When I became a runner I found my eyes drawn to people’s feet to check out their trainers. A similar thing happened when I was shopping for my first pushchair. Suddenly they’re everywhere and you become acutely aware of the diversity; the colours, the models and the matching accessories. The choice can feel overwhelming.
There’s lots of advice on-line about how to choose the right trainers. My biggest tip is to go to a shop with a treadmill and an experienced fitter. I’ve had all my trainers from The Runners Centre in Lancaster. They’ve been spot on every time finding just the right fit for me. I get quite attached to my running shoes. I rely on them, we cover many miles and see great things together. I hate getting rid of them, I get every mile I can out of them and even then they end up in the cupboard under the stairs for a few months before I can part with them. I’m soppy I know!
At the moment I’m wearing Inov8 Roclite 275GTX for my trail running. They’re very light yet sturdy. They’re a good shoe for a mix of terrain so I can run a bit on the road and then hop on to the fields and footpaths. They’re cut low at the ankle which suits my feet and best of all they have a Gore Tex lining so my feet are ALWAYS dry. I head out with my dog across muddy fields and hose down both the dog and my shoes when we get back. Shoes come up great and socks remain dry- perfect.
For my road runs. I’m sporting this well used pair!
My trusty Saucony Pro-grid Ride 5s. An old model, this is my third pair! I love them. My feet feel at home in them as soon as I put them on. I’ve never had a blister. With the miles I cover I usually get a years running out of them which is pretty impressive. I find if I start to get twinges in my knees or hips it’s usually a sign my shoes need replacing. Looking at these I think i’ll be off on a shopping trip pretty soon. I just want to run the Mallorca Women’s 261 Marathon in them, they’ve done the training I think they deserve to do the race! I might treat myself to a new pair in time for London!
Are you as sentimental as me about your running shoes? What’s on your feet? Do share…..