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Running Is All In Your Head! Set Your Mind That You Can

I am not a runner. I have never been a runner.

My body had been trained to run 22 yards and back at pace wearing pads, gloves and carrying a bat. Or, it was trained to take off quickly to chase a ball in 39 degree heat at the height of summer. My body was comfortable with this for over 15 years. From an early age I’ve conditioned my body and my brain that I’m not a runner.

But now I am. I am a runner because my head allowed me to be. Sitting fairly and squarely on each of my shoulders is a logical, practical, passionate, perfectionist brain that makes decisions, sometimes in consultation with other parts of my body, but mostly on its own.

I played team sports at high school and took up club cricket in Year 7; I love feeling part of something bigger where everyone is working together to achieve a goal.

So when the group I do personal training with raved about the runs they’d recently completed and the ones they’d signed up for in the coming months, my imagination was captured and I wanted in.

IMG_3218 (002)It began with the 5kms Run 4 The Kids in 2013. More nervous than when I walk out to bat, I sooked up a treat at the start line admiring all the families running in memory of a loved one. I ran the 5kms without stopping and cried again at the finish line elated to share in the overwhelming sense of achievement with my friends– I had done it!

Since then, I haven’t looked back and have actually enjoyed running and all that comes with it: the training, the early starts, the injuries and the weather.  Mostly I enjoy the group of people I train with. We all come from different walks of life, our fitness levels vary and our availability to run is scattered but we all have the same goal – to run.  The support from this group is incredible, which is needed when I feel like rolling over and going back to sleep – I don’t because I don’t want to let the group down because they rely on me to support them too. Plus, the breakfast and chat afterwards makes it even more enjoyable!

IMG_3747 (003)We’ve run:

  • Run Melbourne
  • Melbourne Marathon 10km
  • Zoo Twilights @ Melbourne Zoo
  • Run the Gap at Halls Gap
  • City 2 Surf in Sydney and;

The furthest I’ve ever run – The Gold Coast Half Marathon in 2015. In the six months leading into the ‘race’, our group was committed to each other and to training. Every Sunday morning at 7.30am we’d hit the streets regardless of weather, emotion or life circumstance. So often I would feel that there was no way I could run up the hill or 10kms let alone 21km, but as the months got colder, the distance got further and upon returning to the car I’d realise we’d just run the furthest I’d ever run. I had a grin from ear-to-ear and may have done a little ‘look what I just achieved!’ dance, much to the amusement of my fellow runners! The weekend at the Gold Coast is the highlight of my running career, I did it and I did it under my goal of 2hrs 30mins – an experience I will never forget nor could have achieved without the support of the friends I ran with and telling myself that I could actually do it.

We all need support, a text message here and there, a Facebook photo of an injury or bib arriving in the mail keeps us all on track at various stages ensuring that we meet our goals. We support each other on the runs too, willing each other along with words of support or rationale just to run to the next tree or street sign. This is what I love about our group.

You can do it too – it’s all about setting your mind to it and there are three key steps:

  1. You have to find what motivates you. For me, it’s being part of a group.

FullSizeRender (003)You must find what makes you run (firstly) and then to keep running, up the hill, to the next kilometre or simply get out of bed and get there on time. I would never have achieved the 8 runs that I have done if it had not been for the fabulous members of our group and for getting clear about what it was that was motivating me.

2. Look good, feel good.

Splurge on those runners, tights, sports bra and socks. You want to get out of bed and know you will be comfortable. I LOVE my Asics Kayano runners, my Brooks Rebound Racer Sports Bra, my 2XU tights, and socks. I love socks! My 2XU and Balega socks are like running on pillows. Splurge – do it! You’ll feel great when you look great.

3. Become an archer – you need to have a target.

I find when I sign up for a run, I am actually motivated to do something about it. So sign up – just do it and then work out how you’re going to hit the bullseye. I get butterflies in my tummy every time I sign up for a run, but overtaking that is the memory of the feeling of crossing the finish line!

Did I set out to be a runner? No, I joined a fitness group to get fit. But I discovered my brain and my body CAN work together to achieve a goal, whatever that might be.

IMG_4793 (002)The perception is that there is a ‘mould’ of runner – skinny, running shorts, singlet, visor and a smooth stride that makes it look easy. I can tell you that this is certainly not the case, you can become a runner – it’s all in your head. Believe you want to do it and you will.

 

By Tamara Mason

IMG_5792 (002)Launch pic hi resTamara is an avid cricket player who has a passion for encouraging females to play cricket. She’s also now a runner and She Science Ambassador. You can follow Tamara at @masonte007

Best Maternity Appropriate Sports Bras

Maternity Sports Bras

It’s a nightmare experienced by most pregnant and breast feeding women, a rapidly changing body and breast size leaving women insecure and constantly under prepared to cope with their ever changing shape.

Not only does a whole new wardrobe and set of bras need to be acquired, but you may find yourself needing to update sizes frequently. Who can keep up with that?

And one of the most common grievances we hear about is the inability to find a supportive Sports Bra to keep active or get moving again. There are a few simple guidelines to choosing the best maternity appropriate option.

1. Go wire free. Not only will this ensure milk ducts don’t become blocked, which can help to avoid mastitis but it will give you a bit more flexibility in size as your breasts change volume.

2. Front adjusting straps are a great bonus. Straps that you can alter from the front ensure you are easily able to adjust the firmness of your bra once you’re in it. They work as a bonus when breast feeding as the straps can be undone for front access. On top of that, by releasing the strap length a little you can somewhat alter the breast volume the bra will allow for which helps when you’re changing shape rapidly.

3. Coverage is key. No Sports Bra should show cleavage, so choose a bra with a high neckline. This will leaving you feeling secure and supported as you move.

When we talk ‘Maternity Sports Bra’, we’re really referring to ‘Maternity appropriate Sports Bra’. We find these options fall within brands that specialise in Sports Bras, rather than brands that specialise in maternity wear. This makes sense to us as these are the companies that have spent the necessary time and research into developing products specifically for activity.

We have some ‘favourites’ for this category, which are really bras that tick all of the points above. That being, are wire free, have front adjusting straps and offer great coverage.

These include:

Moving Comfort Jubralee (A – E cup, although this does fit a little small in the cup)

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2XU Ultimate Run Bra (typically can fit a B – D cup, comes in XS – XL sizing)

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Moving Comfort Juno (B – DD cup)

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Moving Comfort Rebound Racer (B – DD cup)

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Some other popular options (that don’t necessarily tick ALL the boxes above) include:

Shock Absorber Active D+ (D – H cup)

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Enell Sports Bra (has it’s own sizing system, typically relevant for DD – K cup)

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2XU Contour Bra (typically can fit a B – D cup, comes in XXS – XL size)

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For more advice, or to try on any of this product, our shopfront can be found in Melbourne, Australia.

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Melbourne’s newest Sports Bra store – She Science

After years of development it’s been an absolute joy to watch my farfetched dream slowly turn into a reality. So with just 1 month to go until our (hopeful) launch date I am thrilled to announce that Melbourne’s newest Sports Bra store, She Science, will be opening in Kew this August!

My goal for She Science is to provide a set of solutions to the problems that so many women face when purchasing Sports Bras. Many women unnecessarily opt out of leading an active lifestyle due to the discomfort and embarrassment caused by their breasts.

She Science will offer a variety of in store shopping experiences that can be tailored to each individual’s personal preferences. There will be an emphasis on achieving the best fit, enhancing ones form and prescribing the most functionally appropriate option for each customer.

We hope that these three things will improve the comfort, confidence and performance of our customers.

Our stock includes the following brands:

Enell

Shock Absorber

Moving Comfort

2XU

Nike

Berlei

Anita Active

This carefully selected, tried and tested range will cover A – J cups and be suitable for women participating in any array of sports.

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Visit us at She Science to be fitted for your best Sports Bra:

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Our online store can be found at:

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Deep water running to reduce Exercise Induced Breast Discomfort

I fully understand the vicious cycle that many large breasted women find themselves trapped in when it comes to exercise. Those who suffer from Exercise Induced Breast Discomfort are unlikely to be active due to the pain experienced during activity which then leads to weight & breast volume gain, and as a result of this an increased amount of discomfort during activity.

The vicious Exercise Induced Breast Pain cycle

The vicious Exercise Induced Breast Pain cycle

The exercise opt out rate associated with this discomfort and general embarrassment is what originally drove me to open my Sports Bra store in Melbourne. It is a problem that effects more women then there are that are willing to admit it.

In 2007 prominent breast health researchers Deidre McGhee, Julia Steele and Bruce Power (whom I have referenced on many occasions in my blog posts) conducted a study to determine if Exercise Induced Breast Discomfort is reduced when running in water compared to running on a treadmill.

They hypothesised that during deep water running there would be a decreased breast displacement which would result in a reduction in breast pain.

They found that there was a significant reduction in self-reported breast pain and discomfort during water running when compared to treadmill running. But they concluded that this was in fact related to a reduction in peak mean vertical breast velocity, rather than the amount of total breast displacement. Meaning that the water had reduced the speed at which the breast moved more than it did the overall amount of movement. Either way, water running was found to totally eradicate breast pain and reduce breast discomfort to insignificant in the 16 women tested.

Breaking the Exercised Induced Breast Pain cycle with water running.

Breaking the Exercised Induced Breast Pain cycle with water running.

During this study the women did not wear a Bra or Sports Bra during the testing, and still noted the elimination of pain and discomfort. A swimming costume will provide some compression and hence a mild amount of breast support. You could also wear a crop top or a swimming specific bra (eg 2XU Tri Bra) under a swimming costume to give you that extra feeling of security in the water.

Water running is a great cardiovascular workout that also has muscle strengthening benefits. It has the potential to break the vicious cycle that many big busted women face, and in turn significantly improve these women’s active participation in life.

Visit us at She Science to be fitted for your best Sports Bra:

www.shescience.com.au

And follow us on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/shescience

Our online store can be found at:

http://www.shescience.com.au/page/shop%20online.aspx