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Picking Out The Best Running
Shoe


by Keith Labrecque, B.S.,
A.T.C.


OK, all of you die hard runners and
you novices in the crowd, springtime is here and you know what that
means. Out of the gym and back onto the roads. The following is a
short list of criteria for choosing the right running show for you.
The key words are comfort, light- weight, supportive, and
shock-absorbing.


To start, comfort is one of the
biggest keys in choosing a shoe fit for you. No one likes running in
uncomfortable shoes. When sizing shoes, it is a good idea to try on a
pair which a half a size larger and a half a size smaller than you
think your size is. Different shoe companies run slightly different in
size. Always make sure when trying a pair of running shoes, to put
them on as if you are about to go running. That means laced up and
tied tight. Walk around the store for a while to see if there are any
areas too tight or too loose. A big part of a comfortable shoe is how
much it weighs. Many shoe stores will allow you to return them after
purchase if they were only worn indoors.


Light weight running shows are pretty
much the norm these days, so that is another reason to try on many
different types before you buy. A shoe that is too heavy will not let
you run to your capabilities. Instead of your focus being on your run,
it will be on how heavy your shoes are. A nice, light shoe will let
you concentrate on more important things like, technique, breathing,
being at the beach, or wondering why you are not still in bed at 5:00
in the morning.


The next two criteria in a good
running shoe can determine the longevity of your feet and body from
the stresses of running. First, the shoe needs to absorb shock. This
means a thick sole or some type of air cushion as many new shoes have.
This alone can reduce the amount of discomfort caused by the
repetitive pounding when running.


Finally, depending on the type of feet
you have, flat arch to high arch, support is needed. One of running’s
more debilitating injuries is shin splints. Maintaining adequate foot
posture can greatly decrease the chances of shin splints. A quick
explanation is that a muscle that can cause shin splints attaches in
the arch of the foot, and that muscle is significantly stressed
without adequate support from your running shoes.


Good luck finding the right pair of
shoes for you!