I have had lots of neck and shoulder issues since moving to a virtually paper free office last year (everything on computer), now have rollerball mouse which helps and also being vigilant re. oosture and getting up and moving around.
ive also started doing a few hip and knee strengthening exercises just twice a week during marathon training and am surprised at what a difference they have made to my running (in a good way that is). Seems to support what you say.
I am in exactly the same boat, just replaced my Asics Gt1170s with new Gt1000s with a view to having them ready to wear for VLM, women's 6.5 which I have been wearing for the past 3-4 years are now too small, luckily men's size 6 fit perfectly, but they are so hard underfoot, like there is no cushioning at all and my feet ache after wearing them, done 3 x 5 miles runs now both road and trail and they are no better.
I also got some Mizunos and they are great but I think the asics will have to go back (luckily got them from Sweatshop). Been wearing Asics for years and usually they're good to go pretty well from new but these are like running on cardboard, not nice.
Sorry not much help but reassuring to know it's not just me!
Dear large well known running shop chain, please send me the shoes I ordered at bargain sale price in the RIGHT size and stop pissing around. So you sent the wrong size and now they're out of stock, well that's not MY problem, your mistake, so send me the new colour I don't actually give a sh*t they'll be covered in mud after the first run anyway. No I don't want to pay another £10 for the privilege of subsidising your mistake and please don't make out like you're doing me a favour and no I don't want to buy completely different shoes and no I don't want a refund just send the effing shoes I ordered, just WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ffs!!
Shippers I did the Hyde Pk 10 and I'm doing Fleet and I have a ballot place for London too ... ! I actually really enjoyed the 10k it felt like a quite low key well organised race BUT it's taken me quite a while to get used to racing with other people. I really recommend parkrun it's the one thing that's helped me get used to a racing environment with absolutely no pressure and it's free - what's not to like - I did London last year too and you are surrounded by huge crowds every step of the way ... and if you have your name on your shirt half of them will be calling your name ... i found it really distracting and am gonna be as anonymous as possible this year! Whatever happens don't stress and just relish the experience it is unique!
+1 for getting the size right. Nothing should move or rub. The underband should be snug, tight even. The cup should be big enough cover and support the whole breast area. Forget about numbers and letters and either get measured or have a big try-on somewhere where there's loads of stock. My Shock Absorber is a 30ff after years of discomfort in a 34A and believe me, nothing moves!