All posts tagged: run2work

Recently I have really gotten into running off road, or trail running as it is called. Just started to have enough of the normal running routes I do and also the fact the pavement when running is a complete arse, the way it slopes or is uneven or just people walking so have to go pass them in the road is not overall great.

As I live not too far from the countryside I thought I would expand my running on to some of the MTB routes that I do and I have been able to turn this little off road jaunt into a 11km run with recently missing my PB for 10k whilst being off road to which I am really happy with my progress.

The route I go is 90% off road with some road/pavement parts to help join it up, its not an easy route with a couple of long and steep hills thrown in to get the legs fired up, but I do seem to be making good time and progress with the attitude of not giving in I have been able to really push myself and get my body used to this.

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As you can see the from the above it’s a nice little run very local to me with out losing family time! Let me know what your runs are like compared to this as I am sure its not the hardest but first thing, when I do most of my running its a good little tester.

With the internet the ability to quickly find something out is only a short tap away.

Type “running enter what you will here” and you will have more results than you know what to do with. So it is key to try and find the most relevant parts to the search results for you, this can be hard and can end up trawling the results for some hours without too much, again everyone is different so reading as much as you can always helps.

I have found that YouTube has been very good in not only reviews but also techniques to be used when running, warming up or down and eating.

One of the better ones I have been viewing is the Running Wild by 2 people who seem to be able to convey things very well for a newbie like me anyway.

Running Wild YouTube Channel

One for reviews who is very good and has a good following is DC Rainmaker who does some excellent reviews of equipment he uses, allowing you to compare different makes/models and also allows other to comment on their experiences.

Lastly for reviews on running shoes etc it has to be Running Shoe Guru who has a nice site which allows you to find the correct shoes based on experience of a user.

Go and give them a look, I am not affiliated with them just find that they really do help a newbie.

Yup you have guessed I decided with a deal available to get some road running specific trainers.

Can you guess what brand I went for? Yup Asics, I went for the Gel-Nimbus 16 in the Blue colourway. (They match my socks)

After having my Gait analysed I have been looking and looking and looking at multiple pairs and comparing and watching the prices, Wiggle had a deal on again so I went and chose the above pair at a reduced rate.

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They seemed to be a little tighter than the previous pair but thought they would break in a little and I really didn’t want a pair of trainers that would end up being too big so stuck with these 9’s and not the 9.5’s.

Now with over 10 miles in and they feel very nice indeed, just right in fact odd how these felt different from the Fuji’s that I had purchased, albeit second hand off eBay, but didn’t think that 2 9’s from the same company would differ. Anyway my running feels better and they feel a lot more surefooted than the Fuji’s when the surface is damp which does help to build confidence but its not missed placed. The laces a little shorter than the Fuji’s but they do lace up well and feel very supportive.

Overall I am happy with them as my first proper pair of running shoes, I can only imagine what the top of the range 17’s are like?!

Been looking into running a bit more and bought a few magazines now, also some are available on my Android tablet with a 30 day free trail ( if you time it right you can get 2 months worth free).

So I had Trail Runner and Runners World UK 2 very good magazines and I have been able to learn a great deal from these.

One of the articles in RWUK happened to mention about a movement of #run2work day.

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They are trying to get a government scheme whereby you could get a similar voucher to the Cycle 2 Work, where by you would be able to purchase running equipment (shoes, top and bottoms) whilst also making sure there is facilities to allow you to get changed, most places have a shower or similar area to allow you to get changed. I did sign up to the petition but be warned I did get a lot mail about other petitions, must of missed the tick box on that one.

I think this is a good idea and with that in mind I created a Facebook page – My movement Ipswich/Suffolk   So if you are local then please join the group and share your experiences.

They say about running to work on a Thursday but no reason why you can’t run when ever you wanted to, some I know run to work and then bus or lift home and vesa versa. Just do it how ever it best fits you, I do run to and from work but it does take it out of you.

I often scan eBay for cycling and running bits and pieces, sometimes also anything in between.

So this time I ended up purchasing Runners World UK magazine and their running book. Magazine was cheap so was happy about that and also seems to have a subscribers cover, the book was also cheaper than purchasing new so again happy about this.

I have been able to have a read of both with the book being very helpful. So if you are happy to wait a little longer for a good running read then eBay is a safe bet to go to for this.

So now with a month under my belt of running and having spoken to a couple of colleagues they had advised that there was a Sweatshop local to us whereby you could have your running analysed so I could chose the right shoes for my running style.

I phoned before hand and had a bit of time in lieu so decided to venture there after work as they said they are not overly busy.

Arriving I was greeted with a normal ‘Hi how are you’ which is when I told them I would like to have my Gait analysed and the assistant was only too happy to help, first off I was asked to take off my shoes and socks and then stand on what looked liked a glass topped box, this then came alive with a green glow which could then tell the assistant what type of arch I had on my feet. Turns out my left foot has a lower arch than my right. Not too worry as I could have insoles at a no cost to try, so I did and short story didn’t really notice the difference nor warranted the cost of them. I had done the wet foot test and didn’t really see much difference between the 2.

From Asics website.

Next step was to try some normal pronation trainers and then do a little run on the treadmill, there is a camera that videos your time on the treadmill with then some software allows them to slow down the footage and play around with it to find how your natural style of running is, whether that is Neutral, Under Pronation or Over Pronation, this then determines the type of footwear you can purchase which will help your running. I never knew that there was different types and was a little glad in going and whilst finding out I was neutral I think the experience was worth it.

Now the hunt is on for some new trainers, that are tarmac and neutral specific, only time and money will tell.