training run #1471

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Friday 10 August, 07:24

13C, cool, breezy. Ran north along the Dutch/ German border then returned along the forest trails. First run in a new pair of Brooks Cascadia. Lovely weather for running and stopped here and there for photos and to respond to messages from Emma.

Along the border
Returning through the forest
New pair of Brooks Cascadia 13

Distance: 7.28 miles

Time: 1:13:49

Calories: 838

Trainers: Brooks Cascadia 13

training run #1468

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Wednesday 1 August, 06:24

Forgot to blog this early run before my cycle commute on Wednesday. Doing these back to backs on Weds and to/from parkrun will hopefully help me build endurance from running/cycling on tired legs.

An easy paced run around the streets near home. Enjoyed this run in early sunshine.

Distance: 4.08 miles

Time: 39:31

Avg pace: 9:40 min/mile

Calories: 472

Ascent: 222ft

Trainers: new pair of Brooks Ghost 10

training run #1422

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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.

Inov-8 Parkclaw 275

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

Time: 58:54

Avg HR: 169bpm

Avg pace: 8:19 min/mile

Calories: 760

Trainers: inov-8 Parkclaw 275

training run #1355

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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

Time:  43:33

Avg pace:  8:35 min/mile

Calories:  580

Trainers:  Brooks Ghost 10

Wildlife:  1 squirrel, 2 rabbits

New trainers

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Got a pair of Brooks Ghost 10s to replace my Brooks Glycerin that are reaching the end.

Brooks Ghost 10

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.

training run #1308

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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

Time:  1:21:33

Avg pace:  11:24 min/mile

Calories:  835

Elevation gain:  1003ft

Trainers:  Inov-8 x-claw 275

Wildlife:  1 squirrel

training run #1262

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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

Time:  37:54

Avg HR:  141bpm

Avg pace:  9:18 min/mile

Calories:  442

Trainers:  Brooks Cascadia

training run #1235

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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.

Photo of new Brooks trainers
Brooks Glycerin 14

Distance:  10.62km

Time:  1:02:04

Avg HR:  153bpm

Avg pace:  5:50 min/km

Calories:  755

Brooks Glycerin

Wildlife:  4 rabbits

training run #1168

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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.

Felt right heel in the first mile, left hip also felt a bit off maybe due to the long run. This was an easy pace run and weather was great, sun coming up towards the end. Fantastic. 

Distance:  11.43km

Time:  1:05:16

Avg HR:  146bpm

Avg pace:  5:43 min/km

Calories:  782

Brooks Ghost trainers #3

Wildlife:  1 squirrel

training run #1105

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Tuesday 7 June, 06:35

11C, mild and sunny. A 7 mile run.  New trainers today, identical pair to the Brooks Ghost 8 I’ve been wearing for the past 581 miles.  (Bought these months ago but also picked up another pair at the end of last week while the sports shop were offering a good discount). Legs were tired but improved on the second lap.  Right heel niggle on and off.  Drank 500ml water. It felt really warm in the sunny parts of the route.

Distance:  11.27km
Time:  1:05:06
Avg HR:  146bpm
Avg pace:  5:47 min/km
Calories:  864
Brooks Ghost trainers #2
Wildlife:  1 squirrel, 10 rabbits