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SOLE POWER

SPARE A THOUGHT FOR YOUR POOR FEET: FOR AVERAGE RUNNERS THERE’S UP TO SEVEN TIMES YOUR BODY WEIGHT PRESSING DOWN ON YOUR FEET WITH EVERY STEP. SO IT PAYS TO LOOK AFTER THEM PROPERLY. DOMINIC BLISS SHOWS YOU HOW

FOOT CARE

Shoes that shine

The first place to start is with your shoes – correctly fitting shoes, to be precise. Too tight or too loose and you’ll suffer from blisters. Too short and you risk those ugly black blisters on the ends of your toes or, in extreme cases, complete toenail loss.

Fortunately, many running specialist shops now offer gait analysis. Simon Moyes is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Wellington Hospital in north London. He specialises in the surgical treatment of feet and ankles, and has carried out more than 9,000 operations during his career. He suggests runners search out specialist running shops with gait analysis. “They are able to do a biomechanical assessment of you in your entirety,” he explains. “They look at your running action, help you correct that, and ensure that you are prescribed the most appropriate footwear for your build, biomechanics and running style.”

Ruggero Loda is the founder of the online shoe store Running Shoes Guru, so he knows full well the impact incorrect shoes can have on a runner’s feet. “The shape of the feet, bone formation and flexibility can differ considerably between runners,” he explains. “So the wrong type of running shoe can easily lead to overuse injuries.”

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About Men's Running

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. A phrase, I’m sure, that can be applied to you and your running journey. At some point – many years ago or perhaps very recently – you decided to lace up your trainers for the very first time, step foot out the door, and go for a run. Whether it was for a school sports day, a New Year’s resolution or simple curiosity, you stepped out of your comfort zone and, presumably, liked what you discovered. This issue is all about pushing boundaries and stepping out – like that very first run – into the unknown. For Adharanand Finn, author of Running with the Kenyans, that meant a trip to California for his first ever ultramarathon: the Miwok 100K. Head to page 42 to find out how steel cups and flat Coke fit into his lessons learned from going ultra. At the sharper end of the field, the pros, too, have been attempting to step (really, really quickly) into the unknown – specifically, by trying to run a marathon in a frankly ridiculous sub-two-hour time. Nike’s recent, high-profile Breaking2 attempt saw Eliud Kipchoge fall agonisingly short with a time of 2:00:25, but what can we mortal runners learn from the event? Turn to page 48 to see how you, too, can maximise performance by echoing the project’s meticulous attention to detail – if not the millions of pounds of funding. Of course, inspiring stories, cutting-edge kit, training tips and nutrition advice also feature, in an issue made with motivation in mind.
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