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    Hi.

    My current pair of trainers are getting very worn from exercise and I need new ones. My main forms of exercise are running (outdoors) and going to the gym, where I do a mix of cardio and strength training.

    I am training for a half marathon in March 2016, so the trainers need to be durable enough to withstand the pressures of long distance running and be comfortable to wear.

    My question is which pair of trainers would be best suited for this? Also, should I get a separate pair for going to the gym? Ideally I would like to find a good pair under £70, but I don't mind paying a bit more if it is going to significantly help.
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    Get a proper pair of running shoes for your half marathon training. Never use trainers for strength training though, something with a reasonably hard and thin sole like Converse are good for lifting.
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    (Original post by Star-girl)
    Hi.

    My current pair of trainers are getting very worn from exercise and I need new ones. My main forms of exercise are running (outdoors) and going to the gym, where I do a mix of cardio and strength training.

    I am training for a half marathon in March 2016, so the trainers need to be durable enough to withstand the pressures of long distance running and be comfortable to wear.

    My question is which pair of trainers would be best suited for this? Also, should I get a separate pair for going to the gym? Ideally I would like to find a good pair under £70, but I don't mind paying a bit more if it is going to significantly help.
    Forget the marathon - study maths instead.
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    (Original post by Squats and milk)
    Get a proper pair of running shoes for your half marathon training. Never use trainers for strength training though, something with a reasonably hard and thin sole like Converse are good for lifting.
    OK. What kind/brand runners do you recommend?

    How come not to use trainers for strength training?

    (Original post by multiratiunculae)
    Forget the marathon - study maths instead.
    Both can be done...
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    (Original post by Star-girl)
    OK. What kind/brand runners do you recommend?

    How come not to use trainers for strength training?
    I don't run other than hill sprints. Can't see how you would go wrong with some Asics though.

    Running trainers aren't suitable for lifting because the soles are soft and squishy. You won't be as stable so the risk of injury will be higher, plus you can't transfer power as efficiently as a solid shoe.
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    (Original post by Squats and milk)
    I don't run other than hill sprints. Can't see how you would go wrong with some Asics though.

    Running trainers aren't suitable for lifting because the soles are soft and squishy. You won't be as stable so the risk of injury will be higher, plus you can't transfer power as efficiently as a solid shoe.
    OK. I'll check them out.

    True. That's why I was wondering if I should get separate ones. Thanks for the advice.
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    Your runnings shoes should just be for running. I never really got on with Asics. Despite having rather skinny feet, I still found they were rather narrow. I get on much better with Addidas.
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    In contract to OU student I hated my adidas shoes with a passion. Worst £85 I ever spent! Quite liked Asics but adore Brookes and am on my 7th pair of their Adrenaline shoes.

    If you're going to train properly for a half marathon you need to get yourself to a running store and get fitted for some proper shoes, try on lots of pairs and see what feels best. Try and get a pair on offer. Often last season's shoes have big reductions but there's nothing wrong with them, I always run in shoes a couple of years behind the current model and get them for around half price on Amazon.
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    (Original post by Star-girl)
    Hi.

    My current pair of trainers are getting very worn from exercise and I need new ones. My main forms of exercise are running (outdoors) and going to the gym, where I do a mix of cardio and strength training.

    I am training for a half marathon in March 2016, so the trainers need to be durable enough to withstand the pressures of long distance running and be comfortable to wear.

    My question is which pair of trainers would be best suited for this? Also, should I get a separate pair for going to the gym? Ideally I would like to find a good pair under £70, but I don't mind paying a bit more if it is going to significantly help.
    Do you have any specialist running shops anywhere near you?

    If you do then my advice would be to go there and ask, and this is for two reasons.

    1) Those kind of specialist stores generally only employ people that are serious runners themselves and so they tend to be pretty knowledgeable.
    2) A lot of them will do a bit of gait analysis. So they'll have a proper look at the shape and structure of your foot and often have a treadmill so they can watch you run and see exactly what you're doing with your feet, all of which allows them to come up with something that fits you well.

    I went into a specialist shop near me a while ago, had a budget of around £80, and spent ages in there as they checked my feet over, watched me run, found a pair of shoes that were good but not perfect, and then spent a good while building up multiple inserts, custom cut then and there, to give my foot support in any areas where it needed a bit more, and didn't charge a penny extra for any of that service.
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    (Original post by doodle_333)
    In contract to OU student I hated my adidas shoes with a passion. Worst £85 I ever spent! Quite liked Asics but adore Brookes and am on my 7th pair of their Adrenaline shoes.

    If you're going to train properly for a half marathon you need to get yourself to a running store and get fitted for some proper shoes, try on lots of pairs and see what feels best. Try and get a pair on offer. Often last season's shoes have big reductions but there's nothing wrong with them, I always run in shoes a couple of years behind the current model and get them for around half price on Amazon.
    Agreed! My Adidas were recommended by the girl in the shop after all the tests etc and I've honestly hate them and they've messed up my joints so much!


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    (Original post by doodle_333)
    In contract to OU student I hated my adidas shoes with a passion. Worst £85 I ever spent! Quite liked Asics but adore Brookes and am on my 7th pair of their Adrenaline shoes.
    I found the sizing on Adrenalines to be a pain in the arse. 4 is on the tight side (I lost my first and only toenail that way) and the 4.5 was too big.

    I always ignore the brand. My first pair were New balance, which up until I started running, I'd never heard of them.
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    I found the sizing on Adrenalines to be a pain in the arse. 4 is on the tight side (I lost my first and only toenail that way) and the 4.5 was too big.

    I always ignore the brand. My first pair were New balance, which up until I started running, I'd never heard of them.
    Perfect demonstration of why it's important to get properly sorted! I can run double figures in Brookes and be super comfy, I couldn't make 5k in my Adidas shoes before I had huge blisters.
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    Thanks for all the replies. I don't know my area very well as I haven't been here too long but I will have a look at the shops around and try to find a running specific one and follow you guys' advice. :cute:
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    I have the old model of these ones - they look similar but different colours, but I would recognise those soles anywhere! They have served me very well considering I abuse them running a few times a week and I go to the parkruns and they come back covered in mud, but still looking new. The grip on these things is crazy.

    http://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-d...lcode=27111243
 
 
 
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