When a new runner begins in the sport, whether they want to be very serious about running a marathon one day or if they are just looking to lose weight and become healthier, many of them make one small mistake. They run in the wrong shoes.
What many new runners don’t know is that athletic wear and specifically running shoes must fit their feet. Running in shoes that don’t fit properly can injure their feet, legs and backs. When runners get injured, it can be easy to stop running altogether and never take it back up again. Getting started in the corrected footwear is essential.
Never buy shoes based on pricing, color and looks alone. Though it would be perfect to find a pair of shoes that are super discounted, look great on your feet and are of a color that can be coordinated with your outfits, you need the right shoe.
Let us look at why we need running specific shoes.
If we got ten people to sit on the ground next to each other with their shoes off and feet up. If we took a photo of all their feet side by side, we would notice that their feet do not look the same. What we would see are feet of different sizes, widths and arches that are low or high.
The next issue is height, weight, body alignment, past injuries all of which can affect how we run. Some of us pound the road, others are lighter on their feet. Some run leaning forwards, backwards, to the side. You’ve seen it. We aren’t all smooth Olympic runners.
Manufacturers must take all these factors into account when designing shoes. Shoe design will fall into three categories.
Stability running shoes help runners who overpronate. Though we all pronate to a degree, those who overpronation issues can run into issues quickly without the added support of these shoes. They support the arch of the foot, providing support through the midsole and into the heel. These shoes are more rigid; however, they still have enough flexibility to make your run comfortable.
Motion control shoes help with excessive pronation, flat feet and larger bodies. These shoes provide support through the midsole, heel cup and control the excessive rolling of the foot. They are typically stiffer shoes.
Cushioned shoes are designed for those with neutral feet and under pronators. They reduce the impact forces by having extra padding.
Within these three categories are still additional considerations to consider when a shoe salesperson places you in a pair of running shoes. So, it is important that you are assessed when buying shoes.
Become a Centurion by taking part in the Centurion Challenge! The Centuion Challenge is a virtual event and Yes you can do it. A big plus is you can start anytime you want and have until the end of the year (December 31) to see how far your have gone.
The Challenge is great way to train for a goal event or even just use it as a training log to keep track of your activities for the full year. Even after you finish your goal, you can still continue to log miles.
There are three events you can register for*;
- 50 Mile Challenge
- 100 Mile Challenge
- 200 Mile Challenge
*If you register for the 50 mile you can continue onto the 100 mile and if you achieve that you can continue onto the 200 mile. You only need to pay one fee.