As a runner, your most important equipment is your running shoes. Make sure they’re providing you with the support you need while you’re training for a half marathon, or just running a few laps around the park.
Take a look at our suggestions on what to look for when it comes to shopping for the right running shoes.
Understand your arch type
Not everyone has the same type of arch. Your running shoes should fit and provide the best support for your specific arch type. Flat feet tend to have low or non-visible arches and need running shoes that provide more flexibility. Medium arches are typically the most common arch type and work with a wide variety of running shoes types. With an arch like this, many runners tend to opt for stability-based shoes. The last arch type is the high arch and usually require more cushioning. The neutral running shoes can match these high arches and offer more shock absorption.
Leave room for your toes
When you run, your feet tend to swell up and move around. To accommodate this, try on your running shoes and make sure there’s enough room for your toes to wiggle on. If you’re unsure about the fit, see if you can fit your thumbnail between your biggest toe and the end of the shoe.
Shop at the right time
Your feet don’t just swell up when you run, but throughout the day. Swelling tends to start when you wake up and doesn’t stop until late afternoon. Above we mentioned that it’s important to leave room for your toes, so shop with your swelling in mind. Don’t shop for your running shoes until toward the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.
Let your old shoes guide you
Don’t throw out your old running shoes right away. Instead take them with when you go shopping. You can use your old shoes to figure out where you put a majority of your weight and how your foot might roll or move when you run.
Retire old running shoes
Like car tires, running shoes can only handle a certain amount of mileage. A good rule of thumb is that once you’ve run roughly 300-500 miles, it’s time to invest in a new pair of shoes. Switching out running shoes ensure that you’re providing your feet with the support they need, and can help prevent possible injuries.
If you’re training for an upcoming half marathon or even just working to get in shape, don’t forget to pay attention to your body. Proper running shoes help prevent running injuries, but accidents can still happen. If you start to experience pain when you run, don’t hesitate to give LOPT a call. We can help you get back to training for your next marathon in no time.