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  • Rob Mullen

My substance abuse problem: Trainers.

Updated: May 7, 2020

It's a relationship that runners spend a long time honing: that with your trainers. There's a minefield of option out there - depending on your gait, the shape of foot, running style, personal preference on style, and so on. My approach is rather more straightforward:

In 2011/12, my team, Manchester United, were sponsored by Nike and this was reason enough for me to purchase a pair of Nike Air Pegasus trainers for my first serious race - the 2012 London Marathon.

Being a creature of habit and a brand slave, I've stuck with Nike over the years, working through a variety of iterations of Nike Air Pegasus' (many personalised, and several now thrown out by my long suffering girlfriend!) before eventually diving into the controversial world of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% [in the photo, second from the left, top row] - famously worn by the great Eliud Kipchoge (the only man to have run a sub 2 hour marathon).

However, a pair of Vaporfly are not going to help around the Gower Peninsula, the ancient woodland around Bristol and certainly not in the desert. My trail shoes are Saucony Peregrines [bottom left] - why did I pick these? Because I'm a bit of a twitcher and my favourite bird is the Peregrine Falcon! Not exactly an application of science.

I'm not the man to turn to for in-depth ergonomic advice on running shoes, but I have found shoes that work for me (plus I'm too stubborn to change...) and the chance to personalise some of my trainers for events that have meant something to me, is priceless.

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