The legs are in no state to be doing any speed work but they are fit for a Tuesday double – similar in distance to what I used to run back in Coventry / Kenilworth. Both runs saw the debut for the turquoise pair of the Nike Air Pegasus 29. As they were replacing identical trainers, except the old pair were red, there were no unexpected surprises with these trainers – just the abundance of more cushioning with a pair that were 520 odd miles fresher than the pair they replaced.
The morning run was just a typical out and back to Dysart Park and back affair. The only highlight was seeing the queue for the cinema I visited yesterday morning. The queue was about 3 deep then; today it came out of the cinema, onto the street and snaked around the corner. That made me feel highly relieved I went when I did. Pace was fine – a little slower than yesterday, but I was determined to put in as little effort as possible.
For the evening run I put a message out on the Grantham RC Facebook page to see if anyone would be interested in joining me for a few easy miles. Scott replied and said he was up for it, but wanted to run in daylight if at all possible. That seemed fine to me so we headed out at around 4:30pm for an easy 8.5 miles or so. Being in daylight we were able to run up the canal for a bit before heading into Harrowby, which included a cheeky little hill which served a reminder to the legs that the efforts of Sunday were still very much present.
That hill tackled and it was pretty much all the way downhill back into town. The pace was spot on – the legs tired at the end but not unbearably so. What the run did tell me was that although I think they’ll handle high mileage for the rest of the week, anything at pace is going to be a struggle. That puts into doubt my participation in the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, although the F1 test in Bahrain and a change in time difference between us and then may well have put paid to any hopes of making it to Nottingham in time anyway.
The Nike Lunaracer 2, also commonly known as the Lunar Racer 2, was retired after completing the 2014 Stamford 30k on Sunday 16th December 2014 having made their debut over two years earlier on November 3rd 2011.
Replacing the Nike Free as my racing shoe of choice, they were used exclusively for races except for that first run. Extremely light, thanks to a minimalist upper, but well cushioned for such a light shoe, they proved extremely versatile, used from all distances from 400m on the track to being used in the 2013 Manchester Marathon. They saw PBs set at 5k, 5 miles, 10k, 10 miles, 15 miles and 30k.
A much loved pair of trainers they will be sorely missed. However on the final race at Stamford the right foot appeared to wheeze, suggesting that an air chamber (if such a thing exists in the trainer) may have punctured. Having covered over 400 miles it has been decided to retire the trainers, although they may see one final outing over the marathon should their replacements appear to not be suitable.
The Lunaracer 2 is likely to see two replacements – the Lunaracer for shorter distances (They are coming up a little small and may not be suitable for long distances) and the Nike Flyknit 1, which is set to be a race trainer used for half marathons and further.
The second of three Nike Air Pegasus 29s and related, of course, to a long line of Pegasus’ worn over the years, Red, as they were affectionately known, were first worn on September 5th 2013 and covered a grand total of 527 miles before they were put to rest after their final run on, appropriately enough for a red pair of trainers, on Valentine’s Day – Friday 14th February 2014.
Worn exclusively for training runs they were faithful servants to the daily grind of easy paced runs and were occasionally used for the odd hills session or marathon paced run. Fitting like a glove I found them up there among my favourite in the long line of Pegasus trainers.
On reaching pensionable mileage, which is currently set at 500 miles, the cushioning appeared to deteriorate rapidly, especially in the right foot. With fears this may have been contributing to some injury niggles, they were quickly retired, to be replaced by their sibling trainer – the Nike Air Pegasus 29 (Turquiose).