Selecting the Right Running Shoe

By admin
March 4, 2014

While running is an effective way to keep yourself healthy, failing to take the proper precautions can have negative consequences.  You may not realize it, but the running shoe you select has a significant impact on your performance.  If you're not running in the right shoes, you're leaving yourself at risk for discomfort, pain, and even injury.  Keep reading to learn about how you can select the running shoe that's right for you.

How to Select the Right Running Shoe for You

  1. Know your feet. One of the most important factors to consider when selecting a running shoe is your foot type.  Everyone's feet are different, and therefore a shoe that's comfortable for someone else may be completely wrong for you.  Knowing your shoe size, whether one foot is larger than the other, your arch shape, and more can help you choose a shoe that will not only be comfortable, but can help you avoid common running injuries.  If you're not sure about any of these factors, a visit to a store that specializing in running shoes can help.
  2. Decide where you will be running. Another important factor to keep in mind when looking for a running shoe is the surface you'll be running on.  Running on bumpy, off-road routes is not the same as a running on the smooth surface of a street, and there are several different types of running shoes to reflect this.  Road running shoes are designed for those who will be predominantly running on pavement, with occasional trips into rougher terrain.  Trail running shoes are made with off-road running in mind, and are equipped with heavier soles to add traction when running on rough surfaces.
  3. Ensure a proper fit. Possibly the most crucial step in choosing a running shoe is making sure it fits properly.  If you select a shoe that is too big or too small, you are at a much greater risk for discomfort or injury.  As your feet swell while running, it's important to leave some room in the front of the shoe - about a thumbnail's length - while making sure your feet aren't sliding around.
  4. Run in them before you buy them. As you're specifically buying shoes to run in, simply walking around the store isn't going to give you an accurate reading of how they will feel when you're running.  Try running around the store - or outside, if they allow it - to make sure you're selecting a shoe that's comfortable to run in.
  5. Know when to replace them. A common mistake runners make is keeping their shoes for too long.  Shoes that are old and worn-out are a common cause of running injuries, like runner's knee and shin splints.  Make sure to replace your running shoes every 300-400 miles, or if you begin to feel joint and muscle discomfort.

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To learn more about how to select a running shoe that's right for you, contact us today.  You can reach us directly at 707.258.2547 in Napa or 707.446.6206 in Vacaville.  We look forward to meeting you.

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