I have my first event of the year (Tough Mudder) in 4 weeks and I'm aiming for a few more. My very basic adidas shoes had their day a long time ago so it's time for a change, it's just treadmill and road running as I have a separate trail shoe for the wet stuff. I'm still not very clear on the whole pronation thing but I've changed my stride to help eleviate knee problems, I'm now a short stride forefront striker but I seem to run on the outside of the foot (certainly at the start of the stride)
The May 12th Tough Mudder is in Kettering (South East / Midlands) which is the one that I'm doing (and have paid £90 for!). The North West one in November so registration is only £75 (Sunday, £80 Saturday) until the end of July.
so with Christmas and a baby just around the corner I decided against following the advise of buying 2 pairs of shoes, one for training and the other for the mud as my budget would mean that I would have 2 pairs of cheap shoes fit for nothing. So following some advise from another thread on hear I have bought the UK Gear PT-1000, a trail shoe designed by the army and tested to last for 1000miles on the road, I have seen rave reviews from both trail and marathon runners and when I saw that sportsdirect.com had them for £52 (down from £95) I knew it had to be done. Now I've not really given them much of a go apart from a week on the treadmill at the gym and a bit of a march around centre parcs at the weekend but the early signs are good. They look tough and certainly seem to provide a lot of grip but they are light with great support & a cushioning, so fine for my short road jogs.
I've now registered for the Tough Mudder on May 12th and I'm eyeing up the Warrior Dash in June and Spartan Race in July. Tough choice in November Hell Runner, Whole Hog and/or Mens Health Survival of the Fittest.