Good things come to those who… work

Two good things happened this week:

  1. I bought some new Pure Cadence 3s after trying them during the Brooks My Try It On promotion last month
  2. I got a new PB!

 

Shoes first. I’ve noticed, on longer runs when I get tired and my form drops, that my little toes are covered in blisters afterwards. They are like two big white bubbles on the end of my feet. Sorry about that mental picture. After about 10k, I can feel my feet sliding around in them, and rubbing on the shoes. I have always had Asics, but my feet have reacted this way with the two most recent pairs I’ve had.

 

The Pure Cadence 3s are a snug fit, and as soon as I tried them on I could feel the support they gave my arch. ¬†During the promotion I had a size 4, but now I have 4.5s, which are a much better fit. Weighting only 195g, they are very lightweight too (my Kayanos are 252g), and they have a heel-toe drop of 4mm, which isn’t a major thing for me as I tend to run on the balls of my feet anyway. This makes for giant calf muscles!

 

I took them for a test drive on Monday, which coincidentally was when I was due to run 8m with a sub-46 10k in the middle. It might not have been the best idea to try new shoes on such a strenuous run, but having tried them out last month I at least knew how they would feel.

 

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A sub-46 10k would mean my fastest 10k yet. Squeezing the run into my lunch break (another reason to make it a fast one!), I treated it like a race day, eating porridge for breakfast and nothing but a banana before the run. I knew it would be hard, but it wasn’t until SB said that I should respect the distance and not just go at it that I started to feel nervous.

 

I started with a 1 mile warm up before starting the 10k Challenge. I chose the route carefully Рthere were slight inclines, but no major hills, and I was able to get a strong start. Throughout the run, I tried not to check my Garmin every kilometre, but it was too hard not to! And it helped with the overall pacing: by half way through I knew I had a certain amount of grace period to make the sub-46 mark.

 

The route was an out-and-back, and as I turned around, and knew the inclines were ahead of me, there was a little mental toughening up going on to keep the pace. I stopped focussing on the entirety of the distance, but focussed on that particular kilometre that I was in, concentrating on not dropping my pace and doing the best I could in that moment.

 

It was a great feeling to get to 8k and realise that, unless I majorly stuffed up, I would make the goal! Then it was challenging: those 9 minutes went on for ages as I pushed to the end! But I was rewarded: I finished in 45:18, which is 1:16 faster than my last PB. I rounded off the run with a 1.5 mile cool down, making 8.5 miles in total.

 

Here are the splits:

  • 4.10
  • 4.19
  • 4.21
  • 4.42
  • 4:35
  • 4:22
  • 4:58
  • 4:41
  • 4:22
  • 4:46

 

So all this speed work is paying off! And at the end of that run: supported feet, with nice, pink, non-blistered toes! Thanks Pure Cadence 3s :)

 

Happy Friday everyone! The weather in the UK is supposed to be warm and sunny – I hope you have a good run :)

 

Ellie B

This week is brought to you by Brooks

Aaaaand it’s Thursday already! How did that happen? Has anyone else blinked found that Mon, Tues, Weds of this week have vanished?

 

This week has been very exciting because of Brooks PureProject Try It On!! The new range of Brooks PureProject shoes are being released, and they have allocated 1000 pairs for the public to try out from a number of official stockists. You take them home, and wear them as you usually would: indoor, outdoor, in the rain, mud, sleet and snow, and see what you think.

 

So, this week, I have been wearing these gorgeous Pure Cadence 3 bad boys:

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It’s a really clever idea, because I’m guessing most people don’t change their brand once they find a shoe they like (running shoes are expensive!). I have always had Asics, but my current pair seem to cause quite a few blisters, so I was wondering about another brand. Is there more of a perfect way to trial a shoe than to borrow it for a week??

 

As soon as I tried them on, I noticed how supportive the Pure Cadence 3s are. My arch is really high, and the shoe sat snug against it. They also have additional arch support:

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This has actually been a bit of an issue. Whilst the support is great, my toes seem to get pins and needles after 5k in. I think it’s because of the band which runs along the top of your foot:

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My feet are basically mountain-shaped, and too much pressure on the top point of my foot causes bruising and pins and needles. I was told I could be a great ballerina with feet this shape, but instead I chose running and pole dancing, obviously.

 

I wish this wasn’t the case, because in every other aspect the shoes are great. They’re light, they support really nicely, my feet don’t pronate as much in them, and they haven’t given me blisters when I push hard. Plus, they look really smart. Perhaps a larger size would solve my problems with the top of my foot.

 

Now on to the important other stuff. Sunday was, as we like to call it South of the Equator, Straya Day. Australia Day to everyone else. On Australia Day, everyone gets a day off, there are BBQs, trips to the beach, fireworks, and sushi. At least, my Australia Day usually involved Sushi.

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Australia Day 2011

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This year, being in the North East of England,I hijacked a night out with my friends and christened it our Australia Day celebrations. It was a beautiful night out, a real was a lesson in international diplomacy, and did much for Australian-North East English relations.

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So, I guess what I am saying, is that I am ready for my Ambassadorship now.

 

Ellie B

Disclaimer: these shoes were given to me to trial for a week as part of the general Try It On project. It is my decision to blog about them, and I have not been asked to do so by Brooks.