A colleague wanted to run 13 miles today, and I’ve wanted to do the Buxton Half Marathon route for a while, so we met up and off we went, and what a great route it is, considering its on road!
I’d spent the night before with ice packs on the tendon that leads from the ankle to my big toe, followed by dunking my foot into a boiling hot tub of water. It seemed to have done the trick, cos I managed 7 miles before the pain reached its peak.
Runs like this always have little comments that stick in the mind and amuse, and the quote from is one was “it’s hilly ain’t it?” on every single small incline. Now, you have to understand that my fellow runner Steve, is used to running on flat terrain, so this was out of his comfort zone, and topped with it being the longest run he would have Eve done, a big challenge for him. despite the calf agony he went through from about mile 7 onwards, he still finished
the route itself is a fairly hilly for a road half marathon, but a nice steady pace meant it was a pretty straight forward thing. Still made the mistake of forgetting to take any water or emergency food, which now means my running buddy has some severely worked muscles and is struggling with the simple act of walking.
My legs seems give ok, considering this was the first longish run in my Inov-8 bare-x180s, which are zero drop shoes, with a simple 6mm piece of rubber for the sole of the shoe. They felt amazing, but I think I was heel striking at some points
I can’t be certain, as there was a few section of walking, as my partner really needed to walk, but it may have been from sitting back a bit on the down hills to avoid aggregating my foot an more than I had to. Either way, they are an amazing shoe, I can’t believe I’ve been buying padded shoes, and I can’t wait to put some serious mileage on them
Now I’m gonna sit back, sup on an ale, and wait to see how much my legs ache tomorrow!!