SHOES, SHOES, SHOES

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I've heard it said so many times by Bootnecks but it's so bloody true. You have to get yourself a decent pair of running shoes!!

I had a torn knee ligament (not cruciate thank goodness), not a bad tear - i could still walk, but bad enough to mess up your running training. Because i'd aggravated it so much before it was diagnosed (ie kept running on it because i didn't understand what it was) it took ages to get better but an investment in running shoes really helped.

Before, i was running in football trainers and every time i tried to come back to running, i could feel the knee burning after ~2k. Stop then and it might be back to normal...in 2 days, carry on and it could be a week!! I was getting really frustrated having given loads of rest and trained on the pathetic cross trainer machines (which in my opinion are made for people with injuries)/bike machines with no problem. But as soon as i was back on that treadmill i was in trouble again. Anyway after a bit more rest and switching to some swanky Reebok Roadrunner things (£35) i've never felt the thing since. I can't believe the difference, you can tell the difference even after one running step, so much more support. Even running in combat boots (although not as comfortable obviously) the knee never flared up.

Bottom line is some of the trainers they knock out are absolute kack. :!: Being injured really makes you appreciate things like this. I just thought this subject should have its own thread because its so important - you have alot of time to think about things like trainers when you're sitting on your arse injured! :wink:
 

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Just a quick note - if anyone is looking for running shoes, you want to be looking at ones from 'New Balance'. They don't cost the earth (£40) and they are proper running shoes unlike most of this brand name stuff.
 

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Just a quick note - if anyone is looking for running shoes, you want to be looking at ones from 'New Balance'. They don't cost the earth (£40) and they are proper running shoes unlike most of this brand name stuff.
agree, new balance are a good running shoe, Nike do some really good ones too though like the Airspan4+ and the Pegasus! good running trainers makes such a difference
 

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Although I agree with you about the fact that trainers are important. If they were REALLY important though wouldnt the AFCO tell you to get some? mine didnt anyway.
 

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Not to come across as an insult or anything Rob, but for most people that dedicate there lives to running and the Marines, should generally know the importance of good shoes. So I wouldn't expect them to tell you. It would be like them giving you an eating plan when you sign up.
 

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Just bought some New Balance shoes. Ill let you know how I get on with them when they arrive :D
 

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Hi,

I got a pair of nike air cesium to try help with my shin pain. They are very comfortable to run in. Im not sure if they helped as I also had a period of rest and I did some strenghting of my calf muscles etc. I ordered mine off the internet after doing alot of research they were a good price too. I got them from www.peteblandsports.co.uk I found the site after doing a google search.
 

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Ty said:
Not to come across as an insult or anything Rob, but for most people that dedicate there lives to running and the Marines, should generally know the importance of good shoes. So I wouldn't expect them to tell you. It would be like them giving you an eating plan when you sign up.
I dont know if youve been to an AFCO since you live in Canada, but mine did give me a basic eating plan. They said nothing about a particular running shoe otherwise id of got them.
I did say in my post that I agreed that trainers were important. I know first hand since Ive got/had shin splints.

To be honest I dont know whether you can rely on trainers all the time when running, since you do alot of your training wearing boots.
 

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yea i use new balance. I had knee problems beforehand but now they are not as bad
 

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Hi Guys,

Firstly I'm not saying the New Balance brands is not good because they are, but its not the Name/Brand of running shoes that make the difference ... its weather they suit YOUR running style!
The only way to do this, is have whats known as a 'Gait analysis' done, which involves you running on a treadmill for 20/30 secs whilst having your foot strike (i.e. the impact of your foot strilking the treadmill) pattern recorded. This then needs to be reviewed to check your running style which can be one off several (Under pronation, Neutral, Mild overpronation etc ...) then once you know your running style then you can pick any number of brands that do running shoes that will benefit you!

I was running in a pair of supposed Nike running shoes which ever time i ran in them gave me pains in my shins. So went to a proper running shop, done a Gait Ananlysis, ended up buying a pair or running shoes that suited my style (mild overpronator, which means a mild stabilty shoe) and hey presto - NO MORE PAIN (ended up buying a pair of Mizuno shoes but had a pick across a variety of brands)

So remember guys its worth while checking this out as your feet are important to you ! You can get a Gait analysis done at any good specialist running shop - forget JJB, Footlocker etc ...

Hope this helps,

Steve.
 

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do they do it all over the country?
 

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Rob said:
do they do it all over the country?
Yes rob, anywhere there is a proper/specialist running shop you should be able to get it done mate!

This the webiste for the shop where i got it done, the shop was called 'Up & Running' - http://www.upandrunning.co.uk/shops/index.php

The link above gives you a list of all the shops they have in different areas throughout the UK, but as i said any proper running shop should be able to help you out.

Hope that helps mate.
 

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yeah nice one :) when I get the all clear and can start running again ill av to purchase some.
 

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Hey, i'm currently running in a pair of Nike MaxAir, are they any good? they cost me about £50 from JJB about 2 months ago, but since i started running i am getting some pain which never really thought about until now. I might pop into a proper running shop and get myself on 1 of those machines, any advice? cheers.
 

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Mason,

You have a photo or link to what they look like?

Nike do have a lot of good running shoes but you'd rather stick with something with a proper cushioned sole, rather than a fancy air bubble. Air is Nike's form of cushioning but in the good ones, usually if there is air support, it's concealed in the midsole rather than on show like an air max or fashion shoe.
 

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i went into a specialist shop sunday and they told me that my feet over pronate and showed me a section of running shoes that will correct my flat feet and over pronation, he ordered me a pair which im going to test when he rings :)
 
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