I don't take water with me and haven't ever had a problem, but I do drink a lot when I get back from a run at this time of year. Having plenty to drink the night before a long run and a small amount in the morning works pretty well for me. Drinking in the middle of the run makes me nauseous, and I figure that being sick creates more electrolyte problems than not drinking causes!
I overpronate slightly, more so on the right than on the left, and have always worn neutral shoes. I also have high arches and have always bought shoes with a lot of cushioning for arch support.
I've been having some mild but regular arch discomfort for quite a while on the right side, and decided to go to the running shop and have a look for a new pair of shoes last weekend. The man there suggested I try a pair of stability shoes, so I came away with a pair of those. I've only been for one run in them so far, but they felt good.
Feet change over time. If you don't think your shoes are working for you, try another type. Just try on a load of different ones and see what you like.
There's a lovely trail around Pitsford Reservoir that's 8ish miles around. It's about 4 miles up the A508 from Northampton. Probably a bit boggy after all the recent rain though, so maybe one to leave for spring!
The Brampton Valley Way is one of my favourites, and at 15 miles each way it should be long enough! The section that starts in Northampton was closed a while ago and I don't know if it's been reopened yet (that section passes under the train line) - probably best to start at Brampton Lane if you begin at the Northampton end.
Hi all, can I join in? I'm going to be following the up to 55 plan for Clarendon in October. Was supposed to be my second one, but fell down the stairs while training for Milton Keynes Very not an advanced runner, must just be a masochist!