Finding the right trainers is key

photoI have run for over 11 years.  It was a love affair that started when I put on an excessive amount of weight through pregnancy.

Wearing the right shoes for the right thing is paramount to the success of your training session, it is so important to make sure you are comfortable.

The first time I went out running I wore an old pair of gym shoes, ran half a mile and had to get the bus back.  Not only was I not fit enough to head out but the trainers I was wearing didn’t help either.  Over the years I began to realise that the most important piece of kit for a runner is what they wear on their feet.  It took me 3 months to find the right shoes to run the London Marathon back in 2012.

I have a pretty extensive collection of trainers, running shoes, gym shoes, class shoes down to trainers that just look good!   Wearing the right shoes for the right thing is paramount to the success of your training session, it is so important to make sure you are comfortable.  This not only applies to trainers but the tops, shorts and even socks you wear.  I have experienced running in the wrong shoes and have ended up with blisters and missing toe nails!

There are tons of places to go for advice on the right kind of trainers and 100’s of options to chose from, don’t skimp on this advice.  I tend to go to JD Sport’s as they have a great selection and their staff are generally very clued up when it comes to the different technical requirements needed in a shoe.

Given my love of bright colours this season I was particularly attracted to the Nike 4.0.  Not only were they bright yellow, but they were light.  I was looking for a good pair of class shoes and running shoes, not necessarily a one shoe fits all, I was prepared to buy 2 as invariably they do different jobs.  In terms of my running shoes I was looking for something with stability but that wasn’t too heavy, there is nothing like running 10 miles and feeling like you have bricks on your feet.   I wanted something stylish that was technically built to support whatever workout I was doing.

I opted for a pair of Nike 4.0 in fluorescent yellow and took them on both a road test and a class test.  The class test won.  These trainers are brilliant for classes as they are comfortable and light.  They are also very flexible so when performing multiple movements with you feet, so for me they worked (and they also looked good).  In terms of run test, they worked OK for a short run, however I prefer more stability in my trainers as I tend to run long.   So all in all, a great shoe that I will no doubt be wearing to future classes all over Essex.

http://www.jdsports.co.uk/page/nike-trainers/

Vanessa Vallely
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Vanessa Vallely is co-Founder of WeAreTheCity, The Network of Networks and WeAreTheCity India. Vanessa is a speaker and author of Heels of Steel. Vanessa sits on the board of Women in Influence. Vanessa won the WIBF Champion For Women Award 2011, she is a Progress 1000 winner and Financial News Top 100 winner. Follow Vanessa on Twitter

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