The running is slowly (very slowly) beginning to improve so I thought it might be time for a new pair of trainers…
The obvious choice for running gear in Chichester is our lovely supporters, iRun. I am always horrifically intimidated by running shops, or any kind of sporting shop to be honest, but this was an entirely different experience.
Once I had explained what I was looking for (I have no idea, a shoe I can run in?) and made clear that I wanted something dark, that wouldn’t draw attention to me and my attempts at running in public, I was on the treadmill for a gait test. A warning for anyone as unprepared for this as I was, there was a lot of running involved so don’t go on a full stomach and wear a spots bra!
Anyway, it was fascinating being able to watch footage of my feet running as you can really study your technique. My feet / ankles seemed to turn inwards so I was advised to go for a supportive trainer. The lovely sales assistant picked out 3 pairs, which I tried on, ran around for a bit and filmed myself in to see if they fixed my ankle/feet issues.
Once we had decided on the type of shoe, being a typical girl, I asked if they had them in any different styles as I wasn’t very taken with them. 5 minutes later he opened a new box with a sheepish look on his face, saying that he wasn’t sure I would like them as they might be a little bright… One look and I was sold. The hot pink Asics were mine!
Thank you iRun for your great shoe, sock and running advice, for putting up with my awkward giggling and bad running and for completely ignoring me when I explained the kind of shoe I thought I wanted. They make me smile whenever I catch sight of my feet on a long run.
The excitement over my bouncy new shoes lasted until about 1k into my first run, when I realised with severe disappointment that they were not magic shoes and that training for the half was still going to really really hurt.
Chi Half Beginners Blog
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