I have been on a LCHF Ketogenic Diet for 10 months now. So I walk around in ketosis, so I don’t need help in my day to day life. So the key for this product to me, is can it help me with my running.
So I will be judging it on:
Is there a noticeable performance improvement, mentally and physically.
Is there a noticeable recovery improvement.
Cost – if the answer to the above is yes, is the price relative to the benefits.
Taste – no point running around the countryside with a bottle of chalky water is there. So it has to taste at least ok.
The “Ketogenic” ingredient in this sports drink is Beta Hydroxybutyrate. Which you will see versions of in other ketogenic products. These other products like Keto OS are very expensive, so it will be interesting to see what Ketone1 is priced at. I like how the product is zero carbs, and they use natural sweeteners and colours. The main sweetener in this is Stevia. I am not a fan of using any form of sweetener in my daily cooking, however I will make exceptions if it is in a running performance aid. As I will not be using them daily.
Before the race I was just telling myself to take it easy, and just treat it like a normal run out. It was my first parkrun since I started wearing barefoot/minimalist running shoes, so I knew I couldn’t run it at 100% effort. However at the back of my mind, I thought even at 80% effort I could still beat my PB of 00:29:06.
Anyway I imagine with a lot of runners best laid plans, my great plan went out of the window immediately. I got swept away with the runners around me, and set off quicker than I had planned. I was feeling good though, and about a mile in I could see the 25 minute pacer in front of me. That’s when I felt my left calf twinge a bit. So I slowed right down to protect the calf, and basically just jogged around the last two miles.
I felt really disappointed, but it is what it is. It’s all a learning curve. In fact I am going to incorporate more of these Parkrun’s into my training diary, to build up my race experience. So I can learn to stick to my own race, and not get carried away.
Regarding my calf, it was a little sore all Saturday. Then I walked two fells in the Lake District on Sunday, and my calves were ok. I could feel them a bit, but nothing major. So I don’t think I have done any major damage. I am going to miss my Tuesday run, just to be careful. Then hopefully they should be fine for my Thursday run.
Cost – £29.75 on 29th September 2016 from the Direct Sports, yes it is Direct Sports and not the Mr Ashley’s Sports Direct (for the UK readers). http://www.directsportseshop.co.uk/dssport/running/mens-compression/mens-compression-socks/2xu-compression-calf-guard-(white)-unisex?ProductID=9335
Fit – Great fit, they were tight all over but not uncomfortably tight. When you are running, you don’t really notice you have them on. I used the sizing guide from the 2XU official site, and it was really easy to follow and I ended up with the perfect size. It’s a good job I did this, as I would have probably ordered Med but I was a Small…. I do have pretty skinny calves!!!
Function – They are meant to aid recovery and prevent inflammation whilst running. I bought them mainly to prevent injury whilst running, as I have previously had 3 separate calf injuries occur whilst out on runs. Touch wood, I have had no calf injuries since I bought them, but I have also amended my training plan in an attempt to avoid further calf injuries.
Fashion – I think they look smart and professional, they might make me look like an actually runner too haha!!! I have worn them under tights, on top of tights, and in the summer I would be fine wearing them with shorts.
Disclaimer – I bought these myself with cold hard cash.
Conclusion – Look I don’t know if these aid recovery, and I don’t know if they prevent injury. I suspect they do help, but by what percentage I just don’t know. However with how frustrated I have been with calf injuries recently, even if they make me only 1% less likely to get a calf injury. Then they are worth it to me. If everyone had perfect training and recovery plans, then I am guessing they probably would not be needed. However I would be very surprised if I have stumbled across the perfect training plan, and I definitely do not want to break down with a calf injury in a Race. So I will continue wearing them.
The 2XU Compression Calf Guards are strategically designed to be exceptionally effective for the containment of the calf muscle when training and competing. Repeated muscle vibration is directly related to causing fatigue, muscle damage and shin splints. A versatile item that allows athletes to use their preferred sock and can also be worn under a wetsuit making transition times faster during triathlon.
Graduated compression to promote increased circulation for recovery
Highest power denier targeted support to calf + shins
Reduced fatigue in lower legs through less muscle oscillation
Reduced muscle soreness
Greater power output
High power PWX FLEX compression fabric with optimal breathability and flexibility supports the shin and calf muscles.
Flatlock seams to reduce chafe for greater comfort.
High filament yarns for dryness – wicks sweat from the skin to the fabric exterior.
Look different, so they stand out from a normal running shoe.
Specs: Weight 330gms pair size 42
Cost: Mid-High £100. Website does seem to have regular discounts though.
Look: I love the look of them. Black with neon Green is a strong combination. They look different enough, that you will stand out. However they are normal enough, that you will not look weird or pretentious. The perfect combo for me.
Comfort: Very comfortable. I have just bought some 5 finger socks. However my first 5 runs in these were without socks. Which caused no issues, for example no blisters or soreness.
Durability: I have only run in them 5 times, for 3 miles each. So I can’t comment on the durability yet. I will update further down the line on this. They do seem well made though, so I have high hopes for them. Also because they are barefoot shoes, the sole is obviously thin. However I have ran on roads and trails, without issue. The trail even had a section that was quite stony. I could feel the stones more than in normal shoes, but it certainly didn’t hurt and it never felt unsafe.
After reading Born To Run I was inspired to try Barefoot Running. This fits into my lifestyle and beliefs. I live a high fat primal style of eating, so it makes sense I should run in a primal way too. I am very impressed with these shoes, and I would definitely recommend them. I am new to running in general and especially barefoot running. So I have nothing to compare these to, I have never used Inov-8’s or Vibram’s. So my 80% score reflects the fact that as my first barefoot shoe, I am very happy with them.
Conclusion: Seems like a good introductory shoe into Barefoot running, and I am looking forward to progressing in them.
I have been suffering from a calf injury for the last 2 weeks. I think I am just about healed, and should be able to run in a couple of days.
It was quite a bad strain or pull. Even after 5 days I was still walking gingerly.
My mam is a Sound Therapist, using sound as a way to heal and relax. She lent me a Otto 128 tuning fork, to help with the injury.
You can use the fork onto energy points for general wellness, but you can also put it directly onto injured muscles to aid recovery.
The way the injury was healing I was expecting to be out for 3 weeks or so, yet I have recovered in two. I noticed a vast improvement in a couple of days. There are some scientific reasons tuning forks may work, which I have attached a link below. However I am not well educated in the field to say why these work, I just know they work….. and that is good enough for me.
Disclaimer – I have not been given any products from Happy Kombucha to review, I am just a normal customer.
So I have had my Kombucha kit for a few months now, and I was really please with it. I was easily producing 20 bottles of 200ml Kombucha a week. Some of which I shared, but mainly kept it to myself haha !!!
However a couple of weeks ago, the container started leaking from the tap. So I was pretty annoyed as I thought my scoby would be ruined, so I emailed the company. They replied back really quickly and advised that the tap needed tightening. In attempting to do this, the seal came away and made the leak worse. Now the scoby would surely be ruined, as there wasn’t much liquid for the scoby to live in. I sent them another email, and they promised to send a replacement tap and seal. These arrived a couple of days later, which I was really happy about.
I took the now rather large scoby out of the container and did a bit of maintenance with it. I probably cut it down to a 1/4 of the size, and placed it into the jug with the remaining liquid. I then attached the new tap, and tested if the seal was ok. It was. So I replaced the scoby and liquid. I have been building up the Kombucha slowly for the last couple of weeks. I hope to be able to bottle up a new batch in a few days.
All in all, happy with the customer service. I already make my own Sauerkraut, but I am thinking of experimenting with Kefir soon. If I do, I will be happy to use the Happy Kombucha again for the starter kits.
My first batch of Kombucha is ready, and to quote Anakin Skywalker from The Phantom Menace….YIPEE!!!!
For those that don’t know, Kombucha is fermented sweet tea. Sounds weird I know, but I am brewing it for its health benefits. So I figured even if it tasted horrible, I would just down it as a tonic. However I was pleasantly surprised. When I get more experienced with the brewing process, it should be a very enjoyable drink.
The taste of the first batch was a little sour though. This is probably down to the fact that the instructions recommended leaving it to ferment for 7-10 days and I left it for 14 days. Overall it was a success. It tastes a little bit like White Wine. So I think I will drink the first batch with a bit of Soda Water, and make Kombucha Spritzer’s. I am using a Continuous Batch method, so the container is already filled back up with Sweet Tea. I will just leave it 7 days this time, so it should be sweeter.
So how did I get onto the Kombucha Train? Well I started a Ketogenic Diet in January’16. The first 6 weeks were a breeze. Then TRAIN CRASH… for 2 weeks I had really bad digestive issues. So I tracked what I was eating, to see what I was doing wrong. I fathomed that I was not getting enough Fibre and no apparent sources of Probiotics. As well as eating a lot of Cheese and Cream. So I tweaked my diet a bit. I started having a vegetable smoothie, which includes an Avacado, Spincah, Corriander, Mint, Basil, Psyllium Husk and Flax Seed. Therefore getting a large portion of Fibre straight away. Then after my salad for lunch, I have some natural yoghurt with a hand full of berries and nuts. This gets some probiotics into my system. But to take the probiotics to the next level, I have started making sauerkraut and now have my Kombucha.
The below stated benefits of Kombucha are taken from;