Well done parkrunners. I agree that it is hard to give 100% when conditions are a bit off.
16 this morning - all muddy and carrying all the kit required for Naunton. Misjudged the route slightly so I had to add an extra two mile loop on the end to get the mileage. That was a tough decision with half a pound of mud on each foot.
Zicksi, I do consider how I run and what style of shoe would suit me. With a bit of self awareness I think it is reasonable to experiment.
The inov8 are great for speed work and short races but I wouldn't wear them for long runs. I've also noticed that I can land on my heels on steep downhills so in future I won't wear them for hilly races
I do a lot of miles in trail shoes but for road running, when I first started I went to a shop and got my gait analysed by a spotty teenager, she prescribed mild support so for a couple of years I ran in asics 1000s and ds trainer, but mild support and both fine. The last year I've experimented with neutral ds trainers, semi-minimal inov-8 and most recently asics 33 because sportshoes.com have the latest model half price.
I've not tried those yet, but they are supposed to be super-flexible with a slightly reduced differential. So to summarise: I buy as cheap as possible online and get whatever takes my fancy at the time. I don't follow the "these shoes caused my injury" way of thinking. At the moment I'm favouring less is more, but that could soon change again.
No racing for me this weekend; just plodding out the miles. For easy runs, I wear a garmin to record the run, but don't look at it as I'm running: Paces vary quite a bit: anywhere between 7:30 and 9:30 min/mi.
Charlie, I tried to play with cadance earlier this year. I was naturally running at around 160 for an easy run and 170 for quicker pace.
I gradually in creased my easy cadance to 170. I still do various drills, fast feet, high knees, high heels skips etc but I haven't checked my cadance for about 6 months.
I used an app called runzi which saves the trouble of counting and I think reduces the chance of bias when counting.
I've just installed the app again so I can check if there has been any change.