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.

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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.

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