Sunday, 10 June 2012

Trainers - I need new ones.

Just what it says on the tin - I need new trainers.

But I am like a WAG who's hubby has been relegated to GM Vauxhall Conference, I have no loyalty.  I have my preferences sure, but nothing that I wouldn't drop quicker than house prices in 2008 for a freebie or a sale.  I'm as deep as a puddle.

For anyone who has seen me running, the above may help explain why I may be seen wearing running t-shirts either emblazoned with holes or dates such as 1995 a 1997 on them. Why? Because I don't care.

I am the first to admit that some of these items should be laid to rest at the bottom of a bin (they are not worthy of a charity shop). But much like Tom Hanks and Wilson (the volleyball) in Cast Away I have grown worryingly attached to such manky material items. In particular my long sleeved 1997 National Cross Country t-shirt.  Picture below.

ANYWAY Trainers! So here is my shortlist:

Brooks, never tried Brooks but these seem suited to me. I was sold on the quote "the first choice for medium heavy to heavy runners." I feel that's me.  Most of the potholes in Glasgow City Centre are not actually from cars, but from my heavy heel strike running style.

Saucony, one of my "preferences". These Jazz Grid's were my feet's sole mates But 2 weeks before the Highland Fling last year in a hasty moment of taper craziness (obviously trying to fill my time), I put them in the washing machine and they shrunk and burst.  Leaving me 2 weeks to find a suitable replacement for my heart broken feet and break them in for a 53 mile race. If anyone can find these shoes online in UK Size 5 PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.
Saucony Jazz 6000 On and Off Road Running Shoes

Inov8, I fall. A lot. And I hear these have great grip, but I am concerned that there may not be enough cushioning for my "medium heavy to heavy" running style. Sure I shouldn't buy cushioning and go minimalist blah blah. But sometimes you want cushioning, it's as simple as that. I want it.


That leads me to Hokas. Honestly, I am concerned I will fall madly in love with these shoes and forever more be looking for shoes that effectively have 2 soles. As they are so different from the traditional running shoes, I don't want to be dependant on one brand. Independent woman and all that. Do you think you can ever go back to normal shoes after Hokas? Still deciding whether I want to test this out.

And finally Nike, who hasn't owned a pair of Nikes at some point in their life? Really who? Having previously owned and loving the classic Pegasus, these trail version have got some serious appeal. Plus they have the best colours out of them all, personally.

Hmmm pickler. How to pick? Eeny meeny miny mo?

Stayed at Balmaha this weekend, no running, drinking only. Next weekend I have my friend Craig's wedding on Friday.  Wedding No.2 of 8 this year. Planning on sorting out my hangover with my friend Daniella for a 15 mile run on the River Ayr Way Race (RAW) route on Saturday. She's a newbie and this will be her first run over 11 miles. Not entirely sure of logistics or where on the course we are actually going to cover... but that's the plan so far!


  1. Enjoying the new blog.

    New trainers always give a boost to training, especially when on the comeback trail. No better motivator than some nice shiny shoes which you need to muck up.

    What about my go-to trail shoes; Salomon Speed Cross. Best shoe ever made!

    1. Thank Dave, enjoying yours aswell. Good to see there is light at the end of the injury tunnel! Misery loves company :)

      Never tried Salomon, but I was actually looking into the ladies trail shoes. Just after my post I saw someone (Fiona Cameron) had posted on the WHW facebook page about the Salomon tails shoes! Highlight recommended, except she'd put some holes in hers (they would match my t-shirts).

      Will need to check them out!

  2. Whatever happened to sannies / gutties ??
    I remember wearing them to run down to the Coop Bakery for a plain unsliced loaf. None of these poncey running shoes back in the day !!
    We wore tackity bits down the pit and changed into our sannies to go dancing at the local palais de danse. Sounds like you need a pair of gym pants and a pair of Dunlop gutties.
    Brian 11/5/2012

  3. Ha-ha! So that's a NO to the Hokas?

    I do remember I had penny blacks when I was in primary school! I don't think they would fit me anymore though...

    But then I got sucked into the world of Nike Air Max and Reebok Pump and have never looked back!