Put your foot down for good running shoes
Mum and reporter JO McKENZIE-McLEAN is taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life training for the Northburn Station 50km mountain run in March next year. She reports on her progress.
Another is not to be fooled by marketing gimmicks and all the ‘‘bells and whistles’’ that promise to deliver results that have never been substantiated.
‘‘Short of having any injuries or issues, keep things simple’’, he says.
‘‘Let’s take a look at those feet,’’ he continues.
Again, the toes curl under as I peel off my socks.
Damn, I cringe to myself, why didn’t I wipe that chipped-off nail polish from my big toes before I came?
They look even worse than normal!
There is a current trend of runners buying a shoe that replicates barefoot running – stay away from that he tells me. ‘‘That’s for seasoned runners,’’ he says.
Despite their hobbit-like appearance, my feet did not seem to need any particular special attention so it was concluded a neutral off-road runner would do me just fine.
I walked out with a list of five choices.
‘‘The important thing is the firmness of the midsole. Soft doesn’t mean it’s going to be better for your feet.
‘‘I always go for a firm feel because you have better contact and feel on the ground.
‘‘Get fussy and have a run around the shop and make sure it’s comfortable,’’ Barnes says.
Proudfoot: Reporter Jo MckenzieMcLean gets her hobbit feet examined by podiatrist James Barnes.