There’s always incredibly rewarding things about running on holiday. First of all the sheer goodness you feel about enjoying running enough to take the time to do it when you’re allowed to be doing nothing. Secondly, the freshness and curiosity of running in a completely new environment, enjoying the reaction of differently cultured passers-by, the differing weather and taking in the new views and paths and landscapes.
And so even though I’ve run in Brighton before (my little sister lives there), I was filled with enthusiasm and energy as the wife and I set off down the seafront. Especially since I was in my new shoes, purchased in Run and Become a few days before. I was also nursing a calf injury, so was a bit worried it might not hold up and I would;t be able to run again on the holiday – we were in England, Italy and Spain for three weeks in total, visiting family, watching operas and going to a wedding in each respective country.
But the calf held up, the sea breeze invigorated and the shoes felt very comfy. I’d gone for springier ones from Mizuno rather than the rather rigid Sauconys I’d had before. I was worried they might not give me enough support, but so far so very good, I felt I was bouncing more and hopefully this means my knees will benefit from more bend and I might even lessen the injuries. Time will tell!