Aside from the whole getting stronger and fitter thing, training runs, especially long training runs, are useful for testing out kit and nutrition. So with two recent loooong runs under my belt, what have I learned about my kit?
Shoes: Hoka trail
I love them. Two thirty milers, no crippling foot pain and just one blister from each run (in a place which I blister in whatever the shoes). The grip leaves a little something to be desired, but from a comfort point of view, I have nothing to match them.
I’ve never taken the plunge into the world of gaiters, but given the amount of mud that has ended up in my shoes, I’m thinking that I ought to.
Too much choice! I *hate* buying running socks. There are long, short, trail, road, hot, cold and that’s just within each brand’s range. I have one pair which I pull out for long runs, but they’re getting old and tatty. I really need to invest in some more.
Buff: blue with reflective strip
I bought it ages ago and have taken it with me on a number of runs, without ever actually wearing it. Tried it out on Saturday for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Not too hot, kept the draft off my neck, gave me something to faff about with when the running got dull.
A gift from another runner, they are my only pair of gloves. Fine for short runs, but after 7 hours of night running, even on a mild night, I was wishing I had a slightly warmer pair. May need to upgrade.
Not really a running hat, but the only one I own that’s even vaguely athletic. Takes up about half my back pack and is far too warm for this weather. Ended up carrying it for 31 of the 32 miles. Upgrade required.
Jacket: S-Lab Light
Made from fairy wings and pixie dust, this weighs nothing, takes up less space than a postage stamp and combined with a base-layer kept me comfortably warm even on the windy sections. I exaggerate. But only slightly. Love it.
Head lamp: Petzl R+
Love it. No idea which of the 6 settings I was using or how to switch between them, but that’s because it only arrived on Friday and I have yet to read the manual.
Back pack: Salomon 5 litre.
Love it. Fits in the bits I need, has front water-bottle holders which double as food stores and is extremely comfortable. Granted, I get a stiff neck after a while, but that’s true of every pack I’ve ever tried, so I won’t hold that against this pack.
Anti-chafe stuff: Body Glide
Works well… as long as I remember to apply it. Doh!