Good afternoon all, its the start of a new week and… for once… I am feeling quite good about all things running! Especially the upcoming Swansea half… which is at the end of June and only 5 weeks away! Seriously where is this year going?!
After my last post where I admitted I had to shelve the Gloucester marathon till next year I decided to brush myself down and concentrate on what I could do…which is on my ‘halfs’ and other races which I had planned and to do a good job of them. So that means a sharper eye on training.
Firstly I have purchased a hydration bag to accompany me on my post-6 mile runs. Its SO GOOD! It was only a cheapo, but sits really well in between my shoulders, feels comfy. I was originally going to get a Camelbak one, but opted for a Kalenji one due to purse-strings issues, however I am so pleased with this, I can see me using it for a very long time. I am not a believer in having to buy the best stuff, some of my running jackets have lasted me forever whereas my more expensive items have not fared so well. This hydration bag has helped me with my leaking water bottles (which have all been thrown) and its great to run hands-free so to speak. I can tuck my keys in as well as an energy gel.
My training plan ahead of Swansea is to do a 3, 6 and 9 mile (or longer LSR) run per week and take it from there. Just praying to Mr Tumble that Mia doesn’t get any more nursery bugs from now and then to keep me to this plan. The 9 miler I did Saturday was excellent, a new route seems to have given me a new mindset, just shows changing a few things here and there can make all the difference.
Another purchase (which should have been next month but I couldn’t help myself) was a pair of running shoes. My Asics GT-2000 3 Lites have been good and I only bought them in Jan, but, I think are a little too narrow for my feet. Especially my right foot as the bunion joint has been painful on long runs 😦 So – after a few other runners have recommended them, I treated myself to some Mizuno Wave Inspire 11’s… they arrive on May 31st so have a little longer to wait for them. Agh…. taps fingers…. can’t wait to see how they feel – but from what I have heard they suit a wider foot and also feel very light. As for my Asics – well I am going to still use them for my strength training workouts, so they won’t go to waste.
So at this moment I am feeling really good, training is manageable and on plan, other things in my life seem to be falling into a good place too… I am also looking forward to seeing some friends from my running group in Swansea too. Will be amazing to meet some folks who I have been talking to for so long in the flesh!
Other races booked are; July: Bath Two Tunnels 10k and August: Cheddar Gorge 10k. Eep!
Take care and hope all is well.
These are my own personal views of my running journey….