Amazing what new shoes will do. And before you think I've completely lost my marbles, that is the absolute LAST dip into my inheritance for running gear - the rest really does have to go towards the proposed house move. I now officially have more running clothes and shoes than ordinary. And let me tell you, I am getting 1000% more pleasure from them than anything else I could think of buying - so you can keep your foreign holidays and your wine and meals out. Mind you, Mr I Don't Snore treated me to an amazing meal last night to celebrate our anniversary. He won tickets to Country File Live at Blenheim Palace, so we walked miles in boiling heat yesterday looking at everything, then came home and went to a place that cooked me a vegan meal to my own taste from scratch - I had a herby, tomato pasta dish with vegetables and garlic and olive oil, then a bread pudding type of dessert with gooseberries and raspberries and some sort of ginger sauce. Oh, and there was raisin and rosemary bread and focaccia to dip in olive oil, and a dish of olives.
OK, the run: first of all, let me say that my breathing is abysmal at present. Even though Mr I Don't Snore has clipped Dennis he (Dennis that is!) is moulting profusely at the moment, with the consequence that I am coughing up blood streaked brown phlegm in the mornings (sorry for the graphic description) and I'm puffing all the way round a run. It was 16 degrees when i went out this morning, 18 when i got back, and it's still extremely humid here. Ankles are puffy today too.
To get back to the shoes: On Cloudsurfer. I would hesitate to say a pair of shoes could make that much difference to speed etc. but this morning I really did run faster and with less effort, and I feel marvellous now despite heat and humidity. They are so comfortable and feel kind of springy, but they seem to give that extra push when you're running. I'm a mid-foot striker, but these shoes propel me onto more of a forefoot landing, which seems to give me a bit more propulsion. Also got 8 hours sleep last night for once. don't 'arf make a difference!
But once again I've brought my pace down slower by standing there failing to turn off my Garmin. Despite that, very happy with today's run.