Buying the Right Running Shoes – A Huge Decision

| May 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

Running SneakersNow that my tensor fascia latae muscle is on the mend, it’s time for me to get serious about developing a running routine.  In accordance with my chiropractor’s instructions, I decided to speed up my running pace.  He believes the problem I had with my tensor fascia muscle as a result of running too slow.

After one day of quickening my pace I noticed that I started to suffer with mild shin splints.  Nothing too painful.  Just enough to catch my attention.  Since I’m just starting out with a new training schedule, I figured I shouldto take it slow, perform a few ankle/calf strengthening/stretching exercises and get a proper fitting pair of running sneakers.

Finding the Right Running Sneakers

Years ago when I used to run, I’d buy a pair of Nikes put them on and start running.  I’d use them until they wore out and got another pair.  I was never a consistent runner so I was never really afflicted with major injuries.  However, after aging a few decades, I think I need to do the right thing and find the right running sneakers.

After completing my run I got on the computer and Googled running sneakers.  I ended up on the Runner’s World website and realized there is a lot more to selecting the right sneaker than knowing your shoe size.  If you go to their website you’ll need to be equipped with the following information before purchasing a pair of sneakers:

  • Shoe size – that’s a no brainer
  • Type of shoe needed – motion control, stability, cushioned, performance, trail, etc. (???)
  • Body size – Are you a small petite runner or a larger over 165 pound runner
  • Foot arch  —  Flat, normal or high arch. If you don’t know you should do the wet foot test to find your arch type.
  • Pronation – What the heck is that???

After I learned the lingo and determined my pronation, arch, etc. I found that the best sneakers to fit my running habits, foot type and body size would costs about $130.  Oh well, I might as well spend the money to do things right…right?  Well, maybe not…

I found some pretty compelling information that has me thinking twice about spending $130 on running sneakers…

This post is getting too long so I’ll share what I found in the next post.

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Category: As We Age, Fitness, Running, Tensor Fasciae Latae

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Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog Felicia shares what she's learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she's also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment). Necessary disclaimer: I am not a medical professional therefore I am not and cannot giving medical advice. I'm just sharing my story.

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