut?
Are you training hard… but not seeing the improvements you want?
An Up & Running makeover could be just the ticket!
Read on for how you could win 3 months coaching with Julia…
When I was a young teenager in the 70’s I was a magazine addict. Each month I’d eagerly await the latest issues of my favourites to hit the newsstand. It wasn’t so much about the information within but a desperate hope that someone would write about a magic formula to help me through my teen years unscathed.
Looking at those cover lines it’s clear not much has changed in forty years!
My favourite feature in Glamour (and later in Shape) was the makeover. Whether it was a clothing or diet I’d study every detail of what they’d done to the lucky reader, choosing which changes to replicate. I’d reinvent my dinner menu or experiment with a new exercise. In hindsight I was studying for my future career!
Runners are always asking me what they can do to improve. Sometimes they say they’ve tried everything, other times they say they’ve no idea where to start. Introducing… The Up & Running Makeover!
Everyone is welcome to apply – it doesn’t matter what speed or distance you run, or whether you’re a beginner or seasoned runner. You only need:
For the lucky makeover-ee (!) you’ll receive three months of online coaching with me, Julia Jones. I’ll take you by the hand and guide you towards your makeover goal, with:
As with Shape or Glamour, we’ll also check in with the lucky runner each month by means of a short and sweet email interview which will be posted here on the blog. Yes, revitalised running and fame awaits you!
Are you ready for a running makeover? To apply just fill in the form after the jump to tell us all about yourself and your running aspirations. Entries close 7AM GMT on Wednesday 4 March. Bring it on!
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Worldwide 5K! Julia and I were in London celebrating the book with some of the awesome Up & Running gang and it brought even more sparkle to the day to see your photos coming in from around the world. We especially thank you given the extremes of weather going on that day, from red hot Oz to the snowy white north.
The winners as drawn from the random.org number generator were: Ang, Celia, Honor, Jilanna, Maura, Minna, Tessa and Tracy.
If you’re keen for more 5K action, we’ve opened up registration for the Spring 5K Course. It starts Monday 9 March and will be the only live group 5K Course for 2015, as we need to free up the calendar a wee bit to write our mega new Marathon course. You can nab your spot right here!
When the people at Airia contacted us to ask my opinion of their running shoe I admit I scrambled to Google. I’d heard about this Swedish company that was making a new running shoe but hadn’t seen the shoe. So I happily accepted their offer to try a pair.
Airia is based in Örebro, Sweden and was founded by runner and inventor Svante Berggren. He dreamed of a running shoe that would make you run faster, so in 1992 started to work on a prototype. The national shoe company Arbesko came on board in 2000. The shoe debuted on the running scene twelve years later.
I won’t go into the technical side of the shoe, you can find that information on their website or this beautiful chart:
Basically it’s a zero drop shoe that forces you to run on your forefoot. Airia claims that eight out of ten runners are faster with their shoe and even go as far as saying that some runners were able to improve by 7%. In other words, if you happen to run a sixty minute 10km, put these shoes on and take four minutes off your time.
Really? It sounds too good to be true… but I was willing to give them a try.
I loved the packaging. Yes, I’m a sucker for clean graphics and bold claims.
As I took the shoes out of the box I was impressed with the quality. At USD $190.00 a pop they needed to be really well made! They have a solid Vibram® sole and an Ortholite® insole for healthy feet. The upper vamp is made of a mesh-like material, keeping it super light. I weighed one on my kitchen scale and it came in at 215 grams. For a running shoe that is air!
The first thing you notice about the Airia shoe is the uplifted forefoot. You can see what they’re trying to achieve.
The instructions said to be careful about new muscles that might come into play, but I’m a firm believer in feet activation so this wasn’t going to be a problem for me. They also specify that they are ONLY running shoes. Not walking shoes, not standing around shoes. They advise to get at least six miles on them before evaluating.
I wore them for a few runs and have to say that these are shoes that only an experienced runner could wear. You have to understand what the manufacturer is trying to do and work with them. They are definitely not a shoe that you walk into a store, buy, put on and start running PRs. Absolutely not for beginners.
At first they felt really weird. Uncomfortable. Since I could really hear my feet slamming down. I tried to lean forward and push off more with my forefoot as I ran. This seemed to work better though it felt like a lot of work.
The most negative thing was the upper vamp kept scrunching up even though the shoe length was correct. I pulled it back into place a few times but it kept slipping back.
I’m pretty sure I won’t be wearing my Airia’s for everyday running, but I would definitely wear them at the end of a training session to do my strides so that I my body memorises that forefoot position and the feeling of a faster run.
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