They're all too fast in the other thread!
I know it's unorthodox, but I wear £11.99 Aldi "Technical Running Shoes" and thin cheapo Tesco cotton socks, and have never had any leg pain or any blisters with them.
Earlier this year, I thought I should get serious, and went and had gait analysis and got a pair of Sauconys. They gave me blisters on my insteps, and my legs felt not exactly painful, but less comfortable. So I'm back to the Aldis and did my tri in them. I may try the Sauconys again after my next race, but I don't want to risk blisters again before it.
I'm reluctant to spend another £80-odd on another pair of shoes that may be no better.
I got two pairs of running socks in runners needs at King's Cross this week wore the first pair last night and they feel lovely.
I suffer from blisters on the arch of my right foot wore them to the running club. Only ran 3.5 miles but no blister not sure how they will cope with a longer run but will let you know.
They were 10.98 for two pairs they have a sale on should have been 7.99 each.
Mine are HILLY mono skin... saving them for 10k been told that they will be great. Like the idea of them being seam free. I have never had blisters but do get numb feeling feet after a long run.
About the trainer Yersinia - i took 2 mins off my first 3 miler after buying them, they are ASISCA (I think that is the make!) they were £50 and I got they from a little local running shop. The guy made me run on a tread mill in 9 different pairs and they were the most comfortable. He agreed from watching me run. They were the cheapest of all 9 but I didn't ask the price until after I had chosen. He wants me to bring them back after 400 mile and then he will be able to give me a pair more tailored to my style of running using the wear on the trainer to help him. When it comes to money I just think of what I save in gym membership and I buy a new item of gear when I feel I have earnt it because I have stuck at running. I got my RON HILL jacket of ebay new at £25 when they were £50 in the shop. My family say this will be the first xmas that they know what to get me....water bottle, running tights for winter, tshirt for summer, the list goes on. My brother suggested some go faster stripes (LOL!)
I did the treadmill, video analysis and all, but I just couldn't get on with the shoes. They were not even comfortable for walking. I was quite upset, having spent out when I'm very cash-strapped.
As I have had no niggles or injury woes with the cheapos, and have done quite a lot of miles in them, I'm not too concerned, but I know they are beginning to wear out now, so I'll have to rethink quite soon.
I'm wondering if I try out the Sauconys again when the weather is a bit cooler, my feet will be less sweaty and blister-prone, and maybe I'll have broken them in by the time it warms up again.
Yersinia, why don't you alternate them? One session in the old faithfuls, then the next session in the Sauconys. Then when the old ones really are past it, the new ones should feel comfortable.
I always have problems with new footwear. Doesn't matter if its shoes, sandals, trainers or what. The first couple of wears will be fine, then blisters and I mean blisters Once the blisters have heeled, then there's no more problems.
I 'll try that Kelly, but not till after my race - I don't want to get blisters before that!
I was thinking. Should we keep a list of PBs with dates for threadsters, so we can track our progress towards (and hopefully past) the magic 1 hour mark?
I went out for a medium-length average-paced plod this evening. 7.65 km in 51 minutes. Reasonably easy terrain on the whole.
I'd be up for that, we can cheer each other on etc. Can we set a list up as a link???
Oooh Yersinia - I like that idea. Don't know how we go about getting a seperate link unless we get a whole new thread going... I'll start a list though! (i love a list):
If we collate everyone's current PBs and if you get a new one you can copy and paste the list and whoever has the most recent PB gets to be at the top of the list! Make sense?
61.10 on the 10th August ( First Race)
Not sure when my next 10k will be tho because of my half in October and going on holiday on Saturday but hoping I may catch one at the beginning of October.
Well, I initially just thought of a list on this thread - each time someone does a new PB they can update the list.
I guess the other option is to have a spreadsheet that we share online. I've not used it, but I think google docs might be worth exploring. Then we could include all times (not just PBs) and maybe make graphs of improvement etc.
I'm Queen of Excel graphs, but I've never done online sharing, so figuring out how that works could be interesting.
I love tables and graphs and things. I use www.mapmyrun.com to track my running and find it really motivating. My other half writes websites and stuff I could ask see if he knows what to do?
Ran today (couldn't resist trying the new socks. Did a 3.8miler in 38.24. I did the same route on Tues and did 40.35. I am well please this is my best paced run, nearly at the 10min mile rate. Hope that the weather is ok on Sat as the route is much flatter to what I am used to so I am hopeful.
Ta-Da - I've just run my 10k route in, wait for it, 58 minutes and 53 seconds! But I don't want to leave this thread - I like it here! I'll just have to say that I can't really verify my time until I've run a proper 10k race rather than a route round my town that I plotted out on mapmyrun.com.
Anyway, given that only a few weeks ago I was running 4 miles in over 42 minutes, hopefully I can give some motivation to some of you that it is do-able!
I'm an obsessive compulsive grapher, so I'd be happy to keep up a spreadsheet. When I get a chance, I'll look through this thread and see what we've already noted.
Only had a very little run today, but fast, by my standards - 2.94km in 17:09 (10.3kmph) at average heart rate of 159.
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