Running, Rhythm and Reforestation
Around the end of February 2021, I lost my running mojo…
I had run about 300km since the new year, so was hitting around 35 kilometers a week, but I started to develop some heel pain, the dreaded runners plantar fasciitis.
I eased off for a couple of weeks, rested, ice packs, calf stretching and gentle massage, and it quickly improved.
I then planned a run in the 2nd week of march, but I simply didn’t enjoy it. I was pain free, but I felt sluggish, heavy, and ultimately quite bored. I had completely lost my mojo and running was a real uphill struggle.
Luckily, as the evenings were getting lighter, I started to get out on my mountain bike more, which I love too, but like many runners, I missed running, and I kept trying little runs, but having no joy.
Music was the answer
It was around this time I had written a blog post on running wearables, which had stirred up quite a lot of debate on several facebook running forums. It was about keeping safe whilst using wearables, but it made me think about one thing in particular, and this was running with music.
I always have music playing when I’m driving or training martial arts, yet I had never really got into music during running, I had always found my beat, my stride, my cadence just fine without a tune playing, but I needed to try something new.
I didn’t have any wireless headphones or ear buds, only headphones with wires which were awkward to run with, so I started looking for a suitable product for me. My search led me to a truly amazing company The House Of Marley and in particular several of their products.
Whilst there are a lot of companies that make wireless headphones and buds, what I particularly like about The House of Marley is that they stand for global reforestation and ocean preservation amongst other things, which should be top of everyone’s list when buying products these days. Not to mention, their products just look really awesome, and as I discovered, feel amazing to wear too.
I decided on the Champion True Wireless Earbuds.
They arrived within a few days (in recycled packaging as you would imagine), and are beautifully presented in their case which is also a charger and power bank for them.
They fit snugly but don’t make my ears sore, they feel safe and secure and they are sweat and water resistant.
My first run out with my new buds put a smile on my face and a spring in my step, running was easy again.
Big thank you to The House of Marley, now to make some running playlists!!
Happy running everyone
Sam and the PodiPedia team.