About running again and a good running jacket

Running is the best thing ever. Besides from avocado. And cookies. Ice cream. Peanut butter. Okay maybe not the best thing ever but it is on top of my list.
I’m so happy that I have started running again. I feel like there is no need to list up all of the many benefits of running and why you should start running (if you not already are!) but some of the reasons why I am so happy with having started running again is that I’ve missed it. I’ve missed having a sport that I was good at (btw, how do you define being good at running? Hmm.) and that I could do without going to the gym. All I really need for my run is just proper running shoes and a sports bra. And a good running jacket is essential I think, but more about that later.
Running gives me the best endoripines. If that is because running is so damn hard both mentally and mentally, I don’t know. But I know that I don’t experience the same kind of high as with any of the other sports I do. I do a little bit with boxing come to think of it but after a run, my lungs and my whole body just feels incredible in a different way than when I box.

The races. I love going to races. Partly because I like the atmosphere and signing up to a race means that you are more committed maybe? Not saying that you are not a committed runner if you don’t do races and such. But I also like going to races because I never thought that I would be a runner. Let alone just run a single mile without stopping!
But here I am, after doing a 10K race this Sunday (which went really well btw!) and thinking about doing a half-marathon next year when I’m going to America, I feel proud of myself. Like really, really proud. Kind of feels like my overweight-Maia is being like ”You go, girl! You can do it!”. Having been obese and struggling with weight for years, even after losing a lot of weight it can sometimes feel like I am still the overweight Maia that I was years ago. And when doing things like races or stuff that I wouldn’t (or couldn’t) do when I was overweight, it is an accomplishment for me. Even if it is ”only” a couple of miles.

Anyhow! How many of you know the brand Helly Hansen? If you’re familiar with the brand like I am, you might be thinking of yellow raincoats, skiing underwear and big boots. Well, that was the things that popped into my head when I heard the name. But Helly Hansen isn’t all yellow raincoats and skiing equipment. Actually they have a sporting line and they just launched a new running jacket. It’s not only a running jacket, you can use it for other sports too. And I’ve had the opportunity to test their new running jacket.
Not only is the Helly Hansen W Pace Jacket really pretty, I mean look at those colours!
Helly HansenBut it is amazing to run in! It’s very breathable and wind blocking.
Plus, the material is really great and comfortable!
It’s warmer than my other running jacket that I have but I only see that as a good thing since it’s getting colder now. Even in spring time I don’t think it will be to hot with my Helly Hansen jacket.
Helly Hansen Helly HansenHelly HansenThere’s reflexes on each arm and on the back of the jacket. So you’ll be safe running outside in the dark. Though I would still advise you to wear some reflexes on your legs for example. Just to be safe.
The pockets in the jacket are almost noticeable and the zipper is really good.
The jacket has a high neck which I think is really good! When I’m running outside I always have my jacket zipped all up so my throat don’t get cold and the high neck in the jacket is in some different kind of fabric like some really nice and warm fabric and it feels really good to your skin.
HHUnder the arms as you can see, there’s a different kind of fabric at the arm pits which makes it more comfortable when you sweat because the jacket kind of like keeps the sweat away and keeps you dry. Know what I mean? Kind of like Dry-fit material.

Final conclusion is that I am very happy with this jacket and it is by far the best running jacket that I have tried. And my image of Helly Hansen just being boring rain clothes and such is now over!

Helly HansenYou can shop the jacket here. The colour that I have is called Frozen Blue.

 

 

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Inspirational Monday #100

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I’m so sorry. For some reason my post didn’t work. Some issues with WordPress or the internet connection. So today it’s a double up! :-)

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Inspirational Monday #101

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Inspirational Monday #99

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Inspirational Monday #98

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Inspirational Monday #97

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Tips for running your first race!

Hey!

I’ve started running again after a really long break from running and it feels good to be back! The reason why I started running again was because I attended a mandatory school race with my school where you could either run/walk 3, 6 or 9 kilometers. I chose 6 kilometers even though I hadn’t run in… well, forever, so I was very excited. I actually ran the whole race (minus 50 meters or something..) and realizing that I could still run, I spontaneous signed up for a run on the same day and ran the race 3 days after. It was actually my first ”own” race. I did the Silkeborg Hill Challenge last year, but that was with my boarding school. Anyways, I decided I wanted to run 5 kilometers and then do a race next month (26th Oct. more exactly) where I will run 10 kilometers! The longest I have ever run is about 8-9 kilometers I think, so I hope it won’t be that hard, haha. I think got a pretty good time at my 5K, so I am very thrilled. Now I am just ready to start training for my 10K next month!

Anyways! I thought I would give you some tips about what is good to bring to a race and things to do before.

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Arrive early

Remember that you have to pick up your package and if you are going to a race where you will get a t-shirt and food, then it is a good idea to arrive early. Also keep in mind that the line to wardrobe can be pretty long, but it depends on how many people are attending at the race. Arrive at least half an hour early, I recommend.

Think of your clothes
When running, think of the degrees to be 15 degrees warmer than it is. That is how much your body warms up when running.

Don’t eat too much before the race
And especially not carbs. Carbohydrates are more likely to give you side stitches and make you bloated. If you eat carbs before your run make sure to eat it at least an hour before your run. Also remember to bring some food for after the race, if you are not given something at the race.

Don’t stand near at the startline
.. Unless you’re a fast runner. Fast runners hate it when slow runners stand at the starting line and then kind of blocks everything. Kind of like when you are trying to start running, but everyone in front of you is walking.. If you want to stand at the startline, then just remember to start running when the alarm/gun shot goes off and not walk.

Support
Invite your friends and family to come and support you at the race. They can cheer you up alongside with the race and cheer for you when you are running to the finish line. Plus you will have someone to hang around with after the race. Although I would like to add that there is nothing wrong with being alone at a race. I did it the last time I raced and I am probably also going to do it at the 10K race. It’s different what people prefer.

Remember to warm up
Some races do a 5-10 minute warm up for all runners at the race. If it is not too crowded it’s a good idea to join in. If it’s too crowded or you didn’t arrive at time, remember to do your own warm up. Something like jogging, jumping jacks, squat etc.

Don’t compare yourself to other runners
Every person is different. Just because some older people can run faster than you doesn’t mean you are ”bad” at running or is in a bad shape.

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If you are in for a longer run
Remember to take water from the water stops. Personally I don’t do it because I easily get side stitch and I can never really tell if I will get it or not so I just don’t take any water on the run, because it’s really awful when your side stitch starts hurting your shoulders too.

Don’t expect a new PR (personal record)
I’m kinda bad at this. Because you’re running a race, doesn’t mean you will do it as ”good” as when you run at home. Not saying that it is bad to set a goal to get a new PR at a race, but remember to keep it realistic or you can end up disappointing yourself.

Stick to what you know
It may be tempting to do other stuff on race day or before race. Such as different clothing, eating other foods or anything, but if you are not used to it, then don’t do it. You don’t want to end up finding out that your new t-shirt is itchy in the neck or that your meal before the race made you extremely bloated and you feel like throwing up the whole run. Believe me, I talk of experience here, haha.

Be prepared the day before
Lay out your clothes the day before and remember to get enough sleep. Aim for about 8 hours of sleep. Remember to also bring tissues if it’s cold weather. There is nothing more annoying than a running nose during a run.

Wardrobe storage
It’s a good thing to check if your race offers you storage at the race for your bags and such.

Keep moving and refuel
After the race. Walk for about 10 minutes after to avoid stiffness in your body. Remember to stretch too. Also remember to refuel after the race. Best thing is to drink water or anything else calorie-free fluids.

Bring warm clothes
To after the race. It’s actually very important because you can easily get sick if you don’t put something on. Especially when it’s getting colder now. Some races offers you a place to sit outside (like picnic) and eat your food. If the weather allows it, bring a blanket and enjoy your food outside.

2014 Raleigh Rock n Roll MarathonAnd last but not least, remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Do you have any other race tips that I forgot? What was your first race like? And when is your next?

 

 

Source: First picture is my own and the last two are from this site.


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Maia.

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