10K Trails and Kit

I have finally completed a whole week of scheduled training runs! Whoop!

I know, it shouldn’t really deserve a whoop, but I can’t remember the last time I actually stuck to a training plan for more than two sessions, so for me it’s a mini-milestone.

Today’s run was a scheduled 10K Trail Run/Walk. The total climb for the route was about 180 metres, with grades as steep as 15% in places, so there was no way I was going to be running all of it. Heck! I can’t even run 5K on the flat at the moment without walk breaks! But run or walk, it’s all time on the old feet and that’s what counts right now.

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As the race that I am training for will involve carrying a back pack, I decided to use this morning’s run to test out my Camelbak. I hadn’t used it in a very long time so had to make sure I gave it a good rinse out before putting a couple of litres of water in the bladder. I don’t need as much as that for a 10K, but I wanted to put a little bit of weight in it to try it out.

On the whole, the Camelback was fairly comfortable. It did move around a bit and the drinking tube kept popping up and rubbing at my neck, so I’ll have to sort that out. But otherwise it was absolutely fine. Of course, I’ll have to add some weight to it over the next few weeks just to make sure.

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 12.00.04The one piece of kit that I did miss on this run though, is a walking pole. Although I probably won’t run much of the uphills on the day, I did struggle this morning when walking the steepest section of my route, which was only at about 5.5K. With big climbs at around 20K and 30K of this summer’s race, it’s probably not a bad idea to invest in a light weight retractable pole to get me through the tougher bits.

All in all, the run went pretty well and I completed the 10K in a very slow but nonetheless satisfying 1:25:20.

How’s your training? Do you try out your kit before race day? What’s your favourite pice of running kit? Please share your thoughts in the comments.