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Runners Need invite you to recycle your run

by Paul Hayward
Tuesday 1st November 2016
With your race booked, your training plan sorted and a whole host of nutrition to try it is easy to forget about a health check on your trainers or more importantly your running style. Or at least it was for me, after all, my Adidas Boost are doing just fine and they cannot have done that many miles, surely?
To think this way would be a huge mistake and a health check, or gait analysis as it is known, should be done at least once a year. This is to check your efficiency in order to ascertain if your running has changed or “improved” and ensure that your trainers perform to the best of their ability and add value to your running. On taking on the Royal Parks Foundation Half (here) and with New York City Marathon getting ever closer, I found out about the “Recycle My Run” scheme being run by Runners Need, whereby you can trade in your old trainers for £20 credit in store, and the chance seemed too good to miss and I took up the option of a much needed MOT. 
On meeting Simon, from their Holborn store, it wasn’t just a simple case of jumping on the running machine and looking at my feet; instead Simon sat with me talking through what events I had done, what I wanted to do and what my aims were. Unbeknown to me, he was not just being friendly but was also ensuring that the options he considered were suited to my aims, training and races from the outset. 


After discussing my aims (NYC / Ironman Austria) I found myself stood on the running machine in a pair of “neutral” trainers, these are trainers that are comfortable (that you could find yourself wearing at a gym) and act as an “empty vessel” to analyse your running style. When I was ready Simon recorded my running style but also watched me from my side and analysed my ankles and feet to determine my heel strike, and then talked it through the video analysis with me and explained my running form and what support I needed. 
Then the fun bit comes and you are met with a number of different brands / colours and you are let loose to try them walking round the store and back running on the machine, all the time under Simon’s expert gaze ensuring that they are going to add value to your run. In my case, I needed some “mild / moderate” support due to over pronating and thirty minutes later I had a pair of Nikes that were very different to my Adidas Boost, both in feel and support, and I was ready to get back out there. 


Whether you are a seasoned parkrunner, you have got lucky and you are taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon next year or you are anywhere in between, trainers are a huge part of your arsenal and your ability to do your best. If you are unsure of your running style or if you just want a check up, the time has never been better with Runners Need’s offer and with such experienced and helpful staff like Simon - I had to ask why I had not had a health check more regularly. 
More information on Runners Need and their “Recycle my Run” offer, which is available until 9th November, can be found here: https://www.runnersneed.com/about-us/recyclemyrun.html

About The Author

Paul Hayward

I am 33 years old and spend the majority of my life within an office environment. Whilst I played football, I never really took an interest in sport let alone athletics. In 2011 I joined a gym as I was slightly concerned about my weight. However I was, like an awful lot of my colleagues, coasting and I considered spinning three times a week a workout.
This changed when I took up a circuits class and found myself entering Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest London in November 2011. I was assured by my friends that this was a good idea and would be a “challenge”.
I had never entered any form of competitive event before and training for this run changed me. I listened to my personal trainer, who assured me that if I quit drink I could be dangerous, and sorted out my diet, stopped drinking so much and focussed my training. I completed the race in just over an hour and I was instantly bitten by the racing bug, I loved the challenge the event offered. 
Nearly two years on I have completed a half marathon in 1hour 49 minutes, came 6th in the Rat Race Horseplay 5k event and usually come within the top 30% at Obstacle Course races. I am also a part time triathlete and I am lucky to find myself in a running club where we have a great coach and the focus is on members. If I am honest - I came to running through these events and I am not alone.
My aim through Run 247 is to promote, discuss and publicise Obstacle Course racing. It is becoming huge and over the coming months we will cover all of the major races and the new competitors entering the scene. 

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