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RecoFit: Ice Cool Compression

When I first started running (a little seriously) last year, my calves suffered the most. I am a forefoot striker (very) and back then, my strides were very wide.

It had gotten to the point where I had to take 1 week off from running for it to recover. That was when I sought after every possible recovery/injury prevention method known to man. My friends suggested that I try compression garment.

IMG_9421 The compression garment that I was using certainly helped in supporting my calves and enhancing the recovery. I wore them during my runs, races and even to sleep. But after a while, I stopped because I had some skin irritation.

It was also around the same time when I started piling on the mileage in preparation for the marathon distance. With the increase in mileage, I increased my cadence and decreased my stride length. Since then, my calves have been A-Okay!

Until……

This year! 2015! They were still doing great for the first half of 2015.

After the dengue attack which left me mileage-less for 2 whole weeks, my body had to “relearn” a thing or two. All my “old” pains and injuries started cropping up again, especially those that I suffered from when I first started running!

RecoFit to the rescue!

And then, RecoFit compression sleeves came along.IMG_9423 RecoFit is designed by Susan Walton of Move Sport. As an active person, she was battling injuries too (shin splints).

She decided to create her very own product by cutting and sewing this sleeve using carbon based performance textile from Italy (Resistex). This product offers gradient compression and post exercise recovery treatment with ice packs!

Susan basically stuck with the R.I.C.E healing concept.

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I-Ice

C-Compress

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As she suffered from shin splints, the design of this product was geared towards that. For runners suffering from calf strains, you can just turn the sleeve so that the ice pack sits behind your calf muscle. You will know what I am talking about after you watch the video!

My Thoughts:

Very innovative. Compression garment WITH ICE PACKS?! WIN! I love putting them on after hard training or after a race and it feels SO GOOD!

It fits like a glove. It doesn’t suffocate your muscles and most importantly the seams are soft and they are light on your skin. I have slept with them without skin irritation.

If you happen to suffer from calf or shin splints, you can check them out.

The best part is that there’s a DISCOUNT for my readers!

The Details:

Flash my blogpost from your mobile device at the counter before purchase

*Valid for one month from the date of this blogpost*

Address:

ION Concept Store,

Lot G-10, Ground Floor, Jaya Shopping Centre,

Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14,

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Tel no.: 03-7931 4662

Where: Look for the Recofit rack inside the store!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ionconceptstoreJSC/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Official Website: https://recofit.co/

Kit Kat Green Tea!

If you know me, you’ll know my obsession over GREEN TEA!

Green Tea Ice Cream, Green Tea Smoothie, Green Tea Candy, PURE GREEN TEA…… you get my point 😉

Ok, I am not the biggest fan of chocolates (since young). You wouldn’t see me craving or buying chocolates. I have them occasionally.

Kit Kat Green Tea has always been a rather special treat when friends/family members bring them back from overseas. And now, Nestle Malaysia has finally decided to bring in Kit Kat Green Tea! 


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I had the opportunity to join in the buzz on the launch of this product at Farenheit 88. It was a small event with Mr Sachin Goel, Business Exec Manager of the Confectionery Business Unit, giving the opening speech and introducing the product.

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The best part was of course getting a taste of Kit Kat Green Tea that is 100% made in Malaysia! It is made with authentic Japanese Green Tea powder and mixed with white confectionery over their signature wafer. It does have a rich green tea flavour but it was a tad too sweet for me. I don’t have a sweet tooth but this snack will surely satisfy all the green tea lovers out there!

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It was a really good day and I got a chance to mingle around. Refreshments were served at the Café outside Farenheit 88. I had a huge helping of Mac and Cheese to counter the sweetness from the Kit Kat Green Tea.

IMG_7780 We also had a chance to taste the Kit Kat Green Tea Ice Cream. I had 2 helpings! YUM!

As the iconic Kit Kat phrase goes, “Have a break, have a Kit Kat!”

I don’t mean to sound cliché but it was a good mid day break from work, uni and assignments. At the end of the event, I was fuelled with more sugar to get through the rest of the day!

Green Tea all the way!

Media Launch: Garmin Forerunner 225

Can we all say: “Ahhhhhhh! Finally!”

Garmin Malaysia launched the Forerunner 225 last week. It is the first of its kind with a wrist based heart rate monitor! Our battles with the chest strap (especially for the girls) are OVER!IMG_6653

Best of both worlds

I like how the top GPS running brand (Garmin) teamed up with the leading brand of wrist based heart rate technology (MIO) to develop an amazing product for runners, athletes and fitness enthusiast!IMG_6721

You can read about the importance of the role your heart rate plays when it comes to training, intensity, results and performance here and here.

How does the heart rate monitor work?

The Garmin Forerunner 225 uses Mio’s optical heart rate technology. You can check out Mio’s technology here.IMG_6848

The kiddo (Garmin sponsored athlete) sharing his views. Good job!

The 5-zones

Like the Mio, there are 5 (coloured) heart rate zones starting from grey (warm up), blue (easy), green (aerobic), orange (threshold) and red (maximum). You can either set the zones using the age-based max heart rate estimate (220 – age to get your maximum heart rate) or customise directly on the watch.IMG_6652

 

Testing the Forerunner 225!

Of course, the best part is that you can see your zone and beats per minute in REAL TIME! You can evaluate your effort and adjust accordingly during your run.

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Other features/specifications

Activity tracker – Step counter, distance, calories burned, sleep monitor and a move bar that vibrates to get you going if you’ve been inactive

Battery life – Up to 4 weeks in watch mode and up to 10 hours in GPS mode with heart rate monitor

Accelerometer – Tracks distance covered and pace for indoor workouts without a foot pod

Water resistant – 50 meters

Advance workout program – Allows runners to customise goal orientated workouts with vibration alerts for heart rate, distance, time and calories

Get connected – Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect where you can share your workouts with other Garmin usersIMG_6619

The celebrities.

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Going crazy over the new watch?!

How much lah?

After all of the tech gibberish, we are only concerned about one thing – the price!

Where to buy – The Marathon Shop, New Balance and Sports Empire outlets

How muchRM 1299.00 (inclusive of GST)IMG_6642

For more info on the watch, please visit www.garmin.com/newsroom, www.aeco.com.my and www.facebook.com/garminmalaysia

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Goodbye chest strap

I can’t say this enough, this technology really makes measuring your heart rate so much easier! If you happen to be a gym goer and do more bootcamp, body weight based workouts and have no need for a GPS function, check out Mio.

Get up and get moving!

 

 

 

Review: Mio Watch

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If you know me well enough, you’d know that I am probably the most low tech person, EVER! Of course, I am talking about running gadgets and running gear.

I bought my very first pair of running shoes 2 years after running around in my “shopping-trainers” (the equivalent of Converse). And I got my first running outfit a year later.

GPS watch? Don’t even go there, I am not there yet. I own a G-Shock which tells me the time. I ONLY started using the TIMER function after being pressured by my friends who kept pestering me about my finishing time (after EVERY race!). Previously, I would just take the difference between the flag off time and the time when I arrived at the finish line. And that was it. Ask me down to the very second and I wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer (that’s what timing chips are for, right?).

 

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When Mio approached me to try out and review their new Mio Alpha 2, I did not hesitate. Because, why not? It was good to see effort in numbers. And your heart rate is the best way to measure effort.

Like I said before, you can fool your brain but you cannot fool your heart!


 Mio Alpha 2

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NO CHEST STRAP!

Ok, this is actually THE BEST thing about Mio (to me). I own a heart rate watch that came with a chest strap. Let’s just say the chest strap has never seen the outside of the box.

I find chest straps uncomfortable – I just don’t like having a tight strap around my chest. For us women, it is even more of a hassle. We have to attempt to make the chest strap play nice with our sports bras. Too fussy!

Previously, I used a chest strap when I did the VT1 and VT2 test on a treadmill. Just when I was about to hit my max, the chest strap slipped off, and I had to hold it up against my chest to get it to continue recording my heart rate!

With Mio, I don’t have to deal with any chest straps!

How does it measure heart rate?

Mio measures real-time heartbeat with an electro-optical cell and two green LEDs. Together, they detect your pulsing volume of blood flow. This technology is also used in oximeters in hospitals.

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Is it accurate?

Well, Mio Continuous Technology boasts that it is highly comparable to ECG and chest strap readings. If you are interested, you can read the study done here. It is also very accurate at high speeds and performance training with 99% EKG accuracy. You can check out the study here.

IMG_3948This was from my interval training. As you can see, the warm up was done in zones 1-3 (easy); sprinting my heart out in the red zone 5 peaks (MAX) and rest in between zones 3-4 (moderate).

I was skeptical at first but after taking it out for a spin, I found that IT WAS very accurate. I was out on my easy run and my heart rate matched exactly what it should be based on my 10KM race effort.

Keeping Tabs on Your Heart Rate Zone

As mentioned in my previous post, it is important to be training in the right heart rate zone.

The Mio Alpha 2 allows you to do JUST that. You can put in your maximum heart rate (MHR) based on what you know or you can use their formula.

For males: MHR = 214 – (0.8 x your age in years)

For females: MHR = 209 – (0.7 x your age in years)

The heart rate indicator light will flash different colours of light according to the zones that you are training in (real-time). You can choose either the 5-zone training mode or the 1-zone alert mode.

5-zone Training Mode

Light Blue – Rest

Blue – Very Light

Green – Light

Yellow – Moderate

Pink – Hard

Red – Maximum

1-zone Alert Mode

 Blue – Below Target HR Zone

Green – Within Target HR Zone

Red – Above Target HR Zone

Based on your maximum heart rate, the watch automatically sets the heart rate zones. But you can opt to customise them manually. Also, the different zones can be set based on beats per minute or as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.

If you have enabled audio alerts, it will beep whenever you switch between the different zones.

Get Connected

I pair my Mio Alpha 2 with the Mio GO app on my iPhone via the Bluetooth Smart (4.0). You can use it as a GPS device if you pair it with your phone (I don’t really bother much about the distance and pace so I have yet to try this out!). You can also pair it with your GPS watch and/or bike computer and they are compatible with a few popular fitness apps for both Android and iPhone. You can check out http://www.mioglobal.com/apps/ for more information on compatibility.

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Track your progress with the Mio GO app! Training with the Puma Running Club members!

Other Features:

-It has a back-light! I cannot stress how important this is to me! I don’t know how people can survive without a back-light. I’m an evening/night runner so I love this feature. PLUS, the light comes on AUTOMATICALLY! Just position your wrist at an angle and VOILA! Or, you can double tap the screen for the light.

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BIG buttons! You know how I always fail to press the buttons on my watch? Is it just me or does anyone else have this issue too? But yeah, this definitely comes in handy.

-Built in accelerometer to track distance, speed and pace without the need to connect to your external GPS device (phone, watch). However, I found that the distance was not that accurate. But I am not aiming to track my distance (I use Google Maps for that) so it doesn’t really bother me.

-Gives accurate measures of calories burned after every workout. I am not looking to lose weight but it is always good to see how many calories I managed to torch with each run!

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BURNNNNNNN!

-Records lap time

-Up to 20 hours (workout time) of battery life. I was able to use mine for close to 2 weeks before needing to charge it again.

IMG_4091-The watch itself can store up to 25 hours of your workout, after which it will overwrite the oldest data. Sync your workouts regularly with your favourite app to track your progress!

-It has a countdown timer, repeat timer and chronograph. But I just use the timer. I like to keep things simple.

-The watch is water resistant up to 30m.

Soft and comfortable silicon strap!

-1-year warranty!

-Comes in 3 different colours (Black, Yellow, Pink!). The Black and Yellow colours have longer straps compared to the Pink (available in June!).


But it doesn’t come with a GPS function!

I have survived my whole running life without a GPS watch.

Do you really need one? Well, I would say not really. Yes, there are many benefits of having a GPS watch which can accurately track distance covered and pace (among many other things!). However, if you are seeking for improvement, having a GPS watch is not as important as having a heart rate monitor. You need to be training at the RIGHT intensity to elicit the necessary training adaptations (Read about it here).

What about judging your effort based on pace? Well, you improve overtime so how would you know that you are doing your best at that particular pace? Again, your heart knows best!

Why do you need a heart rate watch?

-Train smart by training in the right heart rate zone

-Know when to pull back, maintain or push the pace

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-Prevent fatigue and injury caused by overtraining. Your resting heart rate can give you an insight into overtraining syndrome. An elevated heart rate of more than 5bpm over several days would mean that you need to schedule in REST!


If you think the Mio Alpha 2 is a bit too big and chunky, check out the MIO Fuse!

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Mio Fuse is very much the same as Mio Alpha 2 with an added all-day activity tracking (steps, calories, distance) feature. The interface is also a bit different (swipe the screen to change modes instead of having to press any buttons). Also, instead of beeping when you switch between the heart rate zones, it vibrates! It comes in two different colours with different strap length (Aqua – shorter, Crimson – longer).


The good thing about Mio is that it works for anyone who wants to improve their fitness – whether it is performance training, aerobic conditioning, weight loss, anaerobic threshold training or just wanting to maintain general health and fitness.

Ultimately, it tracks your heart rate and your physiological response to ANY type of exercise.


PSSSTTTTT!

Mio was kind enough to offer my readers and friends a 10% discount if you order through me with the code MIO 003!

-Mio Fuse (Crimson – longer strap & Aqua – shorter strap): RM639 (Before discount)

-Mio Alpha 2 (Yellow & Black – longer strap; Pink –  shorter strap): RM799 (Before discount)

Email the following to michelle.tan@distexpress.com.my

  1. Code: MIO 003
  2. Full name
  3. Address (for courier, free shipping
  4. Contact number
  5. Email address
  6. Product, colour & quantity

OR

You can drop me an email at adele.wlp@gmail.com with the above details.

Hurry! The discount is valid for 1 month from this date!


Where can you get Mio?
Connect Stores
– Fahrenheit 88, KL
– KLIA 2, Sepang
– Mid Valley Megamall, KL
– Pavilion, KL
– Sunway Pyramid, Selangor
iStore 
– 1 Mon’t Kiara, KL
– Publika, KLMachines 
– IOI City Mall, Selangor
– Mid Valley, KL
– Sunway Pyramid, Selangor
– Suria KLCC, KL
– The Gardens Mall, KLMac Studio
– Bangsar Shopping Centre, KL
– Jaya Shopping Centre, Selangor
– Paradigm Mall, Selangor

Optiprimus
– Bintang Plaza, Sarawak

The Marathon Shop
– Lot 10, KL (Coming soon)
– Sunway Pyramid, Selangor

– Gurney Plaza, PenangUrban Republic 
– Gurney Plaza, Penang

Baik Shop (Online)
http://baikshop.com/


If you are just getting started on your fitness journey, I highly recommend getting a heart rate monitor. We all start from somewhere. I never knew how important it was to be training in the right heart rate zone. You can learn from my rookie cookie mistake and train smart with a heart rate monitor!

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If you have been training hard but have yet to see any changes, give this a go! It is good to break away from your routine and try something new!

*Drop me a comment or an email for further enquiries!*

Keep Running!