New shoes save Rhodri's shins for Bracknell half marathon

Published: 23 Feb 2014 17:300 comments

Reporter Rhodri Andrews is taking on the Bracknell Half Marathon on April 27 to raise money for Sebastian’s Action Trust. The charity, set up in memory of Ascot schoolboy Sebastian Gates, supports severely ill children and their families through its holiday home and other services.

In my first instalment I had nearly fallen in love with running and everything seemed to be going absolutely fine.

I was eating up the miles, not feeling like I was going to die of exhaustion and thinking that 13.1 miles was easily within my reach.

Nothing could halt my run of form, could it? You bet it could. Shortly afterwards I suffered from shin splints after a straightforward two-mile run.

I was due to tackle eight miles the following day but after a quick internet search I knew it was wise to call it off and to give my battered shins a break.

I originally planned to rest for a week but this was extended to two weeks as a precaution. I tried to keep my fitness levels up with cycling but it was nowhere near as enjoyable.

Eager to get back to running, I was pointed in the direction of a specialist running shop, as I learned that one of the many causes of shin splints was not wearing the correct trainers.

As I was guilty as sin for wearing tennis trainers, I decided to plump for some new ones.

The shop assistant took me through a series of tests to determine the best shoes for my feet and included a specially-moulded insole as well.

My bank account cried at the amount I was quoted for the pair – more than £100 – but feeling this was the best way to continue with my training I went for it.

I went for my first run in a fortnight 10 days ago and it has been glorious.

My new trainers make it feel like I’m running on clouds – they’re incredibly light and do my legs the world of good.

In terms of distance I’ve had to start from scratch and have slowly built back up to five miles, but find myself running a lot quicker, which is promising.

I’m hoping to add a mile on to each week, which would take me to 12 miles by the first week of April which would be brilliant if I pulled it off!

However, I cannot lose sight of why I’m running the half marathon in the first place: Sebastian’s Action Trust is a fantastic charity and it would be great if you could get behind my efforts and sponsor me in order to help them continue the work that they do.

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