Perfect!: Today I ran my 5th consolidation run... - Couch to 5K

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Today I ran my 5th consolidation run since graduating. Again I used Nike Run Club “Just a Run”, but this time in a new pair of Brooks trainers. What a difference a pair of trainers makes!! I bought these in a bid to ease my the pain in my arches. They were perfect although my calves were a little painful still. I guess I just need to get used to them, but comfort wise, I can’t fault them at all. Managed a personal best and ran in what I would call ideal running conditions for a change.

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Hi Sarah, mind if I ask, did you get a gait analysis done? The shoes I have are ok, but I need a new pair now. Going to bite the bullet after Christmas! There's a Runners world not too far from me, but they haven't got a huge selection of shoes, so I'll have to go further afield to get one done. And big congratulations on all those consolidation runs in this horrible weather!

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SarahBrownGraduate in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Hi, I’ve found it so difficult to find a pair of trainers that actually give me a pain free run. I didn’t get a gait analysis done, but I will if things don’t work out with the new trainers. I suffer terribly with my calf muscles in most trainers. It’s seems to be for me, the flatter the trainer, the better. In other words with little or no arch cushioning at all.

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grumpyoldgirlGraduate in reply to SarahBrown

Thanks for replying, I hope the new trainers work out ok. My calves aren't the problem for me, it's getting the heel support right. I'm going to have to do it properly I think.

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SarahBrownGraduate in reply to grumpyoldgirl

It’s strange how we all run differently isn’t it? Would be interesting to hear the outcome of the analysis if you do get it done. X

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Congrats on the PB. Shoes take a few runs to break in... were calf muscles an issue before?

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SarahBrownGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you!! Yes I have always had a problem with calf muscles with most of the trainers I have tried running in. The best ones for running, but probably not for impact, injury etc are an unbranded pair with absolutely no padding or cushioning whatsoever. I thought I’d change them as I am worried about injuring my joints. The Brooks feel good, but there is still some calf pain, although I have only tried them the once. Will that change with time?

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to SarahBrown

Have you tried foam rolling and stayed up on the hydration too? My calf muscles suffer if I’m thirsty!

I think you’ll find exactly what works for you over time.

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