I had white trainers which ended up a bit grungy looking. My Nike Livestrong Lunarhazes have a grey foot, black heel with green swoosh, green front sole and white heel sole with some yellow on the tongue and laces and they still look really good; well as good as they ever did. Bought them when JJB had a 90% off sale because they were the comfiest the guy brought out - I asked for all the mega reduced stuff in my size to compare! I generally have to take what I can find in trainers as I only wear a size 3 and many brands start at a 4.
Yesterday I ran (jogged/plodded) my furthest distance of a shade under 4 miles which felt great apart from the fact that under my arms I have chafed/rubbed. I can only think this was from the vest I was wearing. Is this a common thing and will just switching tops sort it? I've done 3 miles in this top with no probs, a stretchy cotton Nike vest (I get quite sweaty when I exercise so don't like too wear too much! - sorry if TMI!).
Sorted the shoe issue. Got some Nike Lunahaze+ Livestrong in the JJB sale - reduced from £85 to £21. They had quite a lot reduced and I tried a few pairs - was tempted by some KSwiss but they seemed a tad more fragile. I have yet to try, bought yesterday after my run and have a niggle in my thigh today so it may be a walk today. I bought a size 4 to wear with thicker running socks as my 3s are rubbing in this hot weather so I figured I could use a bit more room.
I have never been a runner nor naturally very athletic. I avoided PE at school like the plague. A few years ago I joined the gym and discovered that I was building up my activity level doing Spin, Body Pump and Pilates. I wanted more cardio but classes were full and it was taking ages out of my day getting there and back. About 18 months ago my husband dragged me out for a run. I was awful, barely managed half a mile before I was wheezing, in agony with stitch and ready to walk home. He gradually helped me build up before he had to stop with back issues. I have carried on and taken every little improvement as a bonus. I am now running about 3 miles non-stop going a couple of times a week. I'm slow as well - about 10 mins per mile. I have even bitten the bullet recently and stopped using rain as an excuse not to run, I put my lightest (lightweight not colour!) clothes on and just get on with it.
I won't ever be a marathon runner, not enough motivation, but at least I'm no longer an embarrassment to myself as I felt before! I do sometimes feel the runs are a chore but I do feel so much better once I have done them. I have now discovered that I can "just run" and just see the world as I go rather than worrying about things. A bonus is with no change in diet I have changed body shape quite noticeably to be firmer and leaner and the fitness I pick up running helps at the gym.