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So it was a clear Friday evening when this race happened, my Wife and Son came along to watch also which was an added boost.

I felt good having gotten a 10k PB a few days before whilst running off road, with a route that was similar to the one I was about to run. We lined up, being my first proper mass start the atmosphere was awesome and I don’t think I will forget it, hearing the gun go and then watching down the line as the sea of runners started to bob up and down before it reached where I stood and then we we’re off.

It took a while to get into a rhythm avoiding slower runners and kerbs as the whole running field spread out swallowing the road before we we’re then funnelled into the parts of the course that was 2 way, once in the zone with other runners around me you tended to find that you catch up to another runner and then go passed them in the hope that you hadn’t gone to early. I had already pre planned the route and time of when I should go strong and hold back but using the watch and distance as a gauge this seemed to work, passing a couple of people I knew who were marshalling gave me that extra boost.

First lap passed quickly and I felt good, taking on some water and just sticking to the plan even when others came passed, knowing that going up the hill again on the second lap was going to be my time of whether to go or not. See running clubs members struggling on the hill the second time round I knew it was time to go after the downhill section on a small distance away. I went like a rocket after coming down the hill the othersie and overtaking multiple people who had just over taken me, my legs and my body felt good and I really pushed the last 2km of the course knowing that my wife and Son would be waiting. With less than 1km to go and with someone trying to go with me it was on and I pushed again with then the finish straight to do, giving high fives as I crossed the line with spectators. I stopped my watch and looked down, awesome another 10k PB.

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After the 10k my body felt like it could of gone on further with the high and buzz of the event pushing me and helping me feel stronger, I am not sure how much longer at the pace I could of gone but hey its nice to know. I really enjoyed the race with a nice medal at the finish line, it glows in the dark don’t you know, I would do this event again. Oh and did I mention that I did this in new shoes that I had only just purchased during that week…..(more on that another time)

Yup you have guessed I decided with a deal available to get some road running specific trainers.

Can you guess what brand I went for? Yup Asics, I went for the Gel-Nimbus 16 in the Blue colourway. (They match my socks)

After having my Gait analysed I have been looking and looking and looking at multiple pairs and comparing and watching the prices, Wiggle had a deal on again so I went and chose the above pair at a reduced rate.

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They seemed to be a little tighter than the previous pair but thought they would break in a little and I really didn’t want a pair of trainers that would end up being too big so stuck with these 9’s and not the 9.5’s.

Now with over 10 miles in and they feel very nice indeed, just right in fact odd how these felt different from the Fuji’s that I had purchased, albeit second hand off eBay, but didn’t think that 2 9’s from the same company would differ. Anyway my running feels better and they feel a lot more surefooted than the Fuji’s when the surface is damp which does help to build confidence but its not missed placed. The laces a little shorter than the Fuji’s but they do lace up well and feel very supportive.

Overall I am happy with them as my first proper pair of running shoes, I can only imagine what the top of the range 17’s are like?!

Been looking into running a bit more and bought a few magazines now, also some are available on my Android tablet with a 30 day free trail ( if you time it right you can get 2 months worth free).

So I had Trail Runner and Runners World UK 2 very good magazines and I have been able to learn a great deal from these.

One of the articles in RWUK happened to mention about a movement of #run2work day.

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They are trying to get a government scheme whereby you could get a similar voucher to the Cycle 2 Work, where by you would be able to purchase running equipment (shoes, top and bottoms) whilst also making sure there is facilities to allow you to get changed, most places have a shower or similar area to allow you to get changed. I did sign up to the petition but be warned I did get a lot mail about other petitions, must of missed the tick box on that one.

I think this is a good idea and with that in mind I created a Facebook page – My movement Ipswich/Suffolk   So if you are local then please join the group and share your experiences.

They say about running to work on a Thursday but no reason why you can’t run when ever you wanted to, some I know run to work and then bus or lift home and vesa versa. Just do it how ever it best fits you, I do run to and from work but it does take it out of you.

Ok so one of my first runs was to work, this would be easier to run to the in-laws after work than take my bike etc as there was no room, nor the cycle rack was available.

So how did I do?

Not too bad, started off very fast which I think shows my in experience currently but of course that will change as I become fitter and also better understand how to run.

I have a backpack which I use for my cycling commutes, has enough space plus the added bonus I can add my water bladder to it also when required, so knowing that I run hot and like to take on fluids I ran with around 2 litres of water on my back along with my change of clothes (I leave my work trousers over the back of my chair during the week) and some lunch.

I didn’t do too bad, but was more annoyed that the route I took, most direct, didn’t allow me to rack up my 5k mark. Hey you live and learn.

The evening route was shorter and very flat so was a nice change, but the next day I did start to feel it. I didn’t warm down very well at all and suffered for it, again something to put down to the steep learning curve that comes with running and finding out how your body can do.

Will I do it again, yes I would, lets see if I do.

Ok so these trainers came from eBay for around £30 delivered, I didn’t want to spend to much on a pair of running trainers if I wasn’t really going to go to far with it, also the fact the rest of my running kit. The previous owner said about they had only been worn and few times and this was true as they seemed like new when they arrived.

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Anyway done a few runs in them now and they feel very nice, I use a pair of Asics Tiger ’86 trainers as my main wearers so like how the brand feels on my feet.

I have noticed that when the ground is a little wet, pavements and road, they don’t seem to be too sure footed but I am happy to continue to use them and will upgrade later on.