Posted: 28/09/2015 at 13:22
On the shoes topic...
When I first got running shoes, I did the usual trip to the running shop and got "fitted" with a pair of massively clunky things with loads of support because I have slightly fallen arches apparently. Unfortunately, I got used to them, so took a bit of transitioning down to lighter shoes. In about 2 years I've got down to never wearing the big chunky things (which I was wearing on only long runs) and I do my sessions and races in Saucony Mirage 4mm drop shoes which are pretty lightweight (compared to the old things I used to run in!) and do all my easy miles in those Innov8 things that are totally flat/no support. It took a lot of getting used to running in those flats - just 1x run per week to start with of no more than 30 mins and I could fairly feel my calf muscles afterwards. Basically worked up to 45 mins then 60 mins and was doing most of my easy runs of up to 60 mins by the time I ran Edinburgh Marathon in May. Since then, I've just started doing all easy runs in them, so longest run (on Sunday) since then has been 11 miles, but no issues at all.
They obviously work your calf muscles a bit harder, but that's surely a good thing and will translate into stronger calf muscles so long as you build it up slowly.
Racing flats will probably be what I work towards next but for now, I like the "cushion" of having some support when I'm doing a session or a race.
Training going well again now. Got up and over 40 miles for the first time in a while last week and longest run since the marathon of 11 on Sunday.
8x 1000m off 90s followed by 5x 200m off 30s this morning.
Targeting 3:42 for the 1000s and hit 3:38-3:41 for all of them, so very pleased with that. The 200s were tough going - just going "fast" - first one was about 33, then marginally slower on each rep down to 36 on the 5th...!!
Road 10k PB still sits at 40:04 from May 2014 (with track PB slightly quicker at 39:44 also May 2014), so hoping that the training translates into a massive chunk off. I'll be pretty disappointed if I don't bag sub 37 on 1st November...