Running: How to get Started, “Ok, so I know why I am doing it, what next?”


Ok, so I know why I am doing it, what next?….

Next up will probably be getting some running gear if you don’t have any already. I would say that depending on what you’re going to do, don’t worry about spending a load of cash on tops, shorts etc. I started out with some running stuff from Sports Direct, nice and cheap and pretty functional.

Now the next thing you will need is trainers;

Choosing a pair of trainers is an important step and while you can be lucky and find the perfect pair of shoes on your first try (a guy I run with picked up a pair of Adidas Kanadia and they were perfect for him, now he is on his third or fourth pair and has no desire to change to another brand/style) it may take a bit more effort than just hitting an online store and clicking add to basket.

What I would suggest is heading down to a running shop, preferably in the afternoon as your feet swell throughout the day and getting a fitting in the afternoon will ensure the sizing is right. Once there it is a case of getting your gait analysed by one of the staff, usually they will get you running on a treadmill and video how you run. I would then expect the member of staff to ask the following questions:

  • How much running experience, if any, do you have?
  • How many miles a week do you run?
  • What type of surface do you run on?

What they should then do is give an explanation of your gait and the type of pronation that you have (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_type for more detail) . Usually if you have your gait checked in this way and buy a pair of trainers you can take them away and give them some test runs (on a treadmill) and if they don’t work out take them back (check this at the store and if they don’t offer this then I would try to find another store to get the analysis done)

Lastly don’t be led to believe that you have to spend £100’s to get a decent pair of shoes, mine were £35.00, the afore-mentioned Adidas were about £40.00 so it doesn’t have to break the bank to find some trainers you like.

It may seem like a lot of effort, but trust me finding a pair of trainers that work for you is worth the effort and you will notice the benefits as the mileage starts increasing.

I myself run  in a minimal pair of trainers with a low heel to toe drop of about 4mm, which has worked for me and thus far I have managed to avoid any real niggles.

My NB MT110 trail running shoes
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