Thursday, October 25, 2012

Countdown to Raceday! (3 Days!)


I'm sure there are people out there who think this is a silly thing to be thankful for. At one time I would have been thinking the same thing. When I first started running, I would go to WalMart, buy a pair of shoes for $20, train for 8 weeks in them, race in them, and then throw them away. I am fortunate to have good biomechanics and can get away with running thirty or so miles a week in junk shoes without really risking injury. But the truth of the matter is that the right pair of running shoes can increase your running enjoyment exponentially! 

What are the right running shoes? Well, that varies from person to person. For me it's a light weight shoe that sits low to the ground and offers little support but plenty of cushioning. For Chanda, it's a shoe that offers plenty of support to help compensate for severe overpronation. Finding the right shoes is a two part process, first you have to understand your biomechanics and what features your shoe needs in order to help prevent injury. Second you need to try on a bunch of shoes that meet those specifications until you find the pair that just feels right. If you're in the market for a new pair your local shoe store should be willing to help you determine what is right for you!

Two years ago, I ran in junk shoes and thought that I enjoyed running. Since buying my first pair of "real" shoes my level of enjoyment has grown dramatically! Shoe companies are always trying to improve their shoes. They are always looking to make a shoe that improves your experience! But people all over the world cannot afford this technology. Even here in the US there are people who cannot afford any shoes let alone the latest technology in running footwear. Today, I am blessed to be able to afford good shoes. They have helped me to train harder and run further with less risk of injury and for that I eternally grateful!

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