Category Archives: Fitness

Cordyceps supplement, the aftermath!

I was interested to see how the cordyceps supplement from Detox Your World would fair against glutamine to help post exercise recovery. Initially I found it to be no different to glutamine.

However, since then I have been taking it for several weeks. I really do think it needed some time to kick in. It’s certainly kicked in now, that’s for sure. Continue reading

Cordyceps verses glutamine

I used cordyceps last year when training for the Birmingham Half-marathon. I didn’t do it this year but I did get some from Detox Your World and wanted to try to tease out how effective this stuff was/is. Cordyceps is a Chinese mushroom that has been credited with all sorts of good effects. As Rich Roll put it in a guest post on the Tim Ferris blog: Continue reading

The Birmingham Great Run was today!

Well 18 thousand people ran this thing today and it really was good fun! I think a lot of people who ran it thought otherwise but I enjoyed myself. As I mentioned in an earlier post I was ill recently. This illness meant I couldn’t train in the two weeks coming up to the taper part of the preparation, os in effect I hadn’t ran for three weeks prior to today’s race. But it was still fun!

Also, I had not run as much as four miles prior to the event! After, my training on Thursday night I knew I’d be fine, so long as I didn’t go mad. I felt good on Thursday  When ill I had two choices;  I could run through the illness and risk prolonging it or stop training and get well. I chose the latter, I was feeling so shitty two weeks before taper week that my main concern was to feel good on the day. In retrospect I think I made the right choice!

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One Week to go…. Birmingham Half Marathon

Only one week left til the Birmingham Half Marathon and how do I feel? Bad, really. I’ve had a nasty cold which has gone from my head to my throat and onto my chest. I’ve bought medicine for the first time in years and I keep having flashbacks to being a small child coughing and ingesting thick, sickly sweet linctus. It does seem to be helping though, which is useful.

Birmingham Half Marathon
Birmingham Half Marathon click to sponsor me :) please

While it is not the best time to get ill, it could be a lot worse. I could have caught this bug right now, so the full force would’ve hit in time for the run itself. So I’m fairly pleased that didn’t happen and am confident that it’ll have cleared by next Sunday. Phew!

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ChiRunning for the Great Birmingham Run 2012

So I’m a few weeks into my ChiRunning preparation for the Great Birmingham Run 2012 in October and with seven weeks to go here’s a little progress report…

ChiRunning in Cannon Hill Park

I’ve been working at implementing the ChiRunning tips more than anything else. I’ve not ran as far as even 3.5 miles yet, although the pace has improved somewhat. The best part is the pain after a run has drastically improved. Of course, that is to be expected as my legs get used to the running again after such a long time off. However, the method of running is so different to my previous style that in conjunction with the leg draining after a run I feel no pain at all! Continue reading