Hi Kim, I had a look into this recently whe. I was deciding whether to get some compression gear. From what I gathered, no-one's quite sure if they help with performance, but there's some evidence to suggest that wearing them after a race can aid recovery http://trainingarunner.com/2014/02/25/running-gear-the-emperors-new-compression-socks/
After months of deliberation I decided to get some racing flats for my 5-10km races. Then it's taken me a few more weeks to decide which ones! I usually wear a pair of Nike Lunarglide 5's but after going on a training run recently with someone wearing Newton MV2s I felt like they were gliding along fluidly, while I was clopping along next to them. I've decided that the Newton's 0mm drop may be too extreme a change from my Lunarglides, so going for a pair of Saucony A6's. The trouble is I've read some reviews that recommend going down a half size, some that say go up, and some that say the sizing's just right! Does anyone own a pair that could let me know? I live miles from the nearest shop that sells them otherwise I'd go and try them on! Thanks in advance.
My boy's 4 and has run a few races, 1 mile and 1.5k distances. Many races have fun runs or kids k's attached to them and he does those - even wears our club running vest.
I run the course with him (usually a good warm up!) as he needs to be paced otherwise he races off and stops after 50metres! We run at the back behind the older kids and he just enjoys the running with no pressure.
In general I don't ever warm up. My thinking is that when I do other sports; Hockey, Football etc, I go for a jog TO warm up so why go for a run to prepare for a run? I also have this vague sense that warming up will use up my energy stores..! I sound fascaetious and I promise I'm not. I'd just like to get to the bottom of warming up. Then as I was doing a 15k training run last night I did an experiment. At 10k I was feeling really strong so I turned up the pace with my aim of beating my 5k PB of 19:40 in the last 5k of my run. Well I didn't do anything near that as I'd forgotten that the first 7.5k of my run were downhillish whereas the last 5k was all uphill!
But it did get me thinking; maybe i'd get a better time at my weekly Parkrun if I did an easy 3-4k straight before the race? I don't know about anyone else but it takes me a good 3k to get in to the flow of a race - but wouldn't I get a better time if I was already in full flow at the very start of the race? Do people do this? Is this a widely used technique that i'm just completely ignorant of?! Hopefully my brain dump makes sense to someone who knows about warm ups etc..!