Posts Tagged ‘Decathlon’

I nearly ran a 5k last weekend with my son in a park near our old home.

It was part of the Decathlon running series. A free event put on by the sports store. If you have  a Decathlon near you, it is worth checking out. It’s not chip-timed or anything, but it was friendly and well organised and a very pleasant morning. It wasn’t quite 5k, hence the ‘nearly’ but more of that in a bit.

I might be NotMuchOfaRunner, but my son is even less of one, so when he agreed to do this one with me a few months back (swayed by the free t-shirt and goodie bag ‘worth £10’), I signed us both up straight away (there was persuading my wife or daughter though). He has been out on his bike a few times accompanying me on a run, but hasn’t run himself since May when he managed just under 30 mins for his school’s 5k.

Here’s a couple of photos of him doing his stuff during the race. None of me… but just imagine a slightly taller version with less hair and generally more tired-looking if you want an idea.

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He’s a funny one, my boy. I made sure he knew that it was fine to walk… that we weren’t going for a time… that it was a hilly course…etc. Basically  no pressure. But he wanted to get sub 30 and really beat himself up when he struggled to run up the hills or had to slow to walking pace. Thankfully, the end came in sight before I’d expected it and all of a sudden, his energy had returned as he pulled off a strong final straight into the finish.

Knowing the park quite well, I took him to an outdoor tap at the edge of the field and he soaked his head for five minutes afterwards to cool down. He was fine after that and didn’t again mention what a ‘terrible run’ it was (his unhelpful mantra for the last 2 kms).

It wasn’t just me who was surprised by the early finish. Here are a few of the titles from other people’s Strava runs that I saw later on.

“Shipley Park 5k (only 4.65k so I ran to end of field and back)”

“Decathlon 5k (that wasn’t quite 5k!!) Run with Jane”

“Decathlon nearly 5k”

“Decathlon short 5k series”

And my own, “Decathlon running series (?)5k(?)”

 

Ha ha. So don’t target this race if you are going for a legitimate PB… but for  our purposes of a ‘fun run’ it was very welcome! Don’t tell my son it was short, though!

We thanked the officials and headed off to the Decathlon store to collect our goodie bags…

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…Mmmmm…. NEARLY £10 maybe….Stretching it perhaps? Here it is…

Energy drink – £1.50
Bottle of water – £1

Energy bar – £1

(These are educated guesses, by the way)

Decathlon lanyard thing – £0.50 (not that I think I’d buy one for 50p but it makes the maths simple)

Fabric P.E bag advertising decathlon – £3 (pushing it)

Which means that sticker that says ‘run power’ is worth £3 ! Apparently. Who knew?!

Haha! I don’t mind really because…

1)It was a well organised event (though I did get an email a short while back telling me I’d been signed up for the Bolton event! …someone must have clicked ‘send to all’ by mistake).

2)It was free.

3)It was a lovely morning.

4)I was with my son.

5)It felt very inclusive.

6)We got a decent T-shirt each upon sign up (yes that bright yellow one!) but I won’t be able to wear it on a trip to my local Decathlon store for fear of being stopped to ask where the goggles/archery equipment/football shirts/bike locks/etc are…

Maybe that makes up the value of the goodie bag 😉

No matter. The run was worth it (for me) even without a goodie bag because I was with my boy.

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I hope he forgets that he doesn’t like running very much quite soon, because I’d like to go out again.

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Some of you may know I have a bit of a thing about apostrophes, grammar, and spelling generally.
I’m not perfect, and I’m happy to provide a source of entertainment for others when they discover some inappropriate punctuation or poor spelling in one of my ramblings.  Recently, for some inexplicable reason, my new phone likes to substitute ‘X-Men’ when I want to just write a comma! I usually spot that one, thankfully. Weird.

For anyone new to my blog, here a few of the corkers from the past…

An early one involving a local sign and searching for beavers on the internet
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THE sign continues to mock me + a race I don’t enter due to poor use of English
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The grammar ninja strikes at that sign!

Now, I don’t always comment every time I see wayward grammar, but when it is a large organisation, or something in the public eye, I find it very hard not to. For example, this van…
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Now, to the point…eventually.
Some time ago I wrote a post about the store , Decathlon and many, many signs in their cycling range referring to ‘leasure’ biking.
(You can read that post HERE)

After that post was written, I did receive an email from a Decathlon bod who actually agreed with me, but it wasn’t his department. He was contacting me to see if I wanted to write a whole piece about their range of trail shoes (as I had recently purchased a pair and had been complimentary about them on my blog).
I didn’t write the piece. I will occasionally write reviews if I have been sent by something, or just if I want to… but let’s face it – people don’t come to read this blog for a serious critique of equipment.

I did request that he consider hiring me as a sign quality control person, though.

I didn’t hear back.

A few months on, and I can say I’m very impressed with Decathlon’s commitment to change as I saw these signs…
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If you can’t make out the spelling from my poor photographic skills…
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That one should be a bit clearer.

Great.

Job done?

Not quite…
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Doh! Oh well, maybe they are just not wanting to waste the card from previously printed, incorrect versions. That’s what I shall assume.

I shall perhaps finish by saying, Decathlon are doing a brilliant deal on running socks at the moment £1.50/pair …previously £6.99/pair.
I have bought six pairs.

Also, (as preliminary discussions with my good lady wife over dinner last night about Garmin devices didn’t go quite according to my plans), I have my eye on a very reasonably priced (£7.99) sports watch.

See. I don’t have a downer on Decathlon.

I love it.

They keep me entertained.

Shall we play a game of ‘spot the difference’?
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Janathon (day 16) – involving running around Decathlon taking photos of pedals, seats X-Men and toe clips at my leasure – Done.

Hide and seek

Posted: January 10, 2015 in Janathon, running
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I went for a little run this morning. Just a couple of miles while my lad was playing tennis.

Later on I went to my local Decathlon store to get him some goggles…

…I came home with goggles…

…and three pairs of new running socks…

…and a new pair of trainers…

…which I haven’t confessed to buying yet…

Hence ‘hide and seek’.

Shushhhhhhhhhhhh

Bleuuggh!! I’ve just made myself a recovery drink…well…a banana milkshake, using one of those hand-held whizzer thingies that, if you want, can also whisk stuff really quickly (with a different attachment) and is really good for making soups with stuff still in the saucepan and is much less messy than decanting everything into a large blender…anyway…one of them. Except I haven’t used it for ages and I think I remember, a while back, someone other than me washed it up and left it to soak and it got all rusty internally and now that rust has been released into the milky bananaryness and I think I have just drank a banana and rust milkshake  –  possibly good for iron intake… not good for taste intake. 

 A photo of a banana. In case you didn’t know what one looked like. (From photo-dictionary.com)

 

For today’s exercise, I was genuinely considering counting the effort it took me to squeeze into my tri-suit for Sunday’s sprint distance race.  If I do wear it (and I might not) I will have to get up half an hour earlier than intended to make sure I have sufficient time to shoehorn myself into it. As it turned out, I decided jump on the bike and go and check on one of our geocaches a couple of miles away (I’ll perhaps write a related post on this little hobby another time) and I figured I’d shove my goggles and swim shorts in my pocket in case I still had time to call in to the pool for the last 30 mins on the way home. I did. Another mile swam, followed by a cycle home and then immediately popped back out again under direction from the boss and was headed up the hill to the shops for milk and bread (and bananas and cashew nuts as it turned out).

I had intended to tag on a run to all this too, just to muddy up my far-too-shiny trail shoes that I bought from Decathlon earlier today (when I popped in to just to get some new brake pads for the bike). I’m not really a brand snob, or loyal to any particular shoe (of course I could be if I found THE one – so I can understand it if you are) so I’ll go with what feels good and appears good value.

I think they are green…they might be yellow…I’m a bit rubbish with colours.  I’ve yet to test them out fully but they feel dead comfy and were a very reasonable (reduced) price of £34.99 (originally £69.99) and are the Kalenji Kapteren XT3.

 Yeah… that looks green to me.

 

The last time I write something nice about a Decathlon product, I was asked by one of their marketing peeps to ‘share the rest of the Kalenji range with my readership’.  I said I didn’t do reviews for free. Which I suppose isn’t strictly true because if I like something, I will, but I’m not just going to promote a load of stuff without having tried it myself. THAT MEANS YOU CAN SEND ME SOME STUFF TO TRY IF YOU LIKE, MARKETING PEOPLE*

*(Too desperate sounding? Possibly. Oh well. Don’t ask, don’t get. Do ask, don’t get… but not lost anything either…apart from maybe a tiny bit of dignity, perhaps)

I probably ought to also mention that I wrote to Decathlon and informed them* that they were alienating English speakers by referring to many of their cycling products using the word ‘LEASURE’. Yes. I know. I should have checked again today, but I’d forgotten about it until now.  *(That blog post can be found here)

More tennis match playing is supposed to occur tomorrow (Friday), weather permitting.

If it’s tipping it down then at least I can put these new shoes to the test instead.

So far… this exercising every day in June thing is proving to be fairly straightforward! But I just know I’m going to regret having written that, aren’t I?

Oh Decathlon… I like you, I do. But…

…A while ago I brought your attention (via twitter) to a photo that I saw on one of your products at my local Nottinghamshire store and to your credit, you responded quickly, admitting that the sign needed some attention…
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I had only noticed the interesting spelling of LEISURE and read no further but others have since pointed out further issues with “Designed for improve cyclist seating comfort…”
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“Provides maximum comfort to you bike”

I allowed myself a little chuckle, and as I mentioned earlier, was quite impressed that you had responded so quickly to my twitter comment and I went about my day, giving it little further thought.

Well… time has passed and it would seem the sign has been breeding (or more likely I just missed them the first time around)…
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Shall I go on?
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I even began to question myself…

Was this some sort of branding?…

It would appear not. It would appear it’s just to describe the type of bike/user the product is suitable for… as in the following cases…
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Cycle ‘Sport’ saddles.
‘Road’ pedals. Fair enough.

Ah… maybe it’s just some American spelling or something…mmm? …

Nope.

I just googled it. They spell it the same as us Brits (they just say it funny).

But there is hope…I just noticed at the bottom of the 4th picture on this post… Right down the bottom.. Look…here it is again…
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See! At the very bottom. Someone knows how to spell it. Give them a raise. No. Don’t… that sends the wrong message… just… tell them they’ve done their job of correctly spelling one of the key words in your line of business.

As have the people responsible for these items…
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I know this may appear very petty to some, but you know there are other people* who would refuse to shop at a supermarket displaying a ‘Ten items or less’ sign and who will actively seek out one with the grammatically correct, ‘Ten items or fewer’ sign instead.
I could be saving you money by bringing this to your attention.
Goodness knows how much business you’ve lost already!

*Incidentally, I am not one of them. Even today, I purchased some shin pads for my son (I still had just about enough time after I’d taken all those photos).

Anyway, surely you have people paid to look out for this kind of thing.
If not, pay me (or maybe someone even more qualified).

You are in the leisure retail business.
I am in leasure tell-tale business now.

I’ll be watching.

Very nearly didn’t continue with this. Needing family time.
Hence short posts.

We spent this afternoon at a Decathlon store. They had an activity day so my Juneathon activity was: basketball, table tennis, football, tennis, and various other things with NotMuchOfaSitStiller.

His most tiring activity was making a smoothie…

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My most tiring activity though was this…

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… Seriously… Not actually going anywhere on it… just putting the darn thing together and removing various other bits from my bike. Exhausted!

Can’t wait to try it out. NotMuchOfaSitStiller loves the existing tag-along bike that we’ve borrowed but once we’ve reached a suitable spot, this one should allow me to detach his bike and let him have a good practise on his own.