Thursday 22 February, 08:05
2C, cool, sunny. Went for a 7 mile run at RV, and the schedule called for a moderate pace.
Wore new Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 trainers for the first time, breaking them in. They’re designed for a mix of path running and soft trail running. Nothing too muddy just park/trail suited.
Felt right heel /soleus a lot at first, but as it eased off I could turn up the pace and run more freely. That showed in my splits: 9:28; 8:36; 8:08; 7:54; 7:54; 7:39; 8:36. Just pushed a little more then usual rather than trying to blast it around. Enjoyed the sunshine, lovely.
In the last 2 miles I noticed the trainers rubbing my heel bone on right foot. Blistered.
Think this is my second fastest time for this route, a bit surprised as I’d thought the heel had hindered me in the first part, and it certainly didn’t feel fast.
Distance: 7.07 miles
Avg HR: 169bpm
Avg pace: 8:19 min/mile
Trainers: inov-8 Parkclaw 275
Wednesday 27 September, 06:53
13C, overcast and cool. The training plan called for an easy pace ‘recovery’ 5 mile run. I tried to run easy but probably did a bit too much. Enjoyed the new trainers, feel good.
Distance: 5.07 miles
Avg pace: 8:35 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Ghost 10
Wildlife: 1 squirrel, 2 rabbits
Got a pair of Brooks Ghost 10s to replace my Brooks Glycerin that are reaching the end.
I tried on some ASICS Gel Cumulus but the Ghost fit slightly better. Have had Ghost before and they feel great. Probably use these for the Indy Marathon.
Sunday 16 July, 07:15
14C, overcast and drizzly. A 7 mile run on the checkpoint 7 to checkpoint 9 loop I’ve done before. It was 18C at home and forecast sunny and getting wamer, but arriving at Fox House there was low cloud, drizzle and a forecast for more of the same. Probably overdressed changing to a long sleeved top.
Thought I’d follow one of the recce loops again and still got lost at one point where high ferns and heather moorland obscured any obvious trail path. In spite of this, I was 25 minutes quicker than last time I did this route (run #1302) and ran 0.75 miles less.
Felt strong, ran more of the uphills and enjoyed it. Drank 500ml water and had a gel at home, another at 3 miles.
Wore my new inov-8 x-claw 275 trainers today. Thought I’d better break them in and expected that a few rainy days may have left softer ground. The trainers were great, nice and lightweight, lovely feeling running on grass and soil, no problem on some of the rocky paths. Today the ground wasn’t as soft / muddy as I’d expected. Feet still got wet though due to wet grass and foliage.
It is 16 weeks to the Indianapolis Marathon, so I’ll start following a training schedule. Have downloaded one from the marathon website and it seems OK, but I’ll not be sticking religiously to any plan, I need to build good fitness and mileage and accommodate a few races as well. Would be nice to get under 4 hours – apparently it’s a fairly flat course – but my main concern is managing niggles and getting to the start line able to finish the course.
Distance: 6.98 miles
Avg pace: 11:24 min/mile
Elevation gain: 1003ft
Trainers: Inov-8 x-claw 275
Wildlife: 1 squirrel
Saturday 15 April, 07:01
A 4 mile run including 1 hill loop. Seem to have missed blogging this run. It was the first with new Brooks Cascadia trail trainers. They felt OK but still noticed a bit of right foot soreness.
Distance: 4.07 miles
Avg HR: 141bpm
Avg pace: 9:18 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Monday 20 February, 06:32
8C, mild, broken cloud. A 6.5 mile run. Legs felt heavy after yesterday’s long run. Both heels were sore too, though they eased off after a few km. Drank 500ml water. Only needed head torch for half a lap.
The main thing about the run was my first run out in new trainers. Could not find a pair of Brooks Ghost 9 in store in my size to try on. Different upper to last years model so needed to put them on. So bought nearest model instead, Brooks Glycerin 14. They seemed OK.
Avg HR: 153bpm
Avg pace: 5:50 min/km
Wildlife: 4 rabbits
Tuesday 4 October 06:34
8C, cold and misty. A 7 mile run.
New trainers today, my third pair of Brooks Ghost 8 – in blue this time. My second pair are approaching 600 miles so time to break in these ahead of the NY marathon.
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 5:43 min/km
Brooks Ghost trainers #3
Wildlife: 1 squirrel