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I’ve been training and racing consistently for a few years now, so I’d like to share a pearl of runnning wisdom with you. Are you listening? All ears? Here we go: don’t forget your shoes.

You’re welcome.

Saturday was the latest race in the Surrey League cross country fixture, one which my club, Wimbledon Windmilers, was hosting. I got there in the nick of time having dashed out the door, throwing a few small children at my kindly-babysitting Nike Air Huarache Womens dad. I went to put on my beloved Inov-8 X-Talons, which have kept me on my feet through the mud and slime of Surrey’s various venues. I’d left them at home.

Never have I appreciated those shoes more than when squelching, slipping and Nike Free 5.0 V4 Dames falling my way around the five mile course in a pair of road shoes with all the grip of a Victorian consumptive heroine nearing the end. Falls: four. Bruises: plentiful. Times I not only wanted to abandon race but quite possibly abandon ever running again: countless.

So there you go. Do not do this. I am an idiot. Proper shoes are not only essential for a decent time in cross country, but also help to prevent injuries caused by slipping, twisting, wrenching falls. I’m probably lucky I didn’t pick up a more major injury (fingers crossed). So I hope your weekend running was better than mine ...“I’d like to Nike Air Max 87 Dames start cycling to work” is a popular refrain at new year, but all too often people are put off by barriers which are either imagined or easily surmountable.

In most places, there’s no reason it should be a difficult thing to do. Dig your old Adidas Zx Flux Mens bike out of the garage, or pick up a cheap second-hand one on eBay, Gumtree, Craigslist or a similar site. If it’s in bad shape, take it to a bike shop for a service.

Despite some cyclists’ fondness for lycra, there’s no need to wear specialist Nike Air Max Command Bianche clothes while on the bike unless you live in a climate so hot that you sweat when you cycle. If it’s raining, just wear waterproofs. If it’s sunny, wear a T-shirt.

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