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HELP!!!

They say that confession is good for the soul - so here goes... I am a lapsed graduate. Forgive me, for I have not run for a very long time... I repent of my running sins and ask forgiveness - and advice. I need to get back into running and I need some new (not expensive) shoes. I am a fairly neutral pronator - ie, I don't tend to run over on either side of my feet, with just a small bias towards the outside of my foot and rolling into the ball of my foot, but not in a big way at all. I believe this is pretty common? If anyone could recommend a reasonable shoe to try, I would be most grateful. I prefer quite ordinary colours, being a boring sort of chap... Thank so much.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, with not too much food and drink, and that 2018 [where did the 18 years since the Millenium Bug go?] brings you all the running success you desire.

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Hi. I bought new trainers today from my local DW sports (which happens to have a lovely sale on at the moment)

Excellent service, very knowledgeable assistant spent around 40 mins with me! (And didn’t try and sell me the most expensive)

So if the lovely peeps on here can’t recommend anything... I would recommend you pop along there. Happy running!

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Thanks so much. There is a DW in Truro, so that could be an excuse to pop down there...

All I now need is to get out there and see how well my dog keeps up - or is that the wrong way round?

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Welcome back!

Shoes depend on many things. Take a look at this post:

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes

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I shall take a peek at the link - thank you so much. When I graduated I knew what was around, but things move so quickly... please, excuse the sort-of-pun there!

I shall call into DW and my local running shop and take some advice for once in my life.

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Hello you! Good to have you back again Let’s pretend it’s been no time at all . Sales are good this time of year. Sports direct do Karrimor and they seem reasonable with a good build, also Decathlon. Happy running.

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Oh, you are kind! I called into SD earlier with my wife to look at some walking boots for dog walking, and whilst there I looked at some Karrimor ones - a brand best known to me for walking gear from 'when I were a lad'! They looked fine, but I didn't get a chance to try them. I shall return...

I will pop into my local running shop and take a look, but any real-life experience from people would be most welcome. OK, what suits some may not suit me, but it's starting point.

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I like Karrimor tempo. They are not the grippiest though for this wintry weather Get thee to a running shop and try loads on 👍😃

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I shall take thy advice and I shall visit the shops in far-off towns and avail myself of their services...

On the morrow, I shall clean my trusty steed (was the car) and take the high road to Exeter town...

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Good for thee! 👍😃

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Errrrrr hello?!!!! You have our forgiveness....you have confessed your sins, to us & now you are free to go buy new trainers & get yourself out there ASAP!!! I’m a neutral.... I have new balance & I love them...I’m sure, after your admittance, you will be back, with your running legs on & a spring on your step & we will be watching & waiting for your next post!!! Happy running 😉

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Thank you so much. I feel truly absolved! All I need now is the time (ancient in-laws in hospital etc) to get out there and get myself and the hound fit once more... I shall report back.

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Looking forward to it...this is such a good place to look for advice & inspiration...& we love a story xx

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Hey! Good for you to come back!

Please don't buy by brand or price, that tought me a tough injury lesson.

One of the brands mentioned above helped me messed up both my knee and ankle - and that's not because the brand is bad but because it wasn't good for my feet. As simple as that.

Go and see a specialist who will find you the best shoes through gait analysis. That will save you money, time and pain. In my case I initially saved money and time but then the pain made sure that an osteopath and a physio compensated for the first wrong choices....

Don't do that!

All the best!

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Sally cycle, welcome back.

I seem to remember that you did a lot of off road running, in which case trail shoes are the best thing for you and they are all neutral.

However if running on road, please have a gait analysis, otherwise you may end up with shoes that can damage you. Your gait can change, so don't rely on the results from three years ago.

Buying by brand is about as much sense as buying by colour.

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes

Keep running, keep smiling.

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Wise words, as always. Thank you.

I did indeed run off-road, but that was in a different life - one where I wasn't toing-and-froing between hospitals and care-home for elderly in-laws, and one where I had time. Now I shall have the MAKE time.

Off to a shop this week or next to get sorted... and as long as they sell dull colours, we should get along just fine! What is it with all the bright colours? Black, grey, green etc are fine, as is I-challenge-you-to-get-me-dirty white.

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Sallycycle , hello! Welcome back, how nice to see you here again :)

We all have lapses from time to time, the thing is that you are back and the advantage you have is that you know you can do this. You'll be *ahem* enjoying it again in no time!

Regarding shoes, I'm with IdaT - go and get a gait analysis done. Especially now it's sale time, there should be something to fit you comfortably and at a good price which will set you off on the right foot, as it were :D

All the best for the New Year and do pop back and let us know how it's going. Happy running to you :)

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Thanks! The gait analysis seems to be the way forward - so I'm off to a decent running shop to get it done. EEEKKKKKKKK!!!!!

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Enjoy! Try to go when they are less likely to be really busy. Take your time and use your past experience when choosing. Don’t be afraid to ask if they have any in the sale that suit your needs following your gait analysis.

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I have Scottish ancestry, so asking for a discount/sale items is second nature! Thanks for the advice, and now I shall book an analysis.

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