Wow. A lot of you had some really great comments on running on an empty stomach.
In the ‘don’t eat’ camp - my Dad thinks it helps you get faster, especially when getting faster over shorter distances. Kayla reckons I’ll get used to it. Cristina seems to think it’s no biggie (tough apparently she’s an almond butter fiend!) and she’s a crazy triathlete, so if she can do it, I can
In the ‘feed me’ column are my Auntie Mardi, who I really seem to take after when running, and Abby, who seems to be more similar to my normal routine – food but not too much.
Stupid body – why can’t it just do what I want it to?
The U-B-Safe 1
Ok, so check out this nifty device:
Any clues as to what it does?
Imagine it on a hat or headband; or, as I did, on your running tank.
This little thing measures your exposure to UV, and tells you when you’ve had your daily dose. It turns out that my daily dose is often long before I would like it to be!
See how I have mine on ’2′? It means that my skin-type is just slightly more hardy than ‘always burn’.
You can reset it every day so that it records your daily dose for your skin type. The idea is that once it starts beeping (it sings), you head inside away from those nasty UV rays and potential skin cancer. Given the disturbing rate of melanoma in Australia, the idea is brilliant. It prevents cancer.
The U-B-Safe-1 is solar-powered, and clips on to a hat or headband. Personally, I don’t wear a hat running (I can hear you tsssking) so I tried it out on my headband and on my tank instead. The solar panels are at the top, so the less obstruction there is, the better.
The good news is that it’s easy to use, requires no effort or upkeep, is water-resistant, and helps you to monitor your exposure to dangerous rays.
On the downside, wearing it on your hat does make you look like a bit of a tool – but being sun safe doesn’t revolve around fashion!
More importantly, I, like many runners, am neurotic and will never end my run for anyone. Not for dogs. Not for wet weather. Not for hills. Not for lack of footpath. Not for tired legs. And not, not, not, for a little device that beeps at the turn-around point of a 10km run. When you’re 5km from home, there’s just no going inside. So I knew I’d had my share of UV, and yet my only real option was to turn off the thing and keep running. Not particularly helpful – or healthy.
And, as an aside, it too me ages to figure out why I could hear something beeping. I stopped and checked my watch at least 5 times before I remembered I was wearing the device!
Don’t get me wrong, this thing is brilliant. If you’re someone who spend a lot of time in the sun, it’s well worth it. Details are on the website.
However, neurotic runners be warned – are you really going to listen to it?
*I was given the U-B-Safe-1 to try, for free. I wasn’t paid, but I was given a run-down on its benefits and uses. And I really do think it’s great
Finally, it’s the last day of the month – so head over to the Goal Getter challenge and get those goals up on instagram.
Tomorrow I am going to feature a couple of goals, and hopefully we can inspire each other to keep ‘em coming! On the last day of each month, tag a picture with #goalgetter2013 on instagram, and share what you’ve achieved.
In January, my goal was to get faster. At the moment, I run a 10km at a 12km/hr pace (5 mins/km).
This is last week’s tempo:
I’m getting faster!
What was your goal for January?
Have you achieved it?
Would you use the U-B-Safe-1?
How do you protect yourself from the sun?