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