Tip of the Week: Shoes

Congratulations once again for taking the plunge to train with Team for Kids.  What’s next, you may ask? Well, look no further – but down. Yup, your feet. These guys have an important job: to keep you healthy and moving throughout the training season, ALL the way to race day and to your finish line!

That’s why running shoes are so important!

A lot of science and research has gone into the biomechanics of our feet and has yielded runners with a plethora of shoe options – neutral shoes, stabilization shoes, racing flats, etc. The type of shoe you need is based upon the type of arches you have (high, flat, normal), where along your foot you strike the ground (heel, mid-foot, or forefoot) and the amount of inward movement your foot makes as it is striking the ground (pronation). If you’re new to running, it’s best to have a professional view your gait and recommend shoes to you to ensure you have a proper fit for your body and foot type.

How do I buy running shoes?
Go to a local running shop. Running professionals will watch (and in some instances, record) your feet while you run to examine how your feet are hitting the ground. Based on their observations and feedback from you, they will recommend a suitable shoe that offers the appropriate type of cushion and stability in the areas where your feed need it the most. Be sure to go when you can spend some time in the store, to ask questions, try on multiple pairs of shoes, etc.

Getting the proper fit is the most important factor when buying new running shoes. Trying to run in an ill-fitted, old, or non-running shoe can lead to a host of running-related injuries and only sets you up for a long training season. Avoid the urge to buy those hot pink shoes because pink is your favorite color and they match your clothes. Just saying.

Do I need multiple pairs of shoes?
Having two pairs (that you buy together at once, or buy a second pair throughout the season) is advised for a couple of reasons:

1.) Our training season is long – one pair of shoes is most likely not going to make it through the entire season.

2.) Just like you, your sneaks need rest and the same pair shouldn’t be run in every day. This is especially true if you run in the rain – having a second pair will ensure your sneaks have ample time to dry out.

Hint: If you ever get caught in the rain and your shoes do get wet, when you get home stuff them with newspaper, it’s the best way to dry them out.

3.) Having a fresh pair of shoes as a reference will help you to notice when your old ones need to be replaced. When should we replace our old, worn out sneakers? Good question…we’ll talk about that later in the season.

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