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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at new a career path or additional income stre

What's The Difference Between Artificial Grass and AstroTurf?

For decades, artificial grass has become a very realistic and technologically advanced alternative to real grass. However, it is safe to say that synthetic grass products were not always like this. Like most widely used modern products, numerous research and new developments have led to impressive synthetic herbal products available to today's consumers. Although the artificial grass industry has come a long way, it is important to consider its events and history.

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What is artificial grass?


Artificial grass is the best synthetic grass on the market that mimics natural grass in the best possible way. Usually, you can see this type of turf in the large stadiums of the clubs and on the fields where the turn of a professional player. However, AG is a surface of better quality that belongs to synthetic herbs. That is why it is called artificial grass of the third generation.

Also, they undergo the strict requirements of FIFA during installation. You need to have a certain amount of sand, rubber, and other materials underneath to have a very pleasant cushion feeling like the end goal, which very well mimics the feeling of a natural grass field. This makes the bounce of the ball perfectly natural on the artificial grass fields.

AstroTurf: The Beginning


In the 1960s, a company called Chemstrand was looking for new types of artificial play areas for sports activities. During the research and development process, the company sought to create a kind of “sustainable carpet". In exploring this possibility, they were approached by the Ford Foundation, which was looking for a solution for urban sports areas. Between 1962 and 1966, Chemstrand worked feverishly on this application.

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A Solution for Urban Sports Players


Living in the city brings many benefits, but the drawback is that there are several grassy areas where people can play and enjoy sports. This is especially true for conscientious parents who want their children to run, play and do enough exercise. Inspired by this need, the Ford Foundation prompted Chemstrand to launch its research into the creation of a sustainable urban sports area. Many types of surfaces were created in the 5 years when Chemstrand started working on this idea, and it was one of those types that became the artificial grass we know today.

AstroTurf Is Born


The most important event in the history of synthetic grass took place in 1966. It was then that Houston Astrodome-the home of the Houston Astros of baseball and the Houston Oilers of football-built the Chemgrass surface for the first time. Shortly thereafter, several other major stadiums began to use the material, which was renamed "AstroTurf" in 1967 and patented in the USA. In the following years, this remarkable Material was used by countless sports facilities, schools, and other places, to create a safe and consistent playing surface for adults and children. There is no doubt that artificial grass is here to stay.