Feels like ive caught a running bug of some sort and believe i need to treat this medical condition with a good pair of running shoes.
You can buy running shoes anywhere between £7 - 150 and beyond, but at what price range do they become worth the price tag? Most will say you get what you pay for but in my experience thats not always the case. The shoes I bought to start the C25K were £12 which seemed OK to start with but turned out to be slightly different sizes. I didnt notice till after a few weeks running in them. I had a funny pain in one of my muscles and wondered if this was because of my big toe being slightly curled. I had bought some fell running shoes to do a mud run this September and thought I would give them a try. These felt loads better than the running shoes and also eliminated my niggling pain. These were an absolute bargain for £20, worth every penny and more.
So why am I thinking of new shoes if I found a pair that I can run in? Well its back to trying to limit some pains I still have and im not sure if its the shoes or not. My main discomfort is my ankles. They have ached every run from start to finish. Not a serious ache but noticeably uncomfortable and I thought it would have shifted by now. My second pain is sort of expected and its more of a cramp than a constant pain in my calves(carf's?). My second run of this week(7r2) is the first time ive had to stop running(after 20mins) because they were so bad. It made me question weather it could be the shoes as these were made for rough and softer terrain and im running on tarmac.
Looking at the hundreds of running shoes online I can see its going to be difficult to make a choice. Its not till you reach the higher priced end of running shoes that you get any indepth reviews. Living on a budget, its hard for me to justify spending anything over £40 for footwear. At the moment im looking at running shoes at around the £80 range but not sure if its worth it. So im hoping someone on here who is a more seasoned runner could help me decide if paying double what I would normally pay is justifiable.