Monday, May 6, 2013

Find Your Sole Mate

Back in January 2012, when I first started getting into running, I went to buy some running shoes. I ended up getting the Asics Gel Nimbus; when I first put them on it was as if I was walking on clouds. I spent my first year of running in these shoes and I never had any pain or injury from them.

By the time Christmas 2012 came around, I figured it would be a good time to buy some new shoes since I had put some good mileage in my Asics. I did research on different brands/styles of running shoes, and decided to try something new. I purchase a pair of the Saucony Hurricanes. A few weeks later, I noticed that every time I ran in these shoes, I ended up with outer leg pains and I started to worry.

At that point, I went to get fitted at a local running store so see what kind of shoes they recommended. When they guy who helped me saw my arch, running style, then what shoes I had, he told me that I was wearing quite possibly the worst shoe type for my foot. He also said that I was probably on my way to a bad leg injury; I felt immediate relief that I came to this store before anything bad happened.

I left the store with shoes that were, and still are, perfect for me – the Asics Gel Cumulus. Since I bought these shoes in January, I have had zero leg pain and no feelings of heading towards injury. They are also the shoes that took me through my first half marathon!

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What is important from this story is this: if you want to get into running, and are not sure what shoes are right for you – get fitted for your ‘sole mate’! Go to a local running store and let them help you find what will be most comfortable for you, because when you run, the last thing you want to worry about is your shoes causing you pain or injury. If the most basic piece of running gear causes you discomfort, you will not be able to become a better runner and reach your full potential!

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QOTD: Have you ever been fitted for a running shoe? What brand/style is your ‘sole mate’?

4 comments

  1. I was just switched into these shoes Saturday, and I'm wearing them as much as possible to get used to the new feel. I was in Asics GT-2000s, fitted by another running store, yet this guy watched me run multiple times and said the GTs were wrong for me.

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    1. Good luck!I hope the new ones work better for you :)

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  2. I used to run in a pair of Adidas sneakers I got from Kohls... I even ran my first half in them! By that point I was really starting to feel pain from running, so I went to our local running store to get fitted. I now run in Brooks Adrenaline GTS. I love them! I'm about to buy a second pair since I'll be retiring this pair after Dumbo. :)

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    1. Awesome! That is good you got fitted before any injuries came along!

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