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Running Shoes

Running Shoes to Buy

Running shoes are one of the most basic pieces of equipment needed by all runners. Comfortable clothing is also very important to runners but by far the fit, design and comfort of the running shoe is the most important piece of equipment. Some runners may enjoy the use of gadgets such as heart rate monitors and speed and distance monitors while they are running but the vast majority of runners would likely tell you their running shoes are their most valued piece of equipment. This is because the right running shoe can not only improve your performance but can also go very far in helping you to stay comfortable while running and to avoid injuries. However, despite the fact that many runners realize the importance of good running shoes, there are many who have no idea how to pick out a good pair of running shoes for their use. This article will provide some information on why running shoes are so important and will offer some advice for selecting a great pair of running shoes.

One of the first factors a runner should consider is how often they will require a new pair of running shoes. Obviously some runners will wear out a pair of running shoes quicker than others given the same amount of running based on factors such a their weight, how hard they strike the ground while running and even the quality of the running shoe they originally purchased. However, a general rule of thumb is to replace running shoes every 300-500 miles. How often you will reach this number will obviously depend on how often you are running as well as how many miles you are running each time you go for a run. For example, consider two runners who both run five days a week. The first runner runs only two miles per day while the second runner runs ten miles per day. The second runner will obviously reach the 300-500 mile threshold much quicker than the first and will therefore likely need to purchase new running shoes more often.

Runners can usually tell when they are in need of a new pair of running shoes but it is advised to keep a running log and use the accumulated miles to determine when a new pair of running shoes is needed instead of basing the judgment on how the shoes feel or look. This is an important point because although most runners can tell when they are in need of new running shoes, they can usually only tell after the worn down shoes are beginning to cause them pain. However, runners who rely on mileage logs as opposed to the appearance of the shoe typically avoid reaching the point where the running shoes have deteriorated enough to be causing physical pain.

Many runners also are not aware there are different styles of running and selecting a shoe designed to suit your running style can be very beneficial. One of the most significant aspects to running style which should be considered when purchasing a pair of running shoes is the amount of pronation you have. This term refers to how much your foot rotates inward while you run. Runners who have a foot which rolls inward excessively are considered to be runners who overpronate while runners who have a foot which does not roll inward much at all are considered to be runners who underpronate. Both running styles can present unique problems such as shin splints, stress fractures and heel and knee pain. Runners who are not aware of how much they are pronating should consider visiting a shoe store specializing in the sale of running shoes. The staff at these stores is usually very knowledgeable and can examine your running style to determine which type of runner you are. They can also likely make recommendations for a few different running shoes which might be ideal for you. This will provide a good starting point for you, but you will still have to try on a number of different shoes to determine which one is the most comfortable. When trying on running shoes to determine the comfort it is important to run in the shoes. Some shoes specializing in running shoes will allow you to take the shoes outside and run around the parking lot for a little bit to get a more accurate feel of how the shoes perform when you are in action. This gives a much better idea of the performance of the shoe than simply walking around the store.

Runners should also be aware that there are many different types of running shoes available. This includes running shoes designed specifically for trail running, running shoes for runners who run mostly long distance events and running shoes for runners who run mostly shorter distance events. For example a marathon runner may prefer a shoe which provides some stability but is also lighter weight while a 5K runner may prefer a more stable shoe. The increased stability typically adds weight to the shoe but because the runner focuses on shorter distance events this increased weight is typically not a concern for the runner. Conversely, a marathon runner wearing a heavier running shoe would quickly begin to feel the effects of this increased weight.


The video clip above is from my DVD about running stetches and other running related information. Click on the DVD case below to find out more.

Running Stretches and Running Tips

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