Tips for Buying Running Shoes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Ok on Monday the New Haven Road Race is going to kick off It’s one of the biggest road races in the state.
For those just starting out in the running world, there are some things you need to consider when buying a running shoe.
Why is it important to get fit to the proper footwear for your activity, specifically walking and running? And how do we provide a process in fitting for proper active footwear? It is important to get fit to the proper footwear because our feet move in different ways and we all battle different types of ailments/injuries related to that movement. Running shoes can be used for running, walking and various types workouts. These shoes are broken down into different categories that are meant to address the needs of the foot and lower extremities. Those categories are neutral, stability and motion control. Neutral shoes allow the foot to move naturally with little control. Stability shoes guide the foot through an ideal gait with a moderate amount of control. Motion Control shoes guide the foot through an ideal gait with maximum amounts of control. When we fit for these types of shoes we lead individuals through a process that includes:
Current level of activity , Activity goals , Injury history
You also need to be assessed for:
statures, foot shape, foot rotation, leg curvature and pronation.
Based on that information we are able to make a sound judgement in the proper category to present to the individual. We can then assess actual movement in footwear and allow the individual to make a confident decision in what shoes they use for their activity.
Common misconceptions and important information to know about running shoes.
Just because they are more expensive does not mean they are the best shoe for you.
Just because your friends rave about them does not mean they are the shoes for you.
The average life of a pair of running shoes is 300-500 miles or 6 months. After that the foams in a mid-sole break down at a quicker rate and amount of shock absorption is greatly diminished.
You should always look for 1/2 inch or a thumbs width at the end of the toe box to allow for maximum toe splay. This allows your foot to provide the support it is meant to as well as limits the occurrence of black toe nails and blistering at the end of the toe.
With the New Haven Road Race around the corner, what are the do’s and don’ts when running on race day?
Never try anything new! If you have not tried doing something during your training…don’t use race day to test it out. This includes the shoes and clothes you wear and the calories you take during the race.
Be careful when starting the race. Try not to go out to fast. It is easy to get caught up in the rush, but you will pay for it in the end.
When eating before your race, give enough time for your food to digest. An hour is usually a good time frame. Eat things that you know will not upset your stomach. For example: banana, oatmeal, bagel with peanut butter, fruits and vegetables that are low in fiber.
Make sure you are prepared!
For longer races, don’t go on an empty stomach.
Arrive to race with enough time to be acclimated to course or warm up.