Saturday, July 28th, 2012
It’s the summer of sport! And with so much awesomeness happening over the next few weeks, Puma have brought me on board to do a spot of blogging for them. They have a great sports/lifestyle space on Brick Lane called Puma Yard and as I’m an East London resident, they wanted to get a feel for what life’s like for me as I live, work and play in this part of the city. So, keep an eye out here and over on Puma.com and Puma.com/YARD for updates. Exciting times!
Friday, July 6th, 2012
This week I was lucky enough to head over to France with Le Coq Sportif to watch a leg of the Tour de France. Having only ever watched bits and pieces of it on TV, I was excited to learn more about this event and felt lucky to be in the sponsors camp with Le Coq Sportif. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Monday, April 30th, 2012
When I started running, it was a solitary experience. Running at 5:30am, under the cover of darkness, hoping no one would see me having to take a walk break and nurse a stitch. For my first half marathon in October 2010, Charlie Dark came to my aid and offered to run it with me. Without his support that day, I would most likely still be on the course in floods of tears. That day, I realised the importance of a little encouragement. When I asked if people would like to run my next half marathon in Paris with me, I honestly expected two people to reply. Twenty did. And so, Team Bangs on the Run was born. A happy accident to start with, it has become more than I could ever have imagined.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
What a whirlwind period of awesome it’s been in the life and times of Bangs of late. Racing in Berlin, starting Spikes & Heels, just having so many damn awesome people in my life – I wake up every day high fiving life! To add to it all, myself and two of my Team Bangs on the Run girls are featured in the May issue of Zest Magazine. We did the shoot a month or so back and had an absolute blast doing it (which is pretty evident from the finished product methinks).
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
On Monday night I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new Nike GPS Sportswatch powered by Tom Tom at the Nike Running store in Covent Garden. It just so happened that Olympic Gold medalist, the legendary Carl Lewis and 400m hurdler and British 2012 hopeful Perri Shakes Drayton were there for a little question and answer session. Lovely vibes all round, with of course, the added distraction of how ridiculously good Carl Lewis still looks. Damn him!
The two athletes shared their thoughts on training, race days, preparation, mentality and everything in between. The audience of 50 or so people was made up of Nike Plus users and everyone was really appreciative to hear the perspective and advice from the professionals.
I grabbed a few minutes with Perri after the Q & A. Considering all eyes are on her, with hopes of her nabbing a medal in 2012, this 22 year old, Brunel University student is incredibly down to earth, taking it all in her stride (there’s a pun in here somewhere about overcoming hurdles, but I’ll leave it alone). In fact, She’s not even thinking about the Olympics right now – she’s got a World Championship to get out the way this year first, so that’s where her focus lies.
We discussed the variety in her training – weights being something she doesn’t enjoy, but, she says ‘I think about my competitors. If they’re doing it, if this is what it takes, I have to do it.’ She also said when she has really hard training sessions and her legs are killing her and it hurts to even sit down, she wonders ‘why am I doing this to myself?’ – but she knows that if she doesn’t train, she’ll feel bad.
Coming off the back of running the Paris Half Marathon, it was really great to speak to someone as dedicated and focused as Perri – while I may never be on her level, she’s an inspiration to us all.
The Nike Plus GPS Sportswatch will be available in stores in April.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
*Giveaway now CLOSED*
So, as I’ve been running like a madwoman over these past few months, I’ve obviously had to deal with some adverse weather conditions. Gloves are a must, but regular gloves just don’t cut it – they get far too sweaty. But aside from that, the major problem I was finding was that my Nike Plus app that I use to track my runs is on my iPhone and having to take my gloves on and off anytime I wanted to see the data while running was proving problematic.
Enter the eGlove!
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Last week, myself and some members of Team Bangs on the Run were invited to the launch of the new Nike Training Club App. Now that Team Bangs are all super fitness geeks, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to test out the app that let’s you work out whenever and wherever you want.
Some of the Nike PR and Marketing team gave us the skinny on why the app was created and how it works. It’s all about getting more women involved in sport and what with my Team Bangs on the Run mission, that’s something I’ve come to be all about! iTouch handsets were handed around the crowd so we could see how the app works.
What I really like about the app is that you can tailor your workout to be exactly what you want it to be. Set an area you want to work on or do an all over workout – it’s up to you. Whether you just have 15 minutes to spare or want a 45 minute killer session, you can pretty much tailor it to your exact needs. There are videos to demonstrate each exercise, a Nike trainer talks you through it, each exercise is timed and your progress is all recorded. It really is like having your own personal trainer in your pocket.
I thought that’s all the evening would involve, but apparently, Nike had other plans. We all moved into another room where we’d do a little workout. Cool, I thought, a little vanity workout for the cameras. Umm, how wrong was I? Ten minutes into this thing, when they had us doing burpees and I wanted to die, I wondered what the hell I’d got myself into. Two trainers were up on the stage, going through the exercises like it was just a stroll in the park, while even the fittest in the crowd (which included two Nike athletes) huffed and puffed and got a good sweat going. A DJ pumped out some banging tunes and for reasons still unclear to me, was allowed to just spin records and somehow avoid the thigh burning squats we had to do – the jammy bastard!
Anyhoo, it was great fun and a good demonstration of the types of exercises included on the app. I’ll definitely be using it for some of the great ab workouts it has on there, which I think are my favourite so far.
The app is free and available to download now. Give it a go!