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Before I get to my question, a quick shout out to the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon/Half Marathon!  My husband and I ran it for the first time this past weekend and it was beautiful!  We had a couple friends doing the Ultra (56k), one of which was "the first white runner to cross the finish line".  He's pretty insane and only recently took up longer distance running.

Ok- my question is what are some good websites/stores where one can order shoes, have them shipped, try them out, and return them if necessary? Oh and I need a return policy that's greater than 30 days.  Essentially, my husband and I live overseas, but we have a US address.  Anything we order online is shipped to an address in VA and then "pouched" to us in Southern Africa.  This generally takes 2-3 weeks from the time it hits our address in VA to the time we get it here in-country.  Add in a few days to test the shoes out, and then another 2-3 to ship the shoes back if they don't quite work out and we're well beyond the typical 30 day return policy.

We've been running with Sauconys ever since we started running (after going to our local running store which had a great return policy), and before posting abroad, we bought ourselves 3-4 extra pairs of the style that worked best for us.  The problem is, while we still have some of the shoes new in the box, the terrain here is much different than our previous, glorious, flat, paved running trails of northern Virginia.  Here, we're lucky if there is a path to run on at all.  Generally our "trails" are eroded and have not been paved/fixed in 20+ years. There are multiple fairly large rocks and potholes in abundance.  All this coupled with a much hillier terrain has lead to a very different running form and strike pattern.  Where I used to strike with my heel, I now find myself striking more with the balls of my feet, leading to my achilles bothering more than it ever has.

Any thoughts on places we can try out different shoes and/or how to cope with such a significant change in terrain?  Assume there are no local stores through which I can purchase shoes to "try".  Imagine the 3rd world.
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Hey guys,
I always have a MAJOR problem finding shoes that do not cause blisters everywhere on my feet when I run. I tend to get them mostly above my heel where the shoe often rubs against the most. I keep thinking are the shoes too big, too small, not the right socks??

The only relief I get is wearing an ace ankle brace/support thing. It keeps the rubbing from happening.  I bought a new pair of sketchers Nike trail runners(my bad they were nike) a while back and they rubbed so bad, I took a knife to the back part of it to break in the material faster so it wouldn't rub against my heel. They look horrible from the backside now but at least they don't hurt anymore.
What do I need to think about when picking shoes? (Note: I only run on the treadmill at this point, I have a big fear about running outside.Safety oriented.)
Is there a certain sock material I should be focusing on?
I hate that my feet get so calloused and ugly and the shoes never feel quite comfortable.
Any advice would be VERY appreciated.

Also my feet tend to roll outward so I'm not quite centered when I move. I remember reading a post a while ago about the type of gait you have and certain shoes making the difference.

Sorry I don't know too much about this stuff, but the outter side of my shoes always gets worn out and sometimes outside of the heels. 
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No it wasn't. Yes it was. No it wasn't. I must do my research properly.
Today's wodge of Comrades training took me to the Broadmeadow marathon in Stratford-on-Avon. A stunningly beautiful course. What does that mean? Yes (oh noes!), off road . And it is stunningly beautiful - I particularly remember a stretch of hedgerow in blossom with bluebells underneath, which I enjoyed for quite a while as the path next to it was too uneven for me to run on :/ The view of Warwickshire hills was indeed remarkable as I turned my ankle after 15 miles and had a full-on teary sweary tantrum which lasted a good half an hour ("WHY don't I do my research, WHY didn't I go to Milton Keynes or do my own training run, STUPID STUPID STUPID") (etc, at length, until I got it out of my system).

SIX HOURS it took me, well, just under (triumph!). By contrast Rome took 4:40 and over 10 minutes of that were spent in the bogs, plus another 5 spent queuing for drinks. After checking with the organiser I opted to take the "proper" 9am start, rather than one of the earlier ones. There would be a celebrity starter! David Troughton, a FOAF of the organiser - I had fond memories of his magnificent turn as the cluelessly ambitious Dr Bob Buzzard in A Very Peculiar Practice. (The idea would be that he would, as a Shakespearian Ac-tor, deliver the traditional Henry V speech at the start, but he couldn't quite remember it so it was more of a double-act in the event).

For the first mile, a doctor named Baz, dressed as a clown, kept me company and chatted about Comrades and fancy dress running. Then the first incline appeared and that was it, I was last.
Hey ho, I always say to my beginners, "no-one minds if you're last as long as you're not taking the pis trying your best" - and having been a marshall I know that by and large this is true (particularly on an agreeable sunny day in the countryside when you have something to sit on). A lot of the course was out-and-back so I did still get to see other humans now and then, but imagine my delight when I realised two ladies were behind me! Actually no. I didn't remember overtaking them (one of them had bright purple hair...) so I just spent ten minutes worrying that I'd got lost and skipped some of the course. By this time I was too fuddled to remember that I was following the course on my Garmin and that deviations were announced to me with a loud farty buzzing noise, so if I'd got lost I would have noticed. I had got lost at least three times already so....

Anyway, we leapfrogged for a bit and then I also overtook a senior gentleman, and a bearded chap in a faded "Medics on Tour" tshirt who was walking along delving about in his snack bag. Who-hoo! I wouldn't be last back! I could stop feeling guilty about wanting to see Bob Buzzard and not wanting to get up at 6! The icing on the cake was overtaking one last group, two ladies, a bloke in a 100 Club tshirt, and his spaniel ("he's only done 34"). Out of the final 5!

But the best was yet to come. The last section was a hairpin along the old tramway and then back through the carpark to the cricket club. The moment the finish marshals catch sight of you heading in up on the tramway they give you a big cheer, which is great because you know it's just for you, and then when you finish a couple of minutes later - they offer you a big bottle of cider. Whch you couldn't take into the clubhouse obv. as there was a bar in there, so I had to drink it there and then, well that's my excuse anyway.

What I learned:
Turning your ankle can hurt like a monster and then be fine in five minutes
Christmas pudding carbloading doesn't bring on my runners' trots
I should not take up orienteering any time soon
The bluebells are out!
There is a pressing need for a non polluting solar-bicycle-hovercraft hybrid so that people can enjoy the countryside without fear of turning an ankle
There are dogs out there who have done more marathons than me
Garmin course support (bzzp) is a lifesaver for people who can't read and think and walk at the same time
You can be pleased about doing something even when you didn't enjoy it all of the time and wouldn't do it again
Cider is a great recovery drink when your feet hurt like ****
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Yes it is LONDON MARATHON DAY today, so I scurried out early for a little run and skidded in at one minute past ten to leap on the sofa for the next few hours. I have run this, once, and it's a lot more fun to watch than to do (and not because of the whole 'very long way bit, honest).(It is a lot of hassle and not nearly as scenic from road level).

This year the field was the best ever. Seriously. Ever. Geoffrey "the Raptor" Mutai, famed for a) pronouncing his name 'Joffrey' b) running the fastest marathon time ever (in Boston) and cutting over 2 minutes from the NYC marathon record. Wilson Kipsang, who pitched up at Frankfurt a couple of years ago confidently asserting he was going to get the WR (he missed by a few seconds but did it the next year in Berlin), and, Olympic bronze medallist. Tsegay Kebede, the tiny, reliable, lollipop headed Ethiopian who never goes home without some sort of medal. Emmanuel Mutai, London course record holder, another safe pair of feet. Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic and world champion. The "18 year old" (ahem) who won Dubai; a Paris marathon winner; oh and Mo. A stick-man version of The Travelling Willberries. Insane. And no, I didn't expect Mo to win, though I thought he would do better; mind, I expected Geoffrey Mutai to do better too, so whatevs.

High spots:
the enormous beam on Wilson Kipsang's face as he broke the course record.

Edna  (the tall one) Kiplagat gagging suddenly and nearly throwing up on Florence (the short one) Kiplagat's head as they stood arm-in-arm after the finish.
Geoffrey Mutai at the finish, hands on hips, turning round to look at Mo Farah flailing in right behind him with a ghost of a smirk, as if to say, "Not so fast now, huh!".
Glass-legged Chris Thompson, clearly first elite if only they handicapped by weight, thundering under the gantry gurning for England, happy with his debut of 2:11 (faster, let us note, than Olympic bronze medallist Charlie Spedding ran on his debut, and his later English record of 2:08 only went today - something for the ever-cheery @Thommo10k to think about!).

Former fatboy Steve Way belting down the finish straight wreathed in smiles, first finisher from the non-elite race, over two minutes off his PB and a qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games. Let's all take redundancy and run 140 miles a week! He posts on the RW UK forums and I cannot help but see him, therefore, as One Of Us, and be delighted for him.

Tony Audenshaw, the runner's runner (also apparently an Emmerdale actor?) turning his finishing interview into a stirring call-to-arms to the potential champions of the future: "Get going running! It doesn't matter if you're a king or a pauper, you can win this, if you train hard, you can do it! Get off yer backsides - " - at this point he turned round and gestured to the plastic bumcheeks he had on over his shorts - " - and get running, because you can achieve things!"
"Always a pleasure, " Jonathan Edwards said faintly, clearly not expecting Henry V in plastic bumcheeks.

Mo Farah taking it like a man.

Seeing the first of my clubmates finish behind Steve Jones' right ear. I reckon he would have been faster if he'd not led the club to the team silver in the county half marathon champs last week. Last week he was second and won an actual cash prize too so I guess it was a no brainer! He was tenth in his agegroup in London but don't think you get any moolah for that.

Low spots: BBC only starting the finish line stream at a quarter to two and not advertising it, so I couldn't record it and see all my buddies come in. Amateurs!
BBC having no idea what happened to Priscah Jeptoo. Amateurs!
BBC getting Edna and Florence Kiplagat mixed up as they finished. Amateurs!
...You get the picture.

Got a bit hot I think -  lot of friends finished a bit slower than expected. Happens a lot in London so oh well.
Still... See you next year on the sofa!
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Now that I'm in my second half of marathon training, I find myself experiencing what I've come to know as runger. As in, the running is making me very hungry/complacent to the point where I started gaining weight despite running 25+ miles a week.According the the interwebs, apparently this isn't uncommon, especially in females. Has anyone else experienced this or have insight as to how to deal with excessive runger?

I've always had a "hearty appetite" and a love of food, which is why I started running/working out in the first place. I do keep a food diary, but I don't record exact measurements (like, "one chicken breast" instead of "X ounces of chicken breast") and I find it too much of a pain to track calories on a website like Livestrong because I cook most of my food at home from scratch and it's arduous to be plugging in every element of every single dish all the time.
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Last weekend I ran in the So Cal Ragnar Relay, on the team Ragnarholics Anonymous. It was my 11th Ragnar overall and my 4th So Cal Ragnar.

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs 3 legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

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I'm wondering if there are any other running moms here. My daughter is 1 and I'm doing my research on what stroller to buy to run with her on my 1-2 hour runs.....would love some first hand recommendations!

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From Runner's World:

The 25 Worst Questions To Ask A Runner

Especially #21 and #23! :P
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This morning I went out with the intention of running 5miles (getting more training in for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k next week).
I got to about 2.5miles and wondered if I'd make it to 4miles, let alone 5 but kept on plodding along.
I hit the 5 miles mark at 51minutes so I figured I'd run for 9 more minutes and round out the hour. Some of those minutes were *hard*! I was literally running along saying "just 3 more minutes! Just keep running for 3 more minutes" to myself. Then I got to 1hr and saw that I was at 5.6miles and figured I'd push myself that last bit to get to 6miles :)

When I got home I realised my GPS hadn't kicked in until .28 miles after I'd started running, so I'd managed 6.28 miles (or 10.1km) in 1h 4m 24s! Woo hoo! New personal best for distance (and an average pace of 10:42 so that's not too shabby either).

I am beginning to think the half marathon in September is definitely doable. If I manage a pace of 12min/mi I'd come in around 2hr 36mi. Ugh, can I imagine running for 2.5hrs? I guess I ran for just over an hour today. I just need to get some decent running music :)
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So, despite going head over heels halfway through the race, and having no fat to cushion a 13mph fall, young Mo got up again and chased the mighty Mutai down to the line - nearly. 18 seconds behind, but he outsprinted poor Stephen Sambu at the end so got 2nd at least.
Well done that lad - that's what we like to see. No whining, no quitting, just eyeballs out and see what happens.
Now of course the rank and file at big races get shuffled from pillar to post like pinballs after the finish, medal, drink, chip removal, goodie bag, space blanket, kit reclaim. This is all to keep you moving and to keep the blood pressure and heart rate up a bit. Keeps the medical tents clear you see
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What happens otherwise, and it's really quite common, is people sprint over the line, stop, the blood pressure plummets, Mr. Brain goes whu-whu-whu and clonk! You hit the deck. Or go an odd colour and throw up. I'm a big one for the post race puke (sorry Frankfurt, Riga, Durban, Pietermaritzberg, Eindhoven, ...) and a couple of clubmates have done the full keel-over (ironically, one a doctor theselves).
Thus, Mr.Farah - who continued to perform outside the norm, by staying out for a couple of minutes rather than a few seconds. I imagine his body grabbed the opportunity for a nice lie-down with some enthusiasm. Wouldn't you?
Effects are, firstly, bruising etc from hitting the deck, secondly, having something to talk about post-race other than the details of the backs of other runners' knees, thirdly, getting a bit of extra fuss, hopefully from goodlooking medics.

Have you fainted or puked after the finish line? Did you have more serious after effects? Or is Mo right to say it's no big deal?
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While I am training for a half marathon, I have signed up for several 5K's over the next few months. I mostly did this to I would stay on track.

Unfortunately I didn't plan it out too well. I am following the training guidelines for couch to half marathon on digitalrunning.com and not this Saturday, but the next, I have signed up for 5K. At that point the training program, I will be at Saturday, week 3 (if you go look at the site) which is not quite to jogging a complete 5K, but I REALLY want to try.

I've noticed injury is an extremely important topic in the running community, so I wanted to ask advice before I just jumped in and tried. Is it too risky to alter my training plan and push myself to this?
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hi runners.

i've been thinking of making a post like this for awhile, and reading the comments on the most recent newbie post finally convinced me to do it. specifically i'm in a situation that seems to contradict the "slow down" advice.

the tl;dr is: i'm running more than ever before, but i'm slower than ever before.

full version:

i've been running a marathon a year for a few years now; my 4th will be this may. i started running a year before my first marathon. so i'm still in some ways wet behind the ears.

my first 2 years were the best, constantly improving. my second marathon was in 4:08, and i thought for sure i was on a trajectory to beat 4 hours. my typical training runs were around 9:00/mile pace. but then the year after that, i started slowing down. my next marathon was as slow as my first, 4:23. and in the year since then, i've slowed even more. i didn't have a single PR in all of 2013; in some 5k and 10k races i was slower than i'd ever been, and my training runs dipped down to more like 10:00-10:30 pace.

i tried adding speedwork and tempo runs. i was never able to do it consistently. i also had an episode with injury and general failure of motivation (largely due to dropping race performance) that made me stop running as much. so, "run more" was definitely not happening, either.

i decided to drop the idea of adding speed-specific training and, in fact, to drop as a primary goal the idea of getting faster at all: this year, my goal has simply been to run 1000 miles by the end of it. it's a 20 mile/week average. i'm doing well so far, accumulating 90 miles in january and 100 in february (recently at 30 miles/week).

it's more consistent training than i've ever had before, a higher total miles/week than i've ever had. but i'm getting *dramatically* slower, still. part of it is all the ice and snow: when i got back from long runs on slippery surfaces, i didn't feel too bad that the mile times were all 11-12 minutes, because i figured it was so tough that i'd spring back with superpowers once the sidewalks were clear again. but recently i *have* been running on clear sidewalks and, well, have been sorely disappointed; it feels like a struggle to run under 11-minute miles.

i'm feeling a few minor proto-injuries -- lower back & piriformis pain; some tendon pain in my feet; calf tightness. it doesn't feel like anything i can't run through, but it's worrying me and making me afraid of continuing to push this mileage on a weekly basis.

so what's wrong with me? i'm 27; maybe i'm just starting to get old? why isn't "run more" doing a thing to improve my speed?
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I literally am JUST beginning my journey to distance running. Any advice you have.. I WANT TO KNOW. Looking forward to getting to know all of you!
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I just ran my first 5 miler and am feeling pretty chuffed with myself. In September or October last year I started my Bridge to 10k training but stopped when it got too icy/snowy. I signed up for an 8k race at the end of March thinking that would be a good goal to get me out at least once a week during the winter months.
The furthest I managed to run with the B210k training was 4.02 miles, the furthest I'd run before today was 4.4miles and that killed my knee.
Last week I ran 4.25mi and I was planning on running another 4.25 (or 4.5 if I could manage it) today so I'd be jumping for joy right now if I had the energy :P

I now have 5 weeks until my 8k race so I'm going to keep working on my pace and trying to run 5miles each week. Who knows, maybe I'll feel like pushing myself distance wise before the 8k but for now I'll plan on holding off on progressing with distance until after the race. It's still pretty icy out there after all.
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Last Sunday I ran the Austin Marathon. It was my 13th completed marathon and my first marathon outside of California.

I decided to run this marathon despite the fact that three weeks prior to this race I strained my left calf so badly during a long run that I was limping around like Frankenstein. Through rest, light workouts, and multiple visits for ART massage therapy (Thank you Doctor Jess!), I was able to recover enough to actually run this race.

Because of my calf strain, (as well as one other random non-running injury I sustained during my training,) I ran far less training miles in the month leading up to this marathon than in any of my previous marathons. Because of all these factors, I was worried that I might have to DNF this race, (As what happened to me in my first out-of-state running attempt in Portland last year,) and I seriously considered not running it at all. (I also thought about switching from the full marathon to the half, but I had missed the deadline to do that.) But one of my running goals was to run a marathon outside of California, and I decided to make the attempt with my gumption and a lot of spider tape.

The race started just outside the Texas State Capitol. I showed up with my cousin Terri who was running the half. (And who also got interviewed for local TV before the race because of her involvement with Black Girls Run!) The Capitol was shrouded in fog, and a light mist was falling.

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Have you ever been on a running date? Would you ever go on a running date?

Check out the Runner's World article on running dates, as they position articles for their proximity to Valentine's Day:

Dos and Don'ts of Running Dates


My answer in comments.
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Hello Runners! I'm a new member graduating from the c25k group. I started my c25k program in 2011, ran a couple of 5ks, got pregnant, stopped for 3 months of morning sickness, started again and ran until I was 6months pregnant, started running again in Sept '12 (when baby was 6 weeks old) and have been slowly improving my 5k speed.
In Sept '13 I started training for a 10k. I would get out once a week with the girl in her stroller (hooray for resistance!), and then the holidays took over my free time and the weather got miserably cold. And here we are 13 weeks since Halloween (Pumpkins in the Park 5k) and the only other running I've managed was the Santa Hustle 5k 7 weeks ago. I had registered for a race on NYD but my running companions got ill and we had a blizzard, so instead I went for a fun 2+mile walk in the blizzard.

So, hands up how many of you are managing to get out and run this winter. It's been so bitterly cold here in Chicago (and much of the northern states) and with all the snow and ice it's not easy to get out.

I can't wait for spring to arrive, or for it to just warm up enough during the days that I can take my girl out in the stroller for a decent training run. Last week I decided to run to a social event in the evening while my hub stayed home with the girl. I managed to run 2.52 miles on snow and slush and ice and felt so good about it that I decided I'd try and make it a weekly thing. This week however we're getting a 2nd visit from the Polar Vortex and it will be  between -9F and -12F when I go to and from my friends so I'll be catching the train. I did go out for a run today to make up for it though and man, it felt good! Running on snow/slush is like running on sand and the variety of surfaces on the sidewalk made for quite the work out!

I have signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in 9 weeks so I'm hoping to get out for a training run at least once a week until then. Sadly my finances aren't allowing for as many races as I'd like this year. I'm still aiming to complete a 5k in under 30minutes and push my distance to 10k. Any running goals for you this year?
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