I wanted to talk briefly about the running shoes I have settled on in the last couple of years and how I choose my running shoes. In the past, I was obsessed with wearing the lightest shoes possible. Of course, when I first started to run it was all about having as much cushioning as possible. Yes, the thick heeled shoes which promised to give you a smooth ride and protect your feet, at the same time giving you a spring in your stride. But, inevitably, it wasn’t really about the shoes. Nope, it was about the heart, lungs and of course the legs. Indeed, it came down to a good structured training program.
Well, not entirely, a good coach, a good structured program and a good diet all helps immensely in making you a better runner. However, decent running shoes do play a part in making you feel comfortable and avoiding horrible blisters. Getting the right shoes for you is all down to trial and error.
I do have friends who have bucket loads of shoes. They have more shoes than I have hot dinners! I should probably show them how to choose running shoes that are right for them. I’ve not fallen into that habit myself. The brand I used to get was Saucony. I had a thicker sold pair which I used for treadmill training and long runs. And then I had my race pair which was the Saucony A6. These were ridiculously light and the heel drop was 4 mm. I did use these shoes when I ran London in 2014 when I went under three hours for the marathon. Needless to say my feet were in pieces at the end of the race! It might also explain why I ended up with a stress fracture during February 2015.
These days I love the Skechers Go Run 4. Again, a ridiculously light shoe at less than 7.8 ounces per shoe. I love the fact it is light but gives good support and cushioning, and, for any of you budding triathletes out there, the upper section is elasticated so you can get your feet in and out pretty easily. A cracking running shoe in my opinion. Super comfortable. It is literally like wearing socks.
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So, if you are wondering how to choose running shoes that are right you you, be sure to hunt around and get something that is going to suit your running style, keep your feet comfortable and pain-free. If you want to have your run gait analysed why not check out robs shop on Clarendon Park Road, the Leicester Runner?