So, I run now. #ParkrunSA #LosingFatthew

I love Saturdays. I know, I know, this isn’t some great revelation for most people because, to quote a certain radio personality, it’s the weekeeeeend baby. Except, in my case, it isn’t the weekend, baby. I work every Saturday and have done so for the last 5 years — it’s one of the joys of working for a Sunday newspaper. So you might think that I’d hate Saturdays, but that’s not the case. At least, it’s not anymore.

For the last two weeks I’ve started my Saturday morning with a 5km run, thanks to the lovely people at Parkrun South Africa.

North Beach, Durban, Parkrun is the coolest thing ever. Maybe (just maybe) it might even make me like running. PICTURE: www.parkrun.co.za
North Beach, Durban, Parkrun is the coolest thing ever. Maybe (just maybe) it might even make me like running. PICTURE: http://www.parkrun.co.za

As of that first run on September 6, I had never completed a 5km before. Why not? Because I was as unfit as hell and, quite frankly, hated running and the whole idea of running. So while my time of 35m45s is really slow, I was proud that I had even finished it (let alone that I had beaten my target of 45 minutes – which is basically more walking than running). I finished 496th out of 936, so just over middle of the field. Not too terrible for my first ever run.

This last Saturday I went again. And I beat my time! At 35m08s it was slower than I’d hoped — I have a variety of excuses, including a strong headwind on the way back (debunked: my second 2.5km was faster than the first) and aching legs (debunked: I’d trained leg day the day before my first ever run). I also improved my overall placing; I finished 469 out of 920.

My run from Saturday, September 13, 2014, completed in a time of 35m08s.  The North Beach Parkrun goes from Suncoast Casino, along the Golden Mile, to what is now "New Beach" and back.
My run from Saturday, September 13, 2014, completed in a time of 35m08s. The North Beach Parkrun goes from Suncoast Casino, along the Golden Mile, to what is now “New Beach” and back.

I’m scared that — *shudder* — I might actually be starting to like this whole running tomfoolery. So much so that I’ve set myself a little goal for the next 5 weeks:

100km in five weeks. That's the goal. 20km a week, over three runs (Parkrun 5km, and two 7.5km runs).
100km in five weeks. That’s the goal. 20km a week, over three runs (Parkrun 5km, and two 7.5km runs).

If you are so included, join me on Nike+ (username: mattthewsavides) and follow my progress.

If you have any advice, tips, or nice (easy, preferably) routes for me to do in Durban, please let me know in the comments below.

Diet Racism – All the taste of racism at half the calories of regular racism

Originally posted on Totally Awesome Name:

I'm not racist, but there an awful lot of honkies in here

Without a doubt we’ve heard someone start a sentence with “I’m not racist, but” or used it ourselves (CONFESS!!!!) – sorry got carried away there.

Well finally there’s a product JUST for you. Introducing Diet Racism. For when you need to discriminate an entire race group but just don’t have the time.

enjoy

 

 

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Getting sold on online shopping #MrPriceSport

A shopaholic I am not. And I am certainly no fashionitsa — just ask anyone that sees how I dress and they’ll tell you exactly that. But when the lovely people at Mr Price Sport delivered some goodies a few weeks ago in honour of them launching their online store, I figured I had to try my hand at this whole shopping vibe.

In the end, I spend all some cash on gym shorts and T-shirts. Just in case you were also wondering about online shopping and, like me, you’re a novice, here are my pros and cons.

PRO – Shopping from home. It’s really cool to be able to pop online and get what you want with the click of a button. The convenience is awesome. And then, a little while later, the stuff arrives at your door. That’s pretty cool.

CON – Shopping from home. I’m a weird body shape and, at the moment, I’m in between sizes. What do I mean? Well, I’m a L when it comes to shirts, tracksuits, sweatshirts, etc, but because I have big, solid legs, I’m an XL. The shirts fitted perfectly. But when the shorts arrived, they were a little bit big. The problem is, I don’t know if a L would have been too small — and I don’t know because I couldn’t try them on before I bought them. The lesson: only buy online if you know EXACTLY what size you are.

PRO – Wide selection. Whether it be clothing, accessories, equipment, towels, or whatever else, the Mr Price Sport online store has it. So you don’t have to worry about whether or not you would be able to find something better in the store itself. Also, they run various online specials which you might not be able to get in store.

CON – Delivery. This is probably my biggest problem with the online shopping concept. Firstly, there is a delivery charge — it varies in price depending on how long you want it to take and where you want it delivered to. I had it express delivered to my office. It took three days, but it cost R70. Other options include having it delivered to a store of your choice, but then you have to go to the store anyway, so surely it would have made more sense to have just bought at the store (unless, of course, it was an online special). Secondly, with any delivery, unless you always have someone at home, you have to have it delivered to work. For me this isn’t a problem, but it might present some logistical issues for other shoppers.

VERDICT – I would rather go in store to do my shopping. That said, though, I will log on to the online store regularly just in case there are specials going on that I don’t want to miss. I dig the Mr Price Sport brand and am loyal to it — but I’m just not totally sold on the online shopping vibe.

Disclaimer: Mr Price Sport gave a R500 voucher to various bloggers, myself included, to use to buy online.