After running for over a decade (4 marathons completed and many other races), I still believe there are many things I can learn from other runners and fitness enthusiasts.
If I compare how I was fit and prepared to run my first marathon (the London Marathon 2011) and my last one (just a few weeks ago in Paris), one of the main differences is definitely that I know so much more about my body and how far I can push it.
Running before I had become a mum was so different. I was not very passionate about it back then, just kind of trying to keep in shape. My body changed so much after giving birth, and one of the struggles I had to fight was my core muscles were weakened and I developed the runner’s knee while training for my first marathon.
Back then I didn’t really know much about why every runner also needs to work hard on their core muscles. These days when training for a marathon I always make sure that I also go swimming as well as to my fave spinning and pilates on a weekly basis.
When I gave birth to my second daughter, I was so addicted to running I could not wait to go back to it. I miss running with Olivia in my Out n’ About Nipper Sport up very steep hills. When she was a bit older, she was shouting and encouraging me and people were turning their heads and smiling when they spotted us.
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Many of mums at the school gates were asking me about buggy-running and I am so pleased this is not such a unique thing to see these days as mums should not stop running just because they have nobody to look after their little ones. Run with them, is always my answer.
Anyway, what I was suggesting was that after my second childbirth, I knew exactly what to do to make sure I did not develop the runners and knee. I worked hard on strengthening my core muscles and am very happy to say since then I never struggled with the runner’s knee while training for my next marathons.
There is a reason why “core” is the core of our bodies and we all need to keep on strengthening these muscles.
Every year since 2013 I have been part of Product of the Year jury. I was delighted to see WonderCore® Smart won the core fitness category in 2018. It was my favorite product and let me tell you a bit more about it.
I am all about exercising outside and love the fact this product is not too bulky and easy to carry outside too. It was super easy to set up and start using. It comes with a very handy exercise guide which shows you clearly how to use it and what exercise you can do.
What else do you get? There is also a DVD with two 35mins workouts and a nutrition guide which I was very keen to try out. As I say, there is always space in my life for improvement and love trying new things.
Features I like:
compact, easy to store
easily adjustable resistance
great for strengthening your core & toning arms
As a runner, I often focus on exercises that involve my core and leg muscles. Unfortunately, I have always been very slack with working on toning my arms, and am hoping to change this with WonderCore® Smart.
I know it’s not going to happen overnight and as with everything, it’s all about regular workouts. Wish me a good luck, and hopefully, I will be sharing a pic of my toned arms soon!
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