Nick Walker finished the Gold Coast Half in a new PB of 77:39 which was almost a minute quicker than his time from 2 years ago when he raced the Gold Coast Half for the first time. His first 10k was 35:30 which was a little quick, following the final 10k in 37:50. Definitely more work needed on getting the pace negative in the final 10k. His next goal is to run a 75 minute half. Nick’s Run Crew coach Benny Saint Lawrence wrote Nick a program he could manage while taking on his busy new role as Assistant Year 9 Advisor. Nick is happy with the result and hopes to maintain his fitness leading into the track season.
Over the weekend i had the pleasure of interviewing Veronika Larisova about Australias first ever protein meat bar- Chief Bar. Check out the interview below! To purchase the Chief bar or to find out more information- head to eatlikeachief.com .
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Episode 03 of the Active Walker Show reviews the brand new TomTom Adventurer. tomTom’s latest technology in GPS navigational watches has been amplified in this all in one watch. I use the TomTom adventurer mainly for my trail runs because it features the “trail” option under activities which allows you to upload a GPS map of a particular route. I used the watch to direct me on path for the PACE 22K course over in the Blue Mountains. It worked well as the route is not visually seen on screen if you run off route. The watch also features an MP3 player which is perfect for long runs and can be connected to bluetooth headphones. The watch also records heart rate, calories, elevation and can be used for way more than just trail running- you can use the watch for anything outdoors such as for cycling, swimming, snowboarding, skiing and hiking.
The TomTom adventurer can be purchased here
Enjoy EP 03 of the Active Walker Show!
As you may have read, six months ago i climbed Mt Fuji. Ep02 of the Active Walker Shows gives you a preview of the climb i did up Mt Fuji which is 3776m. I highly recommend climbing Fuji which you can do during the months of July- October during the warmer Summer months. It’s a two day climb- you spend day 1 climbing most of the way to around 3,200m and then you have a 6 hour rest before getting up at Midnight to climb the rest of the way. The views at the top can be incredible, partcularly on a clear day. Unfortunately for me, it was cloudy at the top, however on the climb down, the skies cleared and i got some amazing footage as you will see in the footage.
All the footage was taken on the TomTom Bandit (Click Here for more details) and the clarity/resolution was on point.
Enjoy EP02 of the Active Walker Show!
Since my trip to LA back in December i have been wanting to start a video blog. I finally got some footage using my IPhone 7 + and a tripod to create Episode 1 of The Active Walker Show!
I created The Active Walker Show youtube channel as an outlet to promote the latest sports product (which will work hand in hand with my Instagram posts) along with blogging about my brand Lane 5ive, education, entertainment and sport. I will also capture interviews with athletes, designers, actors, musicians and more!
Episode 1 covers a little information about who i am followed by an exclusive look at the SKINS KPro full length compression tights.
Stay tuned for more episodes.
SKINS are world renown for designing the best compression gear and as an athlete i have been wearing SKINS for the last 15 years. The first pair of full length tights i bought as a junior for running were SKINS.
15 years since my first pair of SKINS, I am proud to launch the the BRAND NEW SKINS
The KPros use new technology through Laminar Bands which externally stimulate the proprioceptive sensors in the prime movers, keeping muscles active and controlled so when you run you can go harder for longer.
The benefits of the SKINS K Pros include the following:
- Laminar Bands wrap from the front Adductors to the Gluteal muscles and Iliotibial Tract receptors to activate and support these powerful muscles.
- Ergonomically shaped waistband supports the lower abdominals and lumbar spine without restricting hip rotation or movement.
- Laminar Bands wrap around the Adductor and Quadricep muscle receptors to keep them activated even when fatigue sets in.
- U-Shaped Laminar Bands hug the gastrocnemius muscle receptors to support and protect against involuntary movement and vibration.
SKINS gave me the chance to wear these and try them out which I did on my recent trip to LA. I wore them on the plane to assist with my blood flow for the long 14 hour flight and also on my trail runs up and around Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park leading up to my half marathon at Long Beach.
When I first put them on, being a brand new pair of Skins, It took some time to fit them properly onto my legs, but I firmly believe that similar to competitive swimming suits, the compression gear must be tight in order for it to achieve it’s purpose and in the case of the KPro tights, they achieved many purposes.
As soon as I started running, I could feel the Luminar Bands particularly around my glutse and knees. This to me was refreshing as many other full length compression tights I have worn, have just provided limited relief in the sense that they felt somewhat tight but didn’t really hit the specific muscles.
I have also had some issues in the last few months with patella tendonitis and I have had to wear tape down by quad and across my knees. Wearing the KPros I don’t have to wear the tape as the Luminar Bands around the quadriceps lock my knees in like a seatbelt without being too tight.
Where I was doing my runs around Runyon Canyon, it was quite hilly and on hills you tend to use muscles in your quads, calves, abductors and gastrocnemius so the KPros were perfect for my hilly runs as it provided support to these muscles without restricting these muscles and giving them involuntary movement.
I was super impressed by the SKINS K Pros due to the fact I felt an automatic change in muscle memory and felt this through the entire length of my long runs up and around the hilly canyons.
The aim of the KPro Laminar Bands are to “externally stimulate the proprioceptive sensors in the prime movers, keeping muscles activated and controlled so you can go harder for longer.” definitely lived up to my expectations and i believe they would be perfect for any athlete of any sport training on land.
The KPros are available to purchase at https://www.skins.net/au/ and they are definitely worth investing in as they assist not only for muscle recovery but also assist with muscle fatigue during activity.
My trip to LA was one of the best trips i have had this year since i climbed Fujisun back in July. I decided to take the trip over to LA because i wanted to visit my brother Leigh who lives over in Santa Monica and i thought whilst i was there it would be a great idea to run a half marathon to tick off one last goal for 2016.
The week leading up to the race was filled with studio tours, runs around the incredible Runyon Canyon, dining in West Hollywood and networking with some of LA’s finest actors, writers, musicians and designers. I have never been anywhere in the world where people have so much drive, creativity and dreams. Some of the best networking i did was with the Uber drivers who themselves were networkers and creative individuals.
Despite how busy i was leading up to the half marathon at Long Beach, i still found the energy to give it my all in the race. I almost felt that the inspiration i received leading up to the race helped boost my confidence and positive energy which was reflected on race day.
The morning of the race was FREEZING. I arrived at 6am and it was windy and the sun was just beginning to rise. I made sure i did a good warmup which included a 20 minute jog followed by some dynamic stretching and drills. I also had my compression gear on for the warmup which definitely helped with the winter chill. The atmosphere was great with many runners getting into the running spirit and being so friendly. I met some amazing people who loved my Aussie accent too. Americans seem to froth on the Aussie accent!
I maintained focus and when the gun went off, one of the runners from the UK stuck with me and i could feel how fast the pace was. Having ran only one half on the road before over in the Gold Coast with patella tendonitis, i had to ensure that i didn’t take off too quickly as pacing for me is crucial for a good consistent race. I have learnt from my previous experiences over the last 15 years, that taking off too quickly at the start would have some damaging effects. I also ensured that i ran with my camel pack just in case of an emergency (read my blog on my Hawaii World Trail Running Champs race.) The Long Beach half course consisted of 3 laps running up and down Long Beach. The course was pretty flat and sandy. The first lap i ensured that i paced this well and i ran about 3:45 per k. The 2nd lap i tried to focus on maintaining that pace and the last lap my focus was running sub 3:30 for the final 7k. My race plan worked out well despite not catching the leader, however i sat in a top 5 position until the last lap where i was able to catch up a few places to finish in 2nd. I was super happy with the result and so happy i ran a PB as well.
I owe the race to my coaches Gary Howard and Benny Saint Lawrence as they were able to get me on top shape in the space of 5 weeks which was tough because Teaching was a prime focus from mid November until i left to LA.
I am happy i achieved both my goals of running a PB on road and also coming top 3 which was the silver lining.
I am looking so forward to 2017 with many adventures this year which will include designing the Lane 5ive LA Hollywood Legends sports apparel collection and hopefully showcasing this collection at a show either in Sydney or LA, followed by starting up a youtube channel and vlogging, and continuing my running, coaching and teaching ambitions.
I have realised the importance of self belief in 2016 along with the importance of short term and long term goals.
I wish all my followers a Happy 2017!
A big thankyou to Skins AU, TomTom Global, Chief Bar, OOFOS, SOS Hydration and Run Crew.
OOFOS recently gave me the opportunity to test their revolutionary recovery footwear.
Being an active sportsman and running plenty of k’s on the trails i have had my fair share of foot pain along with knee pain which i really experienced earlier this year when i had a staph infection in my foot which lead to patella tendonitis in my knee. If only i had the OOFOS footwear then to assist with my recovery.
The hardest thing i found when i had my staph infection in my foot, along with my knee injury was finding supportive footwear with enough cushioning/foam to take the pressure off the the injured area to manage the pain. As a Teacher, i have to be on my feet all day teaching whilst experiencing the injury and the best option i had at the time for footwear were my sports shoes due to the softer padding. This was not sufficient enough to take away the pain, let alone assist with the recovery.
With the release of the OOFOS footwear which takes the form of Thongs, Slides and Clogs, this brand is revolutionising the footwear industry due to their new Technology which can be found in the “OOfoam”. Oofoam, absorbs 37% of the impact your feet have when undertaking exercise which reduces the stress on your feet, assisting your body to recover.
OOFOS also has a patented footbed which is designed with tremendous arch support to take the pressure off of ankles, knees and hips, as well as your lower back. This would have been perfect when i had my staph infection in my foot because it would have taken the pressure off the knee. Due to the fact i was walking on the side of my foot, this placed pressure on the knee, causing the patella tendonitis. OOFOS footwear have also been bio-mechanically designed through the flex in the OOFOS foam when your feet flex when they touch the ground. The soft, flexible OOfoam material enables your foot to articulate the way nature intended.
A few other amazing facts about OOFOS footwear is that it is:
- Soft, conforming toe post eliminates chafing
- Durable OOfoam holds its cushion its entire life
- Moisture- and bacteria-resistant closed cell foam is shower-ready
- Machine washable
- So light they float
Since trying out OOFOS footwear (OOFOS OORIGINAL Thong in Black) i have never in my life worn such comfortable thongs. My feet sunk into the OOfoam as soon as i placed them on. There was no chafing in my arches or where on my upper foot where the strap of the thong sits. I wore these to the pool and used them for my warmup which involved stretching, a light jog and walking in between the grandstands, the call room and to the blocks before my race and after 6 hours my feet still felt like they were in heaven. Another thing i also really liked about OOFOS footwear is their sleek design. They look sporty, classy and competitive and i would almost describe the OOFOS thongs as cloud walkers as they are that comfy. I also wore the OOFOS thongs after a long 25k trail run and once again the thongs were like music to my ears. Usually after a long run, i take off my trail shoes and walk around with bare feet, however now that i have this recovery footwear it feels amazing to have my sore feet feel refreshed which is something i haven’t experienced before when taking off my shoes.
I highly recommend all active people to purchase a pair of the OOFOS recovery footwear, not only because they are super comfy, but because they allow you to recovery quicker after exercise and reduce the chance of injury or for those already with injury, the chance to recover quicker. I highly recommend OOFOS footwear for anyone who may suffer from Plantar Fasciitis as this has proven to give “instant” relief under the customer testimonials on the OOFOS website.
The OOFOS Ooriginal Thongs are sold for $69.95 which I believe is worth every dollar as the comfort is priceless.
To purchase a pair of the amazing OOFOS recovery footwear head to http://oofos.com.au/ .
Today was the first time i swam State in almost 15 years. After jumping in the pool almost 3 months ago, never would i have expected to be swimming pb’s. I swam a pb in the 100m freestyle and swam well under the 1:10 goal, followed by breaking the 35 second barrier in the 50m backstroke and also swam the 200m back stroke for the first time. The toughest race of the day definitely was the 200m backstroke, particularly in the last 50m where my shoulders and arms were both tiring. Similar to running it was mind over body and i finished cracking the 3 minute barrier which gave me some confidence with some of the longer form races.
The overall competition was ran so well and everyone at Ryde MSC was so supportive along with all the other swimming clubs which gave a great community feel to the carnival.
I will be focusing now on nationals which will be next year in 2017 and may even try some open water swimming before i start Triathlons.
“It’s good to be back” are the word which summarise the last two months of training. In August i decided to join the Ryde Aussie Masters Swimming club to help with my breathing for running and so far it’s been the best decision i have made. Back in primary school and the early high school days i use to be an elite junior swimmer training 6 sessions a week with the Ryde Swimming Club. As my running developed from a junior into my teenage years the demand for sessions substantially increased, so the swimming slowly faded away as it was almost impossible to do both and pretty hard on my parents to be driving back and fourth.
I started swimming when i was 3 year old in order to help my asthma and it definitely fixed it. Almost 15 years on, i have decided to get back into the swimming because i’ve realised how important the swimming is to my overall endurance as a distance runner. I was a little nervous getting back into the pool after such a long time bur it’s amazing how much form technique is still with you when you start swimming again.
Since joining RAMS i have competed in 2 club carnivals and looking at competing in state age next month and maybe national age next year. The main thing is though is that it has been the squad swimming which has really helped with my overall endurance with the running.
Since having my heatstroke 2 years ago i have had to pay close attention to my breathing and heart rate. I feel as if i have more stamina and i can breathe in deep into my lungs which i couldn’t do before previously to the swimming squad training. At this point of time i am only able to fit in 2 sessions of swimming max a week with my running along with my full time teaching job and coaching but i feel as if it’s already made a difference.
The real test was on Sunday’s trail 20k and the results definitely proved the swimming has helped. Last year i ran around 1:28 for the 20k and this year i ran 1:21 which i was really happy with. There is definitely more room for improvement but after 2 months off earlier this year with patella tendonitis i have been very happy with my progress and training with the Run Crew. I also finished in 3rd place which put the icing on the cake.
My aim at this stage, is to try and be as consistent as i can with my training and keep up the swimming as i believe i will keep getting stronger and stronger. The squad training i do consists of reps of 50’s, 100’s and 200’s all with short recoveries. Some of the swimming sessions i have found just as difficult as my running sessions. Being a runner, i am not using my arms as say a sprinter would, so my shoulders get pretty sore. My swimming coach Greg Lewin is trying his best to correct my freestyle technique and it’s definitely paying off taking 2 seconds off my personal best over the last two carnivals in the 100m freestyle. Iv’e realised how much technique helps with the freestyle.
My focus is definitely still with the running but it’s nice to be back in the pool and making waves again. I have been asked whether or not i’ll compete in a triathlon and i may but need to get some more experience with the cycling and open water swimming which is something i’ll try in the Summer.
My aim is to compete in a few track meets, maybe do a bit of travel at the end of this year to compete in an international trail race and big goal is to do the UTA22K. With the swimming i have dreams of competing in the FINA Masters cup but we shall see. It has been super important that i stay extra organised with my teaching as teaching takes up alot of time externally whether it’s through lesson planning, designing resources or even doing external education courses. At the moment i am coping and staying very focused.
A big thankyou to my sponsors Chief Bar, Skins Australia, TomTom Global and to my coaches Gary Howard, Benny Saint Lawrence and Greg Lewin.
On the 13th of July one of my dreams came true and that was to climb to the top of Fujisan.
Mount Fuji, located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain peak in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08,Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.
On the morning of the climb, i caught the tour bus with my Teacher friend Yuji from Shinjuku station. My Japanese running friend Takanori was suppose to come with me on the tour but a mistake was made with the company name so he unfortunately ended on a different tour. Thankfully this wasn’t the last time i would see him! Instead I was joined by an American whose name was Sebastian.
The bus trip from Shinjuku station to Mt Fuji is roughly 2 hours and the tour costs around 20,000 Yen ($200.00 AU).
When we arrived at the 5th station of Mt Fuji which was 2,305 m above sea level, we met up with our group leader and we started our descent to the top of Fuji. We weren’t allowed to walk in front of our leader as he set the appropriate pace. This was to be a good thing as i found out later as i climbed towards the 8th station. On the walk from the 5th station to the 6th station the weather was quite warm and would have been around 25 degrees C.
The walk between the 5th and 6th station was pretty easy as you got to follow a pretty stable path. The air wasn’t too cold which was good. As we reached the 7th station that was when the air began to become a little bit thinner. I also noticed we were making our way above the clouds. At this point i knew that we were getting pretty high and close to 3000m.
From the 7th to the 8th station we were advised by our guide to pull out our gloves, parker and poles as the clouds began rolling in and the wind started picking up. At first i didn’t feel how the cold the weather was but as we began physically climbing to the 8th station the temperature was dropping particularly as we climbed out way to 3000m. It was very important at this stage to ensure I was well hydrated as the air became thin and harder to breathe. Fujisan was very deceiving. You would look up and think you were almost there but the climbing path just kept going and going.. and going.
As we approached a little over 3000m i felt like every step i was taking was becoming slower and slower and i started to feel a little weak in the knees. I was looking forward to having a rest at the 8th station. The rest was crucial as this allowed your body to acclimatise to the altitude.
As we made our way to the 8th station we were excited for a good feed. When we arrived it was a great feeling as the weather did start to turn. At the 8th station there were huts where you could eat and sleep. As soon as we arrived we put out bags in the sleeping area, took off our shoes and had a nice communal dinner in which Japanese curry was served. Thus curry was super tasty and was so nice to eat after a long day of walking and climbing.
Soon after dinner we were advised by our group leader to get some important rest which would be from 6pm – 12am.
As i prepared for bed i did notice that i was starting to get a migraine and feel nautious. I unfortunately didnt sleep for those 6 hours due to a little bit of altitude sickness. There was a lovely Japanese lady who was sleeping a couple of beds down and she gave me some nurofen and a cold pack for my head. This was the biggest life saver! Despite not sleeping, my headache started to go down. I noticed that if i took nice big breaths and shut my eyes, this would help with the migraine and nauseousness.
At 12am we had our group leader yelling at us to get up as we had to make our voyage to the top as the weather at that point was ok. We had to whack on a headlamp and use this headlamp for the next 3 hours until we reached the top of Fujisan. This part was the hardest but the good thing was that my migraine and nauseousness had disappeared and i felt much better standing up. The wind was heavy along with the fog and there was even some rain. There were some parts where there was some physical climbing which was challenging particularly at night. Mostly everyone in the group was ok other than my friend Yuji who had to have a few inhales of the Fuji Oxygen spray. There was also alot of silence along the way. No one really had the energy to talk until we arrived at the very top.
As we got towards the peak the trail got quite technical and involved some climbing and the temperature started to drop significantly. All you can see getting closer and closer to the peak are a trail of head lamps. The most noticeable icon is a torri gate at the peak of Mt Fuji which has 2 lions sitting either side of the gate. Walking through the tori gate there was a feeling of jubilation and success knowing that you climbed 3776m. I had no idea what to expect at the top and i found it interesting that there are a series of shelters for all the different climbing tours which offer hot food and drinks. It was freezing cold, windy and raining so the shelter was an excellent option. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the famous rising sun due to the fog and rain but the feeling of reaching the top was just as rewarding. We didn’t get to do our walk around the crater as the winds were heavy and it was too dangerous at the time so next time i climb Fuji that is definitely something i want to do. The group only stayed at the top for about an hour and a half due to the conditions and then we swiftly made our way down a different trail to the trail we climbed up. The trail was much easier however the surface was much more volcanic and rocky.
As we made our way back down to the 8th station the sun appeared in the clouds and the views were spectacular. The way i perceived the landscape was similar to that of a Japanese watercolour painting. The peaks of mountains appearing through the misty clouds looking like organic brush strokes. The views were breathtaking and this will stick with me forever. I took some amazing pictures with my TomTom Bandit which highlighted how amazing these views actually were. The surface of Fuji on the way down almost reminded me of Mars as the rocks were a vibrant red which contrasted with the blue sky and the green forests surrounding Fuji. The rocks were very unstable and almost everyone in the group had a fall. In the end it took me and my friends Sebastian, Yuji and I almost 4 hours to get back down. The air got thicker and our bodies felt more alive as we reached the bottom.
Climbing Mt Fuji was one of the most memorable experiences in my 30 years and i would love to go back and see the sunrise and walk the crater. Similarly to how i feel after i complete a race, reaching the top of Fuji and knowing a goal was ticked gave me a great sense of pride and achievement. I’m also so happy i got to climb Japans highest mountain and climb a mountain which culturally has so much significance to not only Japan but my mums Japanese culture.
I dedicate this walk to my pop who taught me to always believe in myself and to face challenges head on with confidence regardless of the outcome.
I have been busy teaming up with UMM COM and Jaybird and below is a promotional video I put together with Eccles Media to promote the limited Edition Earth Day Jaybird RUNS!
In celebration of Earth Day on 22nd April, Jaybird has announced a special limited edition Earth Day Jaybird RUN headphones.
Jaybird will be donating ten percent of all proceeds of the Earth Day headphones to the Wings for Life charity.
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