Are shoes healthy?
Not to eat, that’s for certain. By no means do I recommend you eat your shoes, but shoes do tend to be one of the most important decisions you will make as a runner.
Whether you’re buying your first pair of running shoes or you have a monthly shoe recycle rate, all the shoe options at your toe-tips can be overwhelming. The good news is you don’t have to have all the answers, and neither do I, because the great people at Breakaway would love to be your shoe guru.
Before going to a local running store, consider a few things first to be the most prepared. There are a couple of questions to consider; firstly, where will you be running, and secondly, about how many miles a week will you log? These are two defining questions that can lead you to the common divide of trail shoes or road shoes. And if you’re wondering, there is a difference, and it does matter. Whether you care or not is completely up to you. Also, a great thing to do when you go to in to buy new shoes is to bring in your old pair. Your shoes are a good tell of how you run and where the wear and tear occurs the most according to your step. This is important in determining what kind of support you could benefit from. By benefit, I mean improve balance, lessen pain, straighten your stride, improve posture, etc.
If you’ve decided you do in fact want to run with shoes (yes, that is a choice), I recommend going to Breakaway, where they offer a free “gait analysis and footwear test,” so the running experts there can actually see how you step and give you the best shoe for what you want to do. I won’t pretend to know the methods and terminology behind their strategy, but I can attest that it works. I run on clouds, and they came from Breakaway. On the other side of the shoe spectrum is barefoot running. Having never worn Vibrams myself, I can't say yea or nay to "barefoot" running, it's benefits or consequences. Yet another question for the gurus. Let us know your feedback if you do try them or have worn them before, so we can be more informed, too.
If you're the curious type, here’s what we’re wearing:
Janell - Saucony Progrid Guide 5
Debi - Nike Air Pegasus 29
Dana - Asics- Gel Kayano
Stacey – Asics Gel Kayano
Dawn- Asics Cumulus
Jennifer - Mizuno Wave Rider 15
You'll be glad if you read all of today's post, because today we will be posting a Mid-Day Giveaway with a simple way to enter our weekend challenge. Check back here on our page later today to see what kind of things we're giving away!