Now 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 from 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 should take it slow, perform a few ankle/calf strengthening/stretching exercises and get a properly 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 cost 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.