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Up and Running for the Manchester 10K

Published on April 5th 2005.

With the Manchester 10k Run coming up soon in May, there are those of us who could probably do with a new pair of trainers, new trackie bottoms, and some general advice on how not to run like a girl.

The gear has kindly been sorted out by Umbro (more to follow on our spanking new shirts and shorts) so it was now just the other two items on the agenda that needed to be addressed.

Word soon spread in the Manchester Confidential offices of a promising little athletics store up in the Triangle. It was mentioned that the store provided a running machine in the building, hopefully not surrounded by the world and his wife.

Sure enough, the machine is tucked away in the corner. Hop aboard and the staff will check out the back of your legs for five minutes while you're running, you don’t even have to turn up in shorts and t-shirt.

Sure enough, a broken ankle last year and a girl’s running style meant that I needed a supportive set of trainers. After a good level of consultation we settled on pair of size 8 Hurricanes. Slightly better than walking into your local Allsports and picking up a pair of any old trainers off the shelf. Frankly, if you’re about to set off on a 10km run, then you need a decent pair of trainers.

'R' Kelly also benefited from additional expertise from the Up and Running staff.

The store have been running a few in-store events lately as well, with MediQuip hosting a night with an in-house physio checking out potential runners for the up and coming Manchester run.

With that run in mind, and local City Physio John Spencer coming in to give the budding participants a once over. Sure enough, we’d only been in there five minutes and Kelly was already lying on the bed, shoes off, having her ankles analysed by the physio, who has been providing advice and support to city centre residents for five years.

Kelly learnt that her flat footed-ness was forcing her to turn over too much onto her big toe. Although runners push off from their big toes generally, we learnt that Kelly was rolling into her big toe much which resulted in swelling and uncomfortableness in the peronial muscle. All technical stuff, but this resulted in Kelly being able to get the right trainers for her.

All in all, Up and Running have got us well on the way to the Manchester Run, next up are Umbro who have kitted us all out for the big day……..now to find someone who can stop me from running like a girl……..

Up and Running
Tel: 0161 832 8338

City Physio
Tel: 0161 228 1494

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