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
- Road, trail, or both
- Arch height
- If you are unsure of your arch height, wet your feet and step on a newspaper.
- Over- feet roll inward excessively
- Under- feet roll outward
- Straight- roll inward slightly
- 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!
My first week back at running went pretty well. I ran three times and logged about 6 miles (I’m starting off SLOW guys). The last time I ran was on Saturday and while I felt good, the ball of my right foot did not. In high school, I would have ignored the pain and gone to practice everyday until I started limping. I’ve finally learned my lesson from that stress fracture sophomore year. 😀
The pain most likely isn’t from running; my guess is that it’s from wearing very high heels last week to attend a few birthday outings. (Including my own 23 birthday surprise!)
Anyway. I’ve been resting it as much as possible and I finally felt no pain yesterday. Which means I will be going for a run the second I post this update! My goal for today is 2.5 miles. And I’ll finally be trying out my Saucony Powergrid Cortana 2s from Road Runner Sports. I had to exchange the last pair for a half size bigger. Another lesson learned- size up when the website itself advises it. >.<
Have any of you started running? If not, tell me what’s keeping you from it!