Firstly to say that stores recommend what they get most mark up on is pretty insulting TBH. I work in the trade and I don't know one single retailer who does that. Not one. Pretty much any specialist running store will be staffed by runners. We've all been injured we all hate being injured, so if I recommend a shoe it's done with genuine belief that it's the best shoe for that person, and the one that will help him/her the most.
Secondly gait analysis is not an exact science. In an ideal world you should run for about 6 or 7 minutes BEFORE anyone starts videoing/analysing you. And even then you're only getting a snapshot of how you run. Does you form change as you get tired? What about if you run at different speeds? And you can show 3 people the same video and all 3 could come up with something slightly different based on their experience.
And finally, after viewing lots of people running in certain shoes then some of these shoes don't really offer the levels of support they claim to. E.g. - the new version of the Brooks Adrenaline is nowhere near as supportive as you'd think, yet the Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost is more supportive.
So by all means identify a store that you have the most confidence in, but just remember any recommendation is not a cast-iron guarantee that you won't have issues. I hope you get sorted anyway - good luck!!
Take them back and they'll swap them no problem at all, especially if you've still got the till receipt. I work at one of their stores. Seriously, there won't be any issue whatsoever. You can return them to any store too - doesn't have to be where you made the purchase from.
bainspj - club places are off blue start as stated. On the form you need to state your predicted time. A lad who got one of our places this year wrote sub-3 and was put in Pen 2. A lad last year wrote 3'30 and was put in Pen 9 (I kid you not!) So you should be ok, but I'd take a print out of your Pof10 profile or something to the Expo, just in case there's an issue - if there is try and get em to upgrade you.
wardi, HR, JH1, TR, selbs and PP - cheers! That run was a long time in coming!! Three years in fact, so selbs - keep the faith mate! There were lots of times during this past few years that I wasn't even sure I'd run a Mara again, and sub-3 seemed a pipe dream. So to be back running very close to my best is great really. I'm chuffed!
And wardi - £240 at Specsavers, and as she was waiting for them to make the glasses we got a call to say they'd found her original pair after all, totally unscathed...... Great! So that made a quite expensive weekend into a very expensive weekend. I'm almost tempted to drive to Leeds just to get a free burger and bottle of fizz.
Anyway, my race. I was delighted with my second quickest time ever, running 2'51'50. I've worked bloomin' hard over the past few months to get into that shape, so I'm chuffed!
I was fairly relaxed re the race TBH. I went for a short warm-up on the road outside the FGFA area and didn't get in the pen until pretty late. So it took me 35 seconds or so to cross the line. I just ran to feel, but wanted to set off sensibly and try and crank it up. My first mile was a 6'42, so I was bang on really.
Caught up to TR around the 10 mile mark and had a brief chat, and also passed RB at 17ish. Don't think I saw anyone else though!
I just ran totally by feel and occasionally checked the time on the mile markers.My 5k splits were 20'29, 20'16, 20'09, 19'56, 19'43, 19'59 and 20'14 to 35k. I then lost a little bit of time in the last 3-4 miles (maybe a minute or so?) but I was going as quickly as I could!! I glanced at my watch at the '800m to go' sign and knew I had to run a 3'05 800m rep to sneak under 2'52. As it was I managed a 2'55 rep by the looks, so I was pleased!!
Briefly saw TR, Dan and JH1 immediately afterwards, but couldn't make the Red Lion as I had family with me. I did get out for a beer Sunday evening with njord, Caz (Mrs. njord) and HR which was great.
Oh aye, and I saw wardi out for a little pootle along the South Bank on Saturday morning. Really sorry about you getting clipped
All in all a top weekend away. I really enjoyed it!