Running Uphill. Pimping the Beast

This one is a little late.

Life gets in the way a lot at the moment.  It happens, and as a friend told me, “Ride the wave, you will be ok”.

I rid that damn wave, and took my frustration out on a run!

Remember that time last week when I told you about my run about going Up, Down and Around the Mount?

Well this time I ran around, up, down and around!  Adding another Kilometer to my run.

8k 28th July | On a Jam Hunt Blog

And when I say I ran “Up”, I actually ran Up a lot of it.  Whilst dying, but I shuffled my butt up quicker!

8k Charts | On a Jam Hunt Blog

Now, last time I boosted up from the base to the peak in 18 minutes, this time I did take 20, I ran in the afternoon instead of the morning, the weather was warmer and there were double the amount of people on the Mount.  It was hard to maneuver my way around.

I think once I start doing more than 12k on my long runs, I will have to change my venue, perhaps go out to TECT park if I have the time.

I was pretty chuffed with knocking out that 8k, however the first 3k felt like an uncoordinated mess!

My leg played up again!

So I ordered some 2XU compression socks to help with the circulation in my right calf – ankle – foot.  Hopefully it will help to reduce the strain on my lower leg muscles, reduce the likelihood of shinsplints and help to tidy up my form.
I am getting a bit tired of having this issue, so I am hoping it will bring me some better results.

In other news…

On the 1st of Aug, I am going full paleo for 31days.  Jessie, The Paleo Kiwi is setting himself the following objectives:


And we all know how I love a good challenge!

This works well with the current things I have going on, but I will have to go back to my book Paleo Diet for Athletes, just to make sure I don’t bonk on a long run.  This is something I am particularly concerned about, but will be sure to do all I can to nail it!


Over the drama of the weekend, and into a new and fresh week.

Coming back, and hitting it hard!

Ready to up the k’s a smidge,

Becoming Beast!

See you in a bit,

Jay 🙂



Compression Gear not compressing!! – Pimping the Beast

Those bicycle crunches Dwyane (of Bossfit BootCamp) has been making me do are certainly working…
…how do I know?


Compression Failure | On a jam_hunt blog

This here is my short term solution to keeping my Compression gear up!

However I did bite the bullet and did buy new stuff, I was just waiting for a good deal on 1Day deal site, coz I am stingy!

Diadora Compression Longs | On a Jam Hunt Blog


For a considerably low price Diadora compression gear is pretty good.  I bought the top picture pair of Compression longs probably over a year or so ago, and they would probably still do their job hadn’t I lost the weight.

Although it may not be as ‘Compressing’ as other stuff that I have tried, the Diadora stuff does the job!
They are also the most comfortable things to run in no matter what the weather!

I am a Scrooge in general really, I don’t like to spend too much on anything.  When it comes to my Race Day kit, I tend to invest a little more.
There is nothing worse than getting 5-10k into an event and realising that that hydration pack is actually really uncomfortable and is causing you to chafe, or that trendy racer back shirt doesn’t do a good job at moisture wicking.
When it comes to race day I do my homework and I train on things until I find what works.

There is not too much evidence to support some Compression Gear Manufacturers claims of increasing performance etc, but for me it is about comfort and in particular, helps with my enlarged calf.

Years ago I developed a DVT that created a permanent enlargement of one of my calf muscles.  I found at my 1st half marathon earlier this year my lower leg felt like I was hauling lead for the full first half of the run.  All professionals I approached about dealing with issue recommended I try Compression socks when running longer distances.
I plan to look for something a bit more high quality than the cheap compression gear I already own.  2XU and other brand names have been thrown around so I will soon be in the market to buy me a couply pairs to use on my Saturday Long runs.


Will these compression longs make me any more badass?

Probably not.

But they will make me look the part, and the are comfy as heck!

Even took them for a run/wog today!

Jay 🙂

P.S. Fitness is on the Up, body is feeling good!  Rest tomorrow, Long Run Saturday, Recovery run Sunday.  Woop woop!