Disclaimer - I know many think they're good value in terms of avoidance of injuries etc, but I am a self-confessed cheapskate, okay?
Now we've got that out of the way, I'm at Week 9, with R2 to do tomorrow. Still running in my old gym Nikes (£22 in a sale at John Lewis five years ago and so far, managing fine).
Thanks to all those people who gave me great advice on how to find the right shoes - I tried to look for my original post to update it but couldn't find it - any tips on that would be gratefully received!
Okay, so I resent paying over £100 for running shoes!
I had the gait analysis done and I am a (moderate) overpronator and need support shoes - I was recommended Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16, or Asics 2000v4. Both cost over £100.
I tried looking for previous years' models and colours, as advised on here, but they still set you back about £80-£100. Something like £50 is more like my budget.
So I went into this shop thinking, I will just try on some of these expensive shoes and see which ones feel best, then buy them cheap off the internet. I was determined not to fork out there and then.
How come then, that when I left the running shop I'd bought a pair of the Brooks at £115??? WTF?????
Well, they are going back as they pinch my toes on my right foot. I had tried on a different pair in the shop that fitted okay but wanted a different colour and was given the same size in new colour and didn't try them, just bought them, also cos I kind of felt guilty after the guy had got me on the treadmill and brought out a load of different shoes etc.
I just read an old article in the Daily Mail about some tribe in Mexico that are brilliant runners - they can run for like a whole day with nothing more than strips of old tyres on their feet. Just to prove my point about running shoes being a rip-off!
But once again, thank you to all those folks who gave me brilliant advice.