I haven't been on these forums for ages having lost a bit of interest in running after the mud fest that was the Thames path 100. Now looking forward to the lakeland 50 after a weekend of running in the lakes with the mrs a couple of weeks ago. Thoroughly under trained but going to go off far too fast and then suffer. Could be interesting.
get some cheap trail shoes and go and run through mud and rivers or run over hills or mountains. Get a book of walks or mountain bike routes and go and run them. meet up with a friend that you havent seen for a while and go for a run with them and have a good gossip.
Run through a bustling city center and people watch. how can all that be boring
Alistair, i used them new balance 110's for the thames path 100 and they were fine, even though it had been rerouted and a lot of it was on tarmac. Infact i'm going to do the london marathon in them this sunday as i havent really got any road shoes.
its not so much about cushioning as protection from bumps and stones etc. I find when running in my vivo's i have to concentrate on avoiding little pebbles etc and dont really want to be concentrating on that for more than an hour.