It’s been an interesting week. It started with me opening the blinds on a California morning, after three weeks in the grey, cold UK…and being blinded by the bright sunshine and blue skies! I could hardly wait to get outside!
Monday: 5.6 mile stroller run
It only took me one California run to remember how much I love running. In a UK winter, every run is a tiny act of rebellion against the weather. Bundling up in layers, fighting the elements. Actually, sounds like a UK summer as well. But this run was bliss. Blue skies. Sunshine. Jack Rabbits. Hummingbirds. Herons. Mountains across the Bay. Hello again, California. 5.6 miles in 58 mins exactly at 10.21 pace. I had some shin pain again, which was controllable by focussing hard on how I landed.
And then reality bit and I didn’t run for three days after that, despite all my best intentions. Every night I laid out my kit, my route was planned. But jet-lag got the better of me. Waking at 3am, then 4.30am and then 5.30am with a jet-lagged Dude took it out of me, and I had HORRIFIC PMT this week!! However I kidded myself that the days off would give my shin time to mend. Which brings us to:
Friday: 4.5 blissful miles
I got out the house today with 50 mins to run so I set off on my 4.5 mile route. I wore my old Nikes and my PF insoles. A few aches in the first few hundred yards…and then nothing. No pain. So I picked up the pace to test it out…and nothing. Pain-free. I ran those 4.5 miles in 39.16 at a 8.48 pace. I was buzzing when I got home.
I think that the issue with the Brooks Glycerins is the toe-box…ooh, look at me knowing all the terminology. Basically, I’ve always found the toe box on this shoe to be really wide, I kind of felt like a duck when I started wearing them. My left leg is classic neutral but my right leg, which I broke skiing 5 years ago, rolls all around in the extra space. My Nikes today were much snugger over the toes, so no rolling and no pain. That’s my theory.
So later in the day I hot-footed it down to my local Fleet Feet. I wanted primarily to try out their Oiselle range, having heard so many good things. They had the Long Rogas that I wanted but only in poppy colour, which made my short white legs look horrific, so I’ll be ordering them online in a darker color!! And don’t be mistaken…the Long Rogas are NOT long!!
Whilst I was there, I had a chat with the guy about shoes. He didn’t have Nike Vomeros in my size so I tried some Saucony Ride 5. With their insole, they feel great…so I spent all my birthday money and bought them. However they are very different to what I am used to and I am a little concerned there is not enough cushioning for my heavy-landing feet, but I can go back if they don’t work out. I’m excited. I will also admit I was hugely influenced by their teal-blue beauty!
So. New shoes. New motivation. Ten miles on the cards tomorrow. Welcome to the weekend everyone.