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Running trainers

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Faverolles Tue 18-Feb-14 22:14:50

I've been looking at running trainers (after running for a grand total of, ooh, 2 minutes tonight)
Within a brand the prices are so different, is there a difference in the shoes and performance?
For a beginner would buying a more pricey pair be worth it, or just get some from the cheaper end?

I would be collapsing running mainly on roads. I am very overweight.
^ Not sure if that makes a difference.

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 18-Feb-14 22:17:27

You need to check whether you under or over pronate. Especially if you put a lot of strain on your knees and ankles with excess weight.

Shin splints are absolute agony. Enough to put you off running. I'd definitely go to a specialist shop and ask for advice. Even if you don't buy from them you can then search online based on their recommendations.

Faverolles Tue 18-Feb-14 22:20:28

I had to google that! I've never heard of that before!

ShredMeJillianIWantToBeNatalie Tue 18-Feb-14 22:21:23

The more expensive shoes tend to be either very recent models, and/or they offer a degree of extra support for runners who need it. That might be additional cushioning, or motion control (many runners have a tendency to roll their foot slightly one way or the other as they run, which can cause niggles and injuries - if you get shoes that correct that then in theory they will be more comfortable).

The problem is that you won't know as a beginner if that's something that would benefit you - in fact you could not only be wasting your money but also buying something that definitely wouldn't suit you. So I would go for a reasonably priced "neutral" shoe just as a starter, and see how you get on.

If you have a running shop near you, you could always ask their advice and explain your budget. I've been wearing the same model now for many years, but they were initially suggested by a shop. To be honest I now buy them much cheaper online.

Don't forget a good bra!

BIWI Tue 18-Feb-14 22:22:53

Definitely go to a running shop and get your gait analysed. It's really important. You can have a pair of insoles tailor-made for you, which you can then use in a cheaper pair of trainers (although it's really worth buying the best pair that you can afford

clio51 Tue 18-Feb-14 22:38:38

Sweatshop have a gait analysed person in there shops

Faverolles Tue 18-Feb-14 22:40:01

There is an up & running shop fairly nearby, I think they analyse gait?

I didn't run much tonight, but my knees are a bit achy - my trainers are very old, I am fat, I think maybe it's a bad combination!

Could the right trainers make a difference for achy joints, or would it be better to lose weight first?

ShredMeJillianIWantToBeNatalie Tue 18-Feb-14 22:43:47

Chicken and egg really. Losing weight always helps, but yes a bit more cushioning might make the process of running a bit more comfortable for you.

Don't be afraid to walk/run. Are you following couch to 5k or similar?

WallyBantersJunkBox Tue 18-Feb-14 22:52:07

If your knees are aching take it easy, it sounds as if you are over pronating.

Losing weight will help of course, but a lot of running shoes look similar in stye but have different sole heights to help absorb levels of impact.

I'm biting my tongue because I work for a global sports brand. grin

Faverolles Tue 18-Feb-14 23:02:52

I have the couch to 5k, but I'm not even up to the beginning standard of that blush, so my plan is to walk the dog and gradually run more until I can start the cto5k.

Wally, don't bite your tongue, I need all the help and advice I can get grin

I'm nearing 40, I want to be fit and healthy. I see other runners and feel jealous, because I want to run. I don't want to damage myself in the process though.

ShredMeJillianIWantToBeNatalie Tue 18-Feb-14 23:06:34

Good for you, start slow and steady and you'll get there. We all started somewhere with a few steps.

Local running clubs often do a beginner class starting a few times a year. Makes it a bit more social. Or when you've worked up to a 5k you can give parkrun a go, there's bound to be one near you.

Faverolles Tue 18-Feb-14 23:09:34

There is a park run in town about 15 miles away. It's one of my goals to join in regularly.
As for running clubs, I'm not very social, so will probably stick with running with the dog. She's very encouraging smile

Daisyjane12 Tue 18-Feb-14 23:59:04

Go to a sweatshop

daisychain01 Wed 19-Feb-14 02:55:30

Just a friendly suggestion, if you haven't already, good idea to nip along to your GP and get stuff like blood pressure checked. Running is a wonderful thing to get into but best to start slowly, small amount of minutes per day as it does put strain on the heart if you are not used to it. As your fitness builds up you will feel stronger its just the early weeks you need to take care.

Davidhasselhoffstoecheese Wed 19-Feb-14 07:57:00

Running is great and addictive once you get fitter. Agree get your gait checked. How do your shoes wear underneath?

SpiderStacy Wed 19-Feb-14 08:01:58

If your knees ache after running it might be best to run on trails. Pavement is the worst surface to run on, even the road is better.

Faverolles Wed 19-Feb-14 14:16:01

I've been to the drs fairly recently and blood pressure has always been fine, what else will they check?

I've had a look at my crocs shoes, they've worn from the outside of the heel and across the ball of my feet, probably a bit more to the inside of the ball. These will have worn at walking pace though, not sure if a running gait would be different?

There are trails around us, but nothing I would dare do alone in the dark, which is the only chance I get to go out. When my youngest starts school (in 19 months) I'll be able to do that.

Faverolles Wed 19-Feb-14 14:16:17

Oh and thank you for the replies smile

Pigeonhouse Wed 19-Feb-14 14:19:55

Definitely get your gait analysed. When I lived in London, I always bought shoes at the brilliant Run and Become in Victoria. They would make you run up and down the pavement in each pair, watching carefully, and the service was well-informed and very painstaking. (And I was a fat runner with funny probation due to an old break.) They may also have branches elsewhere.

daisychain01 Wed 19-Feb-14 14:34:30

Hi faverolles if your BP and pulse are fine and in range, that's great to know. A generel convo with GP is always recommended before starting any new exercise plan, and as they will have your full medical history they may or may not suggest something based on that (as I dont know your medical history Im not in a position to know! ). Its things like if you have a history of heart problems in the family, high cholesterol, thyroid anything like that, it may have a bearing on advice they may give. As you know those things have a direct impact on heart function, and as you mentioned you are totally new to running I felt it worth mentioning.

If you know all is well, then no need to worry at all, and always go how you feel, listen to your body. I hope you enjoy your running, Ive been a mad runner since I was at school, once started often hooked!

PeanutPatty Wed 19-Feb-14 14:38:57

Having the right shoes can make an amazing difference. Don't buy any without getting your gait analysed otherwise you run the risk of buying badly fitting shoes leading to injury etc.

Warning: running is addictive. grin

Nancy66 Wed 19-Feb-14 14:42:31

don't waste your money on gait analysis.

Just buy a good pair of trainers and see how you go - there's much research that suggests that custom built insoles (which is what you will 100% be sold if you go for gait analysis) are not worth the money.

It takes a specialist to analysis gait - not some assistant in a shoe shop.

Faverolles Wed 19-Feb-14 14:43:48

I'm hoping it is addictive!

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