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EP04 The Active Walker Show: Interview with Veronika Larisova- co owner of the Chief Bar.

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 .

Be sure to follow their instagram page @Chief_bar

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EP 03: The TomTom Adventurer GPS Watch.

 

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!

 

 

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EP02 MT FUJI SPECIAL.

Hey guys,

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!

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INTRODUCING 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.

 

INTRODUCING THE NEW SKINS K-PROMIUM’S

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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
KPros.

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.

 

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RUNNING SILVER IN LA

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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THE MOST COMFORTABLE RECOVERY FOOTWEAR EVER.

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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.

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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/   .