Saw some interesting research about appropriate footwear for running in The Times on 12 Sep. I ran a marathon in 1979, wearing plimsolls and with no ill effects other than a couple of blisters. So when I saw the article “save your cash: plimsolls can outrun pricey trainers” I read on. The main picture was of a woman running in high heels, who won the Guinness Book of Records for running the fastest 100 metres in high heels, covering the distance in 14.531 seconds. I was impressed: I can’t even walk in high heels.
According to the article, parents don’t need to buy expensive trainers, and it seems to imply that barefoot running is best, for adults as well as children. How practical this is remains to be seen. “The pain encourages you to run correctly”, Dr Wilkinson said when speaking at the British Science Festival. I think I’ll stick with the trainers, with no pain involved.