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What Type Of Running Shoes Should I Purchase
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What Type Of Running Shoes Should I Purchase

I want to talk today about the type of running shoes to purchase or better yet the shoes I purchased.

When I first starting running I had no idea what type of shoes I needed. Being an athlete I thought I knew but I didn't. I really was never a runner in high school. I played more team sports so I just ran in whatever shoe I had. Boy was I wrong. The first time I ran believe it or not I ran in some basketball sneakers. Now I was much younger and my body was very forgiving.

I thought didn't think too much about it until one day I was wondering why are my feet were sore. So I went to the sporting goods store and asked them. Of course they wanted to sell me the most expensive pair they had. Being young I didn't know any better and purchased them. Now initially my feet felt much better but eventually they began to hurt again. I couldn't figure it out. Why is my feet hurting when I bought such an expensive pair of sneakers.

I did some research and back then the internet wasn't what it is today. I looked at some magazines and ran across an article that talked about gait. What the heck was gait? Well come to find out I found that I was what they call a neutral foot runner. This means I don't run on the outside or inside of my foot. Ok so what do I do now?

The shoes I had purchased was for someone who overpronated. So I went back to the sports store and purchased another pair of running shoes for a neutral runner. I said there you go now you'll be all set. Again I was wrong. Even though I had a neutral pair of running shoes I didn't feel that there was enough cushion.

I eventually found that even though I had a neutral foot I needed something with some cushioning to it. Now there is a variety of shoes out there for this. If you ask one runner he or she will recommend this shoe or that shoe. I tried a variety of them.

In closing what I would like to say is that no matter which shoe you choose it has to fit right for you. Now I am considered a Clydesdale runner (over 200 lbs.), and have liked the extra cushioning shoe. There are many to choose from but find the one that you will like. Some runners like this brand or that brand but it's what is right for you. My brother, the triathlete, has a certain brand he likes and I had tried it but didn't like them.

The biggest problem you'll face out on the streets is finding what works for you.


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