Treated myself to a new pair of trainers last week and looking at the state of my current pair post HM it was well overdue (flet like the heel was falling off towards the end). I have stuck with Brooks Adrenaline again as I had no complaints.
As it is my first run since Sunday I decided to take them on a nice comfortable 3k for their maiden voyage. Anyone else find recovery after a HM a struggle? I seem to have misplaced my earphones too, so it was a naked run for me.
This got me thinking about the trainers that I had unceremoniously dropped in the bin on my way out. This pair had been with me for every PB 5k/10k/HM I have; they were with me for several first time events - Eastbourne 10k Rother Valley 10k, not to mention two HMs this year; a summer trip to Italy last year (where they didn't get a chance to go out do to a sore foot), and they have been my constant companion for literally hundreds of training miles in the last year or so, trudging through all weathers. Sure I have the medals, but they are not the same.
Given this I felt that they deserved more than to be discarded without so much as a second thought, whilst I gleefully herald in the usurpers arrival, in much the same way that I did the last. I'm not normally sentimental but running without distraction takes your mind many places.
So here it is: the photo of my new trainers (complete with feet and legs attached) with a short nod to my last pair. I look forward to many miles with these - they have a lot to live up to!