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Give a runner the right shoe, and they can conquer the WORLD!

First of all, how have you been?! We've been keepin' busy over here! Something that's been coming up a lot this past week when chit-chatting with our athletes has been the topic of SHOES. 

Having the right footwear while running is a must. Now, we're not saying you have to have the most expensive shoe out on the market, but you do have to have the right shoe. Each runner has their own individual gait (how you walk). You may or may not know this, but most companies make shoes to properly support those different gaits!

Have you ever seen the words "Neutral" or "Stability" when shoe shopping? Do you know what they mean or who would benefit from a "Neutral" or "Stability" shoe? 

TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOST COMMON GAITS:

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR GAIT:

We highly recommend going to your local running specialty store. While there, they'll watch you walk, run, and may have you complete various balancing tests. Some stores may record you running on a treadmill and will use their software to slow down the video so they can see your running mechanics (which is ideal). 

WHAT GAIT GOES WITH WHAT SHOE:

  • Neutral Gait - Neutral Shoe
  • Pronation - Stability Shoe
  • Over Pronation - Motion Control Shoe
  • Other - There's a chance that you may be between gaits (slightly prontate or in between pronation and over pronation). If this is you, your running shoe specialist at your local running store will be able to determine what shoe is best for your case!

WHAT SIZE YOU SHOULD GO WITH:

This is another common mistake amongst runners. The fit. When you run, your feet swell. Have you ever gotten fit before, or read that you're supposed to go a size or so bigger for your running shoes? This would be why! A good way to determine size when trying on your shoes is to stand up after you put them on, and see if there is a thumbnails length from the top of your toe, to the top of the shoe. If you've achieved that, you're golden! 

It may feel weird at first. Kind of like running around with clown shoes! But, trust us when we say after a couple of weeks, it'll become natural. If you're experiencing slipping in your heel, this knot will help lock your heel in place while still giving your toes the space needed to expand when running.

HOW LONG TO KEEP YOUR SHOES:

This depends on the individual. The average shoe will last between 300-500 miles. Go by feel, if you noticed your legs are more tired than normal, or the tread on the bottom is worn down it's probably time to retire them! 

RUNNERS WITH KNEE PAIN:

If you have knee pain, it's highly recommended that you look into a higher level cushioned shoe. Running is a high impact sport, so the higher amount of cushion acts as a better shock absorption agent! This will alleviate more shock from your ankles, knees and back.  

COMMON INJURIES AS A RESULT OF IMPROPER FOOTWEAR:

  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fascists
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis

We hope you've found this information helpful! Happy feet makes for happy and healthy runners! If you have any more questions about this, feel free to ask us by e-mailing info@relentlessrunners.com.

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