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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

Oxfam Trailwalker: Breast support during endurance walking

With the Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker just around the corner we are starting to see a number of trail walkers in store requesting bra fittings for the event.

The gruelling 100km’s coupled with Melbourne’s fluctuating weather patterns can make for a treacherous journey. So complications with failing gear should be avoided at all costs.

Our best bra advice for such an endurance event include the following:

  1. Changing your bra during the event

Swapping your bra during the event may seem a little extreme to some. However, we strongly recommend it. By swapping between two entirely different bras you’ll completely change any areas of pressure caused by your bra. For example pressure around the shoulder straps caused by backpacks or repetitive micro pressure from underwire. Choose a racer back and traditional back to alter between.

 

2. Underwire V non underwire

Technically there’s no problem with wearing an underwire for an endurance event. But keep in mind, most women will wear an underwire bra for 14 – 16 hours a day, with an 8 – 10 hour rest period in the evening. Wearing an underwire for 36+ hours straight will build a far greater pressure than you’re used to in your everyday living. We recommend that you alternate an underwire with non-underwire bra during the event.

 

3. Chaffing could strike

 

Getting the perfect bra fit should eliminate chaffing or ‘bra burn’. However, these endurance events can change all that. Chaffing is caused by friction, and made worse by moisture. Moisture is very difficult to control in an endurance event, and friction can be difficult to avoid as materials stretch when they are worn for long periods. A bra that doesn’t typically cause you issues could strike out during a long event.  Make sure someone in your team is carrying Body Glide, Bepanthen or a similarly effective anti-chaffing balm and apply at the first sign of any chaffing (this usually presents as a ‘hot/burning spot’). Bra burn most commonly occurs around the hook and eye clasp, along the path of the underwire or the underarm crease.

 

4. Train in your bras

 

Just like you’ll be wearing in and testing out your shoes and socks, you should be doing the same with your Sports Bras. This is the only way to know what to expect on game day. You’ll be able to identify any areas of concern pre event if you’ve managed to test out your gear on your long training walks.

 

This year ALL of our staff will be volunteering at the Oxfam event in some capacity. We look forward to sharing the journey with the many customers we’ve been seeing in store.

 

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Avoiding bra chaffing during a Marathon

On top of a general feeling of lack lustre support, women often complain about chaffing with their previous Sports Bras. Thankfully there are a few simple rules to follow to help you avoid chaffing on your long runs.

Chaffing or as it is commonly referred to ‘Bra Burn’ is caused by friction, often made worse by moisture and stiff materials.

To reduce friction around the bra band (and less commonly the bra straps) the bra should fit firmly. Yes, FIRMLY. This ensures the bra won’t move as your body does, so the materials won’t rub against your skin.

Commonly we see women fit their bras with bra bands too big, and cup sizes too small. Don’t be afraid to take the bra fitters advice when it comes to adjusting your bra size to get the perfect fit. Women often shy away from going into a bra that will fit firmly against their already irritated skin, but I can assure you this is the only way forward if you had been fitting your bra band incorrectly.

Moisture build up is obviously difficult to conquer during endurance running, after all you are bound to sweat. Sports Bras that are lined with moisture wicking material, not cotton, will help to pull moisture away from the skin towards the outer layer of the garment where it can more easily evaporate.

By ‘wearing in’ your bra before a long run you can make sure that the firm materials are softened slightly to reduce your risk of a nasty bra burn episode.

Topical solutions like Body Glide, or something as simple as Bepanthen cream can also be applied to the area of irritation before a long run to help avoid chaffing.

Bottom line, for most people bra burn is easily avoided in a well-fitting bra. So head to the source of the problem before trying all the ‘band aid’ fixes.

We’re happy to help at our specialty Sports Bra store, She Science at 144a Cotham Road Kew, Melbourne.

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

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She Science at the Melbourne Marathon!

We are super excited to be ncluded in this years Active Feet Melbourne Marathon Runners Expo! We’ll be onsite for the 4 day festival to cover all of your Sports Bra dilemmas. And we’ll have some exciting news to share closer to the event about a collaboration with a MAJOR brand that means we’ll be bringing you some great EVENT day deals!

Watch this space for more information, and if you’re participating don’t forget to scroll through your virtual race bag pre event to see what super specials you can get your hands on at the festival!

Catch  you there!

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