Blowing away the cobwebs

Well I awoke with a bit of a hangover, a legacy of celebrating the Welsh win against Scotland yesterday (Though the performance wasn’t great I fully admit). So I slothed around a bit until the tide went out and decided to go for a trot to make me feel better inside and out.Β  And around 10 miles and just under 2 hours later I got back.Β  Seems like I can run fine with a hangover, in fact it actually got rid of it, I feel fantastic while I write this. Plus on a bright sunny day I got fresh air at the top of cliffs like this.


Also happily no knee pain today, I wore the Adidas Kanadia which I try to avoid doing in wet and muddy conditions because they’re not in any way, shape or form waterproof. I’m guessing that if it turns out they’re better for my knee then I’ll be sticking with them full time, watery feet or not.

So in a weeks time I will have completed my first trail half or will have perished in the attempt and today was a good confidence boost. Plus I decided to put in some hills for the practice. In particular this bugger which i’m proud to say I made it up in one go!


Cwm Mawr hill training


Looks even steeper from the bottom.


Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

8 thoughts on “Blowing away the cobwebs”

  1. Nice job Gareth πŸ™‚

    I always found Kanadia’s to be a bit low in the heel, but the newer models (say, 7) look a lot better. Also tended to be sized quite small, but they do have quite an aggressive tread.

    From a waterproof perspective (and just my opinion mind) save your money Gareth, for trail running your shoes need to be able to drain quickly and if they’re W/P, all the water will do is make your feet heavy and increase friction where blisters are concerned. Off-road I run in La Sportiva Bushido and whilst good for draining and a really responsive shoe, they are rubbish in mud as tread not aggressive enough, and on our Welsh/UK trails…. πŸ˜‰

    Mudclaws next for me or Asics FujiRunnegade πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah I agree on the waterproofing, but I just prefer a show that keeps out the mud and grit which the kanadia don’t do as well. My asics tend to be the best of both worlds with good drainage plus they don’t let as much in – but they were still drying out :p I know that for next winter i’m definitely going to go for mudclaws or similar as this winter (admittedly the first i’ve run) i’ve had problems with grip in the mud on hills meaning i’ve had to expend energy just going in a straight line and keeping the feet straight. Just looked at the Fujis and thats the kind of tread I need! In the meantime i’m looking forward to the weather improving (as much as it does in Wales) and trying out some more minimalist shoes over the summer. Thanks for the comment

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  2. I don’t believe in waterproofed feet … I love the drainage in my inov trailrocs though. I wash them afterwards in the sink and they are as good as new. Drying super quick as well … my favorite inovs!

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    1. I’m just a wuss when it comes to iced feet it seems! Main problem is I usually run through a stream less than half a mile in and I can run through it quickly enough in waterproofed to not even get wet … In my adidas I get the frozen toes ….. Ok I need to harden up lol

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