A New Running Thread for 2018


Probably a stupid q but there’s a running shop local where they get you to run on a machine to sell you trainers.

I don’t really do running and likely won’t start but I do walk a chunk to work and my feet are aching. I think it’s my new Converse are less cushioning than my old ones (which were discontinued Chuck Taylor IIs).

Basically if I buy shoes ftom there are they likely to also make walking about (often quite strenuously) easier too?


Possibly, but Orthotics would be better really.


Is that a brand of shoe?

I mean I would like to start running but I am just thinking to kill two birds with one stone


Orthotics are custom made insoles. That said, if you’re considering starting to run, yes, get yourself to a shop and on the treadmill and see if a running shoe helps.

I wear converse myself all the time and they offer fuck all in the way of arch support, which is why I suggested the orthotic route, but it may not be necessary if you’re considering a running shoe for other reasons as well.


Okay thanks a lot


Just as an alternative viewpoint, I’d be very wary of insoles and trainers designed to correct your body’s natural set up. For most people neutral trainers will be absolutely fine and likely lead to less injuries (start messing with your feet and the problems move up your legs as your natural gait is being artificially altered).

Loads of people would be absolutely fine without the £100+ pair of correctional shoes they wear, but there’s a multi-billion $ industry whose focus is convincing runners they need them.

As noted upthread, one of the worse things is big, cushioned heels. They promote heel-striking, which is not what you want. Trying running a few strides barefoot or jump off a couple of steps barefoot. You soon see/feel how your feet/legs run and absorb impact naturally. Anything that steers you away from that has the potential to make you less efficient and promote injury, imqhho.


Okay cheers. Interesting


Did the Royal Parks half marathon yesterday. What a bloody lovely race that is! Not my best time (1:58:14), but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Gets a little congested at times, especially during the last 3 miles as lots of runners are really tiring, but it’s wonderfully scenic and there’s amazing support the whole way 'round.

Will definitely try and get in again next year.


Looking at the Barcelona marathon in march. Seems to tick the boxes of city, weather, route and possibly seeing Lionel Messi play football. Anyone done it before?


Decided I’m going to enter the Brighton Marathon next year. Feel that 2019 is the year of my first (only?!?!) marathon.