If you are like me and hoping to make running your new pastime, you may be searching for the perfect sneaker. Finding the right shoe can make or break your running success.
When I started running a year ago, I was running in my regular walking sneakers. They aren’t the greatest for exercise, but sure look nice with my fashionable sweats and T’s I wear on a daily basis. After about 2 weeks of running 4 times per week, my knees were hurting so badly I had to stop. My knees were making sounds like bone on bone rubbing together. They were so painful when doing the stairs and I just overall felt like I destroyed my 28 year old self.
Luckily I had only done this for 2 weeks, and luckily I figured out what the problem was. I was not wearing the proper sneakers. Fast forward 12 months and I have finally discovered the right shoes for my body and the right shoes you are supposed to wear when running.
Cross Trainers VS. Running Shoes
What’s the difference between cross trainers and running shoes? Until now, I had no clue. I figured cross trainers were something you hiked in, but that Is not the case. If you are someone who is planning to walk, run or jog, then go with running sneakers. If you plan to also take aerobics classes or kick boxing, you are better off with cross trainers. While running shoes offer great heel to toe support, cross trainers offer great support to the ankle going side to side (like bouncing around doing kick boxing for example).
I personally have high arches, and a small budget, so my perfect sneakers are grey and purple Fila cross trainers. They are light weight and feel good on my feet. If I wear them all day to walk around or clean the house, my feet tend to get sore, but when I use them for running, they are great. Not totally sure why that would be, but I highly recommend them for running.
The Right Size Matters
If you are a size 7 shoe, you should get 7.5 running shoes. When you are running you do not want your big toe scraping the top of your shoe, so if you feel like it’s iffy, go up a half of a size. Make sure it isn’t too loose with good socks on.
Lastly, what you wear can definitely impact your performance. It is so much easier to run in yoga pants and a tank top than it is in sweat pants and a t-shirt. Tight, form fitting clothing help you to move easier and you avoid the constant pulling down of your shirt or adjusting of your pants. Sounds like a really great excuse to go shopping to me!