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Bupa London 10,000 - Monday 27 May 2013

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 15:30

I'm entered.

Newton trainers??

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 11:31

Not so close to marathon, but are worth a go. I have been running in Newtons since Jan last year, and I love them. However, I was already a midfoot striker and did some of my running in minimalist-ish shoes so the transition for me was reasonably straightforward. I soon found it very difficulty to run in my clumpy old asics - they felt like bricks attached to my legs!

As to whether my running has benefitted, I think it would have done if I was doing the same amount of training as before, but I'm training a lot less. However, a few miles into a longer road run I really start to feel the benefit - I find it easier to settle into a faster rhythm somehow. But if you are not a midfoot striker, it is going to take time before you will feel comfortable enough to reep a benefit from it.

how much difference does top gear really make.

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 11:21

The performance benefit depends how fast and how far and how regularly you're running to start with. For example, if you jog 2 miles twice per week, you aren't going to need expensive kit. However, if you train twice a day, with one of those runs at a high percentage of your maximum, then kit that increases comfort and aids recovery like compression tights, performance shoes etc.. will probably be more important/necessary/beneficial for you. 

Unfortunately, it is a bit of a cycle - when I was a student training a lot more and faster, I would probably have benefitted from better kit. Unfortunately I couldn't afford it until I was working, and thus have no time or energy to train at the same intensity!! 

Trainers

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 11:14

Hi Chris. I'd give it longer just in case they rub - if they give you blisters breaking them in, you want enough time for blisters to heal. Can break them in well in advance, then stick them in the cupboard until the race. 

Compression tops

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 12:43

I have a 2XU long sleeved compression top that I used instead of a rash vest for dinghy sailing, usually under a wetsuit. Felt it helped me recover (my weedy little arms would suffer from pulling bits of string for hours), and kept me a bit warmer on the water as well. 

I've never run in it, simply because I get too hot even in a normal LS top and jacket after a couple of minutes running though.

Needless to say I quit the sailing because running was warmer... 

Best Mens Running Tights?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 10:38

I'm not a man, as you can probably tell, but I also wear 2XU tights and run in them for most of the year - I only dig out shorts for summer and racing because I'm a woss. I got a pair of the thermal tights back in November, and I have to say they are awesome in cold weather, but I love the feeling of the standard tights - they feel really shiny and fast, and I don't get that feeling in any other tights. I have noticed the benefits of the compression as well, and when I've picked up niggles I've slept in them/worn them under trousers to work (not the same pair as I ran in, obviously, that would be gross), and found they've helped me get over them quickly.

Newton motion trainers

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 10:27

I've had my Motions since May last year. Done about 750 miles in them so far, no sign of needing replacing yet. I think if you run efficiently they end up better value than cushioned shoes where the forefoot disintegrates really quickly because it isn't designed to take the foot strike. With Newtons you aren't compressing the foam - you're compressing rubber into air chambers, so finding they're lasting much longer. I've been really happy with them.

Zero drop / minimalist trainers durability.

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 13:42

Something like the Newton Issac (4mm) Gravity or Motion (both 3mm) would be more than fine for a marathon. 

Running shoe life span

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 13:39

I've done about 700 miles in my Newtons, and they're as good as new in terms of wear. Reckon I'm going to get 2000 out of them. It really depends on how you wear them, how you run, how heavy you are (and how heavily you run), and whether you wear them only for running, of for other stuff as well (gym, walking, zumba...). 

Socks

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 13:31

I wear any old socks (and I mean the holey, the stripey, the winnie the pooh) for steady runs under 10km. For sessions and long runs I did out "proper socks" which are usually more mile.

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