So my new shoes arrived today. Revel 3 Tropical Collection - They are things of beauty.
Of course, looks aren't everything so I thought I best get them on and give them a try. But how long should their maiden voyage be?
At first I thought a gentle 5k to ease them in slowly. But the weather was so nice I really wanted a long run. So I set the NRC app to guide me round 90minutes.
Compared to my previous Glycerin 16s, the Revels are not as comfy, but they sure are light as a feather. I actually forgot I had them on (isn't that what you want from a shoe).
The ball of my left foot began to hurt about 65minutes in and it felt like there was no cushioning, I was just hitting the road. This went on for about 15minutes then passed and I carried on as though I was running on air. 90minutes passed, and I'm about 1k from my house. Perfect. Until I see I've run 17k in that time. I'm sure I've still got enough gas in the tank to run parkrun right now, so instead of a gentle 1k walk home, I had a drink then set off again to clock up another 5k.
Thank you new shoes, you've just carried me around my first half marathon since I did the Plymouth Half in 2010.
It took me 2hrs2mins which I'm a little sad about as I'd hoped I kept under 2hrs, but considering I stopped to take photos on my way round, with a little more training, I'm fairly confident I could knock 10minutes off if I ran in an actual race. (My 2010 time was 1hr45)
Anyway, the time is almost irrelevant, that's another milestone to celebrate.