This is the first time I have tried a pair of Under Armor trainers. The mens Speedform Turbulence shoe is made with high quality materials showing Under Armor are serious about getting into the running shoe market. The first thing I noticed when I pulled them out of the box was how lightweight they are. The weight does not reflect how strong the shoe is constructed. The upper is made of UA SpeedForm® technology with a dual layer mid-sole. I really like this part of the trainer because it feels firm without any soft spots giving it a nice bounce on each stride. The sock liner construction that lots of modern shoes are made of these days really helps with breath ability. These trainers are going to be my go to shoe for this coming summer. A lot of trainers I have owned in the past have a metal insert in the back of the heel. After about 200 miles of running it gets exposed and that is the end of life for those particular shoes. The Under Armor trainer doesn’t have that so I can feel confident I am going to get some good mileage out of these.
All of the above make up for a great trainer that is already my firm favorite. I got these trainers from Get The Label where they have a great selection of trainers and a large variety of brands.
These trainers arrived on my doorstep on Friday from getthelabel.com. These are Under Armour
Mens Speedform Turbulence Running Shoes. I needed a pair of road trainers. These are my first Under Armour running shoes. I have a lot of this brands gear now and I like the quality. However it must look like Under Armour are sponsoring slightly overweight middle age men when people see me out training.
Anyway this weekend was the 25th anniversary of the Nick Beer 10km road race around the Great Orme in North Wales. So this was a perfect opportunity to try these trainers out in that race. They do say you shouldn’t use new trainers in a race but these were so comfortable the moment I put them on. They performed superbly in that I never even thought about any discomfort throughout the whole race. I’m going to give it a few weeks before I do a full review but so far so good.
The race was great. The wind came in and joined the great atmosphere as did the cold. I got under the hour mark with a 53.20 and was pleased with that.
I didn’t start this year with any intention to run 1000 miles in one year. 3 weeks into January I was looking at my totals and I realized I wasn’t that far off if I was to start the challenge. My wife and a few people I know who run on a regular basis have started already. I had a think about it and I thought if it gets me motivated to keep running throughout 2017 then that can only be a good thing.
You will always get people telling you it’s not a good idea. These people can fuck right off. The benefits far out way any negative bullshit. Even if you don’t reach the 1000 mile goal if it has got you motivated to run then it’s already worth it. It also forces you to consider a more structured plan.
I’m breaking it down into small segments because this then makes it sound a bit easier.
1000 miles in 1 year is 2.73 miles a day. That’s a little under 20 miles a week, 19.11 miles to be more precise. It’s roughly 80 miles a month. Or 0.001902 miles per minute.
These two bodies of waters high on the Denbigh Hills are great tracks to run around if you ever find yourself in North Wales. I run around the Alwen (7 miler, undulating, bit of a killer if you are not in shape) on a regular basis. It’s a bit of a drive to get to but well worth it. The Brenig is a 10 miler with lots of smallish undulations that slowly become a proper pain in the arse the more you dig deeper into the run. You have the reward of seeing the views of Snowdonia in the distance (more running) all the way round. I have been thinking of combining these two routes into one run. This year I want to do that. 17 miles!!! though euuuchhh I’m just not there right now but if I don’t do that this year I will be bitterly disapointed. I love these places and will run them for many years.
I stopped using the usual sports drinks you see a lot of people guzzling on a few years ago. My wife is an athletics coach and as such has a qualification in sports nutrition. She came home one day and showed me the crap that goes into these drinks and binned them. It all seemed quite logical so from that point on I was drinking water and eating Bananas for training and events.So, 6 sachets of Active Root and a 500ml bottle (the correct amount to mix with one sachet with) arrived in the new year. I can’t eat anything within 2 hours of running because I start burping it up and getting bad heartburn. So, it was great to try this stuff out. I decided to try 250ml before the run and 250ml afterward as a sort of recovery drink. It tastes great and I mean, let me just guzzle all this in a one go great. While this first try is of course not an intense study into the effects of drinking Active Root (I work in a lab we can do more) I had no bloating and it didn’t repeat on me It’s easy to mix and dissolves into the water quickly. Did I tell you it tastes great? It does.
So, 6 sachets and a 500ml bottle (the correct amount to mix with one sachet with) arrived in the new year. I can’t eat anything within 2 hours of running because I start burping it up and getting bad heartburn. So, it was great to try this stuff out. I decided to try 250ml before the run and 250ml afterward as a sort of recovery drink. It tastes great and I mean, let me just guzzle all this in a one go great. While this first try is of course not an intense study into the effects of drinking Active Root (I work in a lab we can do more) I had no bloating and it didn’t repeat on me It’s easy to mix and dissolves into the water quickly. Did I tell you it tastes great? It does.
Anyway, it is nice to have a natural drink to turn to for my runs and workouts.
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After a few days of debauchery, running in January is always a massive effort for me. It’s like trying to start an engine that hasn’t been turned on for months. I can feel those extra pounds and every glass of wine/beer/etc swinging from now protruding gut. Today was a glorious day though and with tired legs, I really made the effort to get out in the hills for a nice, slow 6 miler. I know after a couple of weeks of solid running I will be back to enjoying it again.
Happy New Year!
This year I am hoping to break 600 miles. This is a long way if you set out now from your house to run 600 miles but spread over a year it is 1.64 miles a day. I did secretly harbor ambitions to run over a 1000 miles at the start of 2016. That’s just over 19.2 miles a week. Not impossible but when you start missing the odd week that can really crank up the pressure. Whiskey (Scottish Single Malt, 12 year old Caol Ila since you asked) and Beer put that one back in bed for me.
This year has been a good year for me with regards to running. I haven’t had any long breaks from it. Being consistent is a big deal for me personally.
Next year, well I’m running a marathon in March so I should get a good start to the year. I’m not going to put a target on it because then that becomes the thing to do. What I do want to do is at least add another 100 miles to last years total.
We made a weekend of this in the Lake District. So during the day we drove over to Lake Grasmere and got the Kayak out for a paddle on this lovely bit of water.
On the way to this race from our cottage we booked in to Ambleside I told my daughter there was a kids 1km race. She said she wanted to do it. She’s not keen on running so I was pleased she wanted to have a go. When we arrived at Grizdales visitor center we could hear a brass band playing Christmas tunes. It was a lovely touch to what is already a great race atmosphere. Everyone with hats and head torches and the odd person dressed as Santa or an Elf.
We ran with the kids. Set off and I was immediately reminded of the steep start to this course. At the 500m point Santa was there to give the little humans a high five and send us back down the hill. The kids got a medal at the finish line and we was nicely warmed up for the 10km race.
We ran this race in February of this year so I was familiar with the route. It is 3 miles up and then 3 miles down. I trained well for this event and found the hill a lot easier than I did on the previous occasion.
Running at night with all the head torches bobbing up and down really adds to the great atmosphere. These Petzl Night runs are now a firm favorite of mine which I have said in other posts.
Now the proper marathon training starts.