Bee Prepared Daily Defence Immune Support £9.99
Running – and any form of exercise – can lead to a reduction in the body’s natural defences against bacterial and viral infections; we all know that any good training plan has to be built on staying illness free. Fortifying your immune system naturally is essential for feeling your best when undertaking a health and fitness regime. Bee Prepared Daily Defence is an immune support formula that contains a combination of high quality natural ingredients to promote a healthy immune system. It is packed full with powerful antioxidants, with it’s key nutrient being bee propolis. I recently fought off a harsh summer cold that hit the rest of the family, and cannot advocate the health benefits of bee propolis enough!
Salming Speed Shoe, £100
Salming are a Swedish brand of natural running shoes; Salming, as a manufacturer of sports equipment have been around for quite a while, though their running shoes have just hit the UK market.
Spotting this new brand at the London Marathon expo, I was keen to trail the Speed Shoe. This shoe features a minimal drop from heel to toe of just 5mm, setting up a natural running posture, and is best suited for neutral, mid-foot strikers such as myself. As soon as you slip it on you get an idea of how light and flexible the shoe is, stimulating the foot’s natural movements; it’s incredibly lightweight, with a narrow toe box, funky lacing system, superior fit and has a highly breathable mesh upper. Designed to function in more rugged environments, the Speed Shoe utilises a three layer upper construction, plus the Exo Skeleton design stabilises the foot in lateral movements. The RunLite™ midsole features a special High Abrasion Injection EVA and the durable rubber compound and lightweight blown rubber gives you a great feel for the ground. Not only does this shoe fit and feel like a slipper, it looks great.
Iffley Road WOMEN’S HALF ZIP, £70
If you haven’t heard of Iffley Road, the athletics aficionados among you might recognise the roots of the name. The brand takes its inspiration from the track where Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier, and specialises in stylish, technical running wear. The styling is definitely vintage – which makes it stand out from the competition; what you also get from Iffley Road is beautiful finishes and detail. These short sleeved tops are made from a bespoke Dri-release fabric that looks and feels like cotton but actually performs like polyester, so is deceptively lightweight. What I like about this top is that the colour range is unique. I’ve already tested their shorts, which I loved, and I’m really looking forward to their autumn/winter range to see what they can offer me. If you want to look stylish out on the roads and the trails, then this is the kit for you. It’s not cheap, but then style isn’t!
Royce Lingerie Impact Free Petite Sports Bra (30-36 A-D) £22
Being a bit on the, well, small side, I really rated this petite sports bra which has been designed specifically for the smaller frame. The racer back design is stylish and the fit was perfect; in fact I couldn’t tell I was wearing it. This bra offers excellent support while you are running and is comfortable. There was no rubbing and no bounce. This bra also comes with integral modesty pads to give a good shape under your kit; these can be easily removed allowing the pockets to be used to hold a prosthesis as well.
Royce Lingerie states it’s Impact Free Sports range is designed to help ladies feel comfortable, confident and well- supported, no matter the type of exercise, and I would definitely agree!
CLIF Bar £1.60
America’s favourite energy bar, CLIF Bar, is now available in Boots and Tescos nationwide, in six flavours: Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Blueberry Crisp, Chocolate Almond Fudge and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. If, like me, you have to eat whilst I’m running (not always easy) you will probably find CLIF Bars easy to digest.
CLIF Bar is a source of protein and fibre and contains 11 vitamins including B6 and B12 which contribute to the normal release of energy for use in the body. This carbohydrate rich energy bar also supplies working muscles with the fuel they need for extended periods of activity, helping you to keep out on those trails or tracks for longer – what every runner wants.
Naked Volume Shampoo and Conditioner £4.07
Always jumping in the shower after your training? Infuse some life back into your hair with Naked’s 97 per cent natural and sulphate-free Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, and give your hair the ultimate workout after you’ve bagged your miles. The shampoo offers wheat protein and chicory extracts, whilst the conditioner includes grape, passionflower and corn extracts. Both are free of parabens or petrochemicals.
Gore Sunlight Lady Pant ¾ £59.99
Spring is here, which means it’s time to step out of your comfort kit and expose some skin! I’ve been trialling Gore’s Urban Run collection and think these ¾ baggy pants offer the most style for spring/summer 2014. As with all Gore kit the high quality of their performance fabric is unrivalled. The fabric is incredibly light and breathable, with subtle flashes of colour that help you stand out from the running crowd. What you get for your money is a loose, comfortable fit but with a stylish design. The soft elastic waistband is adjustable and the wide elastic knee-cuffs give a different look. Two hip pockets and a reflective print on the back adds to versatility. I love them!
Moving Comfort Switch It Up Racer £28
Having just hit the stores (or the websites) in February, I was keen to try the new Moving Comfort Switch It Up Racer. Every woman wants to get double for their money, and the manufacturers have finally cottoned on to this! I loved both the print and the solid design; the style isn’t compromised when this compression top is reversed. The DriLayer Silver odour resistant fabric adds functionality, and the fabric covered bottom band adds softness. It’s also 50 UPF. Guaranteed to add a flash of colour to your spring or summer kit – that is, if we ever get the weather to throw off our winter layers!
ON Cloud trainers £110.00
I’m sure you’ve seen runners at races wearing ON trainers, and, well, they look different, don’t they? You’ve got to put these trainers ‘ON’ to realise how different the ride is from other traditional trainers. Here’s the technology bit: split by a central channel, the CloudTec® sole reacts to your individual movement path. The clever lacing system includes a slip-on-and-go style speed lace to fit your foot like a glove. It’s the 16 hollow pods that will provide you with superior cushioning. Couple that with Zero-Gravity foam, and the Cloud is starting to look like a trainer that fulfils your every need. On top of all this, the latest editions look good, and for me, this is essential. If I have to slip on my trainers to nip out to the shop, or go on the school run, I want them to look good. Don’t you?