Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Roxy Performance Gear Review and Giveaway!

Did you know that surfwear brand, Roxy, also has a line of workout gear?  I didn't, and I'm so glad that I stumbled upon it!  Roxy Performance is a line of stylish, high quality workout wear that will have you rocking your workouts/runs in great comfort, while looking great at the same time.  Sounds good, no?  

I was recently given the opportunity to try out the All Around Pant for ladies from this line and can honestly say that it was love at first sight for me.  You know how finding the perfect pair of long running tights can be such a mission?  Kind of like finding the perfect swimsuit or denim jeans?  If that sounds like you, then try these.  It literally had me doing a happy dance!       

The Highs

One of my favourite features of the All Around Pant is the wide, flattering waistband - bye-bye muffin top, ha!  The waistband also features a breathable, cut-out pattern (mesh overlay) that keeps you cool while you do your thing.  I love it!  

Another feature that I really love, is the ruching on the lower leg and ankle - isn't it stunning?  Such a stylish, feminine touch, plus it keeps those ankles nice and warm and stays in place on the run.  

The waistband also has a little pocket for something small, like a gel or a car key (it even has a little car key loop sewn in) - or a Kleenex if you're anything like me.  I always need a Kleenex on the run.  

The Lows

The only complaint I have about the All Around Pant is that, for me, it does tend to slide down a bit while I run.  Perhaps a drawstring at the waist would have helped?  Or simply a smaller size for me personally (I tested a size medium)?  Whatever the case may be, I do find that I have to tug it upwards occasionally to prevent the crotch from going lower and lower. 

The All Around Pant is also on the expensive side (just like any other pair of workout tights worth its salt): It retails for R799.95. 

The Verdict

I la-la-la-la-love these tights!  If you've been following Running the Race for a while, you'll know that I'm a skapri kind of girl and that I need to feel really comfortable and confident in a pair of tights before I go skirtless.  Well, I've gone skirtless in these countless times and do so without even giving it a second thought - they're just so comfortable and flattering!  Even though I received a review pair free of charge, I'm seriously considering purchasing myself a second pair so that I can alternate between the two - they're that good.


Aaaand, since it's Running the Race's fifth birthday tomorrow, I'm celebrating by giving one of you the awesome Cutback Tank (pictured below) from the Roxy Performance line, valued at R499.95!  All you have to do to enter, is comment on this post, saying why you'd like to win, and this stunning piece could be yours!  


[Ts & Cs: Giveaway open to tough chicks everywhere and closes on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at 17:00 CAT.  Tank size: Medium.  The winner will be announced on Running the Race's Facebook fanpage on 28 May 2015 and will have 24 hours to claim their prize via e-mail.  Failure to do so will result in a new winner being selected.]   

Get entering!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Five years' worth of running tips in a single post

Running the Race is turning five next week!  I can honestly say that I've learnt so much from all of you during this time - through your comments, your e-mails, interviews and even through meeting some of you in person.  And since your advice, tips and sayings have meant so much to me, I thought I'd share some of my favourites right back at you - thank you!     

On why we run

"Why do I run?  How can I not run?" - octogenarian Gordon Booth from Run for your Life.

"I run for a better life." - Kenyan Edwin Kibet.

"I have found strength in my faith and in new friendships formed around a mutual love and respect for running as a way of life." - Peter John Moses.

"I've been running for more than 33 years now - it is the lifestyle that I choose and live". Johann from Run Tall, Walk Tall

The lifestyle that we choose and live.  Will, Miss K and me, seven months pregnant with Baby J, at a race in 2013. 

Tips for beginners

"Left earphone in, right earphone in.  Shoes on, get out there and take a deep breath.  Picture a fitter, healthier version of yourself.  Look at the nearest street lamp.  Run to your new body, and when you are done, congratulate yourself.  Next time repeat these steps, but run to the next street lamp.  Breathe in and out, listen to your body and have fun!" - Atlegang Mosimanekgosi from That Indie Runner.

"Consistency is key". - Johann from Run Tall, Walk Tall

"It won't always suck!" - Fancy Nancy from Living the Dream.  

"I try to make sure I have at least 36 to 48 hours between runs.  I need to give my body a chance to recover!" - Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

It won't always suck!

Tips for not skipping a run

"If I can run today and tomorrow...  Well, I run today!" - Stefano from Run with the Black Knight.

"Endorphins make everything better." - Anna Scott.

Hooray for endorphins!

Tips for mom runners

"Being adaptable is key." - Riana from Life at Large.

"As a mom you need to insist on dedicating a small portion of each day or week to exercise, or otherwise it will just not happen.  It is also important to involve your children in your running by letting them run or cycle with you.  I often treat my kids to smoothies or an ice cream after a family run, or by doing something that they enjoy." - Zola Budd

Zola and me.

Random tips

"The best way to celebrate a birthday is with a run, and dark chocolate helps too!". - Christy from My Dirt Road Anthem.

"Oh the runner's mind, ha.  It's definitely a maker or a breaker of a run!" - Hailey Hanna form Striding Strong

"Nothing beats a good stair workout when you're in a hurry." - Chris McPeake from Suck it up... Rantings from a runner on the edge.  

The best way to celebrate a birthday.

Here's to the next 50 years of running the race and Running the Race - thanks for running with me! 

Monday, 11 May 2015

How to have the perfect birthday

I come from a household where my mom made sure that birthdays were a pretty big deal.  They usually kicked off with a pots-and-pans birthday band at 05:00 a.m. and continued with countless little birthday surprises throughout the day until it was finally time for the birthday boy or girl (old and young!) to go to bed.  And you know what?  Now that I'm a mom myself I think that, for the first time ever, I truly fully understand why it was so important to my mom to properly celebrate birthdays: Because time is so precious.  Of all the lessons that my children have taught me to date, I think that this one is the biggest: That the time we have with loved ones is precious and should be celebrated.  Every minute of it.  

Yesterday was my birthday, and I was fortunate enough to have it fall on Mother's Day too - let's just say it was quite an exhausting day for Will, haha!  But in true Running the Race household fashion he went above and beyond to make my day special - I am so blessed!

My day kicked off with a number by the traditional birthday band - with some members of the band singing their hearts out, and others finding this whole singing-at-a-ridiculous-hour-of-the-morning thing very amusing, but fun nonetheless.

The birthday band!
Of course the birthday band came bearing gifts - me in a bag, to be exact!  Will knows me so well - thank you, Honey!

My birthday/Mother's Day treats!

The band and I then got dressed for a birthday run - no birthday is complete without a run, right?!

The kids prefer separate rides these days...

And after that Will's mom and dad took us out to lunch - I told you it was a great day!

But there was still one very important thing missing...  The besties, of course!  They came over late afternoon bearing more gifts (including gift cards, whohooooooo!), and we ended the day by eating way too many cupcakes (okay, ahem - that was just me).

An old pic, but still doing what we do best!
In between all of this there were more messages, birthday songs, hugs and well wishes - the perfect birthday indeed.