Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Aside from being another glorious day in the UK's April heat wave, Sunday was the marathon. It has really inspired me to get my trainers out and do a few laps of the park, perhaps even getting fit enough to do my own marathon (one day!). As well as being great all-round cardio, it will help me reduce my stress levels and tone my butt! Here are my top five products for people wishing to take up running...

SPIRU-TEIN GOLD, £28.50 for 545g
To give yourself some extra energy before you run try using SPIRU-TEIN GOLD. It's a (veggie-friendly)  protein shake from Nature’s Plus.  Containing a blend of energising proteins, essential vitamins and minerals and live whole food enzymes - it ensures you are able to run for longer with a spring in your step.
TWIST N SIP, £2.99

On the run
Every runner knows that you need to stay hydrated for optimal performance. Muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue and heat stroke are all problems athletes can run into (excuse the pun) if they don't take on the proper amount of fluid. Sistema have designed the ultimate water bottle to ensure you keep your water levels topped up on the go - the TWIST N SIP. Its unique design means that you don’t have to worry about spillages and it has a slender waist - just like yours after a few sessions - making it comfortable to hold while you speed through the park!

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, £1.22
Pot of luck
I was told by a friend who did the marathon that she saw loads of disgusting things as she worked her way round the course, including people bleeding through their nipples! Yuck! Apparently chaffing is a real problem for long distance runners, so they should lube up with Vaseline on thighs and nipples! It has other uses for runners to, including on your heels before donning trainers -preventing blisters, to stop sweat interrupting your vision  and to keep lips moisturised and protected against the elements... So pop a little Vaseline in your kit bag essential to make crossing the finish line not only a memorable, but a pain-free experience!

Nike Running Arm Wallet, £10
The key to your success
The single most annoying thing about running is finding something comfortable to hold your keys! These little armbands are a lifesaver - you can usually fit an iPod in too, so you can run to the beat!

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle, £20 50ml

Post race
If you're suffering from aches, pain, stiffness or tension, give yourself a rub down with Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel. It contains aromatic waters and essential oils of Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper & Lavender to deliver an immediate localised soothing and warming effect to release tension in aching muscles and joints. It is so lovely - you can also warm muscles up with this fab gel to prepare them for training.... your legs will love you if you spoil them with this!

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