Day: February 14, 2016
Sunday 14 February, 07:41
1C, a cold northerly wind, sunrise and blue skies. Went for a 16 mile run. I took a big chance and wore my new Brooks Ghost trainers for this run. I know I should break them in gradually so my feet/legs get used to them on shorter runs, but my current trainers are worn out, expired. They felt comfortable and I enjoyed a lot of light forefoot running. I hardly noticed my right heel at all and my already-blistered instep didn’t trouble my running style. I had 500ml water and 2 gels. It was lovely and sunny but bitterly cold when in the wind.
About 18km, when passing through Wales and heading back down into Rother Valley, I felt a bit odd. I got a sort of fuzzy head and though running downhill my legs were very heavy. I put it down to low glucose and eased off until the gel I had at 17km hit my system. I returned to normal on the long winding road into RV and finished fine, tired but OK.
My opinion on the new trainers is; my calves feel they’ve worked differently today but they’re not at all stiff. My left shin niggle was non-existent and my right heel is much better post-run than usual. My left instep blistered slightly but not at all bad for the long distance. I think the Brooks are going to be OK for me, hopefully.
Avg HR: 143bpm
Avg pace: 5:59 min/km
Brooks Ghost *new trainers*
Wildlife: 1 peacock
Friday 12 February I paid a visit to Sweatshop to get some new trainers. My current pair of Asics Gel Cumulus are 51 weeks old, I did my first run in them on 17th Feb 2015 and just haven’t had time and/or money to replace them, until now.
I asked for gait analysis and the sales chap did the works. I do doubt the accuracy of treadmill tests though, as I so rarely use a treadmill I’m sure my running style is affected by my trying not to fall off the machine. Apparently, my left ankle rotates inwards ever so slightly and I opted for some custom insoles and neutral cushioned trainers. I usually have neutral trainers and as I’m 8 weeks away from a marathon I judged that I’d not try anything too different.
I tried Brooks, Saucony and Asics trainers and, after 7 years of wearing Asics thought I’d have a try with a pair of Brooks Ghost shoes.
I’m determined to be more sensible and retire running shoes earlier in future. If these Brooks are OK I will buy another pair and plan ahead. I’ve got an important (to me) race in November ’16 and I have to keep injury free for that.