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Redtartanshoes Sun 28-Dec-14 23:09:28

Over the past 4 months I've started to run, and up to 5k 3/4 times a week. (Previously only ever ran for last orderswink)

Up until now I've just been wearing a big standard pair of Nikes but they aren't great. My knee is sore and my feet are in bits.

So. New shoes. Any suggestions/recommendations? Should I go to a sports type shop or would a specialist running shop be better... Although I would feel a bit of a fraud, I'm just a fun/fitness jogger really.

Thanks in advance

emummy Mon 29-Dec-14 07:56:05

I would go to a running shop for gait analysis and specialist advice. Like you I started getting aches and pains once I got to the amount of running you are doing now and found that the right shoes made a big difference.
And you are not a fraud, if you run you are a runner! Speed and distance are just detail!
Have fun shopping, but beware, the running shop is full of lovely things....

funchum8am Mon 29-Dec-14 07:58:52

Running shops are great - they should be delighted that you've decided to take the step to getting good shoes because that is new business for them. I am a very slow couch to 5k type runner, size 16, and have always been treated really well in running shops when I have gone for new shoes. I feel a fraud but not because of the staff, but because I know how much more I could run...

MelanieCheeks Mon 29-Dec-14 08:01:16

Do not feel a fraud! If you run, you're a runner, and good shoes are the way forward. A specialist running shop will be delighted to assist you.

Good for you on getting started running - may I recommend parkruns, if there's one near you smile

Redtartanshoes Mon 29-Dec-14 08:53:35

Thanks for the advice. The lust for clothes and accessories has already started! grin

Funnily I was looking at park runs a few weeks ago, there are quite a few, inc one round local lake on a Sat morning so will def give that a try in the new year. I'm under 30 mins for my 5k but don't know whether to stick at that or try and push to 10.

sleepwhenidie Mon 29-Dec-14 08:59:26

Definitely get to a running shop to find the best pair for you, however if they are a stretch £wise take a note of the make/model and size and get on and find a previous season pair for much cheaper (or just go there or similar for purchases thereafter).

Redtartanshoes Mon 29-Dec-14 09:01:41

Thanks, great advice.

It's all a bit alien to me still...I owned 1 pair of trainers that I bought because they were a nice colour grin

Suzannewithaplan Mon 29-Dec-14 11:32:45

‎I can't help wondering how running shops manage to stay in business?

surely any rational person would just go for advice and then pop off and buy the shoe online where they are much cheaper?

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 11:35:13

The hard sell? The add one like insoles etc

Suzannewithaplan Mon 29-Dec-14 11:49:35

I guess a certain amount of customers will feel obliged to purchase from the shop having availed themselves of free advice but really if you know you can get those 70 quid shoes online for 60 what are you gonna do?

sleepwhenidie Mon 29-Dec-14 12:02:30

I think there's enough people who will pay for the latest/best either because they aren't bothered about the cost or don't have the awareness or inclination to then go and find a better deal? I have bought about two pairs of trainers from specialists in 15 years but buy same model cheaper online lots more...

MelanieCheeks Mon 29-Dec-14 14:14:54

You'll find doing a weekly parkrun will help you to improve your 10k performance as well!

If you're managing 5 in under 30 mins you are doing brilliantly. My first parkrun took me over 33 mins, and it took me AGES to get a sub 30 time.

funchum8am Tue 30-Dec-14 19:29:32

Our local running shop charges I think 15 quid for consultation and gait analysis, but takes that off the purchase price if you then buy shoes from them. So if you don't buy on the day they still get paid for the service, which I think is fair enough.

sleepwhenidie Tue 30-Dec-14 19:55:29

That sounds a fair way of doing it funchum.

Clure Tue 30-Dec-14 23:05:19

sweatshop does great advice with gait analysis etc but if you compare their prices often match the cheaper online retailers anyway! job done in one!

annabanana19 Wed 31-Dec-14 09:22:48

After your gait get down to Sports Direct fr a pair. My friend got a pair of Karrimors last week in the sale with 90% off! Amazing!

Redtartanshoes Wed 31-Dec-14 11:21:01

Thanks for all of the advice!

I went shopping yesterday. Had a lovely ol time, the guy was so helpful, had me bending and running and doing all sorts. He had a look at my dodgy knee, and had me try on 17,000 pairs of trainers, eventually got a pair of not as ugly as I thought asics with great support.

Haven't had a chance to try them out yet but hopefully tomorrow, hangover permitting.

He had a look at my current trainers and did laugh a wee bit. He could fold them up the sole was that thin shock

Now...just need vests sports bras and gloves to match grin

Thanks again.

emummy Wed 31-Dec-14 13:58:37

Excellent! Hope you enjoy your new shoes

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