been using start fitness for a while now, bought my last 4 or 5 pairs of shoes there, i think the service is excellent, prices are usually good, freebies are nice and delivery times are always as stated.
As per wilkie above I rcently ordered a pair of nike lunaracers. i went for the older cheaper model in a lime colour which i didnt really like but went for it as they were cheaper than the newer model. What arrived was a nice blue pair of lunaracer +2 (the newer ones) , result!
plenty of people have had a look but no opinions yet. just to let you know that i bought a pair and ran with them this morning, and as per the reviews i read they get a thumbs up from me.
My run included sprints, stairs repeats and hill repeats as well as a slowish jog back home and the earpods stayed in place perfectly. they are very comfortable but they are not a perfectly snug fit and felt like they were going to fall out on several occasions, but they never did. i had the cord tucked down my shirt and a few times i felt it tugged on by my collar etc, these slight tugs would have easily removed the old ibuds from my ears but the new ones didnt budge. its probably this that made me feel like they might fall out at any time so it may just take a little getting used to.
Sound quality probably isnt perfect and they dont drown out surrounding noise but as a runner that is probably a good thing. i would agree also that if you want to spend £100's then there is bound to be better out there but they are probably the best that £25 can buy.
totally agree with everything hungry consumer says above. get the right shoes first and foremost, running jacket, proper socks, hat and gloves and although not totally necessary for you just yet, my garmin watch is probably the best running investment ever!
unfortunately i am not due to upgrade my iphone for a few months but i like the look of the new earpods. the original apple ibuds are crap and just wont stay in my ear while running. I have seen a few online reviews that say these new ones stay in place very well, even while at the gym/running etc. They are £25 to buy and apparantly decent for the price, though there seem to be much better out there if you want to pay the money.
I'm not mad about having absolutly perfect sound quality or about interference from street noise etc I just want to know if they will stay in place during a fairly fast 10k run?
I agree with the earlier responses. you should run your local marathon. I would love to run the more glamourous city marathons like london, berlin, rome, paris, new york etc so far i have only done belfast and dublin. I can think of a million reasons why the belfast marathon would not appeal to people from outside the city. Its not very scenic, not very well supported and not particularly well organised. But it is my home town meaning i dont have to fundraise, travel, book accomodation etc. Best of all though is the support, my club vest is recognised round most of th route, i live around the halfway point so from about miles 12-15 i am constantly being cheered on by friends and family which is great for motivation.
There will be time for you (and me) to run bigger better marathons but i would stick with the local one as your first.