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this may sound very stupid but..
I've never really done much running, though I used to do a little circuit while keeping fit for footie, a couple of miles at about 5min/mile pace..ten or more years ago! anyhow, I'm now old and useless so am running simple to stay ahead of my beer belly,(but failing) I run about 3 miles over grass and field nearby, at no point do I touch tarmac..for which my joints are no doubt v.grateful.. I've been using a pair of old moulded stud footie boots but I'm feeling the pain and really need a pair of something..anything with a bit of cushioning.
I am pretty strapped for cash, and tight as a ducks wotsit anyhow so I'm looking for a little help/advice from those in the know.. I was hoping to find some bargains ..about 25 quid ideally any tips most welcome
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You seem to being the correct things to start off a running prog.
Keep weight down - good. Grass - good. short distance - good. Footy boots - V. Bad.

Go to your local running shop and ask for advise. Tell them you have just started running and are not prepaired to spend lots of cash. ( They will more than likely have some offers on, and get you cheap pair of running shoes.

The correct shoes are very important to avoid injury.
 

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Please go to a specialist and they will get you fitted out.
If you continue to run in those boots you will be injured soon and that is a lot more expensive than a decent pair of trainers!
 

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Most stores have deals on.
Jogshop in Brighton often has some good deals.
What part of the UK are you in? I can direct you to some bargins if you want!
 

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thanks

Thanks v.much for the advice, I've managed to convince my big sis she should buy me some for my birthday next week..(fortysomething again).. well pay half the cost anyhow, so had a look about and chose some Nike Air Pegasus things which seem to have a decent grippy sole suitable for the rough grass/mud tracks I use. At forty quid they were more than I would have spent alone and as they're sooo last year they had 30% off.. I always like a bargain. look forward to giving them a go..and thoroughly expect to knock at least a min per mile off my time! .. I reckon I'm at about 7min/mile pace at present, but the track's not exactly the easiest/smoothest surface. my aim is to swap over to a road route of about 4 miles which I should hopefully be able to do at 6min/mile sort of pace.. beer belly willing.
thanks again for the help
 

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Okay- just remember to take it gradually- generally I wouldn't expect to take a whole minute per mile off just by using different shoes particularly if the track is muddy (whereby football boots whilst hurting more can lead to a faster time).

Good on you for getting hte pegasus, from everything I've heard they're a very reasonable pair of shoes. £40 isn't too bad either- generally for a shoe like that as long as you're smart £30-40 is about right. UNfortunately some places can try and get you to pay upto the sky for something similiar! £40 is quite reasonable though.

Best of luck, Bryn
 
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