Running (4km Loop) 23:25  4.04 km (5:48 / km) +71m 5:20 / km
ahr:167 max:183 shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3d M+
Well went to try out the new shoes - decided the 4km loop would be a good reintroduction to running and also the shoes.
Felt strong and started strong - moved nicely for about 1-1.5km even though it was seemingly into a strong wind.
Settled into a cruise along brockway and down to jtc. Had to escort 2 ducks and 3 ducklings from the middle of the road through traffic - the father duck wasnt so impressed by me - the motorist where. good deed done I continued my run - but found it hard to pick up the pace - in fact I just plodded along - I still felt physically very together and strong (wftc) and mentally wanted to go. Maybe cardiovascular held me a bit but I didnt feel like I was pushing it (183 max says otherwise though). I knew I had a headache when I started so maybe came into play?!
Anyway dropped my average time from about 5:20 to 5:45 in the last 2kms which was very disappointing. Times put me back to where I was in May however I distinctly felt better than then so hopefully the catchup will be shorter - I hope - annoyed ive let this happen.
Shoes performed well - obviously a few hard spots which need to get worn in - but grip is good - actually saved me, I tripped on a raised slabbed and had the grip been poor I would have been face first into a car tow ball - however recover sufficiently to stay upright and dodge the tail end - the bad ankle felt great - other ankle/Achilles had a few twinges more from first run in a while than the shoes. Knees feel a tad taxed but same reason as above. All in all I think I am happy with the shoes but I will hold off on full judgement until they are fully worn in.