Wednesday, April 25, 2012

William and Kate in next year's London Marathon?

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There are endless reasons why people choose to run the marathon. To prove to themselves they can, to honor a deceased family member, or simply because they enjoy it.

But running a marathon because you're an actual prince, and your royal brother tells a reporter during a live interview, that you're going to run the famous 42k, must be unique!

Prince Harry, who is well known for his practical jokes, announced that Prince William and Princess Kate will be participating in next year's London Marathon. Looking like he was thoroughly enjoying himself he then added: ''He's gonna have to now, isn't he?!' With a brother like that, who needs enemies?!

When asked if he would like to run the marathon himself, Prince Harry declared in the tones of someone who is sure he won't: 'Ehm, I've been trying to get place for years. I can't get myself a place. What do you have to do?'

Enjoy Prince Harry as he puts his brother in a difficult spot!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Running clothes and stuff with discount codes

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I love buying new running clothes, but I don't love the pricetags they come with. So whenever I feel the urge to spruce up my running wardrobe, I hit the internet looking for the best deals. And I've found to be a big help.

They've done a lot of the research fór me, and offer coupon codes, discount codes, promotional codes and free coupons. Sugar and spice and everything nice, all rolled into one website! Gotta love that.

Take for example their Hot Under Armour Coupons. Underarmour sells some great running skirts, and armed with my coupon I get a discount! Suddenly it's alright to splash out on that lovely pink skirt.

And if I feel the need to get away from it all, and make a run for it, they offer Top Bookit Promo Codes, so I can book my vacation with a discount.

It makes a girl want to run!

Monday, April 23, 2012

If it's not one thing, it's dr. Brian Glatt!

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A certain Dr. Brian S.Glatt came up with a whole new danger to be scared about: 'Runner's Face'. Forty-plus women who run, face this dreaded Runner's Face.

It's a well known fact that when you burn fat, you don't always burn it where you wánt to burn it. And as a forty-plus runner you risk burning the fat in your face, therefore making yourself look old before your time. Oh goody.

Dr. Brian Glatt explains:

Runner’s face generally occurs in both men and women ages 40+ who exercise to improve their body, and in doing so end up with a skeletal and bony face. When exercising, an athlete burns off fat beneath the layers of his/her skin. The marked loss of fatty tissue results in a loss of volume which leads to a prominent appearance of the bones, accelerated development of skin laxity and deepening of wrinkles. Though you may look like a 20-year-old from the neck down—your face will easily give away your age.

After scaring everybody, dr. Brian Glatt kindly offers a solution: botox or another injectable. It's a surefire way to make money: create a need by scaring people, then sell the remedy.

But if you're not scared, you can just slather on a good sun screen and use a hat to protect your face from the sun. That way you ensure your runner's face stays a happy face. That's what I intend to do!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Red Queen Hypothesis and what runners and moms can learn from it!

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'Well, in our country,' said Alice, still panting a little, 'you'd generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing.'

'A slow sort of country!' said the Queen. 'Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!'

This quote comes from Lewis Carroll's book 'Through the Looking-Glas' and is called the Red Queen Hypothesis.

I applied this hypothesis to running, which leads to some interesting insights!

What does the Red Queen Hypothesis mean?

The world around us is contantly changing: our society, our technologies, our organizations, everything is in a constant state of flux. If you don't want to fall hopelessly behind, you have to move forward too and adjust to these rapid changes. You have to rún to stay in the same place, and to avoid never catching up again.

What does the Red Queen Hypothesis have to do with running?

I think there are parallels between the Red Queen Hypothesis and running: as a runner you have to keep on running to hold on to the physical benefits of running. Like weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, improved bone health, improved mood and better coordination. You have to use it or loose it. You have to run to stay in the same place both physically and mentally.

If you want to push your boundaries, and become a faster runner, or go further distances, you have to run faster and further. You have to run twice as hard to get there.

If a species stops developing itself chances are it will become extinct. When you stop developing yourself as a runner chances are you'll lose your motivation, and stop running altogether. The runner inside of you becomes extinct. This is one of many the reasons runners participate in races: it gives them a clear goal to move towards.

The Red Queen Hypothesis and motherhood

The same thing goes for moms: since your kids are constantly changing and developing, you have to adjust as a mom. Taking care of a toddler requires different skills than taking care of a teenager. You can't kiss the booboo of a teenager to make the pain go away!

As a runner I stay in place, as a mom I run twice as hard

As a runner I'm happy to stay where I am. I do not run twice as hard, to get anywhere else. I run five times a week because it makes me feel good, and to hold on to the physical benefits running offers me.

Staying in place is nót an option as a mom: I háve to move forward. Due to rapid technological changes and the internet I have to make sure I know about the effects of social media, about childhood obesity, about the effects of too much screentime etc.

So I'm both staying in place, and running twice as hard to move forward.

How about you?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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I was struggling through the sand, when suddenly a beautiful man ran past me. He reminded me of a deer, the way his feet barely seemed to touch the ground. I looked at his gait with admiration, and tried to imitate his moves.

Suddenly I realised: I may be a married woman, but this is my chance to chase after a handsome man! And I started to chase him in earnest.

However, I didn't get him.
And that's just as well. I ám married after all.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Memo to self

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Memo to self: don't go for a run afther polishing off five aero chocolate bars, and 20 cups of tea.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

How to deal with boredom during your run?

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Sometimes I'm running along, when suddenly I feel this overwhelming urge to stop. Not because I'm tired, but because I'm bored. My legs could go further, and I'm not gasping for breath. I just don't feel like running anymore.

But that's something my Inner Coach does nót want to hear. He starts shouting:'You're bored? I'll show you bored!'

So obediently I keep on running.

How to deal with boredom during your run?

Since I read somewhere being bored can lead to brilliant, Einsteinlike ideas, I try to welcome boredom. And sometimes I do come up with some great stuff. But more often I just turn on my iPod and listen to the stories of Country and Western singers.

8 ways to battle boredom
  1. Welcome boredom as an opportunity to have brilliant ideas
  2. Use the boredom to solve problems and find answers.
  3. Listen to an audio book.
  4. Run with somebody else. Make sure he or she is not boring!
  5. Take a different running route and get lost. Believe me, you won't feel bored when you're scared for your life or despairing if you'll ever make it home again.
  6. Listen to music.
  7. Take a route with lots of dogs running loose. It'll provide you with lots of adrenaline rushes.
  8. Choose a dirth path full of potholes that could easily lead to a twisted ankle.

How do you deal with Runner's Boredom?

Monday, April 2, 2012

I am jogger, hear me roar!

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The Pearl Izumi campagne We Are Not Joggers rubbed lots of people the wrong way.

And that's not surprising, because it's based on the premisse that joggers are an inferior kind of runners. In fact they're not real runners at all. That's why they're called joggers!

I've always considered runners a friendly bunch, but I have to say: there's nothing friendly about putting other people down! Having said that, it's a clever campagne! Because of the hurt feelings it invokes, it gets lots of publicity and has people talking about it. You can't buy that kind of publicity!

Turn it around: joggers are to be admired!

The campagne reminded me of a chapter in Running & Philosophy. Whereas in the Pearl Izumi campagne joggers are depicted as lesser runners, in Running & Philosophy joggers are described as admirable. Because they don't run for the brass ring or a pr.

They run solely because they know it's good for them. Even without any race date on the calender, the jogger always goes out for his run. Such an intrinsic motivation, which can't be easily measured in results, requires lots of character and willpower.

So I'm proud to say: I'm a jogger! I don't like racing, and I'm not trying to improve my pr. I don't even háve a pr. I run because it helps keep me on an even keel, and it's good for my physical health too. And that's enough reason to go for a run five times a day.

I am jogger, hear me roar!

Are you externally motivated (prizes, pr's) or internally motivated (better physical and mental health) or both?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Winners of the Profoot insoles!

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The great folks of Profoot offered two pairs of insoles for me to give away to two lucky readers of Mom's Home Run.

What's so great about these insoles you ask?!

These insoles are different from you average insole because of the layer of advanced Vita-Foam MT. This allows them to adjust to the shape of your feet, thereby creatig a custom fit to any pair of shoes. Gotta love that!

What's the company slogan of Profoot?

In order to participate I asked you to answer the following question: 'What's the company slogan of Profoot?' And the correct answer is…. 'The Smart Choice in Footcare'. Almost everybody got it right except two. Out of the right answers I drew two winners, and their names are: Maria Balmeo and Mary Jo Dempsey.

Congratulations! You two will be walking on sunshine!