Couch to 5K
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Worried about the knees!

Hi - so finished week 9 today and managed 5k in 29:37 so amazed where I've come from week 1 . I remember one of the goals was to run past the Blue Anchor in Hammersmith on a summers evening without feeling self conscious and now care not a jot !

Thing is I've been running in cheap Nike's from wonderful sports direct - how / where do u start on trading up to proper running trainers ? Safe to order online or do I need to visit a specialist ?

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People usually advise gait analysis, and then try several pairs of shoes suggested by the shop. If you have a budget, tell them beforehand. Once you know what kind of shoes you need you can get future pairs on the net. Be careful about shoe size. You'll need a half to a full size bigger than your everyday shoes, and check that the size is UK and not US.

well done on finishing and that is a good time too.

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I think we should all meet up outside the Blue Anchor and applaud you as you run past :D Well done for achieving your goal, and congratulations for graduating!

Why don't you visit a specialist, establish which shoe and size are the best adapted to your footsies, then go home and check out whether you can find the same thing cheaper on line?

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Well done! That's a good time for 5k at w9. So you were already fit and been running before you started the programme?

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no not really - always seem to find an excuse for not exercising - if truth be told it took more like 12 weeks as opposed to 9 as I revisited a few weeks until I was happy - tried to run many times before but didn't know when to walk, when to run and when to stop ! Laura's helped tremendously !

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Congratulations! Excellent time too! I would say a visit to your local running shop is in order. Definitely worth doing if you want to carry on running regularly. Well done.

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