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recommend runners -after completing couch to 5k.

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  • 27-06-2018 10:50pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 291 ✭✭


    Want to get a present of runners as a congrats for my brother.

    Could anyone recommend a pair, his situation is this

    -has lost some weight and has just completed the couch to 5k. He is doing the 5km in just under 29 minutes (in his own words "I know its slow but its very very fast compared to where I was 12 weeks ago" So he is happy out and not worried about times.)

    -he is happy to stay at the 5km jog for the moment

    - his route is just under 8km, so he walks for about 1/2 a km to warm up, does his 5km and then walks home.

    So what would be a good pair to buy him?

    (I moved this from the fitness forum, is it better here? Or is this more for serious runners? People doing sub 3 hour marathons etc. If so I can ask mods to move it. Thanks)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,238 ✭✭✭✭Burkie1203


    cathy427 wrote: »
    Want to get a present of runners as a congrats for my brother.

    Could anyone recommend a pair, his situation is this

    -has lost some weight and has just completed the couch to 5k. He is doing the 5km in just under 29 minutes (in his own words "I know its slow but its very very fast compared to where I was 12 weeks ago" So he is happy out and not worried about times.)

    -he is happy to stay at the 5km jog for the moment

    - his route is just under 8km, so he walks for about 1/2 a km to warm up, does his 5km and then walks home.

    So what would be a good pair to buy him?

    (I moved this from the fitness forum, is it better here? Or is this more for serious runners? People doing sub 3 hour marathons etc. If so I can ask mods to move it. Thanks)

    I bought a pair of asics stability and couldn't run in them. Bought a neutral pair (patriot 9) for 50 quid and they work for me.

    Hard to know as different types suit different people but your best bet would be a neutral pair IMO.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,685 ✭✭✭Darren 83


    Nice gesture, Maybe get him a voucher for Run Hub so he can get his gait properly done and get the pair of running shoes that will suit him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,080 ✭✭✭BeepBeep67


    cathy427 wrote: »
    Want to get a present of runners as a congrats for my brother.

    Could anyone recommend a pair, his situation is this

    -has lost some weight and has just completed the couch to 5k. He is doing the 5km in just under 29 minutes (in his own words "I know its slow but its very very fast compared to where I was 12 weeks ago" So he is happy out and not worried about times.)

    -he is happy to stay at the 5km jog for the moment

    - his route is just under 8km, so he walks for about 1/2 a km to warm up, does his 5km and then walks home.

    So what would be a good pair to buy him?

    (I moved this from the fitness forum, is it better here? Or is this more for serious runners? People doing sub 3 hour marathons etc. If so I can ask mods to move it. Thanks)

    No one here can advise you on what runner to get your brother.
    But as someone who is new to running getting this right is important, get him a voucher for a specialist shop as advised, this will go 100% towards the shoe.
    If he continues to run and becomes more efficient he should get this done again in about 1 year's time.
    After that he'll have a good idea what works for him and the interweb is his play ground.


  • Registered Users Posts: 291 ✭✭cathy427


    Thanks so much guys - (I appreciate now this type of jogger/walker is way below the level of this forum)

    I know what you are saying is right but he is not there yet. I know there is no way I will get him into a specialised sports shop, just the type of man he is (plus his confidence has taken a battering recently)
    No good saying its easy etc, he just wont do it.

    If it helps he tends to walk on the outside edge of shoes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,704 ✭✭✭✭RayCun


    Running shops are used to beginners coming in to get runners, they wouldn't be off-putting.

    Most beginners seem to start in a pair of Asics, if that helps? But he's more likely to find a pair he likes if he can try on a few different ones.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,238 ✭✭✭✭Burkie1203


    cathy427 wrote: »
    Thanks so much guys - (I appreciate now this type of jogger/walker is way below the level of this forum)

    I know what you are saying is right but he is not there yet. I know there is no way I will get him into a specialised sports shop, just the type of man he is (plus his confidence has taken a battering recently)
    No good saying its easy etc, he just wont do it.

    If it helps he tends to walk on the outside edge of shoes.

    Does he do parkrun?


  • Registered Users Posts: 291 ✭✭cathy427


    Burkie1203 wrote: »
    Does he do parkrun?

    No. He doesn't fancy running with a group at the moment.
    He likes the hour on his own.


  • Registered Users Posts: 528 ✭✭✭Easy Rider


    1. How much do you want to spend
    2. Would he also wear them casually?
    3. What does he wear right now?

    If he is new to running and a bit of a bigger guy maybe something like the Adidas ST ultraboost? They have good cushioning but also give a bit of stability too.

    https://www.adidas.ie/ultraboost-st-shoes/AC7586.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,020 ✭✭✭Kellygirl


    I think He’d need to try them on really. I know I go up a size or half size in some runners. Are you anywhere near Kildare Village? You can get good deals in the ASICS shop there.

    No need to apologize for asking the question on this forum. Everybody here started out at the beginning at some stage and a 29 min 5km is great.


  • Registered Users Posts: 291 ✭✭cathy427


    Easy Rider wrote: »
    1. How much do you want to spend
    2. Would he also wear them casually?
    3. What does he wear right now?

    If he is new to running and a bit of a bigger guy maybe something like the Adidas ST ultraboost? They have good cushioning but also give a bit of stability too.

    https://www.adidas.ie/ultraboost-st-shoes/AC7586.html

    1. Spend - what I have too in order to get a pair appropriate for his level. I was thinking up to €120 would be a decent budget for someone that is doing 24km to 32 km a week (ie approx 8km every second day and the odd rest day)

    2. No, his feet sweat a lot so just for the walk/jog

    3. No sure - pair he pulled out of back of press probably, if so could be from Dunnes! Think he also has a pair of Reebok "Pheehan" from a black friday few years ago.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,878 ✭✭✭✭arybvtcw0eolkf


    cathy427 wrote: »
    Thanks so much guys - (I appreciate now this type of jogger/walker is way below the level of this forum)

    I know what you are saying is right but he is not there yet. I know there is no way I will get him into a specialised sports shop, just the type of man he is (plus his confidence has taken a battering recently)
    No good saying its easy etc, he just wont do it.

    If it helps he tends to walk on the outside edge of shoes.

    Sometimes the forum can feel like many levels above the casual runner, I'm only running 18 months and like your brother I started with as a C25K jogger.

    Choosing running shoes, here's my take on it.

    My main sport is Judo. My level would be high enough, a black belt competitive level Judoka.

    My Judo gear costs upwards of €150 per suit, but at my level I need that and cheap suits just wouldn't cut it.

    When someone starts Judo I always advise them to buy what they can afford but not to go to the expense of competition level suits, simply because a beginner won't appreciate the finer differences between cheap and top of the line expensive.

    I apply the same thinking to buying training shoes.

    I'm sure I could break my weekly budget on a pair of shoes which to me wouldn't feel any different to a pair I'd buy on sale in Heatons.

    So my last shoes cost me about €50 (on sale) in Heatons. I bought a pair of New Balance 680v5 which got great reviews online (google is great when buying) and I bought a pair of Karrimor trail shoes.

    I've been running on both tarmac and trails (and beaches) in both, and they've both been brilliant, the Karrimor are super comfy.

    If I was thinking of something like a marathon I might
    consider having my gait checked. Until then and whilst most of my runs are 5-10k then I'll stick with my budget buys from Heatons.

    Re. what was said about Parkrun. I'm not trying to push it down your throat, but its a really great way to spend a Saturday morning. There's no pressure on anyone, its not a race.

    Before I started Parkrun I done a recce on a few local events before taking the leap and haven't looked back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,238 ✭✭✭✭Burkie1203


    cathy427 wrote: »
    No. He doesn't fancy running with a group at the moment.
    He likes the hour on his own.

    Suggest he does tailwalker at a local parkrun for a few weeks and he gets to see what it is about. Or even just walks a few. He will soon see he would be amongst like minded people


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