Now there’s an excuse to go shopping! Not a particularly keen fan of the sport of shopping but needs must. Time to venture into the world of running gear. My current trainers have been on the go for a while and clocked up the miles. Some keen runners replace their shoes on a regular basis. Every 6 months or 350 miles. Hm, I think mine have gone a tad past both of these.
Replacing shoes can prevent injury which is a good thing. Recently there has been the odd niggle or aching muscle. First my knee, then my hip. This could be either from needing new shoes or from building up distance without running as regularly as I’d have like to, certainly in those initial months of training in the winter.
Footworks in Edinburgh has always provided great advice on purchasing running shoes so I decided to return there and wasn’t disappointed. The salesperson spent lots of time looking for the right shoes for my feet. They put me through my paces with each pair on the treadmill and played back the footage explaining what they were looking for and the high and low-lights of each pair. Once I’d narrowed the runners down to two pairs the salesperson demonstrated great patience as I ummed and awed between Saucony and Mizuna. I currently run in Brooks and previously ran in Mizuno. Both pairs were comfortable but the Mizuno felt as though the sole flattened under the toe area. The heel is fractionally higher so it gives a feeling I’m not used to but could help with pushing off. What the heck! Let’s give it a go!
A quick check with the podiatrist (the staff are a mixture of podiatrists, physios and osteopaths) to check that my choice was suitable with my Morton’s Neuroma resulted in receiving a clear explanation as to how this came about (the ball of my foot has moved). I received more information and advice within five minutes than I’d had from any doctor, even when I’d had ultrasound on my foot.
The result: Mizuno Wave Inspire 7.
New shoes need new socks.After my feet took a battering with blisters it was time to invest in decent socks.A quick chat about the ins and outs of sock technology led me to buy a pair of Hilly Mono Skin Supreme Socklet Anatomical Anti-Blister.
Time will tell.