I stick with Asics as they have always suited me well in the past (and I tried so many other shoes when I first started that I could have opened a nearly new shop ). Trouble is I think my feet have grown yet again and new Asics shoes seem to have been downsized. I tried these trail shoes as they have an integrated cuff/gaiter - which I've had to snip at the back because it was too tight - and a tighter closed mesh. My previous trail shoes were ok, if beginning to feel a little short, but the uppers wear out after just a couple of muddy events. A couple of weeks back I ordered a larger size of the Asics racers I wear but they disappeared during delivery, so now I'm waiting for replacements (which might be too big and have to go back). I hate buying shoes .
Straight off (after filling up with post-race food) to Coventry, where I did the Coventry Way 40 on Sunday. Lots and lots of walking (I seem to walk as much as run these days) and although I've done this one 3 times before I still clung to the instruction booklet (yes, a small booklet - all 18 pages of instructions and another 18 pages of little hand drawn maps). Went wrong only once but backtracked before too much damage done! Lots of runners passed me and I passed quite a few walkers who had set out a bit earlier (flexible start times - go when you want - as long as you're back before 9pm). It's a lovely route right round the outskirts of Coventry and often hard to remember that you are so close to a major city. Hot and sunny for first half, but the relentless wind made it hard going in places. Wore my trail shoes again but road shoes would have been fine as the ground was hard and mud minimal. Blister started stinging, then about half way stopped hurting altogether - I though it must have burst, but it just stopped being a blister! Then niggle on left foot disappeared to be replaced by one on right foot. Later when I took my shoes off, there was a deep red mark about 1 inch by 3 inches on the top of my foot under where the lace eyelets go. Foot also swollen (not quite so bad today but still bruised and slight niggle back on left!) - don't think those trail shoes are quite me. Lots to eat at checkpoints and Coke near to the end. Started to drizzle for the last 15 minutes and I got back just as the rain lashed down. Finished in 10:08, which is nearly an hour slower than my fastest time here but half an hour quicker than my slowest. Love this event but do feel that I need to be fitter. Glad that I stayed in Coventry Sunday night as I was very tired.
Shades - sorry you didn't get to do your ultra, but good to know that your sickness didn't develop into anything serious. What have you got lined up next?
MF - a DNS due to mechanical failure . You need to get to your next one at 3 days before . The joys of egg& spoon! Hope you also did the sack race, wheelbarrow race, 3-legged race and (my favourite) the rolling race (lay on your side and roll towards the finish line, brave souls can try forward rolls - lots of going off course).
annie-sophie - great that you enjoyed Paris . That's what running is all about.
S3200H - well done on your half - good time
I had a weekend away. Stayed in Grantham last Friday and did Caythorpe Canter (marathon) in Lincs on Saturday. Nice multi-terrain course - some undulations but no big hills. Rain to start, then got hot and sunny. Gale force winds didn't ease up at all. Finished in 5:43 and then had the most delicious bread and butter pudding. Slight niggle on top of left foot remained and also got small blister on top of toe on right foot. Wore newish trail shoes without the insoles and that seemed to give my toes some room to stretch.
This week I did Broadmeadow marathon on Friday (muddy, muddy, muddy, but lovely countryside, great marshals and friendly company). Ran round with GK, the American guy in the 100MC and we had a good chat. Ran part of the way with a young Canadian girl who was doing her first marathon while over here for a holiday! Also ran for a bit with BH & PH, but B doesn't just have a pacemaker, he has Duracell batteries and he sped off like the bunny. P went with him but I just couldn't keep up, so GK and I just carried on at our own pace and finished in 6:26. Did get lost once - went right off track and through a lovely village which I found out just yesterday from a TV programme that it was where Mary Arden was baptised and married. Little bit of drizzle to start and then it got quite warm. Heavy rain held off until we were safely back!
Yesterday was Made ya Run Round the Reservoir. 6 laps but varied course and quite a lot going on (dogs, walkers, boats, horses, bird watchers and other runners to greet on the short out and back section or when I was lapped). Had short 4min loo break after 2nd lap (trip into the hotel) and stopped after every lap for quick biscuit and drink, but managed to run at a consistent pace and finished in 4:30:11. Ran all the way - even up the slopes - and didn't really push it till the last lap, so pleased with that .
Hi Shadies! Hope everyone has had/ is having a good Easter
I've been really busy - haven't had time to post but have managed to keep reading what everyone else is doing. Some really good running going on - well done to all those who raced - and hope those with niggles are healing nicely.
I went to Llanelli Friday before last for the Born to Run 40 on Saturday. Nightmare journey down and it was hot and sunny. What a change on the morning of the race - torrential, icy rain for the first 9 miles and gale force winds all the way. Didn't really see much of the expected wonderful views. Ran all the way up the incline from mile 12ish as I was planning to walk the 'big hill' - not realising until too late that the 'big hill' was the incline and it went on for over 10 miles. Rather tired after that and had to walk/run most of the rest of the way. The last 6 miles seemed to go on for ever (and the headwind on the way out had turned a bit and was now a cross wind ), but I made it back in 7:17 so quite pleased with that. Journey back next day was just as bad with so much rain that visibility was quite poor. Glad I went, but would have liked to see 'the views'.