I get the feeling that February could be an expensive month, we have just changed our life insurance to a new provider who give you benefits for being apart of the scheme.

Some of the benefits are

  • Free weekly Starbucks drink
  • Free cinema tickets
  • 50% off Sweatshop and Garmin/Fitbit/Polar/Misfit products

There are many more and the healthier you are the more you benefit and the lower your policy could be.

So with the above in mine I took up one of the offers and ordered a new Garmin, there wasn’t anything wrong with the TomTom sports watch and I still think it is a great product but there was 2 factors that made me want to get the Garmin.

Firstly with the marathon coming up I thought it would be a good idea that my wife and family could track me where I am and how I am doing via the online feature, yes this means having the watch and phone paired during the event but as I will need my phone anyway to make contact when I am finished I thought why not.

Secondly it was the steps counting feature for linking to our insurance account which would then allow us to track our steps, ok so maybe it was also a chance to get a new device that had a few more features and with the added bonus of a heart rate monitor built in.

  

 I went for the Forerunner 235 which I think has the best balance of features, it doesn’t have the cycling part ( I have purchased another Garmin device that will just stay with the bike Edge 20 which I am also very happy with, the size and functions are perfect for my cycling needs!), but the rest of the features really do make up for it, so I will write a month review but after opening the box and getting the watch on I have to say I am very happy!

As part of the training for the London Marathon I thought it would be good now to increase the miles to get the body used to the mileage that it will be put through during the marathon.

Looking at the below I am very happy with this pace and for my 2nd try at a half I appear to be heading in the right direction, good constant pace and seemed to have the energy, but getting the body used to something is for the most part is the aim of these long miles.

   

I can now in theory build upon this and then move forward with the training knowing that I am going to be ready for the 26.2 miles that will lie ahead of me come 24th of April.

So with the #runcommute still going well I have now just got a PB on Strava for 5k during one of the commutes. Strava never recognised the fact I did a quick time during the 5k race events I did last summer, so was nice to see this pop up.

   

I feel that these little things just help with the motivation and help to push yourself that little more while not losing the enthusiasm.

So been doing a lot of reading about different types and brands, with the pros and cons. After a lot of searching I have gone for Injinji toe socks and at first I was a little skeptical at first and the feel of them was a little odd but have to say whilst running feel so good. I don’t think I will change now to the ‘normal’ type of socks for running.

  

 Even if they do make your feet look black with frostbite.

Right with the new shoes comes a new 10K PB really pleased with that, shoes seem to feel good and not hurting as much now. So means that my feet and legs are getting used to the new shoes and how they work etc.

   
   

So its nearly the time where we stuff ourselves silly and then get back to training afterwards, not for me as I will be working over the Christmas period, please don’t feel sorry for me as I wasn’t working last year so fair is fair.

So the second part to this post is that I have purchased another new pair of running shoes, ok so I only just ran in my new Asics and I am already getting another pair of shoes, the reason behind it is that I have been wanting to try these Skora shoes for a while now and I think its just something I have to get out of my head and know whether it is for me or not. Plus they are very hard to get hold of in the UK, so when I saw the sale on SportPursuit I thought ok lets do this.

Edit : They are here, so they have arrived and I have been for a run in them and they are very good, really light and roomy, the left heal support seems to hurt but I guess they need a little bedding in.