Up and running

3 01 2011

I went for that run in the end… and got lost. I ran through some ditches and roads with no paths but then managed to get back to civilisation! 7 miles in total and not bad for a first run back after Christmas.

The run however, did make me realise that my trusty Asics trainers have come to the end of the road. I heard somewhere that you should replace your trainers every year and my birthday is coming up… boom shackalacka!

I’ve been to some specialist running stores and I’m sure that people from my running club would lynch me for saying this, but I’ve been looking at what JJB are selling and not only have they improved the website dramatically to accommodate a range of running styles in a bid to keep up with the competition, the prices are also dramatically lower. I’ve found the pair that I currently have which originally cost approximately £70 now on sale for £27.49! I’m guessing that these are now classed as last season but I can testify that they’re excellent trainers and they have served me well.

If you’re looking to get on a health kick for the new year, I’ve selected some shoes from the JJB website designed for a variety of running styles: those who run neutral/supinate, those who over-pronate (like me) which requires extra stability in the shoe and there are also trainers for people who like to run cross country or on more rugged terrain. Just in case you don’t know about pronation, here’s a definition:

Pronation – is the inward (medial) roll of the foot and in particular the heel and and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism.

Overpronation – is when the feet roll inward too much.

Supination – also known as Underpronation, is the opposite to pronation where the feet don’t roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.

Depending on the extremity  to which you underpronate or overpronate, there is a risk of causing strain to other parts of the leg/foot which are trying to compensate. I know from experience that, being an over-pronator, you can get severe cramp/strain on the inner part of your foot. The shoes recommended below combat this by providing you with the stability and support to take the strain off all those compensating joints and muscles.

Cushioned shoes – for neutral runners or under-pronators who may have a high arch and/or a rigid foot

Asics Gel Kayano 16 Mens Running Trainers - was £119.99, now£59.99

Adidas Adistar Salvation 2 Mens Running Trainers - was £99.99, now £49.99

Nike Compete II Mens Running Trainers - £34.99

Shoes for stability: For over-pronators designed for maximum stability to the inner side of the foot.

Asics Gel Virage Structure Mens Running Trainers £59.99

Asics Gel 1150 Stability Mens Running Trainers - was £69.99, now £34.99

New Balance M849 Mens Running Trainers - was £54.99, now £34.99

All-terrain shoes: Rugged and suitable for runners who like to run cross country.

New Balance MT572 Outdoor Mens Running Trainers £39.99

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