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How many miles did you run today?

FlyingMonkey

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BTW, I know shoes are very personal (in the sense that our feet and gaits are all different), but what do people wear?

After several years of hunting and being told I needed this or that kind of correction by supposed experts or even that I should wear much smaller shoes than felt comfortable, I finally found my perfect road shoe in Brooks Pure Cadence. These are neutral, fairly flat shoes with a low drop but with some arch support, and Brooks's 6.5 UK (7.5 US) size and shape fits me like a glove. Since I've been using them I've had none of the foot problems I used to have. So, of course they have phased them out, just like their amazing Racer ST which I used to wear for well, racing... Apparently their Asteria is a replacement for both, and they might suit me fine, but it seems hard to find anywhere that's got them over here in the UK, and I don't want to buy without trying them.

Off road, I use Brooks Pure Grit - which are basically like a slightlier chunker version of the Cadence although they feel a bit more 'flabby' (hard to describe). That's what I've been wearing on the trails the last few days.
 

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Brooks Ghost line since around the 8 version. They have what they call the GTX version made with GoreTex which much be for the trail scene but I have not tried those out. I will stick with these until I have issues.

Honestly, I do not know anyone else who likes a 12mm drop shoe. The majority of people like something with a more minimal drop but I have always had issues with those shoes. I midfoot strike so I have that going.
 

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When Brooks changed the shoe I liked, I ended up buying three pairs from a vendor closing them out. It worked out well, and even a couple of years after the discontinuation, I could find that same shoe online (albeit at a bit of a premium). If you like the one you're wearing, this approach may work for you.
 

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When Brooks changed the shoe I liked, I ended up buying three pairs from a vendor closing them out. It worked out well, and even a couple of years after the discontinuation, I could find that same shoe online (albeit at a bit of a premium). If you like the one you're wearing, this approach may work for you.
Unfortunately I only found they had discontinued them some months afterwards, because I wasn't running that much for a while - or I would have done exactly what you did and bought a lot. There are some of the last generation available online, I've noticed, so I'll try to get hold of a couple of pairs.
 

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Long run today, all on-road this time. I didn't exactly get lost but I did decide on the fly to do a slightly longer route, which unfortunately included a stretch of road that was not exactly friendly to runners because of the speed and attitude of drivers. I got through that, but then, about 15km in, it started to rain torrentially and kept it up pretty much until the end, which came just after by far the most significant hill on the route. Strangely, the total distance was almost exactly the same as the unexpectedly long run I did the other day: 25.5km (c.16 miles). But I was actually a bit quicker than the other day, probably just because I didn't stop to work out where I was at all. However, speed isn't the point of these long runs; just being out there moving for 2-3 hours is the goal.

We're travelling up north to stay with friends tomorrow, so my next run will be along the North Sea coast, and then it's a couple of days of fell-running in the Lake District.
 

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6 miles yesterday evening (it's starting to get dark earlier already so thankfully my headlamp was fully charged) and according to Strava, I set a PR on a segment. The segment was a half mile section of trail entirely along a river and through the woods. I think I set my PR on it because I was moving so fast to avoid being carried away by mosquitoes or swallowing hundreds of little gnats with each breath.
 

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Setting off for the north-east of England today. This is the exact path I will be running tomorrow for my mid-range run (this is about my turnaround point!). However, bear in mind that the weather is almost never like in the photo, and that it will very probably be grey and raining. It's an amazing stretch of coast though - even 50 years ago, this was coal-mining country and the coast was basically used to dump coal waste. Today, the area is still a bit rough around the edges in social terms, but environmentally it's been totally cleaned up, and there are trails all the way along it for miles and miles. North of the river Tyne, it gradually gets wilder and more beautiful, with windswept sandy beaches and ruined castles. I love this area, and lived here most of my adult life before moving to Canada (for work).
 

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Barefoot run on the beach and blisters to prove it. This is the beach where goonies was shot so some good nostalgia vibes
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Also discovered that beachside big toe will dive into the sand from time to time.

I’m blaming the slow pace on the sand
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Just back from my 15km supposedly mid-pace run... but while the North Sea cliffside scenary was great, the run wasn't. I felt something go 'ping' in my left calf at about the turnaround point. It hurt immediately but then stopped. So I decided to take it easy for a few km, and ran back at recovery pace, then slowly speeded up again to see what would happen. Nothing really did, but then my stomach started to feel really bad - this happened the other too actually, also at about 12-13km into the run, but then I was in the middle of a forest so, you know... anyway, today I found that going faster made this worse, so I basically had to walk back the last bit and head straight for the bathroom when I got in. You don't have to 'like' this one, really - I didn't. ;)
 

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Sorry to hear that FM.

I’m in NY for all of 13 hours but I’ve been looking forward to this run all week:

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Luckily my friends we're staying with have some rollers for muscles, so I've been spending a lot of time rolling my legs since this morning. I don't think I've done anything terrible, but it warrants a few days off, and luckily I had 2 days off scheduled tomorrow and Sunday. But maybe it will need a week or more. So I will only run next week if everything feels perfect. I can't risk being injured for my half.
 
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Another day, another train... we're heading over from Newcastle to the Lake District today. If my leg is fine - and it seems like it is - I'll do a short tester on Monday and then on Tuesday I'll be running an out-and-back from where we are staying at almost sea level, to Illgill Head, which stands at 609m (just under 2000 feet) above Wastwater, the deepest and darkest of the lakes.

And if not, well, it's a nice picture...
 

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