Congratulations Ellie Camacho

A very well deserved congratulations to Ellie Camacho for her fantastic performance at the 2016 British Sleddog Sports Federation IFSS World Cup. She placed 2nd in the  Canni-Cross and 7th in the 2dog Scooter division! Keep up the good work Ellie and Team! … Continue reading

Get ready for the Restoring Health Fitness Challenge

It s been proven time and time again that if you don’t set yourself goals in life you will never move forward. The same can be said for exercise/fitness – unless there is a realistic goal to work towards it is much harder to stay motivated.

“Where the vision isn’t clear the cost is always to great!” – Michael Puffett

Thus we propose this – the Restoring Health Fitness Challenge – what is your goal?

Wayne and Beth are currently training for the Paddock Wood half marathon which is on 3rd April 2016.This particular marathon is a fast but flat route, the course takes on the roads through the hop fields and orchards of kent. 

They started their training in Novemeber and have been running 3 times a week. Starting with short distances and building up to longer distances as they grew fitter and stronger also making sure to include some hill training. They have also been attending a weekly core strengthening class and found that this has made a big difference in the way they run and has helped improve their stamina. They are even running another half marathon this coming Saturday the 5th of March as part of their preparation. 

The challenge has been set! What fitness goals are you setting for yourself? How are you going to achieve them? Come and speak to us and let us help you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself in a realistic timeframe and most importantly – Injury Free!

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Meet Elle Comacho and Gruff

Representing the United Kingdom at the World Championships in the as part of the UK Canicross team

For centuries dogs have been referred to as man’s best friend, and as a nation of dog lovers (with almost one-quarter of households in the UK owning one) it’s not surprising that Canicross, the sport of running competitively with your dog, is becoming such a popular pastime. You couldn’t ask for a better companion to have by your side whiles battling the forces of nature, Elle Camacho and her dog Gruff do exactly that.

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Elle has been competing with Gruff in Canicross for several years and is also a member of the British sled dog Sports Federation. Elle no longer only competes with Gruff but has recently taken on a new team-mate (another rescue dog) a Collie X Podenca as her primary Canicross dog. Elle  is focusing on the scooter division with Gruff and competing in both events on the same day would be too staining on him.

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Elle took part in her first ever 50 mile ultra race this year beating the clock, she is now ready for the next 100 mile challenge in April next year and with the team at Restoring Health helping with preparation she is feeling pretty confident.

The highlights of Elle’s image6year so far was the amazing adventure she and Gruff took part in during August, the race called the Trophee des Montagnes. This exciting adventure took place in the beautiful French Alps, an 8 day 10 stage Canicross Race. With 280 adults competitors from across Europe only 184 crossed the finish line of the last stage!
Racing 5-10km each day, sometimes twice a day; up, down and around the ski slopes surrounding L’Alpes d’Huez.

 “ It was really tough on my legs and the weather played mind games! One race it was nearly 38 degrees and yet another had horizontal rain, thunder and lightning (guess which conditions the British Team excelled in!)”

They successfully set out to finish all stages the race uninjured and Gruff was absolutely amazing! He was eager to race everyday and even managed to curb his enthusiasm by slowing  down when Elle was whimpering with terror at the steep downhills and sometimes vertical drops that they were traversing. Both Elle and Gruff had an amazing experience!

Elle and Gruff both enjoy competing and with the added benefits of exercise, mind stimulation and social interaction no one could blame them! Yet they also have to show tremendous commitment and determination; Elle generally runs 5 days a week and some days without Gruff as he does not enjoy the interval seasons. Currently Elle has started working with a running coach who has set up a training plan to challenge them in all different aspects of different events with recommendations from Deborah of course. So come rain, come shine or any kind of weather (apart from blizzards and lighting storms) they are to be found out training!

image2Elle and Gruff are yet to win a competition but are currently ranked 3rd in England and 5th in the UK in the Scooter category.
They have just taken part in the two-day European Championships in Scotland placing 5th in the Women’s Scooter Division and 21st in the Women’s Canicross Division.

They will hopefully be competing at the World Championships in Canada at the end of October.
We are supporting her by trying to raise the funds to get her there. So help us support this amazing lady on her journey by giving generous donations via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gruffIFSS or through sponsorship (please contact Elle via Restoring Health if you would like to help her!!)
We all wish her and her furry team mates the best of luck!

Photographs of Elle supplied by:
Houndscape Photography
and Fay Frost Photography 

 

*Update: Unfortunately Elle was unable to raise the funds needed to compete at the World Championship in Canada this year, but with her dedication and determination in this sport we are eager to see what lies ahead for this amazing lady.

The Dragon’s Back Race™

One of Restoring Heath’s good friends Christopher Williams is about to undertake one of the hardest mountain races in the World – The Dragon’s Back Race™The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle in Wales. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 16,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.
It takes place from the 22nd-26th June 2015.AlastairLee2925

We managed to catch up with him before he left for a quick chat:
Why are you so eager to go do this race?
I have always enjoyed the great outdoors and have in recent years done quite well in military style test march races such as The Fan Dance.  However looking for something new and a desire to step it up a gear, combined with hearing about The Dragon’s Back Race’s return, I was inspired to take on this new challenge.What are you most looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to enjoying the journey down through the mountainous spine of Wales, as that is where I was brought up and lived for the first 27 years of my life.  I look forward to taking in those remote parts that ‘tourists’ never see and getting away from it all for five days.

How has Restoring Health helped you to prepare for the journey ahead?
Looking forward to this challenge I am very aware of how others have played a very important role in getting me to the start line, let alone the finishing one!
Deborah and her very capable team have really helped me to overcome niggles that could have become road blocks and without a doubt have been integral in giving me the results needed to qualify and on top of that gain the confidence to get to the place where I am today.
Mountains ahoy! Thank you Restoring Health!

If you are interested in following Chris’ Journey minute by minute over the five days – all the competitors are fitted with Live Trackers which will allow you to follow their progress on The Dragon’s Back website HERE.
Simply click on his name and his current position will be displayed.

We will be watching Chris with bated breath, wishing him all the best on this incredibly exciting journey! We can’t wait to hear all the stories when he returns.

 

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Blisters

Top Tips for Avoiding Blisters – London Marathon 2015

This blog post is for all the runners out there getting ready for the London Marathon 26th April 2015! Our seasoned Ultra Marathon runner/blogger Greg Pretorius shares his advice for avoiding blisters. Here’s what he had to say:

” The bane of runners all over the world, blisters are a small but formidable enemy that can easily take the pleasure out of running. In order to understand how to best avoid them, first we need to take a look at what they are and why they form.

What is a blister?

“A blister is a small pocket of fluid that forms in the upper layers of the skin.

It usually forms when the outer layer of the skin has been damaged. Fluid collects under the damaged skin, cushioning the tissue underneath. This protects the tissue from further damage and allows it to heal. Most blisters are filled with a clear fluid called serum, which is the part of the blood that remains after red blood cells and clotting agents have been removed. However, blisters are sometimes filled with blood (blood blisters) or pus if they become inflamed or infected.” The NHS

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Could you run 12 marathons in 12 months?

I heard something really crazy the other day and I knew it was worthy of a post on our blog. A group of 5 friends from Maidstone have committed to running 12 marathons in 12 months for charity. That’s a whopping 312 miles in races, plus all the training they’ll have to do! They started in January, which means that they’ve already run 3 marathons and have 9 to go. Obviously not all of them are official events, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive, just more determined. And before you start thinking this mad decision was induced by the folly of youth, most of the runners are in their forties – they’re just that hardcore. To find out what motivates them, last week I interviewed Darren Eagles, one of the team:

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Running Shoes

Running 101

Hi everyone, welcome back to Running with Greg!

I’m aiming this post at ‘beginner runners’. This includes runners coming back from a long injury lay-off, as well as those who want to run but never actually get beyond the first week or two.

Any new venture needs a plan, and once you have a plan you have to give yourself time for it to become part of your daily routine. Running does not fall into the ‘McDonalds’ category. Getting fit is neither easy nor does it happen quickly. I always suggest to new runners that they give themselves at least six weeks for the new routine to become a habit. Continue reading

Running in winter

How to stay safe while running this winter

Running in winter presents a whole raft of new challenges. Just lacing up your trainers and stepping out of the front door becomes a major accomplishment, especially once the clocks have gone back.

Here are some helpful tips that I have picked up over the years, some from practical experience and others from magazines, books and fellow runners. All of them are worthwhile trying out and some of them are of utmost importance.

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Grim Challenge

The GRIM Challenge – a different type of running

Most runners take care to avoid the mud and the puddles; they plan their routes to avoid deep bogs and river crossings. But not so the GRIM Challengers. No, the GRIM Challengers look for the deepest, filthiest part of the bog and wade their way through it, relishing every last drop of cold, clammy mud.

Why? I can only assume that many of them are crazy. But some are motivated by the opportunity to raise money for charity, and with registration fees as low as £27, the GRIM Challenge is the perfect place to do just that.

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KAEM

Running with Greg – Feedback from the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon

I’m sure you’ll all join me in saying how proud we are of Greg Pretorius for completing the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 2014! He did a fantastic job and now that he’s back and recovered (and already running his usual routes again), he’s had time to share his thoughts on the whole experience below:

Greg, why did you decide to run the KAEM?

The KAEM has been on my bucket list since 2000 when it was first created. Life and family commitments somehow prevented me from either having the time to train or the resources to actually enter. In 2012 my wife Carlynne told me I had better get it out of my system and go and run it soon as my bucket was rusting and I ran the risk of having all my dreams leak out of the holes!

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