Since I last blogged, I have really got into running again! It started with parkrun (not done one yet? find your local event here ), and then the East Farm Frolic!
So now I have signed up for the Great South Run - the world's biggest 10 mile run. As it is in Portsmouth, which is local to me, I am getting plenty of opportunity to train on most of the course, and with the weather being so nice - no need for my eGlove Run Gloves yet!! - I am plodding out the miles.
As a result, I needed new shoes. I've always been an Asics 21xx range fan, but fancied a change. I searched online, looking for suitable alternatives, but to be honest the options were enormous and I am never confident about sizing... So, one #ukrunchat hour (Twitter, 8-9pm Sunday and Wednesday night) I got chatting to Nick Carter at Absolute Running in Gosport who bribed me to come in for a fitting with a promise of coffee... Well, who was I to refuse...
So, off I went to see what my options were. Nick got me to walk and asked a few questions, then pulled out a few different shoes and sizes. I tried all of them on the treadmill and we were able to shortlist and discard options as appropriate. In then end, I knew immediately what was best for me - Saucony Hurricane 2's - so I brought them, and I am loving them!
Local run stores aren't as cheap as online, that is often true - although Nick offers a 2 week no quibble return on shoes (in case you don't get on with them), and an online store is unlikely to be so flexible! That's not the point though - I would never have chosen these online, so I would never have found a shoe that is more comfortable than anything I have worn before!!
So, 2 learnings: 1) Get running shoes properly assessed so they are right for you and 2) buy local - you can't beat the service!