Month: February 2014

The Right Shoe, and the Left

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When you make the decision to start running, one of the most important steps is choosing the right sneakers to train in. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a sneaker because it’s popular or because your friend swears by it. They are not one size fits all. Running in sneakers that don’t meet your needs can make you more prone to injuries, like shin splints. Ouch!

There are many things you should consider before purchasing running shoes, including:

  • Body frame and weight
  • Terrain
    • Road, trail, or both
  • Arch height
    • If you are unsure of your arch height, wet your feet and step on a newspaper.
  • Pronation-
    • Over- feet roll inward excessively
    • Under- feet roll outward
    • Straight- roll inward slightly
  • Injuries
    • Plantar Fasciitis, bunions, etc.

You might be feeling overwhelmed by all of the factors. To help, there are a number of websites that provide shoe finder quizzes. I have used the shoe finders on both Road Runner Sports and Runner’s World. After taking the quizzes, your results will tell you what type of shoe fits your needs. Types include neutral, stability and motion control, which can further be broken down into performance sneakers. If you prefer more guidance, you can visit your local running store- many stores have someone who can watch you run and provide a few sneaker options that would suit you.

Hope this helps!

I’m Back!

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It’s been almost two months since my last update. That’s because between the relentless snow, ice, and my pesky little foot problem, my running has been nearly non-existent. I was practically ice skating on my way to work this morning! And I’m hearing more snow tomorrow. Sigh.

There is a silver lining though! In the absence of running, I have become more consistent with my cross-training. I might have mentioned this before, but I work at a gym. A gym I have rarely made use of until this year. I figured that if I can’t get in the runs I want, I might as well work on other areas. My cross training has mostly consisted of elliptical machines (I am not a fan of treadmills), cardio/toning circuits and my personal favorite, yoga! I also consider teaching swimming for a few hours a week a workout. 😉

My half marathon is a week from today, but I haven’t decided if I’ll run it or not. We’ll see what happens. 🙂 If I decide to, you can all expect a detailed update next weekend. Also, stay tuned for my next post, which will be on things to consider when buying running sneakers!