Choosing Your Running Shoe

September 16, 2015

I have a love-hate relationship with running. Right now, we are definitely on the outs. My last good run left me physically traumatized and I am just not ready to move on. Okay?

But really, I am ‘trying’ to ease back into running. I always find an excuse…too hot, too humid. my feet hurt, I want chocolate….the list goes on, and to give myself credit, I can get pretty creative in my efforts to avoid running. That said…I am REALLY starting to crave that runner’s high, and the first step to getting there starts with your shoes.

If you are just starting to run, the first thing you have to figure out is whether you pronate your feet. If you have no idea what the heck that means, have no fear, you are not alone. It basically means, does your foot rotate inward or outward when you take your steps. I definitely under-pronate, and over the years, I have figured out which shoe works best for me. In my case, it is the ASICS Nimbus. It doesn’t hurt that ‘Nimbus’ reminds me of Harry Potter’s broom, and who doesn’t want to feel like they are flying through the air. I’m nerdy that way.

If you have no clue where to start and aren’t willing to throw down a hundred bucks for a little experiment, there are lots of ways you can figure out whether a shoe is right for you without the long-term commitment.

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Here are a few:

  1. Go try out shoes at a running store. This was the first thing I did when I was looking for a good pair of shoes. A lot of running stores have treadmills you can run on with your shoes so you can get a good idea of how the shoes will feel. There are also a lot of knowledgable people working who can help assess your gait and help guide you in the right direction.
  2. Buy from Scheels and run indoors. A few years ago I found out that Scheels has an awesome policy allowing purchasers to wear their new shoes and train indoors. If you figure out within a few weeks that the shoes aren’t for you and you haven’t set foot on the pavement, they will take the shoes back, no questions asked. I think this allows for one of the best ways to figure out if your shoe is a perfect match.
  3. Go online and READ, READ, READ! One of the annoying things I have figured out over the years is even within the same model, a company will slightly change a shoe each year. ASICS is NOTORIOUS for this. I love their shoes, but some years the models are definitely better than others. Every year, they come out with their new models in the summer. I buy my shoes around October. That way, enough people have tried out the shoe and passed on their verdict, comparing it to previous year’s models. Yes I work the system. I am such a rebel. It does save me a lot of time though and most of the time, it has worked out in my favor.

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Now I have a little itch for a good run. Maybe I’m coming around to it after all! Have a terrific day!

XOXO – Emmy Lou Lou

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