B&O Beoplay E8 earphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 First Impressions

Running without music is boring. Really, really boring.

I discovered this when I first began running. I would get bored of the activity within about five minutes of stepping out the door. Once I had purchased an armband and strapped on my phone, my whole running world changed. I was able to lose myself in the music, I had something to take my mind off the monotony of the run.
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Tanita RD-953 Body Composition Monitor

Tanita RD-953 InnerScan DUAL Body Composition Monitor

First Impressions

The world of fitness is fairly new to me. It wasn’t until last year that a few home truths about my lifestyle choices opened my eyes to the need to take my health a little more seriously. Imagine my surprise when I learnt just how much amazing technology there is out there to really help me get back into some kind of shape!

One of the most surprising pieces of equipment that I have recently discovered is Tanita’s Body Composition Monitors. I was amazed when I found out just how much data I can gain about my body, just by standing on something that essentially looks like a set of bathroom scales.

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Three kilometre run Fitbit Blaze

The Fast Three

Recently I decided to mix things up a little bit with my running. The constant five kilometre run, three days a week, had become a little stale and that had led to the feeling of plateau. After some thought, I decided to run the usual five kilometre route on Mondays, an extended route each Saturday morning, and a Fast Three every Thursday morning.

When Thursday came round, I was ready to go. No more slow and steady, this was now all about speed. I set off and I set off fast…

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Fitness break on through

Break on Through

A few weeks ago I wrote about the plateaus and potholes of running. I had made plenty of quick gains, but found that the going got a lot harder after that. However, I knew that I had to persist and that sooner or later, I would see improvements again.

Last Saturday morning I woke up at the usual 5 am. It was an effort – there is always a large part of me that wishes to stay in bed on a Saturday morning. But I know how important it is to keep going, so out the door I went.

As I walked out the front door, the familiar voice of Jim Morrison blared through my earbuds. He urged me to break on through to the other side. Yes, I know he was most likely referring to drug use, but in my immediate context I took it as a pep talk from the long-departed legend of rock. It was time for me to break on through – time to move off the plateau and run hard. There and then I decided to run an extra kilometre. For possibly the first time in my life, I would run six kilometres.

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