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Two Pairs???



So as promised when I fell out with Parkrun …. I got my second pair of trainers!!! I decided not to mix it up and just upgraded to the newer version of my current slippers …. The mizuno wave nirvana 9! They are LUSH! Comfy, perfect fit and PINK! I immediately fell in love!

However …….

Last Sunday I decided to keep to my old ones to do my scheduled 12 miles as I figured the new ones needed breaking in! The result …… A very painful poorly left hip! Every stride on mondays recovery run left me close to tears – a pain I knew all too well when training for Bournmouth and was told I was wearing the wrong trainers …. So I decided to inspect my slippers ……


Both look like this ….. Completely worn down the outside of the forefoot! I then calculated ….. They have around 400 – 450 miles on them!

The hip ……

The best advice anyone ever gave me …. Take care of the niggles …. Or else niggles turn to injury …. And injury means NO RUNNING!!

I stretched, I heat rubbed, I stretched, I iced, I stretched!!! Now I do not recommend anyone follow my advice as different treatments work different for everyone …. But it worked!

I had a lovely 9:30 per mile club run last night with no hip pain – in the new trainers!!

Now whether it was the stretching, or the extra day rest OR the new trainers I can’t be quite sure!!!

BUT ……

I am not willing to risk the poorly hip again on the account of my shoes …. So I am back to only one pair! So as I send my old comfy slippers to trainer heaven … I just hope my lovely new ones live up!!!

So my promise to review the need for 2 pairs of trainer is still a promise ….. I just need to save up again for my 2nd 2nd pair!!



How many pairs of shoes


Today’s question ….How many pairs of trainers does one girl need??

So like a lot of woman …. I love shoes! I am not saying I can walk in many of them (and some i swear i only bought to decorate the wardrobe) and my most favourite set if footwear is my slippers! But I have seen many magazine articles and tweet advice saying have more than one pair of trainers! In fact I have running friends who own more than 2 …. 1 for the car, 1 for home, 1 for the office , trail shows, cross country spike, track spikes…. And so it goes on!!

ME? …… I have my favourite pair of pink and black mizunos, trail shoes and only recently did hubby buy me some cross country spikes! But the latter 2 only get dragged out once in a blue moon (and for those that read parkrun blues on Saturday … The trail shoes may be out this weekend)! But my road shoes are close in the ratings to my slippers … I love them! When I put them on its like my legs become bouncy and springlike and I’m ready for out the door!! But not only do I love them …. They were expensive and I can’t imagine the bank manager would love me too much if I bought two pairs every time!!

here comes the “however”……

This weekend …. Muddy/wet parkrun on Saturday + a disorganised me = forgetting to dry out the shoes I love 2nd best In the world!

Early Sunday morning facing 10 miles of frosty weather …. I did NOT want to be putting my feet in wet cold shoes!!

lightbulb moment!! my old pair of trainers that were changed way to early (because I fancied a pink pair) were “decorating” The bottom of my wardrobe! I dug them out and had an amazing run! Not that I put that down to the shoes but they certainly saved the day … Feet were warm and dry!!

Today I saw a tweet on marathon advice … “Have 2 pairs of trainers and alternate”! I also listen to the marathontalk podcast that said recently “love your trainers before a race … Treat them to the airing cupboard”

I’m still not too sure on the exact science behind that theory! My theory was “if I only have one pair then I will just need new ones quicker”. But having 2 pairs – definately made my feet happier this week! And my next experiment in this marathon training …. Alternate between 2 pairs of trainers … And see if if helps! Ill update you as I go!