When shopping for the right pair of running shoes here are 5 tips to keep in mind:
- If you have never been professionally fitted for a pair of running, go to your local running store that specializes solely on running and experience this free service. They will perform a gait analysis, assess your arches, and match your biomechanics to the appropriate shoes.
- Most running shoes range from $70 to over $150. If you need to justify the high price tag, keep in mind that your joints and over health and fitness depend on well constructed, supportive footwear. There is a reason you shy aware from the entry level off brand tires for your car if you can fiscally afford to do so. The same should apply to your body.
- There are three types of running shoes: 1) cushion, 2) stability, and 3) motion-control. Cushion shoes are for runners with high arches and a neutral stride and foot plant. Stability shoes (most common) are for runners with normal arches that mildly pronate (roll inward). Motion-control shoes (small percentage of runners) are for those with flat arches and severe pronation.
- Break your shoes in over time. Start my wearing them around the house or out on the town (stark white shoes are always a fashion statement) before running in them. You can alternative between your current running shoes and the new pair every other run for the first couple weeks before you transition entirely.
- Most running shoes have a life span of 300-500 miles. The tread on your shoes will begin to significantly wear at that point. Therefore, keeping a log of your mileage is a great practice. Once your shoes begin to near the end of their life go shopping for a replacement pair to ease the transition. Also, if possible only use your running shoes for running. This will keep them fresh and maintain their days longer.
Here’s to an enjoyable shopping experience that will lead to many successful miles! Run well...