stumbled across this thread by accident but really interested in the warm up advice by Dachs. Don't consider myself a beginner but usually run long distances although this year and next 'coming down' to 10k and maybe a few park runs.
Some years ago I got a PB at 10k after poor planning meant I had to cycle 6 miles at top speed to make the start time, I always thought the PB was despite the rather frantic, high intensity warm up, maybe it was because of it !! normally I just jog about a bit and throw in a few strides and stretches.
I sent back the mantras as simply did not like the fit, took delivery of some hoka rapa nui comp. have been out for one 8 miler on trail and one 6 miler on road, so far so good. pretty light, nice fit, super comfy, good grip.......just have to see if they're just as comfy over long distances. hopeful as hoka call themselves the ultra running company.
so, trail-wise I now have: old pair of inov 8 295 for when its really muddy, brooks pure grit 1 for hard/dry trails with absolutely no chance of rain, hoka rapa nui for everything else !................ do I need any more ?
expensive and a bit out of the ordinary but I've just got some hoka rapa nui and they are fantastic, only done one 8 miler in them so far on nice mix of terrain and found them ultra comfortable and light (weigh only 275g). bear in mind you need to go up 1/2 size though.