New trainers, another pair of New Balance Fresh Foam 1080’s whilst also trying out Enertor insoles for the first time after getting them in a special deal from Superdrug. Didn’t mean to go as far as I did but you have to take the times when your legs feel good and go for it. Started to flag towards the end but didn’t have anything (water/liquid and bloks) with me, so pretty chuffed.
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.
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)
With the internet the ability to quickly find something out is only a short tap away.
Type “running enter what you will here” and you will have more results than you know what to do with. So it is key to try and find the most relevant parts to the search results for you, this can be hard and can end up trawling the results for some hours without too much, again everyone is different so reading as much as you can always helps.
I have found that YouTube has been very good in not only reviews but also techniques to be used when running, warming up or down and eating.
One of the better ones I have been viewing is the Running Wild by 2 people who seem to be able to convey things very well for a newbie like me anyway.
One for reviews who is very good and has a good following is DC Rainmaker who does some excellent reviews of equipment he uses, allowing you to compare different makes/models and also allows other to comment on their experiences.
Lastly for reviews on running shoes etc it has to be Running Shoe Guru who has a nice site which allows you to find the correct shoes based on experience of a user.
Go and give them a look, I am not affiliated with them just find that they really do help a newbie.
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.
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?!
So now with a month under my belt of running and having spoken to a couple of colleagues they had advised that there was a Sweatshop local to us whereby you could have your running analysed so I could chose the right shoes for my running style.
I phoned before hand and had a bit of time in lieu so decided to venture there after work as they said they are not overly busy.
Arriving I was greeted with a normal ‘Hi how are you’ which is when I told them I would like to have my Gait analysed and the assistant was only too happy to help, first off I was asked to take off my shoes and socks and then stand on what looked liked a glass topped box, this then came alive with a green glow which could then tell the assistant what type of arch I had on my feet. Turns out my left foot has a lower arch than my right. Not too worry as I could have insoles at a no cost to try, so I did and short story didn’t really notice the difference nor warranted the cost of them. I had done the wet foot test and didn’t really see much difference between the 2.
Next step was to try some normal pronation trainers and then do a little run on the treadmill, there is a camera that videos your time on the treadmill with then some software allows them to slow down the footage and play around with it to find how your natural style of running is, whether that is Neutral, Under Pronation or Over Pronation, this then determines the type of footwear you can purchase which will help your running. I never knew that there was different types and was a little glad in going and whilst finding out I was neutral I think the experience was worth it.
Now the hunt is on for some new trainers, that are tarmac and neutral specific, only time and money will tell.
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.