Checked my Garmin stats, and saw I’d run 385 miles in my Asics GT2170 turquoise and lime beauties. This included the London Marathon, a 5k race, a 10k race and 2 half marathons.Was it time for some new shoes?
Well, odd twinges and aches are most unwelcome after running (not going to name them as I’m in denial) but in my opinion can often be cured by new shoes. Sometimes. Maybe. Worth a try, anyway.
So I ordered the shoes, same as last time as these have been so good. Went to collect them, and found these purple beauties waiting for me. Fantastic! (and a much more practical colour for Winter training!) Thought they deserved a new pair of socks for their first run, dug my last pair of brand-new-supermarket-cheapy-but-great socks and what do you know? Turns out they are white and purple too.
I’ve never been so co-ordinated!
Sadly though, the washing machine seems to have eaten one of my fantastic new purple socks. How does that happen?
You’ll be pleased to hear I’m still in a positive mood! After my two short runs last week I also managed to cycle to the swimming pool, aqua-plod for TWO HOURS and then cycle home again. I felt brain dead after those two hours, but the cycle home helped wake me up, and then as I came back into the village I passed the postman who flagged me down and shouted that he had already tried 3 times to deliver a parcel that had to be signed for, so he’d loop round and try again. I cycled home so fast I beat him there, and he handed over my NEW SHOES!
Busy weekend (daughter being dropped at school in the early hours for her trip to Germany, son’s birthday sleepover and Mother’s Day for starters!) so couldn’t get out to try them. Then Monday morning dawned. Everyone was out, the sun was shining, the shoes were calling….
I set off for 4 miles. Everything was stiff, aching and complaining, but I carried on. After 2 and a half miles the stiffness was easing off. Shin was still sore but I was ignoring it. At four miles I was nearly back home, and I suddenly realised my shin wasn’t painful. I couldn’t feel anything sore there. It didn’t feel like someone was pressing hard on the bony part of my leg any more. Overjoyed I decided to press on and ran an extra mile. Shin started hurting again on a gentle downhill, and then again on the gentle uphill, but it gave me hope that this WILL clear up. One day!
Unfortunately I think that ‘other day’ was today, because it was pouring down this morning. Really heavy, “soaked-in-2-minutes” type rain. I did wobble briefly and wonder about switching my schedule around, but my new shoes were desperate to get out for a run so who was I to deny them?
Also, at the back of my mind was the thought “what if its raining like this on April 22nd?” I guess its better to know what its like to run in!
So off I set. It was wet. Roads were full of puddles. Not too many cars about, but huge thumbs up to the driver who waited for me to run past the ginourmous puddle before driving though. I think I would have drowned otherwise.
Whilst taking the photo of my new trainers on the edge of the road-spanning puddle, thought I’d do a quick self-portrait of myself. Particularly love the rain drops on my chin and nose – most attractive I thought! Still had 2.5M to go at this point, you can see how much I’m enjoying it.
Anyway, lots more ‘hardcore’ points for me, and another tick on my schedule. Week 4, Run 2 6M Steady DONE!
Nothing quite like new shoes! I braved the treadmill in the Running shop, am pleased to say I didn’t fall off however I was told I have a ‘very odd’ running style. Somehow that doesn’t surprise me!
Despite this, I came home with a lovely shiny white pair of running shoes which will help support my feet (and legs!) as my runs become progressively longer. I though I’d better post a photo of them now before they set foot outside. Rain is forecast tomorrow for their maiden voyage …..