How to pick The Perfect Running Shoes

Hey Runner!

Myths and rumours… Are these holding you back from running?

The first thing I always hear and I am asked about is :
” How can you run? Isn’t running too boring? Oh my God, I can’t imagine myself running more than 1 minute, it’s like dying.”

Well, first, I do agree that running might not be the favourite cardio of so many, but it is still the one that all sports need to integrate in their trainings, so imagine how important is running.
Running isn’t boring if you alternate, in your trainings, many types of running which I wrote about in last week’s article : Discover Running.
And second, if dying means being able to run and breathe, then let’s all die here 😆.
Ok, I am kidding but I got your point you mean : It’s painful.

Running isn’t painful and it shouldn’t be.
If you feel any pain while running, this means there is something wrong.
The most common pain we all get from running are knee pains, shins, hips and so on.

Did you know that wearing the wrong running shoes is the first reason to all those problems and painful experiences?

That’s why today I will be telling you more about it and help you choose the right pair of running shoes.

As you know, we are all different: we have different type of feet, we walk and run differently as well.
Most of us love specific brands and would like to have “this latest model” they just created to have a smoother run.
Unfortunately, you can’t be running with any running shoes, there are so many types and not all of them are suitable for you.

You can always customize your own pair of shoes but it will be costly and also it will take a long time for you to have it ready.

Let’s understand the matter first and then we can come up with solutions. (This is how I deal with everything in life!)

FOOT TYPES:

We have 3 important foot types :
Supination or Under-pronation (Feet that need extra cushioning)
Neutral (Feet can adapt)
Over-pronation (Feet that need extra support)

What does that mean? Pronation is the natural movement of your foot as you walk and run. While walking/running the foot absorbs the shock when it hits the ground, some of us roll inwards and other roll out. If you aren’t wearing the proper running shoes suitable for you, you may endure fatigue and pain while running and with time this can lead to injuries.

So now which type are you?

DETERMINING YOUR FOOT TYPE:

There are tests that you can do to identify which foot type you have. You can go to any Sports Wear Store and ask them to do the “foot type test” for you, it is generally free and can be done in two ways :
– on the treadmill: they will ask you to run barefoot on the treadmill for few seconds, then they will analyze how you are landing and determine your foot type (the second column of the image above).
– on a board: you stand on a board, your feet will leave a trace that will identify which type of feet you are (the third column of the image above).

It’s also possible to do the test on your own, it’s easy and can be done at home:
– Wet your foot entirely but remove the excess water from it.
– Grab a carton and step naturally on it (not too hard, not too soft: just naturally).
– Check the footprint left on the carton and try to identify which foot type you are, comparing it to the image above (the third column).

PICK YOUR PERFECT RUNNING SHOES:

Once you identify your foot type, now it is easy to find your perfect pair of running shoes!
Usually all brands have running shoes for all foot types, so you can always be wearing your favourite brand knowing that it’s also the perfect and suitable running shoes for you.
You can research the perfect running shoes for your foot type online and you can also message me anytime if you have any doubt!

One VERY important note : ALWAYS BUY YOUR RUNNING SHOES 0.5 or 1 SIZE BIGGER THAN WHAT YOU USUALLY WEAR.
I cannot stress enough about that matter but this is the most common mistake we all do: you get blisters, black toes and let’s admit it it’s just super uncomfortable to wear the wrong size of shoes.
It’s very important to understand that while running your blood is circulating and you are for a long period on your feet, it is just normal that they expand therefore they need more room in your shoes , thus the half to one size bigger is very crucial.

If you have any questions, please leave your comment below.
If you found this article fruitful and interesting please leave us a thumbs up 👍.

You can always reach me via Instagram @lr.t_ , I am more than happy to help you!

Have a great week ahead Runner!
See you soon!

– L.


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