Archive for November 18, 2010

The Skyrun Post-Race Dissection

The Skyrun took place on the weekend and my mom was one of the crazy ones to actually take part.  I asked her to write about it for Reluctant Runner, here is what she had to say about it…

“I found it very difficult, and very long. I’ve decided that I love trail running, with the optimum words being ‘trail’ and ‘run’. I think we only ran about 1km and that was from the start to the gate where you head into the mountains (in town), otherwise it was a loooong walk with the most beautiful scenery, all along the top of the mountains.

We ended up only doing 65km of the 100km as this took us from 4am to 8.45pm. Just too long on the trail, too burnt, sore feet and just plain gatvol. It turns out that they stopped the race at CP7 anyway – only the front runners who ran through the night were able to go through to the end.

There was no way we were we going to tackle the bit from Balloch to Wartrail in the pitch dark – two massive mountains to go up and down, and not knowing where to go – no markers, no flags, no paths and not much oxygen for us low landers – just a 1:50 000 contour map and a GPS (thank goodness for this otherwise we’d still be wondering around in the mountains along with most of the other entrants).

Anyway a great experience, but not one I think I will be doing again.”

How hectic is that!!!  Well done to everyone, even if you didn’t finish, I think just doing the first day is an achievement in itself.  Well done to those who did finish and to the winners Iain don Wouchope and Tatem Prins!!!

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Everything you need is already inside…

Sometimes as a runner, motivation can become an issue – especially during the last few weeks leading up to a big race which you have been training for. It’s at times like these when I turn to other sources to help motivate me, and this is one of them…

Skyrun this weekend!

Good luck to all the runners participating in the Skyrun this weekend – my mom included 🙂

This race is run along the Witteberg and Drankensberg mountain range, at an altitude of around 2,500 metres above sea level.  The trail isn’t marked.  It is said to be one of the toughest trail runs in this part of the country.  Check out the profile…


Power Balance Bracelet Comments

Last week I wrote about my thoughts on the Power Balance Bracelet and I asked you guys what your take was on it.  These are the responses I got:

Gideon Maree (Pilates Instructor and Sports Masseuse)

Via Facebook: “One of my clients started wearing one of those bracelets about 2 weeks ago. During his Pilates sessions his balance was not any different. His first two days of wearing the bracelet he feelt very lightheaded,  after which it cleared up. This could be the bracelet or just being lightheaded for 2 days. I wont take the risk and hope it’s not the bracelet.”

Catherine Parker (Marathon Runner)

Via Twitter: “A new toy for boys”

Melvyn Quan (Iron Man Participant and Trail Runner)

Facebook: Sent this video which is on ESPN (the first couple seconds are an advert but the rest is very interesting)

Erik Vermeulen (Athlete & Behaviour Expert)

Twitter: He sent the same link as Melvyn.

Interesting that I got no comments FOR the bracelet – anyone out there who really believes in it?

Keep Running!!

I have had a very similar experience to this before – I think we all have, where we have to have a serious conversation with ourselves to keep running.

Power Balance Bracelet

On the radio yesterday they had people calling in to discuss the new Power Balance Bracelet that seems to be the new fad in running at the moment. I was told I HAVE to have one because it increases flexibility and balance – of course I was immediately sceptical because in my mind, if 5 years of yoga has brought me to my current state of balance and flexibility, then why the hell have I been going through all of that effort, when I could just wear a bangle… BUT being open minded I decided to give it a try, I didn’t even need to buy one because my mom had a spare so I wore it on the trail run we did a few weekends back.

Now I know the power of the mind – I’ve written about it enough here – so I didn’t want to ‘create’ anything which wasn’t there, but I did notice that I tripped a lot more than usual and almost hit the deck with my face – but luckily I had the bracelet 🙂 I also had a chat about the bracelet to a fellow runner afterwards and he said that it had made him feel ill, so he threw it away – all of this made me start questioning this even more.

This is what the website had to say, along with a long list of testimonials from sports men and women:
“Power Balance is based on the idea of optimizing the body’s natural energy flow, similar to concepts behind many Eastern philosophies. The hologram in Power Balance is designed to resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body.”

Tom O’Dowd who owns the Australian rights to the bracelet had this to say:
“In the Mylar hologram is a frequency and the frequency as soon as it comes into contact with the electrical field of your body basically works with your body’s electrical field that gives you a feeling of wellness”

I want to know what YOU have to say!!  Do you have one?  Do you think it works??  What is your opinion on things like this??  You can comment here or send me emails ( or say something on Twitter (@Winterboer) – at the end of the day I just don’t know if I want to be messing around with stuff like this and it would be interesting to see what other people think.

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Nike Running Advert

I’m not a technical runner, so I don’t salivate at the prospect of a gadget which will tell me all the stats of my run BUT I loved what they had to say about why we run.