Review – Trainers from space (a.k.a. Airia Ones)

Disclosure: I was sent this pair of trainers free of charge in exchange for a review of them

I’ve wanted to pick up running again after a bit of a lull since Summer 2014. I’ve got a bit fed up with long distance running and thought it would be a good idea to focus on improving my running times for 10k and below. This meant I was very pleased when I received a new pair of Airia Ones to review.

airia boxThe big deal about these Swedish shoes is that they have been designed with the goal of making you able to run faster. In fact, they give you a 30 day guarantee so you can test it out for yourself risk-free. I was immediately sceptical; it sounds like a big promise to say a shoe can make you run faster. However, as soon as you open up the box (which felt a bit like unboxing an iPhone for the first time) you can see that these trainers are different to your usual Nike or Adidas running shoes. They are so light when you pick them up it reminded me of the polystyrene blocks you get in packaging. The patented outersole (manufactured by Vibram) gives it the unique shape and is firm but flexible. The rest of the upper is made out of an airy mesh and when you put it on it hardly feels like you are wearing anything. 

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Sponsorship Revamp

JustGiving are handling the sponsorship for my attempt at the Loch Ness Marathon in October. Feel the strain! Completed 400m sprint in 1min13secs

They have just launched a redesign of their site to give it a more contemporary look. I like it a lot better than the old version although they don’t integrate with Flickr but just allow a top 10 pictures to be uploaded directly to their site.

They have also updated their widget and badges so I’m just going to test if I can use them on this space.

*edit –no they can’t, removed due to security issues apparently

Raising the money is a lot harder than I anticipated. I was hoping a quick message to everyone on my facebook list (over 200 people) would make my total shoot up but I guess people aren’t that spontaneous in their generosity. Hopefully I can still raise my target of £850 before the run on October 4th, I may just have to go around with the dreaded sponsorship form though! I’m hoping things will pick up nearer the time though.

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Loch Ness Marathon

My blog is going to take a slight side-step from the usual geekfest to keep everyone updated on my progress in the Loch Ness Marathon.

Important things to note

I have got a lot of training to do but luckily have the whole summer to prepare for it.

I can’t quite contemplate the necessary 40 miles a week training at the moment but with your encouragement I will get there. The most I have done so far is a half marathon in 1 hour 53 mins and that almost killed me!

Stay tuned for more blogs, photos and maybe the odd video or two 🙂