Any runners out there? Advice needed please.

20 replies
Found 7th Feb 2010
I am just taking up running so I need a pair of suitable trainers. I'm not bothered about names / labels, I will be mainly running on grass and through mud (!) as opposed to road running. Can anyone recommend me some please?

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you need to find out how you run

you need to see if you have a neutral foot strike or over or under pronate this is very important

go to a specialist running store(not JD or footlocker) and get your gait analysed,they will be able to recommend the right shoe for you

I always use the Asics range for road running but everybody is different

where are you in the UK

asics here

I do alot of road running and off road running. If it is mainly off road you are doing then any trainer should be suitable but I would highly recomending going to a running shop and having a 'gait test' as this will be able to tell you if you need a neutral shoe or structured. It normally costs £10-15 but they give it to you free if you buy the shoes off them.

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boothy;7775774

you need to find out how you runyou need to see if you have a neutral … you need to find out how you runyou need to see if you have a neutral foot strike or over or under pronate this is very importantgo to a specialist running store(not JD or footlocker) and get your gait analysed,they will be able to recommend the right shoe for youI always use the Asics range for road running but everybody is differentwhere are you in the UK


I'm near Bekhamsted and Hemel Hempstead in Herts

I always use nike, but that is quite a contraversial shoe to use!!

Are you doing a race???

scabbers;7775805

I'm near Bekhamsted and Hemel Hempstead in Herts



nowhere I know so cannot recommend anywhere but look for a local specialist shop that does gait analysis:thumbsup:

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sazstevens;7775799

I do alot of road running and off road running. If it is mainly off road … I do alot of road running and off road running. If it is mainly off road you are doing then any trainer should be suitable but I would highly recomending going to a running shop and having a 'gait test' as this will be able to tell you if you need a neutral shoe or structured. It normally costs £10-15 but they give it to you free if you buy the shoes off them.


How do they do that then? The test that is :?

i agree with 'Boothy' .. go to a specialist shop

A few years ago, when our daughter was running, we went to a local well known sports shop and asked if they stocked 'Saucony' trainers.

The assistant had never heard of them ..

Funny ! At the time, Saucony Jazz trainers were one of the best you could get, for running ... not walking around town

saucony.co.uk/

WOW ! so many replies in a couple of minutes ..

scabbers;7775819

How do they do that then? The test that is :?



They put you on a treadmill for under a minute and film it. Then them play it back and look at the alignment of your knee, ankle and foot.

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sazstevens;7775813

Are you doing a race???


I have put my name down to do a 10 k in October! I haven't done any running but I walk a lot. I have been wanting to start running for a while now. My dad is (or was now due to knees!) a runner but thought I'd ask on here if anyone could recommend some decent quality, cheaper trainers.

I always have to wear structured trainers for road running but when I do races like hell runner I use neutral shoues as the ground is so uneven there is no point trying to correct myself over pronating!!

I moslty use asics, occasionally new balance. Most the Harriers I run with wear asics. As suggested go to a specialist running shop.

scabbers;7775842

I have put my name down to do a 10 k in October! I haven't done any … I have put my name down to do a 10 k in October! I haven't done any running but I walk a lot. I have been wanting to start running for a while now. My dad is (or was now due to knees!) a runner but thought I'd ask on here if anyone could recommend some decent quality, cheaper trainers.



If you go for the gait test they will tell you the best ones, best £10-15 you can spend. You can always then buy them off the t'internet! 10k will be fine, my first race was the same distence over Tidworth army base - VERY HILLY!!!

merrel by far the best quality brand,will set you back about 60 quid but will last a good few years :thumbsup:

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Ok, will go for the gait test anyway now. Bit worried about the 10 k but excited about starting running! Wish I'd started a long time ago.

Once you have gone for your gait test this website has some good prices:

prodirectrunning.com/

scabbers;7775914

Ok, will go for the gait test anyway now. Bit worried about the 10 k but … Ok, will go for the gait test anyway now. Bit worried about the 10 k but excited about starting running! Wish I'd started a long time ago.



It will be fine, just get out 2-3 times a week and start off easy and dont beat yourself up if you need to walk, you will still be working your way towards the finish line!!

Original Poster

Think I will have to go to Watford for my gait test. I have a sports field at the end of my garden...I ran 3/4 of the way round the other day and then walked. Going to start off over there running then walking etc. My dad started running in his 30's and even did the London Marathon in 2 hours 42 mins. I used to love going to his races...always cheered and cheered at the finish line or somewhere along the way!

Have a look at this website; if you are just beginning it gives you a really good plan to get going and gradually increase over the 7 weeks without killing yourself in the process

coolrunning.com/eng…tml

I also agree with Asics or New Balance, and getting your gait checked too. Have fun!
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