Running Shoes 101

Did you just start running? Here is everything you always wanted to know about running shoes, but were afraid too ask!

aed917c5b14de64e25175ca600d29278What is the best running shoe?

There is only the best running shoe for YOU. Because each runner is unique in how much they train, and what their running style, there is no “perfect” running shoe. The best running shoe for you depends entirely on the shape of your foot, your bio-mechanics and on the amount of running you do. Running shoes are designed to protect your feet from the road, provided traction on different surfaces, cushion the landing shock and support your feet. Not too much to ask, or is it?

Key points on picking the right running shoe:

If you experiment,you’re not alone. Picking the right shoes for running is more of an art than a science. Many runners experiment with different brands and models until they find just the right fit, feel and functionality. To shorten your trial and error path follow these steps:

Buy shoes designed for running:

Running shoes are designed to handle the shock of 2.5 times your body weight that is created by the impact each time your foot strikes the ground. When you’re running, you want to have excellent cushioning in both the heel and forefoot to handle this impact. If you plan on running three times a week or more, move up to a real running shoe.

Why buy a real running shoe?

tumblr_n6g1et1Jjz1t1prrio1_500Because you want to LOOK FAST of course. OK, really, running shoes provide the best protection for your feet, legs and body from the repeated stress of thousands of foot landings per mile. Each time you take a stride and land, your foot has to absorb two to three times your body weight. This repeated impact is different from other sports. Running shoes have built-in features that enable you to run day after day more comfortably and with less chance of over-use injury.

Here are some of the advantages of running shoes:

  • Superior Cushioning
  • Flexibility in the right places
  • Stability or Motion control
  • Traction on road or trails
  • Tortional stability – stiff where needed
  • Night-time reflectivity
  • Breathability

Now that you know a little more about running shoes and why they are necessary, you are almost ready to buy your running shoes!

Later this week I will post a follow-up to this post discussing different types of feet and how that relates to buying your shoes! 

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