Fitness Journey, Health & Fitness

Fitness Diary: What a difference an insole makes

This week has been a mixed week.  Some real successes but a few blips too. Following all the trail runs we did over the Christmas break, this week it was back to road running.

I’ve been using my new runners which I bought from Sweatshop over Christmas along with some customised insoles.  They had a hefty price tag at £45 so was expecting really good things from them but unfortunately after a couple of 3-milers at the beginning of the week I was feeling a little pain in my ankles, so I swapped them out for my old Sole insoles.  I’d been sent these a while ago to review but due to my injury and break in blogging, I never actually got round to it.

Sole insole





You can pop these in the oven to help mould them to your foot shape or just pop them in your shoe and they will over time adapt to the shape.  I opted to just pop them in and go and thankfully, I’ve been injury free since using them for the last 5 months.  I’ve been out in my new shoes with these insoles in a couple of times now and my ankle pain has gone again.  I think it’s because I have high arches.  The Sweatshop ones don’t seem to support my arches sufficiently but the Sole ones are much more supportive.  I’ll be sticking with them for now and returning the sweatshop ones – that is the great thing about sweatshop, the customer service is fantastic!

So what didn’t go so well this week?  I ran a quickish mile before speed and stamina this week and then started the one mile loop sessions.  Aiming for 3 in half hour, I actually only managed just under 2.  I think a lot of it was to do with the ankle pain and I probably went out a little fast on the first one!

Successes this week, Tuesday night we had a 5k time trial, my first proper road run since before Christmas.  I didn’t get a PB but I did come in just over 30 mins so that’s not too bad for me.  My biggest success was today when I ran my first proper 10k attempt in 1.09:50. My aim is to get under an hour by the end of this year so I’m pretty proud of that.  Hopefully I’ll soon shave off those 10 mins with a bit of stamina training – my legs felt really good and I probably could have carried on.  I actually found the first 3 miles a lot harder than the second three.

All in all a good week!

2015 mileage to date: 33.79

Miles to go to hit target: 666.21

Happy running!

D x


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