Marathon Series: The Right Trainers

Wednesday 18 March 2015 by

Running, Trainers, Marathon training, Fitness, HoBFitness

Welcome back to week fifteen of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about getting the right trainers.

You’re probably getting pretty good at running now; you have your routes, your regular training days, and you’re even branching out further and faster. So now it’s time to make sure you’re getting the right kit. We’ve talked briefly about this before. But now I want to concentrate more on trainers.

Trainers are key to success. With the right trainers, you can run as far and as fast as you like, and your chances of injury are hugely reduced.

Always get your gait checked at a proper running or sports shop. They will test your footfall and find the perfect shoe for you. I run in Asics – I have an over-pronation (which means my feet collapse inwards on my ankles) so I need extra support on the inside.

You could under-pronate, or you could be flat footed. But if you’re going to be putting the mileage in, you need trainers that are going to give you the support where you need them. I hate to say it, but beauty comes second to practicality. Although, with brands such as Adidas, Asics and Puma out there, you’re more likely to find something pretty too!

There are a couple of rules to remember with your running trainers… break them in carefully: choose shorter routes for the first couple of runs and see how they feel. And the other rule to remember: don’t use your running trainers for anything else. Your gait is very different between running and walking and your trainers will mould to that shape.

Once you have the right trainers, it will be amazing how far you will go. If you’re a long distance runner, they will last you anything up to a year depending on your mileage. You’ll know when it’s time to refresh your trainers by the sound of your footfall and support you’re getting from the trainer – you’ll be an awful lot more flat footed with bad trainers!

Do you have the right trainers? What do you do to protect your feet from injury?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back next week when we’re talking about getting the right trainers.

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