I always find running advice monotonous and dull, completely out of step with the adventurous spirit that drives me to tie my laces each day. So here are five surprising things I’ve learnt in a decade of running. I would love to hear your contrarian tips in the comments — or tell me why I’m wrong. Gear: your training shoes are not your racing shoes I’ve been running marathons since 2010 in the Vibram Five Fingers, those strange-looking “barefoot shoes” that resemble ballet slippers with toe slots. Big mistake. The great thing about these shoes is basically that they do nothing. They really are like running barefoot, but offer a bit of warmth and hinder shards of glass from ruining your week. The theory behind them is that our bodies were evolved to run. Shoes designed for comfort, with two-inch foam under the heels, “reduce the workload of the foot’s intrinsic muscles . . . [and] potentially interfere with the normal function and development of the arch”, a 2014 study found. In othe...

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