There's still a day left if you want to pick up tips, ideas, info and cut-price kit
Zest was at The Running Show at Esher's Sandown Park today, and would thoroughly recommend a trip (especially if the weather's as bad as it was today) if you're after well-priced running equipment and a chance to talk to the experts about ways to run better.
The Running School: If you're a newbie, maybe thinking about taking up running to lose weight but having trouble taking those first few steps, a six-session Running School course could be just the oomph to get you started. Advice on technique, nutrition and training comes with treadmill training that will help you amend your posture so you are running in a way to maximise speed and effort.
Experienced runners can benefit too, with children's courses another speciality. www.runningschool.co.uk
Embrace Sports:Running and triathlon holidays in Portugal cater for all levels, with groups of up to 35 accommodated in villas on the Algarve at extremely reasonable prices (£515 for a week excl flights). A great way to meet new people, focus on training with a friend or partner, kickstart a challenge or retain motivation through the winter months. www.embracesports.co.uk
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Workplay Bags:Women-specific kit bags and running backpacks and hip belts that boast plentiful pockets - perfect for gym, training and travel. Ergonomically designed to fit the female shape. www.workplay-bags.com
Compressport socks:These socks will keep your feet warm if circulation is a problem. That makes them perfect for cold-toed runners - but they are also great for skiing and snowboarding too. Compression wear benefits include improved recovery time, shock absorption and injury protection. Costly at £35 for a high sock, but they come with a two-year guarantee. Use them as travel socks too on long-haul flights. We couldn't resist - and will let you know how we get on! www.compressport.uk.com
Fitbrands:Expert advice on running kit from trainers and socks to running watches and socks. We were interested to find out more about Soleus wrist computers. Among their products are a stripped down £35 running watch that is the perfect no-nonsense, no-complications way to log your running time and distance without the fancy add-ons that can be confusing. Or upgrade to the GPS version for £99. Highly recommended.
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We are also looking forward to trying a pair of Balega socks - No 1 brand in the US and one that users rave about for its softness and comfort. www.fitbrands.co.uk for stockists.
Yurbuds:These super-comfy in-ear headphones twist into position and are guaranteed not to fall out. Definitely one for the Christmas list. Love 'em. www.yurbuds.com for more information.
The Running Show is open all day Sunday November 25, 2012. Find out more here.
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