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The importance of good running shoes

I think a lot of non-runners have the misconception that running is unlike other sports because they think there are no rules and you have no equipment. They think it’s inexpensive because you don’t have to spend the money on the cleats, rackets, balls, nets, etc. A lot of people overlook one of the most important parts of running – your shoes!

YOU NEED GOOD RUNNING SHOES!!!!!

Having proper running shoes is so important! I cannot stress to you enough how incredibly crucial your shoes are to the benefit of your whole entire body. I’m not kidding. I recommend going to a specialty running store where the workers will watch the way you walk or run and help you find the best fit for your feet and your running style. Everyone is different and has different shoe needs. There are shoes that will correct overpronation (when your feet roll inward), and supination (when your feet roll outward). There are minimalist shoes and performance shoes and stability shoes, and the list of possibilities are endless. There’s a perfect pair of shoes out just waiting for you to discover them and make them your new best friend! But not only do you need one really good pair of running shoes, but you need to make sure that you replace them often enough. According to therunnersguide.com, how often your shoes need to be replaced is based mostly on your mileage (about 300 to 500 miles), but also other contributing factors, such as your weight and your running style. To track how many miles you’ve run in your shoes, they suggest keeping a running log, which I will probably write a post on later.

For me, I can usually feel when I need a new pair of running shoes, and I am much more prone to injury, aches, and pains. I get shinsplints, I get ankle problems, knee problems, back problems, you name it. I am in desperate need of a new pair of running shoes right now! The pair I have now are Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 (see below), and I’ve had them since July. They have moderate stability, perfect for my overpronation. The shoe’s arch fits mine perfectly, and they’re considerably lighter than my previous pair of Saucony Progrid Guide 4 shoes, which were about 10.1 oz! My current shoes are only 8.9 oz, over an ounce less than the pair before. I know an ounce doesn’t sound like a lot, but I can feel the difference and I like it. But it’s high time for me to get a new pair of shoes! I ran almost 200 miles in July alone, then my entire cross country season, and all of my winter training so far. I’m sure I have at least 600 miles on those shoes, if not more! And I can tell too; my knees have been killing me like no other! I could hardly walk in to school yesterday because they hurt so badly! I’m afraid I’m just gonna start limping down the hallways of my high school pretty soon and I’ll need a wheelchair or a walker or something, like an old lady with arthritis! It’s pretty bad! But thankfully, I know that this is my fault and it’s easily fixable with some ice and a new pair of shoes! It gets annoying to buy new running shoes (and also pricey, as they often are in the hundred-dollar-range) twice or more per year, but its worth it and will save you so much pain while you run! I went to my local running shoe store yesterday, Running Wild, to get some new shoes for my painful legs. I’m just going to get another pair of the same kind of shoes, but I’m going to have to wait a week until they get my size in. They also updated my shoes, but I don’t think that much has changed other than their color, which is now gray and my favorite shade of blue. It’s never ever ever a good idea to pick running shoes just by their color or how they look! But if you can get some shoes that fit your feet, your arch, and your running perfectly and you can get them in your favorite color, its a bonus!

Mizuno Women's Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe - Dick's Sporting Goods<—-my current shoes, until I get my new ones!

<—-the new and improved Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 shoes that I should be getting next week! 🙂

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