Hi, Lynette here.
I trust you have all enjoyed the lockdown sunshine; stopped to take a deep breath, enjoyed the birdsong, and said hello to many strangers while out and about like I have.
I thought it would be nice to take the time to explain something I’ve been passionate about and have been doing for over four years with the wonderful support of the Front Runner team.
I started up a small initiative of gathering up old running/sport shoes for Kids in Need. These are children from ten decile one schools, two High Schools and one Special School.
A lot of these children don’t own a closed-in shoe for winter, have never had a sports shoe, or are wearing shoes two sizes too small!!
It all began when I noticed I had five old pairs of running shoes sitting in the garage for gardening shoes.
As you are all aware, our running shoes do have a lifespan for each individual. We then pop them aside and buy a new pair.
Roll on four years and I have supplied these kids in need with over 2500 pairs of shoes, kindly gifted by our Front Runner community.
I asked the Principal who facilities the giving of the shoes if she was “over“ me dropping them off to her. Her answer was ‘we can never have enough as we run out every time
I wanted to continue to drive this wee project of mine so Oska and I are now looking at ways to expand this within our community.
So my big ask, while you’re still in your bubbles and have time to spring clean - grab those unwanted spare running/sport shoes (kids ones as well, as they are really needed) and drop them off in-store when we open back up. I’ll give them a clean and a sort, then drop them all off to the kids in need.
Believe me, a small gift of giving a pair of shoes makes you feel very humbled.
Take care and see you in-store soon
Greetings sports fans. We have been lucky weather-wise here in Christchurch over the last 5 days, being able to get outside for our mental and physical health. If you live near the hills, beach or parks especially good. For me being able to put my shoes on and run around the river here in Cashmere for 30 minutes a day has been good for my heart and head. I can run by my grandson's house and wave and say gidday, not quite the same as a hug, but maybe next week. I'm feeling fit and healthy.
My run along the river through the trees, lots of bird song, on the dirt track and along the grass park near Hero's, lots of walkers and buggy pushing parents is nice to see, it's still disconcerting to notice the hint of fear in the masked ones, as I pass 2 meters apart.
Oska has said to me he has been busy at the shop filling shoe orders all week. Great to be of service to you all. It's a bit lonely tho. I sure miss the time in the shop the last two weeks with Lynette, Sam, Tom, Kat, Judd, and Bailey being able to help my fellow runners, multi/sporters, walkers, and special customers get the best shoes possible for their endeavors. So my Mondays and Fridays have been filled with some spring cleaning around the house, reading, and watching La Vuelta on the tube.
I hope, shall i say, more relaxed guidance for our lives is forthcoming, so we can meet face to face to chat about our running dreams and goals at the Frontrunner Colombo.
With all this spare time on your hands you now have NO excuse for skipping that recovery routine!
I will share my go-to routine for you to take ideas from (or just copy!)
You will need:
• Foam Roller - all over muscle loosener
• Spikey Ball - fantastic for specific spots
• Winning attitude
These exercises I like to do post run but you could also do them as part of your pre run routine as well.
1. Foam roller: each muscle group do 20-30seconds
-Calves, hamstrings, quads, ITB, lower back and upper back. I like to lay over the foam roller through my upper back for a good stretch!
2. Spikey Ball: Each section do 10- 20 seconds
-Glute max, Glute med and Piriformis.
-Proximal (upper) Hamstring attachment where it meets the Glute.
-TFL (muscle belly to the ITB) which can be located laterally to the hip bone.
Rhomboids (between the shoulder blades)
3. Stretches - hold 20-30 seconds
Lower back - child's pose and thread the needle.
adductors (butterfly stretch)
Remember results come with consistency so it will take time- but stick it out and let me know how you are feeling in a week or so!
Good luck and have fun!
Running is something I do, not who I am. It's how I express myself and I do it because it makes me the best version of myself.
I get asked a-lot about how we choose events, train for them and keep myself motivated and dedicated.
The truth is, these things aren't always easy. In fact I think if you asked most athletes they would have some of these conversations 10 times over with themselves most days.
So how do we create self-belief? One that's so unbreakable, when shit is well and truly hitting the fan, it's rock solid. When every part of your brain and body is telling you to lie down and do nothing, you keep going?
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