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Hi all,

Just looking for some advice on running shoes. Up until now I have been relying on using 1 pair of road shoes for all types of races until they wear out and then get new ones but I'm thinking of diversifying a bit. As part of my Marathon training, I am going to start going to track on Tuesdays to build up some more speed. I also like to do alot of off road races. Is it worth getting track shoes and trail shoes in addition to my normal road shoes? And if I do need track shoes should I get the sprint, middle or long distance track shoes? Grateful for any advice anyone has. I spent about an hour in Run and Become last night but apart from new road shoes, I couldn't decide what I needed to get.



June 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterCalum Vennard

on the track I wear asics flat or luna glide, i'll wear these for a flat event less than 10k.
I always have at least 3 pairs of road trainers on the go.(to give the suspension of each to recver)
one pair of trail shoes for x-country.

June 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM | Unregistered Commenteralan s mann


It is really down to what works for you. Alan is right some shoes are not advisable to run longer distances in - but you will see people do it. I run shorter races in the brooks T7's and I wont wear them for more than 10km. But I've seen people do the Snowdon marathon in them ! (they must be nuts). I do like these but not convinced at my level I get much benefit perhaps the quicker boys see a benefit.

For the track ( I will come back soon) I do like wearing spikes as they work my calves more and I do have weaker calf musscels but note the first time you wear these the next day it is going to hurt so be careful - it hurts as you run on your toes far more. For me my spikes cost 20 quid from sports direct so its an expense I don't mind but I would not get 70 quid ones because I would not get a benefit and i'd rather spend the 50 quid on something else. They do help when it is rainy and frosty on the track you get the grip so that's why I've worn them. I cannot tell the difference between the different types I just have the nike cheap ones.. but would be interested in what others say on this..

In regard to the marathon , I do wear brooks green silence they were only 30 quid but now the new models are 85 quid... too much for me.. but i'm comfortable wearing these for the marathon. For a lighter shoe on your race day before you have considered if your body can handle 26.2 with that shoe so make sure you have run a half with those shoes. for my only marathon in racing flats I races a 1/2 marathon and ran a 5 mile warm down in the shoes so I knew I would be good in them for the marathon.

Now, one other thing I do is I have a "heavy" mega cushioned shoes that I wear for my slower runs so then when I switch to a tempo run I feel better..

what a ramble from me.. I'm also convinced part of it is in the mind and any shoe within reason will work its got to be 99% ability or more with a tiny bit shoes.. so i'd be far better focusing on eating less and better training !

June 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames Bruce

First up Calum, congratulations on your progress so far. Running can be fantastically exciting in the early days when you're trying to discover where your strengths lie. A lot depends on your attitude to the sport and how far you want to go. Like most things in life, you only get out of it what you put in.
In the current economic climate, money is tight, and for many, the cost of running shoes (in all their forms) is a major expense. Having said that, I would always see your footwear as an investiment rather than an expense. No one likes being injured, particularly if it's an avoidable injury like having the right footwear in the first place.
If you're serious about improving, the track is the place to go. It's intimidating, but if you made a list of world class distance runners who didn't run track, it would be very short. You might like to try running on the track in just trainers to start - but using spikes, I believe, makes it much easier. But it does take some getting used to. I would ask for middle or long distance spikes - but the advice you'll get in Run and Become is very sound.
I've never been an off road runner, but I am a believer in having the right tools for the job. I guess it depends also on which off road races you want to run. I wouldn't dream of specifically telling you which shoes to buy - ask the run and Become staff - it's their specialist field. The number of times I've had people ask me if I'd recommend the shoes I'd wear to them would run into hundreds. Never buy a shoe just because someone else wears it. We are all different.
It may not be the answer you wanted to hear - but it's the most honest one I can give!
This is a long term voyage of self-discovery for all of us - and you'll never stop learning.

June 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterMick McGeoch

Hi Calum
Keep an eye out in Sports Direct , they have some great bargains as do mandmdirect.com. Off road shoes are a must for some of the trail/off road races if you are considering doing these, and you can pick these up reasonably if you keep a look out. I tend to wear off road for road races too as a lot of then are still very cushioned and for some reason I find them more comfortable, but not all of them are suitable / comfortable for road . In agreement with the more experienced runner comments on here, you have to experiment, and I find this is easier when the trainers don't cost the earth! Your shoes will also last longer if you have a few pairs to alternate, so in the long run doesn't work out more expensive. I don't run track so can't comment. Good luck!

June 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated.

June 25, 2013 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterCalum Vennard