The first ever Marathon (also Half Marathon, 10km, 6km and 2km Kids Dash) in New Zealand’s sunshine capital, the Tauranga International Marathon is going to knock your socks off. 

Think sea, sun, surf; think cafés, culture, and community; think fast, flat, fun!

This is not just a ‘tick it off the bucket list and go home’ kind of event. With a festival at the finish line on The Strand, you’ll get to experience the best Tauranga has to offer. Will you be on the start line and a part of history on Saturday 7 October?

Running shoes

Everyone is unique: your ambitions, your running style, your feet. Technology in footwear continues to advance and you have an opportunity to choose a running shoe that will compliment your biomechanics and offer optimum comfort and support.
Running shoes are designed to protect and support the foot. When people run in worn out shoes, pain and injuries can occur.
In this article, we give you tips to identify when your running shoes needs replacing so you can compete to your highest level.
Like any product used regularly, running shoes will wear out eventually. How quickly this happens is determined by your mileage, terrain, body weight and foot type.
For example, running on roads will wear out your shoes quicker than running on the beach.
On average running shoes can last around 800km. You can log your mileage and see how your shoe is stacking up. We are all unique so it is important to remember this number is only a guide.

- Signs your running shoes may need replacing:
- The outer sole has worn through to the white midsole
- The midsole feels too soft and collapses easily under pressure. You may see longitudinal creases in the midsole
- The heel counter becomes mobile and less supportive
- Your toes wear through the toe-box, and the shoe upper tears
- One shoe sole becomes asymmetrically worn compared with the other
- One or both shoes no longer stand up straight when placed on a flat surface

If your shoes are ready for replacement take them along to a specialist running shoe retailer such as Smiths Sports Shoes or Shoe Clinic. They are experts in running shoe recommendations.


Early management of niggles and pains in feet will keep your training programme on target

A marathon is the ultimate running challenge.

Continuous hours of running make your heart, mind and muscles work overtime but it is your feet that are the foundation to running success.

On average, 56,000 steps are taken on a single marathon race.

To ensure peak performance on race day, it is important to address any niggly pains early on. Pain is an indication produced by the body, telling you there is something wrong.

-  Achilles Tendon pain: Usually located around the middle of the Achilles, just behind the ankle bones. It often feels like pain or tightness 10 - 15 minutes into your run or feels tight in the morning.

-  Ankle pain: Associated with the ankle joint or the soft tissue structures around the ankle joint. Symptoms include morning stiffness and increased dull or achy pain as running mileage is increased.

-  Arch pain: Sufferers usually experience morning stiffness and pain during running.

-  Knee pain: Usually involves pain in the front of knee or either side of the knee joint. Running uphill or downhill often increase the pain level and is usually achy or dull pain.

If left untreated, these can progress to major injuries or lead to other injuries.

Foot Mechanics Podiatrists are experts in finding and treating the underlying causes of your pain. If you’re experiencing any lower limb issues, see Foot Mechanics for a Biomechanical Assessment. The assessment includes a full gait analysis, muscle and joint testing and pressure mat analysis to correctly identify the source of the niggling pain and provide diagnosis. We can advise your treatment options which could include orthotics or the revolutionary Pulse Wave Therapy.


Call 0800 436 686 to book your appointment now.