Monday, July 7, 2014

PICK THE PERFECT RUNNING SHOES #HowTo


I generally don't run long distances. It is too high-impact for my poor feet, which I have had problems with for as long as I can remember. I was a gymnast for eleven years of my life, and the bane of my existence as an athlete has always been my total absence of an arch PLUS an accessory navicular bone. Growing up, I just knew it to be the  "extra bones" on both my feet. Running and landing hard really took it's toll on my feet and I was constantly icing them and wrapping them before practice. Even as an adult, they sometimes hurt so much that I end up not walking, but hobbling to all my engagements. I used to think it was weird that I felt more comfortable in heels, but I then realized that the heels created the much needed arch.

Anyway, because of this, running was never an option for me as cardio now that I'm an adult. I always preferred the elliptical machine or something with less impact to burn the calories. Nevertheless, there are certain shoes that I SHOULD be wearing when I work out, because not all running shoes are created equal. I am still guilty of picking style over function, even if really I am educated enough to know what's good for my feet. Here are a few things to consider when picking a running shoe, whether you are a hardcore runner, or someone who is just starting out.

  • Flat Feet need shoes that have "motion control," "stability control" in their descriptions.
  • If you have flat feet, ask your doctor if you might need arch supports to insert into your shoes when you run (or all the time!)
  • High Arches need shoes that are cushioned on the mid sole and shock absorbers.
  • Neutral/ Normal feet can wear almost anything. LUCKY YOU!
  • Go to running specialty stores. The people there are trained to help you find the perfect shoe for your foot type.
  • Before investing, make sure you re-measure your feet, even if you have been wearing the same size for years. It might have changed due to numerous reasons such as pregnancy or fallen arches.
  • Usually these running specialty stores have treadmills where they staff can watch how you run and determine the best shoe for you.
  • Replace your shoes every 500 kilometers.

1 comment:

  1. Having the correct running shoe for the way run is vital to the success and enjoyment of your running. You wouldn't do anything else with the wrong equipment and you should have the same attitude toward your running shoes. Here we explain why Motion Control running Shoes are ideal for runners with flat feet.

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