A Tough Week

The definition of a goal is: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

I was reluctant to start a blog and openly share my goals. Once a goal is public, there’s a possibility that failure will also be public. It could however, act as a large motivating factor. So here goes.

Amongst other smaller goals, my main running goal is to run a 3:30 marathon and I’m hoping to do this at the London Marathon next year. However, if I don’t manage to get in, I will still complete one around the similar time. This gives me 8 months.

After 2 months off, I’m in need of some motivation, and nothing says motivation like a new pair of trainers. So a new pair of trainers is what I got.

I’ve had so much trouble with trainers over the past year or two, I was almost considering trying a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. Almost.

Like most people, when I started running I paid little attention to what was on my feet. I wore a pair of Asics “training shoes” and ran fairly problem free. After the soles started peeling off, I thought I should invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Little did I know how many problems I would run into. No pun intended.

I took myself off to a running shop which offered gait analysis, where they informed me I was a slight overpronator and sold me a pair of Saucony Guide 10’s to help. Help they did not. I developed a burning pain on the top of my ankle and a stabbing pain in the bottom of my foot. After a few trips to the physio, I was informed that these shoes weren’t helping. Obviously.

Back to the running shop again, this time returning with a pair of Saucony Ride 9’s, a sturdy neutral shoe which I managed a total of 34km in before the same problems returned. Back into the Asics I went, missing soles and all. Side note: If anyone is looking for a pair of size 8 running shoes, let me know.

After covering 554km, I decided to retire my trusty Asics. I also decided that I was probably wasting money on gait analysis so I took a leap and ordered a pair of New Balance Vazee Pace v2s online. Which brings me to the title of this blog. For once, the shoes are great. My body on the other hand, is not.

I knew I wouldn’t be as fit, but I underestimated by how much. I managed to get out for three runs totalling 15km, which isn’t terrible, but my average pace has dropped from around 4:40/km to 5:10/km. This was something I expected, but it still hit me hard.

I’ve walked a lot over the past two months so my legs felt good, but my lungs were not so good. There were a couple of times I had to stop for a tactical shoe lace tie for a bit of a breather.

Trying to take it easy is tricky and I’m finding it hard not to try and run at my “usual” pace but tomorrow is the start of a new week and I’m still confident. Confident and excited. Confident, excited and slightly tired, but still ready for a new week.

Benjamin Hackett, 10th September 2017

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