These shoes were made for running…

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Happy Sunday runners! The weekend is over did you get those miles logged?? Sunday’s are usually my favorite day…I get to sleep in, go for a long run along the coast and enjoy the day getting things done that I have no time to do during the week [I’m sure all you busy bee’s out there feel my pain!]. Unfortunately today was not one of those Sunday’s…I have been batting the stomach bug for the past 3 days and although I feel MUCH better today, I didn’t think it would be the best idea for me to go on a long run today. So instead I took the day to relax and do some research for today’s blog.

 

With Spring finally here and those race registration emails are piling up also means its time for new running sneakers! yay! I don’t know about the rest of you ladies, but I get more excited over a pair of running sneakers over a pair of stilettos. So I want to keep this blog open to both beginner runners as well as advanced runners so I am going to keep it vague when I talk about this subject – and all you veteran and advanced runners please chime in with suggestions as well. I will post a couple tips here that will hopefully help you through the process of choosing the best running sneaker for you!

 Pronation

Pronation or eversion is the inward roll of the foot while walking or running. Another way to look at pronation instead in terms of the degree of inward roll is in terms of where the foot pushes off at the end of each step, or at the end of the gait cycle.

A proper or neutral pronation is hitting the outside of the heel and up to ball of your foot evenly across the front. This is how your foot reduces the stress of impact.

Underpronation is not enough evening out so the outside of your foot takes most of the shock instead of finishing in the neutral position.

Overpronation is too much roll across from the outside to the inside of your foot.

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Pronators Overpronators Supinators
Foot mechanics Normal inward roll Excessive inward roll Excessive outward roll
Foot shape Low arch Flat foot to low arch Medium to high arch
Shock absorption
in stride
Good Good Poor
Recommended
shoe last
Semi-curved Straight Curved
Recommended
type of shoe
Stability Motion Control Cushioning

So there are a  couple pointers for you and how to decide what shoes are best for you. After you have figured out what type of feet you are working with, I would go to your local specialty running store so they can offer you the different brands of sneakers that are best for your foot type. To also help I added a link to take a little test from Runners World.

http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe-finder/shoe-advisor

 

Now I want to hear from all of you! What is your foot type and what type of sneaker did you choose to run in??

Did anybody else have to stay indoors this weekend and look out the window like a sad puppy watching all those runners outside??

 

Hope everyone has a great week and check back for more updates!

 

 

sources:

rei.com

Wikipedia.com

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One thought on “These shoes were made for running…

  1. Aw, sad puppy! I’ve become a slow puppy. My knees are beginning to inform me, rather loudly, that I’m middle-aged. I get the overpronation issue, always have, to add to the fun.

    I hope we can both get out there this weekend (although I think my definition of running is turning into what most people call slow, yet purposeful walking)>

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