Running shoes aren’t cheap but they’re probably the most important piece of kit to keep your running on track and injuries at bay. They don’t last forever so when should you change your trainers?
Earlier last year I was given the opportunity to try out some Hoka trainers. Unfortunately, coinciding with the training peak for my first marathon wasn’t great timing to try something new.
I gave the Conquest 2 road shoes a shot but they were nothing like I expected them to be. The Challenger trail version were much more comfortable but mara-noia meant I was steering clear of trails.
So when I was approached to try a pair of Hoka Clifton 2 I was reluctant to give them a shot. I did have another idea following a conversation with Jacqui, a fellow Witney Road Runner, who had heard great things about Hokas and was keen to give them a go.
Marathon training is tough. There’s the increase in mileage, the test of mental toughness, not to mention the dilemma of choosing your race fuel, so it can be easy to forget about hydration. But after reading this post you’ll have no excuse!
The last day of Janathon was due to be the first time I volunteered at parkrun. The weather had other ideas. From nowhere, we awoke to a covering of snow which, due to understandable safety concerns, put paid to my tail-running duties. It didn’t stop me going for a relaxing leg loosener before tomorrow’s Watford Half though.
After a busy day at work it’s always nice to get home to a parcel. It’s even more exciting when the parcel is running related. This week I’ve had double the excitement with two deliveries!
You’d think getting a decent pair of running shorts would be easy. There’s not much I look for in running shorts. In fact, I think less is more. Am I the only runner who doesn’t want pants built into my running shorts? It would appear so.
And here lies my Running Short Story:
A tweet caught my eye a couple of months ago that led to me receiving an early Christmas present. And what better present for someone embarking on their first marathon training schedule than a pair of Asics Kayano 21?
This year my running pace has come on in leaps and bounds so I wanted to take my race nutrition more seriously but I hadn’t got on with any of the bars and gels I’d previously tried. That was until I found TORQ. Anyone for apple crumble?
Last month I was selected to be part of a Running Bug team to put the new TomTom Runner Cardio watch to the test. Having used the adidas miCoach SmartRun watch for the last 9 months it was a great opportunity to put them head-to-head.
In the past I’ve paid little attention to race fueling or hydration, previously leaving things to chance. As improving PBs is getting harder I’ve started to consider my fueling and hydration strategy.
Co-incidentally, or perhaps it was the running (or Twitter) gods, I noticed a tweet from the team at nuun hydration asking for willing reviewers of their hydration tabs. Well, I stuck my hand up and a few days later I got a little package through the post.