Thursday, 30 June 2011

New running shoes

New running shoes

New running shoes

On my day off on Tuesday I went into Liverpool to get my gait analysed at Up & Running, a specialist running shop. The lovely sales assistant asked me a few running related questions, like how many miles a week I was running, what I was training for, if I had any aches & pains because of running and she also looked at my current pair of running shoes. As soon as I tried my old pair on, she knew that they were too small for me. I had had a black toenail because of the pressure exerted on your big toe when you run and obviously my trainers were too small. They suggest that you go up a size in running shoes than your normal shoe, because your toes need more room to move around. I couldn't believe it when I ended up walking away with a pair of 6.5 shoes when I'm normally a size 5!

So I tried a few pairs of running shoes on and then I hopped onto the treadmill and ran for 2 minutes whilst being filmed on a webcam. They then play the film back to you with their special software, which looks at the way your feet move when you're running and the alignment of your ankle and leg. I am a neutral runner who heel strikes, but some people will put more pressure on the outside or inside of their feet, either being an under or overpronator. Different kinds of running shoes suit these different kinds of runners. I needed a shoe with no kind of arch support in it but with lots of heel support as I heel strike. I also needed a pair of shoes with lots of wiggle room for my toes to prevent black toe nails occurring again!

I chose this brightly coloured pair, Saucony Progrid Triumphs. They should have been £95 but because of the unpopularity of the bright colour, they were only £65. It may sound like a lot of money but the more you invest, generally the more mileage you will get out of the shoes. After running for over 6 months in a pair of £25 running shoes, I felt like I needed some more suitable shoes. Plus everyone will see me coming and know me as 'the girl with the bright orange trainers'. 

18 comments:

  1. I just bought my first pair of running shoes! They should have been £80 but were in the sale and I got30% staff discount so they were only £22 :) Hopefully I'll start getting fit soon!
    How did you start running? I'm thinking of doing Couch 2 5k

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  2. They look like a sturdy pair of running shoes, even if they are brightly coloured. I also bought a new pair recently- $28 (£18) from Target... I have a feeling they won't be as kind on my feet as your lovely shoes!

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  3. I'm always really funny about these shoes. Really, really funny. Call me a Physiotherapy geek but hey! Pronation and supination is *completely normal* and I've seen my mates buy shoes that have been advised when actually, they had absolutely zero need for any special adaptation!

    Arch support - Its a controversial topic at the moment. A lot of physios say that actually not a lot of support is needed as the ligaments remain strong as they're being used - Others say that arch support is KEY when running to prevent failure of the spring ligament and thus failure of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot *yawn*

    I swear after my exam on the foot and ankle on monday, feet have been EVERYWHERE and its been driving me insane. This is okay though, cause I found out I passed today anyway ;)

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  4. Everyone will see you coming! :) can't be a bad thing. I have nice running shoes I got 2 years ago, I really need to use them more as they were quite expensive! They make such a difference though :)

    Kc

    http://a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com/

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  5. they are gorgeous! I love bright running shoes :)

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  6. Ahhh I love them! Mine are crazy bright pink! You'll notice such a difference when you start running in them - I'm a ridiculous heel striker and mine feel like I'm just springing along instead of my old ones that made me feel like I'm dragging my feet! Proper running shoes are so so so important!

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  7. Well worth the money if you will using them daily. I know hubby spent a lot on his and his feet never seem to hurt.

    I quite like the orange colour!

    X x

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  8. Gorgeous colour! And may they serve you well!

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  9. I find all your running related posts so inspiring! Love the look of the new trainers. Amazing that you had to go up a whole size and a half!

    Hope they're lovely and comfy for you to run in :)

    Loveaudrey xxx

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  10. I'm definitely thinking about having my gait analysed, I think it's well worth it. I'm wearing a pair of Nikes I got for £22 in the sales of a discount sports shop where the staff barely say please and thank you when they serve you, let alone give you any kind of detailed advice!!

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  11. I think they look fab! I paid £85 for mine and they have been worth every penny!

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  12. Yay for bright orange running shoes, mine are similar and I love them - Running is much more fun in bright clothes! x

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  13. I love your running posts - they've really been part of the reason I've been inspired to change my ways.

    You're not alone in bright bright shoes. Mine are bright red!

    Laura

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  14. I really need to invest in a good pair of running shoes. I joined the gym a couple of weeks ago and have just been using cheapy trainers, but they give my feet absolutely no support so I definitely need to buy something a bit more fancy!

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  15. Whoa, that must be a really good shoe store! It sounds like you got the perfect pair for you!

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  16. It's definitely worth spending the money on proper shoes. My brother runs marathons and his trainers cost a fortune but he'd end up doing himself a serious injury without them. Plus once you've found a brand/style that works for you, you can snap up cheap pairs in the online sales :)

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  17. Wow, I had no idea there's so much science involved in picking a running shoe :) And that the sales assistants were actually so helpful (i cant stand sales assistnats who don't even know their trade :P)! And remember - future's bright- future's orange running shoes! :)

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  18. oooh all sounds very technical!
    I wear my old school P.E. trainers to the gym, I need a new pair pronto.

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