Your most important piece of equipment

Choosing the right running shoes is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a runner, especially if you’re just getting started. A little investment in time and effort for finding the best running shoes will help keep you comfortable and injury-free.

For the past 5 years I thought I was in the right shoe, but last year I began to have foot issues, so I went to my podiatrist. She took one look at me running on the treadmill and said “that is ugly”.  She remeasured my feet and put me in size up and I went from a neutral shoe to a stability shoe.  It has been 6 months but I’m pain free and no more black tonails.

Go straight to the experts at a running specialty store.  Make sure the salesperson looks at the shape and arch to figure out what type of foot you have.  Have the salesperson do a running analysis for you. He’ll watch you run in the running shoes, either outside or on treadmill, and determine your running style.

After you’ve found your perfect running shoes, you don’t have to keep going back to the specialty running shop. You’ll need to replace your shoes every 300-400 miles.

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