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#1 Johnny_Ham

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 11:31 PM

Have been trying to lose the beef and improve fitness since February. I'm in a competition with my pal with July being the final weigh-in.

Today I did my first ever 5K and wondered if anyone else on here is a runner and could give any tips about reasonable priced running shoes, form when running etc. I managed to get to almost 4.5K before walking/light jogging the rest of the way. Finished in 30 mins 17sec which I'm happy with as a starting point.

Also, is anyone registered with Parkrun? Was really impressed with the organisation at this morning's run - very friendly and enthusiastic bunch - making you forget that you have only just beaten a dog-walker and an 80 year old man.

If you are interested in doing some running check them out: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

#2 naked fitba

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

which city did you do your Parkrun in? Done mine mainly in Bristol but think it's a brilliant idea and setup

Get yourself checked for trainers at a running specialist shop.And be prepared to pay a bit for trainers that suit/help you.

Then when you are looking to replace them you can probably find the exact same pair online and for cheaper.
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#3 Lamia

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:11 AM

Yeah you really should go to a specialist running shop because the shoes you need will depend on your running style. I have great problmes getting shoes that work for me even going to specialist shops!

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#4 Grumpyauldgit

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:45 AM

Park Run, is that the thing happening at Bellahouston today, shutting off quite a lot of roads, meaning I will have to go on a magical mystery tour, getting to my work.
If so I hope it rains all day, and all these "Fit" kvnts get soaked.
I Would moan for longer, but I now have to go and try to find a way of getting to my work.
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#5 Deedee

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:48 AM

It`s the woman`s 10k this morning at Bellahouston.
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#6 Pool Q

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:02 AM

I do the Edinburgh parkrun most Saturday mornings, run along the shore at Crammond/Silverknowes. Friendly bunch and good fun, all organised by volunteers, I'm scheduled to do my first turn as a steward next week.

Edited by Pool Q, 13 May 2012 - 10:02 AM.

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#7 Charlie Endell

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:15 PM

which city did you do your Parkrun in? Done mine mainly in Bristol but think it's a brilliant idea and setup

Get yourself checked for trainers at a running specialist shop.And be prepared to pay a bit for trainers that suit/help you.

Then when you are looking to replace them you can probably find the exact same pair online and for cheaper.

Yeah you really should go to a specialist running shop because the shoes you need will depend on your running style. I have great problmes getting shoes that work for me even going to specialist shops!

Sound advice. I used to think getting 'fitted' at a specialist shop was a con - until my cartilage went - mind you, I'd been jogging / running for 15 years by then.

Edited by Charlie Endell, 13 May 2012 - 07:16 PM.

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#8 J o h n

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:18 PM

Can anyone recommend a good shop to go to to get fitted for running shoes in either Edinburgh or Glasgow? The only one I know of is "Run 4 It" on Lothian Road.

#9 Charlie Endell

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:21 PM

Can anyone recommend a good shop to go to to get fitted for running shoes in either Edinburgh or Glasgow? The only one I know of is "Run 4 It" on Lothian Road.

I bought my last pair from Run 4 It in Glasgow - would recommend them - very thorough. Had to run barefoot on a treadmill while they filmed my running motion - then slowed it down to see the correction needed - then tried a couple of pairs of trainers on the treadmill until found a pair that corrected my pronation.
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#10 Deedee

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:57 PM

Achilles Heel on Great Western Road http://www.achillesheel.co.uk/
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#11 GrantP

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:58 PM

Run 4 it are good. Not cheapest but they are thorough and do things properly in my opinion.

Plus once you have been properly evaluated you can buy future pairs online saving you a bob or two.
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#12 Deedee

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:57 PM

if you buy Asics shoes, they bring out the new ranges in May and November. So you can get the old range cheaper if you wait till then, and they`re more or less the same. I almost got a pair in run4it and the lass in Achilles Heel told me about it and let me have the same pair with 20% off as the new ones were just about to come out.
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#13 Johnny_Ham

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:19 PM

Many thanks for the replies and advice.

I will definitely look for a specialist running shop before purchasing new trainers.

My home Parkrun is Cambridge - unfortunately it's on the other side of the city from me but I'm determined to keep going and improve my time.