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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

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.”

When trying new shoes, he says there are key areas runners should look out for. “The shoe should feel snug in the midfoot and leave a little room in your toe box for your toes to move and splay. It should contain long-lasting cushion under the ball of the foot which will resist compression.

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For the last three years running, I’ve had the same New Year’s resolutions: to learn Japanese and to play electric guitar. I’m not sure what the sell-by date of these should be but to suffice to say I can say ‘goodbye’ in Japanese and the only riff I know is Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water – hardly the stuff rock legends are made of. But, more happily, my running resolutions are already proving more successful this year. First, was just to run more often. Lifestyle changes, dodgy Achilles and lack of motivation meant that the last two years have been something of a running wilderness. But renewed enthusiasm over the last 12 months has seen a return to something approaching form and my goal to improve all-round strength is definitely working. I’m running fewer miles but a focus on conditioning has seen marked improvement. Thankfully, this month’s guide lays the foundations for making 2019 your best running year. From top advice on how to nail your tempo running to how to improve your mental focus; the best time of day to run and how to come back from injury, we’ve brought everything together to make sure 2019 is a PB year!