Hi everybody. Just joined the site as part of my new concerted training effort. Just a couple of questions reagrding some injuries I've had: I used to run at school a bit but only really bothered with distances upto 400m. Then a couple of years ago (I'm 22) I decided to enter a Uni half marathon. Although I'd done no specific running training (had never ran further than 2.5 miles in school cross country) I thought I was in reasonable shape from kickboxing training. I turned up on the day not really knowing what running 2 figure mile distances was like but despite a slow start it seemed OK and I finished in 1hr38ish minutes. After this I wanted to do some real training and see if I could improve my time. However the next two years I suffered so many injuries that I haven't entered a single race. I bought a pair of running shoes (mizuno wave riders) from a specialist who measured my foot fall pattern. I have almost no arches on my feet but have near perfect pronation anyway. Therefore a cusioning shoe seemed about right. However dispite steady training I ended up with shin splints, slight knee pain and also pain in my neck/lower back.
Basically to cut this far too longwinded notice short - does anyone think getting some kind of insert for my shoes to raise my arches would be a good idea, and if so where can I get some/are there specialist running versions available.
Any help would be appreciated as I've just about recovered from all my injuries (I also got concussed and sprained my ankle at kickboxing) and am about to start a new running program and if it doesn't work this time I think I'll give the whole lot up and take up flower arranging! (I've got nothing against flower arranging and/or flower arrangers it just seems a good example of something injury free)