When I bought my current shoes in Reading a few months ago the sales assistant offered the insoles option. I stated that if I'm spending £130 on a pair of running shoes then I hope they do the job without insoles.
That said, I've had terrible problems with shin splints over the past 10 months. I've seen a physio and had ultrasound / massage etc and have been given some exercises to strengthen weak muscles. The physio did say that if this didn't fix the problem then I would maybe have to look at orthotics.
The problem hasn't gone away entirely so I'm now thinking about getting the moulded insoles from the Sweatshop. Do you think this would be a route to go down ?????
I did as you have mentioned and ran through the minor shin pain. I then literally limped home from a run back in September and ended up having 2 x-rays as my Dr thought I had a stress fracture. Crutches and time of work followed. It turned out I was running with shin splints which became debilitating. I have done absolutely no running since then and having been pain free for 4 weeks now, I am planning on a gentle run around the park this evening.
I'm looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. Fingers crossed there is no pain!
To the nurse who was clearly in a rush at the Thatcham Minor Injuries clinic yesterday and insisted I absolutely do not have a stress fracture and to go see my gp for painkillers and a physio referral - I hope you have a non-fatal accident and experience serious pain which hinders everything you do in your day to day life!!!! COW!!!!!!
And to my lovely Dr who hours afterwards is convinced I have a stress fracture and has sent me for an x-ray today (what the old bag wouldn't do) and gave me a bag of goodies to take away the pain.
Thanks mum for ferrying me around as I obviously can't drive and thanks to the mums at school for taking my kids for me.
I've entered this again next year after running it this year (my first and only ultra). Prior to this I had run just 4 marathons and nothing further, and in training my furthest run was 25 miles. I did although run 6 times per week (twice on one day) with two back-to-back longer runs. I took alot of advice from an ultra-runner friend and had a comprehensive training plan to follow from our club coach. The theory was 'running on tired legs' in training would get me round the 50 miles - and it certainly did!!!
I got used to eating 'real' food on the go, supplemented with gels. We ran the first 15 miles and then deployed a 25/5 run/walk strategy which worked perfectly although I feel I could have gone faster as my legs felt great at the end and could have gone another 20 miles!
I used to feel that to walk was to give up but having trained with my experienced ultra friend and having him pop into Tesco and meet us with mince pies and hot chocolate to sit on a bench and eat, I learnt it was ok!!!
I live in Reading and recced most of the Thames Path which wasn't much good on the day as the route was diverted!! Just as well I never got to run the final leg in training as we never finished along the Thames anyway but we did get lost heading from Sonning to Henley!