So, after saying the new running shoes would have to wait until the weekend to get a chance to get out on trails, I had to suffer listening to them whimper and cry all night. Little voices drifting up the stairs plaintively wailing "try me. Try me now." By this morning I could bear it o longer and decided that I could go late to work and sneak in a cheeky 5k trail run after dropping the kids off to school.
Well it was a perfect morning for running. Bright, crisp, just lovely. I have to admit I got a little carried away and a planned easy 5k expanded rather into a hilly, muddy technical 10k, but I loved every minute of it.
So, the shoes. Brooks Pure Grit 2. They were excellent. They are a lot less cushioned than my Asics trail shoes. I was a bit unsure about this at first, but got used to it very quickly and it makes a great difference being much more aware of what your foot is in contact with, particularly in the woods where you can't necessarily see what roots and rocks may be underfoot. The fit is quite wide at the front and the toebox felt strangely roomy when I tried them on, but after a couple of wet km when my feet were soaked through I was really glad of this and by the time I got back they did not feel large at all.
Of my other new gear, the Nike Drift tights are super, although the core workout of my rn was improved by frequent weaving and dodging round bramble suckers. Thorns and technical fabrics do not make good partners.
The revelation of the day though was the Buff. I am a complete convert now. I still have my mohawk form the Colour run last weekend and the sides of my head get a little chillly early mornings. I really don't get on with hats though, and the buff was a great compromise in this regard. As I warmed up, having the top of my head open to the elements kept me nice and cool and it stopped sweat dripping down into my eyes. Best discovery of the week.
Just need to guzzle some coffee and paracetamol now in the hope that my legs will be strengthened and not ruined by this extra curricular run, as I have an Insanity session this evening. Still six hours to recover. Should be fine.
Irishprincess - here is the pic you asked for. Although something dark behind me makes it look rather like I am wearing a nappy. I assure you I wasn't. My obsession with never breaking stride has not progressed quite that far yet. The shoes are not quite as eye-wateringly bright now they have been muddied.