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Question about running shoes

  • 28-03-2009 4:42pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭


    Hello,

    I've decided to take up some light running. Maybe 2 miles everyday. It's to help alleviate my insomnia. I reckon I don't get enough exercise, possibly I need to burn off energy and my sleeping problem will go away.

    I was told other than starting slowly the only other thing I need is some fitted runners from a specialist. Apparently a pair from Foot Locker or Champion will end up causing me injury.

    However I have Googled and can't find any shops in Dublin. I did come across a boards thread where Sportsworld, Terenure was recommended. Albeit there was an admittance they weren't a true specialist just a cut above the Sports franchises. I also emailed CourtClinic.ie but got no reply.

    I'm a beginner and not familiar with the scene. Could someone offer me recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Séan.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,471 ✭✭✭Peckham


    Runaways on Parnell Street, or Amphibian King in Bray would be good options.


  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭Dev 17


    Thanks for the Runways suggestion it's exactly what I'm looking for. I appreciate that Peckham. :D

    -Séan.


  • Registered Users Posts: 859 ✭✭✭911sc


    I prefer the way the gait analysis is done in Runways (on thread mill) rather than on a very very short track (AmphibianKing).
    Don't know if it make a difference on the analysis itself, but i felt more comfortable on the thread mill. Simply because you can get running for as long as you want at different controlled speed as see how you foot hit the ground.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,482 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    911sc wrote: »
    I prefer the way the gait analysis is done in Runways (on thread mill) rather than on a very very short track (AmphibianKing).
    Don't know if it make a difference on the analysis itself, but i felt more comfortable on the thread mill. Simply because you can get running for as long as you want at different controlled speed as see how you foot hit the ground.
    Do they let you take the shoes for a spin up the road? That's what I like about AK. I took a pair, then a second pair, then a mix of both pairs (left from one, right from the other) a mile up the road from the shop. Just as well I found a pair that suited me quickly, or I'd be knackered. I have never been to Runways, so nothing to compare it to, but every time I come back from AK, I end up singing their praises.


  • Registered Users Posts: 859 ✭✭✭911sc


    Do they let you take the shoes for a spin up the road?
    yes, they do as well...unless you wear a track suit and a hoodie:rolleyes:
    But you obviously loose the video along the way.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 588 ✭✭✭Dev 17


    911sc wrote: »
    yes, they do as well...unless you wear a track suit and a hoodie:rolleyes:

    I would imagine most people entering AK would be wearing sports gear but I get what your saying i.e. a Celtic jersey and brown paper bag wouldn't convey an air of trustworthiness.

    I checked out the two websites and AK seems to be a little cheaper and a wider range. Anywhere from €1-20 on each pair of shoes and probably 50% more shoes. Runway is in a more convenient location. I will probably stick with Runway, I'm sure they're competent and I'm only a beginner and besides I would probably have to pay at least €10 to get to Bray.

    Thanks again guys, anyone have any negative experiences of these two places?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,482 ✭✭✭✭Krusty_Clown


    Dev 17 wrote: »
    Thanks again guys, anyone have any negative experiences of these two places?
    They're both highly recommended around these parts.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27 Quality Feet


    They're both highly recommended around these parts.

    AK give you a tenner off your second and any subsequent purchase as a kind of loyalty bonus, which is a nice touch


  • Registered Users Posts: 954 ✭✭✭W.B. Yeats


    What's Mick Dowling's Sportsworld like in Ternure? I always thought they were good for footwear


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,523 ✭✭✭spurscormac


    Anyone know of somewhere to get this done in the Galway region?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 466 ✭✭thirstywork


    Elvery sports are doing it now in retail park...


  • Registered Users Posts: 104 ✭✭Paddyontherun


    Try the link belo, Shop is in Birr. Not a million miles from Galway

    http://www.gksports.ie/


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,523 ✭✭✭spurscormac


    Thanks for the responses folks.

    On Elvery's, I've dropped in a couple of times lately to see what they have in stock, never noticed any info on them doing a gait analysis, will just have to ask next time I'm in. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 140 ✭✭crackity_jones


    Hi everyone,

    Apologies if this should go somewhere else but I figure the best place to ask a question about running shoes is in the running/athletics forum.

    Looking to pick up a new pair of runners and the Asics Kayano 15s have caught my eye. Heard lots of good things about them. What I would like to know is it common practise to go for a shoe that is a size, or maybe half size, bigger than what one might wear day to day?

    I only ask this as, on occasion, my last pair (a size 9) would get quite tight and sore when I would be on a long(ish) run. I take a 9 in most any footwear but maybe a 9.5 would be a smart move.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    CJ


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 138 ✭✭Lemon


    Hi everyone,

    Apologies if this should go somewhere else but I figure the best place to ask a question about running shoes is in the running/athletics forum.

    Looking to pick up a new pair of runners and the Asics Kayano 15s have caught my eye. Heard lots of good things about them. What I would like to know is it common practise to go for a shoe that is a size, or maybe half size, bigger than what one might wear day to day?

    I only ask this as, on occasion, my last pair (a size 9) would get quite tight and sore when I would be on a long(ish) run. I take a 9 in most any footwear but maybe a 9.5 would be a smart move.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    CJ

    Are you a Pixies fan by any chance?;)

    Both my physio and the guy who did my gait analysis recommended a half size extra for my trainers...Much more comfortable for me anyway...depends on the shoe and the fit...would definitely recommend going to a specialist store like Runways or Amphibian King for Gait Analysis anyway..
    Lemon


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,523 ✭✭✭spurscormac


    Called in to Elvery's on Wed afternoon. They did a quick analysis, 5-10 minutes.
    I know its probably not the most complete one you can get, but here's how it went...

    Gave me white socks to wear & got me onto the treadmill to run for about 20-30 secs at a good pace.
    Then he slowed down the video and explained the motion of my feet landing on the surface. He seemed to know what he was talking about & showed the slight over-pronation I have in both feet, right slightly less than the left.
    He also monitored the lift off on my toes and reckoned I was good there, pretty straight foot without a lean to either side.

    Then he advised me on shoes, told me my old 2110s were a good shoe, not to go near the ones without the stiffer support on the inside, and if buying new ones, recommended the 2140s or 1140s, or similar in adidas or Nike. He wasn't pushy at all and the fact that he told me I didn't need to go the whole hog with the top of the range gave me more confidence in the whole thing.

    If you haven't had analysis before, and are just a 5-10k recreational runner like me, then I reckon its worth having done.
    If you're more serious about your running, then you've probably already had analysis or if not, its probably worth your while getting a more complete job done.


  • Registered Users Posts: 140 ✭✭crackity_jones


    Lemon wrote: »
    Are you a Pixies fan by any chance?;)

    Yeah, you got me there. I suppose I was listening to Doolittle when I was setting up the Boards account.

    Thanks for the advice. Much like spurscormac I'm more a recreational runner and will rarely run more than 10K. I ended up getting those Asics Kayanos 15s (found a good deal online) a half size larger. They fit well and the extra little bit of room around the toes should help.

    I might pop into Elvery's and do that analysis all the same. Good to know what my gait is although I suspect I'm a mild pronator.

    Thanks again.


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