Good morning lovely running buddies!
Well, I couldn't resist. Last night I slipped on my lovely new Cloudflows, having stared lovingly at them in the box for a while, and took them on our first date. Just a short, sharp 1k, that's all, but I was already smitten. They felt a much, much better fit than my old running shoes, and with the addition of Sadie's runners loop thingy, they felt perfectly secure so I wasn't wasting energy with my foot moving inside the shoe. Oh, and they are also very light, which is a welcome change from my old ones.
So obviously I had to give them a thorough test this morning, so I set off thinking I might do 5k. Pretty soon the plan had changed, definitely going to be a 10k, how could I resist in shoes so amazing? The route should be on the pic I'll hopefully remember to attach from my phone after I post this, but nearly the same as my last 10k, but with a slight alteration at about 9.5k to avoid an annoying set of steps down to the canal. If you look at the bottom of the route, you will see a gentle curve as the route rounds a particular clearing in the trees. This is a nightmare because months of winter mud followed by what feels like months of heatwave have turned the mud into very hard ruts, so I had to watch my step and pick my route carefully. That certainly slowed me down, but the Clouds handled it with ease, giving just that balance between firmness and cushioning. Did I mention that I'm in love with them?
For a full route description, see my last post, but since I know a few people are familiar with the area, notable features are a long gentle descent on roads, from the canal to Rose Hill Station, the start of the middlewood way, the climb up from Middlewood station to the canal, mainly hardened ruts and cow muck, and the nasty little hump backed bridge just before high lane.
Still, another 10k in the ever-filling bag of 10ks. Would you believe it, I matched my pace from my first 10k, and that was done on the flat. I'm feeling very happy right now
See you all soon, run safe!