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Veronica2010-05-01 19:53:03 +0000 #1
What makes a good running shoe? How should it fit?


skibum2010-05-01 20:06:20 +0000 #2
There are almost as many things to consider when getting a good fit on a running shoe as there are when buying a bicycle. The most basic part of it is the physical size. You want the shoe to be snug enough that your foot doesn't slide around as you run (can you say blisters??) but not so tight that it's uncomfortable. Also, you want to leave some room in the toe box. You don't want your toes hitting against the front of the shoe. And, you want to make sure you have the righ amount of arch support for the shape of your foot.

Some of the other aspects of a good fit depend on the type of runner you are. Do you over/under pronate? Do you have a normal heel strike or are you a toe runner like me? This may affect your decision to get a shoe with more cushioning or with some stability features. Runner's World: has some good articles on determining what kind of runner you are and what shoe types are best for you.

I found that it was useful to go to a running store to get fit for my first pair of running shoes. They videotaped me running on a treadmill so they could analyze my running style. They also measured not just the length of my foot but looked at the shape so they could recommend brands/styles that matched up best. Once I narrowed things down to a couple of shoes, they let me run around their parking lot so I could tell what felt best while running.

JanT2010-05-01 20:40:18 +0000 #3
I agree with skibum: go to a running shoe store. They will analyze your type of foot and your gait, consider your mileage and where you run, and help you select a good shoe. The most comfortable running shoes I ever had I bought this way, and never regretted the expense. If you're going to run alot of miles, don't skimp. You'll be able to enjoy your runs and stay injury free. Good luck.
Veronica2010-05-01 20:51:53 +0000 #4
Thanks, I talked with a couple of runner friends at work yesterday. They both suggested the same place locally for my first pair for all the reasons you said.

Why is it I can ride nearly 120 miles on my bike in one day with 12,000 feet of climb and not feel sore, just tired.

But jogging 2 miles with a couple of little hills has made me stiff?

spazzdog2010-05-01 21:28:15 +0000 #5
Cycling is a great workout that hit's strength, cardio, and works a certain set of muscle groups with no impact to your joints and bones.

Running, on the other hand is a weight bearing exercise and is all about impact. For every footstrike the impact is equal to 7 times your body weight. Impact = soreness.

It's important to work up to milage with running to allow your body to adjust to the affects of impact. Don't get frustrated... don't compare your progress to cycling. It's a great means of cross training.

Run on softer serfaces to decrease to effect of impact... grassy medians, trails, dirt alongside the sidewalk. Concrete will beat you up.

spazzdog (a "used to be" runner)
Dogmama2010-05-01 21:23:57 +0000 #6
Also, running engages your hamstrings to a greater degree than cycling. I've found also that I'm sore after running 45 minutes, whereas the same time on a bike wouldn't be noticeable.
Veronica2010-05-01 20:28:59 +0000 #7
Oh I'm not frustrated. I'm actually kind of thrilled that I could two miles in about twenty minutes. My goal is to work up to 6 miles in about an hour. The sore is the good kind. And I'm running on asphalt, early in the morning. I carry a light and wear a very bright jersey.

If I ever get so I can hang with my friends at work, they average about an 8 mile pace and run 6 - 11 miles (eek!), I'll do trails with them.

But the jogging is mostly about shaking my body up a little. My riding seems to have plateaued, which is fine. I'm at a point where I can do a lot of mileage at a decent pace. But I'm the kind of person who needs to have some sort of goal to fixate on. Plus I decided to quit my gym - I was never going, so this will be my replacement, along with some weights.




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