It’s been a while. I’ve been too busy eating cashew nuts, mince pies and chocolates… often at the same time.
So here’s a little catch up on various goings on…
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I received an email from the lovely people at New Balance, informing me that they had some new kit and had a few items for some lucky running folk to test.
This included the fantastic looking (though pricey!) winter running jacket (the Beacon) pictured below.
Unfortunately I was not one of the lucky runners to get to try this out for myself as I was too slow. They didn’t check up on my 5k PB or anything (I don’t think), I just mean that by the time I’d responded to the mailing they had all been snapped up.
I don’t know if the email responder was just feeling very Christmassy or what, but basically said (and I paraphrase here…), “Sorry we don’t have any jackets left for you to try. Here’s some trainers instead. Which would you like?”.
A couple of days later, these arrived for me.
Well thank you very much 🙂 and Happy Christmas, New Balance PR people.
These retail at £110 on the New Balance website but I dare say they might be cheaper elsewhere (I hope that sentence hasn’t resulted in me being removed from their virtual Christmas card list).
I then noticed this post on Twitter from Laura at lazygirlrunning…
So… How could I compete with that?!
A few days later, I decided to take them for a proper test run.
Now it just so happens that some days I start work late and finish early – to let me still do the school runs, but the kids had finished school and my hard-working wife was also off work so I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to do a run commute to work.
It was a great idea. I allowed plenty of time, I took a lightweight bag and I hit the road. 12.7 miles later (this is why I don’t regularly run commute) I arrived at work in fine form and was set for the day.
The shoes were super comfy, cool, and roomy. I have quite wide feet and these come in a wide fitting so there wasn’t a hint of blistering despite this being their first proper run out (I’d worn them around the house for a few days just to look swanky, of course), and naturally they do look pretty swanky.
So running to work, all be it a fairly long way, was a great idea…
…running home on the other hand…
…I made it…
…but it was certainly no negative split!
Now, on the downside, I’ve found the 1080 v5 is great in the dry, including track (canal path) running but they feel quite slippy on wet tarmac, I found.
Also, in scientific tests, they’re rubbish at cooking…
They don’t, in themselves make me any stronger or fitter unfortunately, so that big mileage… well that’s up to me.
I’ve signed up for a twenty-miler and an open-water triathlon in 2016. I might also do the Wolf-Run that never quite materialised for my brother’s 40th birthday. Apart from that, there’s plenty of parkruns to be had. My 5k time was reducing nicely, in line with some necessary weight-loss. I ran a hard parkrun yesterday though and was about 90 seconds slower than my PB. Christmas nibbles are to blame for that…or more precisely…me eating lots of them.
I’ve decided against officially ‘doing Janathon‘ this year. You know, that ‘exercise every day in January, blog every day in January’ thing. I have been so useless at regular blogging, that I’d probably only manage one post a week at most. I might try for that, anyway. Good luck to you if you’re doing Janathon proper this year.
Best wishes for 2016.
Run well…even if you don’t run.