I suddenly realised I hadn’t made any blog posts for 15 days. Where did that time go?
Well, I’ve been steadily increasing my mileage at the weekends again after taking a short break. I think it is key that even ‘experienced’ runners be very careful when they start to return to higher mileage. It is tempting to just crank up with distance as ‘you know you can do it’ but this path leads to injury by going further than your body is currently trained for.
The answer is just to increase a little each week. I did 10, 13, 15, 17 and this week, 20.
Running in the summer presents its own unique set of issues:
- Finding somewhere with good shade. Getting out of the full sun is important if you are planning for longer runs.
- Get out early morning. To avoid the full heat make sure you get out early before it gets too much. If you have a long run, get out even earlier.
- If you are going long, take water and plan a route that will take you via water stops so you can refill.
- You will sweat more so you will need gels to replenish your body. I use clif shot bloks as I don’t like liquid gels.
- Expect to get some chafing. This is something I’m experiencing for the first time this year following using the new shirt I got from the recent 5k. It is a material that feels more like cotton (although it is 100% polyester) but somehow it didn’t work well for me last week. Perhaps using it for the first time on a 17mile run was a bad idea? Any way, expect more of this when you sweat more in summer months.
What else is going on? Hmm, well, the guy I run with on Monday mornings is looking to get a husky. This is a great running dog, but it will also be good to get him out even more than he already does.
We saw an eagle out on the Schuylkill River Trail the other week. It landed on a pylon above us watching the rabbits. Here’s a pic for you from my friends phone.
My Brooks Glycerine’s reached their 400 mile mark with today’s run. I have already purchased some new shoes as one of the big stores had a massive sale the other week and Brooks Ravenna shoes were 35-65$ a pop. This is less than half price so I bought two pairs. Perfect timing and this means that I will now be solely in Ravenna’s for the coming future.
The Glycerine’s were great shoes. They have slight holes in the tops around my big toes and the left foot has slight wear on the outside back edge of the shoe, but other than that they held up really well.
The Perkiomen Trail was superb today. Quite a few runners and walkers about, plus some groups of pleasure cyclists (the nice polite casual riders).
20 miles with an 8:15 pace isn’t too bad for the time of year.
Feeling pretty groovy now and looking forward to a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Take care out there and enjoy those summer trails.