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New Shoes, Week 2 done and dusty but feel bit flat

Hello I went and had my gait analysis today and got a great pair of new shoes. All black so not as snazzy as I had hoped for but they are incredible as built up on one side to help with broken back, dodgy hip etc. I will post a picture tomorrow. I also bought a bright blue running top and purple jacket on the internet so set off tonight for last run of week 2 feeling snazz.

The lady in the shop was amazing and a running instructor and gave me lots of tips. Namely I should be running with short steps and lots of them in a tempo of 123,123, a second. So I went out tonight and did just that. I looked a bit odd as I wasn't moving that fast but my legs were going for it in small half steps. The runs were really easy and I had very little pain so was very pleased. I got home and felt a little flat, great run, great shoes but not the normal BLUR Woo hoo feeling I normally get. Anyway on to week 3 in in next 2 days xxx

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I went out in my new shoes yesterday and they were brilliant. Glad they managed to help you out. What shoes did you get?

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Saucony Guide ISO black and copper!

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If you want to jazz up a black pair of trainers, go for some wild laces. I have some luminous yellow ones and a spotty glow-in-the-dark purple pair...

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amazing idea thankyou!!

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It’s the best thing about having all-black shoes - even the really wild ones go and you can change them regularly. I like my reflective ones for night runs and my yellow ones for races (because they’re ‘lucky’ lol)

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Yes I will have to get into them as i had a my colours done a few years ago and I'm a Jewel Winter. All bright pinks and black and white emerald green etc so I will have to think about my combo!!

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It sounds like you NEED some bright pink ones 😉

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Now you are talking, it will lift my spirits xx

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Good plan! I’m terrible for purchasing new gear when I need a pick-me-up. I’ve not been able to run all week thanks to a nasty virus but I’ve just bought two pairs of compression socks to ‘make me feel better’!

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Well i think it helps.. get better soon and hope the socks do the trick x

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Thank you! I hope the laces do the trick for you too x

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I love the idea of bright laces. I’ve had LED laces in the past; I claimed it was to help me be more visible in the dark. Actually they just made me happy! :D

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They would make me happy too!

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Now I have purple jacket and spotty purple glow in the dark lace envy...sigh...😍😍😍😍😍😍😋

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I know its completely addictive!

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Hi, Michele I’m one run ahead of you at the moment and I have to say I felt a bit flat at the end of week two too. I was really anxious about the step up from 90 sec to 3 mins that I knew was coming in wk 3 . But I did w3w1 on Monday and it went well. Much better than I expected. I coped with the 3 mins fine. Stick with it your doing really well.

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Hi Matt, thanks for this, its helped. I was looking for a good high so hoping the next run in a couple of days will feel better. Glad you coped with the run let me know how its goes x

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Sometimes consciously changing your technique can leave you feeling less buzzy (because really, deep down, I think what we all want to be doing is being 5 years old at the top of a big hill, aeroplane-arms and ludicrously long strides at the ready, which is the total opposite of Thinking About What You're Doing...or is that just me?!), but as it becomes more natural the endorphin fizz will come back. And if it doesn't, I'd ignore the advice and do what feels good because life's too short for flat runs (figuratively and literally).

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thanky ou yes i think the technique had an impact so I will see how i fair in week 3. We all want to be striding ahead most definitely and running down a hill like a kid. I think thats a big thing about running most of us did it as children and not since and it opens up that part of us too. xx

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definitely - there's a lot to be said for 'children's' behaviour in adult life (drawing and singing and running and being told stories and laughing at life are all to be recommended, I reckon.)

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I think you just described me and my attitude to running perfectly there, the_tea_fairy! I reckon about 90% of my love of running comes from it being a legit way of letting myself go outside and play.

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