Fartlek’n good shoes

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I had to ditch my ancient Salomon trail running shoes as they were giving me blisters on the arch of my foot. I bought my new Asics Lahar 4′s from Go Outdoors in Gloucester for a bargain price of £50 (they’re priced at £85 on John Lewis’ online store). They sport the Goretex tag, are fully waterproof, and nice and warm for the coming winter months. I’m sure I don’t need all these winter features for the Stroud Half-Marathon, but I have my eyes on the Bristol Off-Road 10k at the end of October, and I’m sure the trainers will then come in handy in the Alps this winter.

I had planned a monumentous 10 mile run this weekend, from Gloucester’s Warehouse Climbing Centre back to Cheltenham, however my schedule has quickly filled up and I had to resort to a shorter session. I have been reading about “Fartlek training” and am intrigued to see if it can improve my running pace. After a 10 minute jog to warm up, I alternated between a 1 minute walk to 30 second sprint until 15 minutes later when I thought I was having a heart attack. and jogged back to the house.

It’s a short and intense training method and can quite easily be squeezed around my hectic regime of working and rock climbing. The proof will be in the pudding. I’d like to see my average speed on a longer training run move above 6.5 mph. In the mean time, I can confirm that my new shoes haven’t hurt my feet, or knees for that matter. Quite a delightful revelation.

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