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Week 3 Run 3 in New Shoes

Feeling slightly disheartened. I forked our for some decent running shoes at the weekend, spending slightly more than I waned to on advice of the sales assistant and they’re not quite solving the problems I wanted them too. The pain in my feet is definitely much better, although not gone completely, but I’ve now discovered new pains in my ankle and knees. Is this just down to technique and getting used to new shoes?

Other than that, I completed Week 3 Run 3 fine and can’t wait to move onto week 4!

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1) What were the pains you WERE having 2) What analysis did the shop assistant give you ie. it's caused by ??? and so you should have??? to correct it 3) What shop was it) I'm just being plain nosey with that last one!) :P

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I was having cramp type pains in my arches which I sometimes getting when walking as I’m very flat footed. It seems to have sorted that for the most part, but now my ankle hurts, ahhh! I’ll admit, I didn’t opt for gait analysis, just a long discussion with the nice man in Sports Direct as I simply can’t afford very expensive shoes at the minute. I’m hoping this is just down to my technique than anything else.

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Mmm, Sports Direct.,.........so you bought Karrimors?

It is their own brand and recommended more on profit margins than on their suitability for your running style. I am afraid that SD do not train their staff well and have never been served by an assistant who actually ran.

Best of luck.

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I know you've bought your shoes so what I'm about to say probably won't be of much use to you now! But...

I went for gait analysis in my local running shop and the price of shoes I was given to try on started at just £35. There was no hard sell and he actually asked me whether I felt I would get into running once I had completed my goal (I need to pass the Army fitness requirements to go in as a musician). I opted for some more expensive ones because they were really good but he would have been quite happy for me to buy the cheaper ones if that's what I felt I needed.

I don't know if I was just lucky or not but it might be worth finding out (I just looked at Facebook reviews etc) about your local shop x

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New shoes will support you differently, so may cause temporary issues. I get over this by alternating shoes, as described in this guide to running shoes healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes

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I’m hoping this is the problem and everything will get better as I get used to them. They do seem to have all but solved the problem I wanted them to, just added new different ones at the same time! They are Karrimors so I get that it could be them just pushing their own brand, but he did seem much more knowledgable than I expected. I’ll keep at it with them and if it doesn’t improve I’ll have to take them back and try again.

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I have flat feet and I’ve found that if I do my laces up to tight I would get pain in the bottom of my feet. Also you should consider getting the next size up as your feet swell while doing exercise.

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I have got the next size up, but perhaps the tightness of the laces was the problem, I’ll give that a go on my next run, thanks!

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Let us know how you get on

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