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  • Not so close to marathon, but are worth a go. I have been running in Newtons since Jan last year, and I love them. However, I was already a midfoot striker and did some of my running in minimalist-ish shoes so the transition for me was reasonably st…
  • The performance benefit depends how fast and how far and how regularly you're running to start with. For example, if you jog 2 miles twice per week, you aren't going to need expensive kit. However, if you train twice a day, with one of those runs at…
  • Hi Chris. I'd give it longer just in case they rub - if they give you blisters breaking them in, you want enough time for blisters to heal. Can break them in well in advance, then stick them in the cupboard until the race. 
  • I have a 2XU long sleeved compression top that I used instead of a rash vest for dinghy sailing, usually under a wetsuit. Felt it helped me recover (my weedy little arms would suffer from pulling bits of string for hours), and kept me a bit warmer o…
  • I'm not a man, as you can probably tell, but I also wear 2XU tights and run in them for most of the year - I only dig out shorts for summer and racing because I'm a woss. I got a pair of the thermal tights back in November, and I have to say they ar…
  • I've had my Motions since May last year. Done about 750 miles in them so far, no sign of needing replacing yet. I think if you run efficiently they end up better value than cushioned shoes where the forefoot disintegrates really quickly because it i…
  • Something like the Newton Issac (4mm) Gravity or Motion (both 3mm) would be more than fine for a marathon. 
  • I've done about 700 miles in my Newtons, and they're as good as new in terms of wear. Reckon I'm going to get 2000 out of them. It really depends on how you wear them, how you run, how heavy you are (and how heavily you run), and whether you wear th…
  • I wear any old socks (and I mean the holey, the stripey, the winnie the pooh) for steady runs under 10km. For sessions and long runs I did out "proper socks" which are usually more mile.
  • They'd probably be ok for just steady running on the roads. I can't imagine them being responsive for doing anything fast though.
  • Wow, that picture has just made me really jealous! I love running abroad. Favourite still New York, worst was probably Rwanda - the heat and altitude really got to me, but I expect if I'd have had longer to adapt that would have been my favourite, b…
  • Why didn't you just send them back? - they come with a 30 day trial...
  • Will be watching will interest! Best of luck! @ One Gear - Whoa! Mr Consistent! If my conversions for ANY distance were that good I'd be super happy!!
  • Everyone has runs like this. It makes you appreciate the ones where everything feels good more. I always say give it 10 minutes very easy pace. If you still feel like ****, turn around and go home.
  • Agree with stutyr. I think you will probably enjoy it more if you target spring 2013 for your first half, and then your first marathon in autumn 2013 or spring 2014, which gives you plenty of time to up your distance and to enjoy training for the …
  • Just be sensible. Turkey, xmas veggies, nuts, satsumas etc... equal really good, healthy fuel, eat lots. Christmas pudding, mince pies, cranberry sauce = not great fuel. Brandy butter or clotted cream with the christmas pudding/mince pies = hear…
  • The long distance and the compression trisuits and separates for next year look really good. They have also increased the amount of compression in their compression tri race to a higher grade, so if you like compression then might be a good option! …
  • Treat the plan as flexible, but if you want to commit to the schedule it doesn't have to be a race. Do a measured time trial, or do parkrun twice (as in, start with everyone else, get your split through 5km, collect the disc and run around again. Or…
  • Seren - guess you'll find that out on parent-teacher evening! When you give a lot of homework it will always be a quality-quantity dilemna. I have to say, my school seemed to have very optimistic estimates for the time some pieces of work would ta…
  • Have you tried one of the smart coach schedules that this site offers? You can put in your target time, number of days pw your want to run, how intensely you want to train, etc... for  distance, and it will give you a sample schedule. This will give…
  • I would say a lot of gait analysis in shops is rubbish if the staff haven't been well trained. Identifying gait is not difficult, and yet you would be amazed how many people are clearly in the wrong shoes. However, I recently had my gait done at t…
  • I think it makes you more injury-prone, but I know some very tall runners - I used to train with a guy who was 6ft 3 - now 6ft5+, and my ex is now about 6ft2 ish and quite a fast runner (33min 10k), although he had problems with his knees whilst he …
  • I am definetely "chew toy". I was mawled my a german shepherd on a run many years ago - owner/walker didn't even apologise. Also had a misadventure with a very exuberant puppy who scratched up and down my legs and left me dripping with blood - again…
  • I use 2XU. I find they feel nicer, are more compressive, and they come in a lot of sizes so can get a good fit.
  • A decent pair of goggles is always a good bet - can never have enough of them in my view - when I first started all of mine were rubbish and leaky, and when you start spending more time in the pool this just makes the whole experience miserable! O…
  • No minimum standard, but course is tough, so you need to be confident over the distance and on hills. No, your club doesn't have to enter a team for you to compete, but you should consult with them before entering. I have been sole rep from my club …
  • I agree with runs-with-dogs! ALL of you should have the opportunity to eat at a sensible lunchtime! If you're not going to eat at lunch or as soon as school finishes, then at least eat something proper at morning break - sandwiches and some fruit. …
  • Yes, supinators should use neutrals if a universal stability shoe is not available (with Newtons it is for women but not usually available for men in the UK): that's why I was asking. Sometimes suprinators or even fairly neutral runners get put into…
  • I've had similar symptoms after collapsing in a race a few years ago, but my ECG, exercise ECG and heart scans came back clear, and they put in down to some sort of chest infection, though the whole process was very scary. Wait and see what the test…