It’s been a couple of months since we last blogged so here is a winter running round-up of activity since our last race in November, from sparkly new kit, Seville Marathon training, trail running in New Zealand and the UK, and trying our ‘legs’ at Turbo Training.
After Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes in early November it was running holiday mode for us. We attended the annual Running Show again, in late November, and leading up to Christmas we did quite a bit of kit buying, mainly from Decathlon online which is now a new favourite.
New kit included Kalenji outerwear (top and lightweight packable jacket) and Petzl headtorch for Dano, and a Quechua hydration pack and Salomon Speedcross 3 trail shoes for Ro. This is the first Kalenji kit we’ve tried, having seen it a lot in France (it’s a French brand), and we like it!
Dano has been training since November for his first race of 2015, Seville Marathon on 22 February, running 2-3 times a week (sometimes in a weighted vest) and cross training (weights, cycling outdoors, and turbo training). We got a good deal on a turbo trainer at Halfords and have set it up in the basement/gym. Dano will cover his training in more detail in future post.
Ro got in some trail running in New Zealand while there for three weeks over Christmas, including one run along a portion of the Hillary Trail in West Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges. The Hillary Trail is a beautiful 70 km trail through a number of regional parks starting at the Arataki Visitor Centre in Titirangi finishing in Muriwai or Swanson.
We’ve also been enjoying our local trails in the Surrey Hills and are trying to do a long trail run once a week.
For the near future, we have signed up for a 10 mile night trail run in Guildford; a first for us and maybe something that will come in handy for our ultra running dreams! Ro’s first half marathon is the Lisbon EDP Half Marathon in March.
We are also looking out for races, both trail and road, for 2015 in addition to those we’ve already signed up for and Dano is hoping to be successful in either the Chicago or New York Marathons.
Bring on Spring!