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
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.
Avg HR: 146bpm
Avg pace: 5:47 min/km
Brooks Ghost trainers #2
Wildlife: 1 squirrel, 10 rabbits
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.