21 May

Out with the old and in with the same again.

A couple of years ago I got sent a pair of PT-1000’s from UK Gear to try out. These have by far been the best trainers I have owned. The claim when they were released were that they will last you a 1000 miles of running. I didn’t count every mile I did in them but I know I got close to that distance when I decided I wanted another pair. So a few weeks ago I got another pair with my own cash money. The old ones just need a bit of a clean up and I could still use them no problem. Long may they keep making them like this.

 

13 May

I received some brand new GripLock™ socks from Sockmine. Who have now become the place to go if you need good socks that are sold at a good price and made for runners. These new Griplocks have a revolutionary new technology. The unique construction follows the contours of your foot, for ultimate comfort and control.  The silicone adhering to your foot, removes the friction and therefore prevents blisters.

I did get sent 2 pairs but the others are in the wash (after a 10km training run) so I could only take a photo of this particular colour. They performed as advertised.

Socks are available in a variety of colours and thickness.

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02 May

Build Your Running Body

“A total-body fitness plan for all distance runners from milers to ultramarathoners” Is part of the blurb on the front cover of Build Your Running Body by Pete Magill, Thomas Schwartz and Melisa Breyer.

Bob Anderson the founder of Runners World has called this book “The Best Running Book Ever” I havent read all the running books yet but when i have i will let you know if he is right or not.

The first thing i liked about this book is it's weight and size and I realise that's a bit odd but I know i will continually come back to this for some tips and references during the years to come. It feels right and is a joy to flip through. While I have read a few chapters and not the whole thing (it's not a story) the stuff that is in there is relevent, interesting and really well laid out. More than that it's a tool and something that has already put me in the right direction with questions i have been asking myself for years.

The best thing apart from the 393 photos for me is the book is referenced so well. So if it says something like ” To prevent injury in that particular area try replacing the temo run (page 43) to a slow jog” This doesn't get in the way at all.

It is packed with 10 comprehensive training programmes for runners of all levels that can be easily integrated into daily routines • Exercises to prevent injury and rehabilitate common running ailments, nutrition advice and much much more.

This really is a great book.