Sir Thomas has changed out of the grey suit he arrived in (inset) into a new flouro green jacket which sort of matches the new trainers. Ah - new trainers I hear you (well at least Poppypug) say - been splashing out a bit haven't you? Well no... and yes - it's more a matter of I haven't been able to find running shoes that don't hurt my feet - I think I may have odd feet - well at least they are not very even Yes, yes and yes- I have had gait analysis - bit of a waste of space (I know - heresy!!!) but what does it tell you - generally either that you over-pronate or you don't - (at least on a running machine which isn't the same as road running and even less like trail running). Seems I overpronate BUT just with one foot! I've been to all the stores including the nice little specialist local running store where I thought I'd get some real help - unfortunately not - they just wanted to charge me £15 to play on their gait machine and then sell me the most expensive shoes they could find - didn't even look at my feet, but at least they let me go for a run along the street which is probably better than having gait analysis anyway
Today I took a pair of shoes back to exchange them:
ME: "I want to change these, they don't work."
MAN: "Oh can't exhange them - you've been running in them."
ME: "That's what they're for isn't it? I want to change them."
MAN: "You can't they've been used."
ME: "I'd like you to change them - they were mis-sold. I was told they were for over-pronation but on the internet it says they are neutral - plus they've hurt my foot."
MAN: (Thinking to himself - this guy is a nutter) "Oh OK then!"
So I changed them for a 'less is more' pair of minimalist running shoes and will see how they work out - just thought I'd give them a go... but so far the best thing that's happened and the most help I got was in a sports chain store of the type where you don't really expect much help...
A young girl approached - 'here we go', I thought - 'she'll be getting out the top of the range most expensive run faster new shoes with the built in vibrating heel and electroshock therapy midsole with dynamic super sticky grip aerobubble forefoot.' But she didn't - she looked at my feet - she recommended orthotic inserts in the cheapest pair of trainers known to man - and so far, so good - they feel like running on air. She told me it was her last day in the shop - she was going back to University - where she was doing her final year in sports physio She also suggested some exercises for raising the arch on the offending foot - now that's what I call real service.
To any out there who are even more beginnerish than me - I'd shop around - not so much for running shoes that you think you'll like but for a sales person who really knows what they are talking about and is genuinely willing to help
In spite of problems with shoes and having to decide what colour watch strap to wear, it is the middle of January and cold and wet and blustery and I am going out dressed for a summer's stroll and running for miles and loving it - I wasn't doing this a year ago! ;))
Good running everyone