There’s a very special moment that every runner should experience. It makes you feel like you just won the lotto. Like you’ve got the energy of a one year old Labrador puppy, and nothing can stop you! It's the point when the rubble of the brick wall seems miles away and all you feel is happiness. Most call this feeling "runner's high." But if you've found that special sole mate, you know better than that; it’s "shoe love."
So, how do you go about finding that perfect match? Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Go to the experts. It’s best to find a running specialty store where they can help you pick the right pair for your foot and type of running. A good running specialty shop will do a running analysis.
o They will watch you run outside or on a treadmill and look at when your foot strikes the ground and if you are supinating (foot rolls outward) or pronating (foot rolls inward).
o Your arch, shape, and size of your foot will dictate what type of shoe will work best for you.
To get the most out of your shoe experience:
- Know your budget. Just because the running store sells a pair for $120, doesn't mean you can’t find the same pair on sale online or a cheaper pair with the same functionality.
- Let them know what type of running you’ll be doing. Are you a treadmill junkie, road warrior, trail explorer, or a couch to 5k?
- Your shoes should be a ½ size bigger than your regular shoes to allow for plenty of room for your toes, so be sure to bring a pair of the socks you’ll be running in to get a feel for how they’ll really fit.
Once you pick the right pair, track your miles. Your shoes should be rotated out every 500 miles to reduce the risk of injury.