Run to the hills!
As I’ve taken a last minute place in the Race to the Stones 100km, I needed to fit in a good training run this weekend, plus properly try out my new Inov8 Ultra 290s, as I am now trying to run as much as possible over walking these distances.
I decided to do around 25k from Berwick back to Eastbourne. This route would start off flat, on road towards Alfriston, before following the winding river cuckmere towards the coast, then over the very steep seven sisters hills towards Beachy head and back down into Eastbourne, and the flat of the promenade.
This was one of my longest runs in long time and was very pleased to do the distance in 3 hours 28 minutes.
As I’m more used to walking over the hills in walking boots, the new trainers were great. Still with good padding around the ankle but gave me much better flexibility and more natural feel to move in. I ran on wet grass, slippery mud, gravel, chalk paths, sticky clay and various man-made surfaces and had confident grip on all especially going up or down hill. They have great natural support and cushioning but still allow you to feel the trail. Can’t wait to get out in them more.