Monday, June 27, 2016

Think before you buy running shoe

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Which running shoe is better for you?


No shoe is perfect for every runner and not all running shoes are designed the same. Running shoe shopping is like shopping for cars: before you invest in some serious mileage take the time to test drive each model. Because all runners are biomechanically different with distinct needs, so investing in the latest fad shoe may not be the best way to go, as running in the wrong shoes can result in aches, pains and even a missing toenail. With such dramatic changes in running shoe styles in recent years, how the heck do you know which shoes to buy? Not to worry, here are a few tips on how to shop for running shoes.

The three main foot types are flat, neutral and high-arched–factors which can help determine one’s level of pronation. In general, flat-footed runners are fit into motion control shoes to help slow down the rate of overpronation, while those with moderate to high arches are fitted for either cushioned or stability shoes, which provide a mild amount of support but are still flexible and well cushioned. You might wind up with the brand, but check out with a few other brands and models to see what’s out there. Be careful about buying the latest model of a shoe without at least trying it on.

Before you start shopping, consider what running shoe you really want and need. How a shoe fits your foot size and shape is very important. If you’re a relatively new runner aiming for your first marathon, don’t buy something heavy, extra foamy and rigid just because you’ve worn motion control shoes in the past.
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Find shoes with a lower heel. Know the heel-to-toe drop of your current shoes and consider transitioning to a model with a slightly lower differential. The single biggest thing you can do to help you reduce the ill effects of overpronation is to reduce the dramatic levering effect of heel-striking in a shoe with a high heel-toe drop.

 Choose which feel is right for you. Do you prefer to feel the responsiveness of the road with every stride, or do you like the cushioned ride of a more traditional running shoe? The models of running shoes are endless. From racing flats to trail shoes and everything in between choose the pair that will best suit your personal preferences, as well as your running environment.

 Make sure you have a half to a full thumb’s nail length from your big toe to the end of the shoe. This may require going up in size from your street shoe. Running causes our feet to swell so you’ll want to have plenty of room in the toe box. If you’re toes are crammed in the front of the shoe, you could develop blisters or black toenails.

Before finalize you buying, take a short run around the store to test the fit, function and comfort. Make sure the shoe you choose feels great when you are running, not just standing.

It important to prevent injuries replaces your shoes every 200 to 400 miles depending on the surface that you run. Running in old, worn-out shoes is one of the most common causes of running injuries. Over time, our shoes lose cushioning, stability and shock absorption. You’ll know when you need to replace your shoes when you feel discomfort in your joints and muscles.

Remember, when it comes down to it, it’s less about the shoes and more about how you run. Ideally, a shoe is only there to offer a little bit of protection and comfort from the hard surfaces below your feet. How committed you are to getting really fit and how dedicated you are to doing drills and improving your form are what matter most. Shoes are necessary and they do help, but only a little.

Happy Shopping.

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