Do new shoes make you faster? I've had some good runs in July with my new trainers, a PB over 5k, my speediest km and fastest 2 km. My legs feel good, it's my breathing that's holding me back, but that's something to work on. I can run at 9km/hour for 3-4 km, but struggle to get to 5km at that speed. And there's no way I'm even close to 5k in 30 minutes, but a lot closer than I was a couple of months ago. My new shoes definitely help and feel quite springy, but I haven't taken them on a long run yet. Partly because I'm breaking them in, but mainly because it's just been too hot (30C) at the weekends and there's no way I'm running in those temperatures. Just sitting in the sun turns me into a puddle, I really don't know how people manage to run.
But guess what - I'm off tomorrow and it's supposed to rain. And I'm really excited! Now should I do 6, 8 or 10k? I feel like a kid with a box of chocolates!