How to Pick the Right Running Shoes

How to pick the right running shoes to prevent injury and have peak performance!

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Whew it has been a busy couple of weeks! Now that memorial day is over (and I hope you had some time to spend with family remembering those that we have lost) I hope to get back into the swing of things. Ever since the race at the first of the month I have been a little slow getting back into my normal training routine. However, slowly I’m getting myself back into it! 

 How to pick the right running shoes to prevent injury and have peak performance!

This morning I had a nice 3 mile run and an arms workout! If you want to know what I did for the arm workout check out my instagram @abby.siler.fit ! I try to post my daily workouts on there for you to follow along with! 

I’ve been known to post a lot of pictures of my shoes. I have two pairs that I love one is the Saucony Kinvara line (I’ve been using them for years) the other pair that I’m loving right now are the Brooks PureFlow 

 How to pick the right running shoes to prevent injury and have peak performance!

I have been asked a lot about how to pick the right running shoes from both beginners and veteran runners. So, that is what I’m going to be going over with you today!

 

How to Pick the Right Running Shoes

Why does it matter?

If you are going to be running you are going to be spending a lot of time in your shoes. If you don’t have comfortable and well fitting shoes you are going to be miserable on your run (trust me, I’ve been there). The proper fitting running shoes will also help prevent injury by keeping your feet happy and the rest of your body aligned. If your shoes don’t fit right it could change the way you run and therefore cause issues on up the body from plantar fasciitis to runner’s knee and IT band syndrome. 

 How to pick the right running shoes to prevent injury and have peak performance!

Types of Feet

There are 3 types of feet. 

  1. flat
  2. neutral
  3. high arch

Here is a great article from Runner’s World on how to determine what type of foot you have.

 

Once you have figured out the type of foot you have you can start to narrow down your shoes. Each company out there has shoes that are specific to different types of feet and that is where you will begin your search.

 

Running Stores

My best advice is to try on shoes at a running store. They will help you determine your foot type as well as bring out the right shoes for that category. They also usually have a treadmill or don’t mind if you take a jog around the block to try out your shoes! 

 

Try on lots and lots and lots

Don’t just go for the prettiest shoes. Be sure to try on several different pairs. Have one shoe from one pair on one foot and another shoe from another pair on the other foot. This will let you compare the feel and start to narrow down your selection.

 

Be sure to get the right size too. In normal shoes I wear a 7 but all of my runners are size 8. You should have a thumbs width from your big toe to the front of the toe box when standing. When you run your feet swell and should have space to move when this happens!

How to pick the right running shoes to prevent injury and have peak performance!

Remember, don’t just go out and buy any shoe! My best advice is to always head to your local running store such as Fleet Feet Sports and get some expert advice!! 

 


 

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