Last week we learned about trail running races everyone can do in HK. This week, we’re talking about running in the right gear, namely, shoes. So, can you wear your ordinary runners on the trails or do you need a trail specific shoe? And if so, which one?
The short answer is yes but the practical answer is, preferably not.
Trail running shoes are different from ordinary runners in two ways: (1) they’re more robust to handle tree roots, rocks and other obstacles that you may subject your poor tootsie to while on the run, and (2) they provide better grip when running on common trail surfaces, like rocks and, if it rains, slippery, muddy surfaces. So while you can run with your ordinary runners - no problemo – you may find that over certain terrain you’re not as speedy or as well protected as you may be in a trail running shoe.
So, which shoe?
I love heading out and getting lost on the trails – lost in my thoughts, lost in the stark contrast of the concrete jungle I live in and lost in the beauty of it all.
Because of my passion for the subject, I often get asked what’s the best way to get involved. It sort of makes me laugh as the first time I ran on Hong Kong’s trails was with a US$20 helmet on my head* – and that was only three years ago.
That said, I’ve run many more trails since then (thankfully sans the helment) and have managed to acquire a bit of know how over the years. Since I’ve had many people ask me for more info, over the next few weeks (to coincide with the imminent arrival of the trail running season), I will endeavour to craft HKAB’s Rookies Guide to Hong Kong trails!!
When the weather in Hong Kong plays nice, the results are picture perfect and being inside is a crime. Here are three outdoor fitness classes that you should check out, especially as the weather starts to cool down.
1. Ape Fit
Linds showing us how it’s done
The brainchild of the effervescent Linds Russell, Ape Fit doesn’t feel like a fitness class, more like playtime for adults. That doesn’t mean it’s not challenging though – I left the end of my 1 hour class absolutely pooped (which takes a lot these days) and wondering how the hell Linds managed to get us doing paired-TRX weight runs, an upper body strength circuit, frog-jumps (pictured above), ape walks… the list went on. The mind boggled. The body complained. But dang it felt good!
I don’t know about you, but I get tired living in Hong Kong. Exhausted. Recently I haven’t been able to get through the day without a second coffee – double shot. I’ve been screaming to the heavens for an answer, and though I don’t have them all, I’ve figured out something: living in Hong Kong, you have to take your vitamins.
I know some might disagree, and arguably on a balanced diet you shouldn’t need vitamins, but who has a balanced diet? Really? Who in this town gets enough sleep? And who doesn’t slip up with a few too many vinos post work every now and then (or more than now and then)?
As I exercise quite a bit, I’ve been researching what I can take for general health and also what I can take to support my body in its rigorous regime. More than anything, I figure that I take so much from our bodies daily, it’s nice to give it something back.
Buckle in, here is my list of vitamins and minerals that I take regularly and why.
There were many things about Miley Cyrus’ shocking 2013 VMA performance that had me concerned, but one in particular was her enlarged, white-coated and unhealthy looking tongue. Gross. Put that thing away girl!
But why do I care about Miley’s tongue? After spending a bit of time over the years in the offices of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists trying to sort out digestive issues, I’ve come to realise the importance of the tongue as an indicator of all over body health. If you’ve ever been to one of these practitioners, you will know that one of the first things they do is ask you to poke out your tongue. Read More
Are you detox-curious? After months of wondering what a detox felt like, looked like and smelt like, I finally took the plunge the other week, faced my “hangry” fears and embraced a bit of detoxification, opting for a two day juice detox with Genie Juice.
Now, depending on whether you’re in the hardcore detox camp, the cynic camp or the detox-fearing camp, your response to my 2-day juice detox will likely either be “Two days is not a detox pffttt”, “You went on a detox WHY? You know it’s just a marketing scam” or “OMG you went without solid food for TWO WHOLE DAYS?!?!”
Whichever camp you’re in, I bet you’re all still a little curious about the whys, the whats and the hows. Here are a few thoughts on my detox experience.