I decided to take this week as a recovery week but also to try out my new Altra The One running shoes. Excellent service from Accelerate means I had the shoes in 4 days even returning the first pair, too small. I've done two runs in them this week just over 3 miles. Yes, they are zero drop but with some added cushioning which makes them distinct from my Vivobarefoots. I bought them thinking that they will be better for me on longer runs.
New shoes of any kind mean different characteristics and I've been surprised at how just a small difference in shoe style, shape etc. can make a big difference in the feel of a run. The added cushioning seems to be reminding me of my old running shoes in which I used a heel strike style of running. So I've had to concentrate on my form and be more deliberate in forefoot, midfoot striking. With this in mind, it will take a bit of time to get used to them and for them to get used to me. So, I'll spend my training weeks in my Neos, and my recovery weeks in my Altras.
On the plus side, my average running pace is a bit quicker now after three stages of my Run The Edge Level Up 13.1 training plan, nearer to 10 minutes than 11 minutes miles, which is good. If I can keep that pace up for a 10k then I've got every chance of doing a half marathon in 2:15. We shall see!!!