||[May. 11th, 2007|10:02 am]
Whole lotta labia.
I promise, there's a real entry coming soon. One that isn't entirely consisting of sadness or woe. But for now, I need you all to hop in the wayback machine with me. To whose journal did I post a big long how-to on buying running shoes? And when... ish?|
Hi, you. :) I want to say you were telling Molly about the running shoes, but I don't know quite when, and I may be waaay off.
well, my darling, it wasn't to me, nor did i see it, but i would be interested in seeing it.
if that helps.
I'd also be interested in seeing it, which is useless for present purposes.
Well for both of you, here's how it went:
You've indicated that you have wear on the outside of your shoes, this might be from your previous hip positioning and may have changed based on weight loss, it might be due to your actual foot construction.
A quick check is to walk barefoot with wet feet (obviously not in the gym.. ewww, try across a couple of sheets of paper at home). Check your foot pattern. If you can see just the heel and just the ball you have high arches. If you can see the heel, ball, and a significant portion of the mid-foot then you have low arches. Either of these can require specialiazed footwear. If you can see the heel, ball, and just a little strip down the side then you have perfect arches and I hate you.. ok not really, but you can wear really cute shoes and about that I am jealous. Very. Because the shoes I have to wear look like corrective footwear for nuns from The Old Country who could be described as "strong, like bull."
But there are other things you can't tell about yourself until after someone tells you what to look for. When shoes are recommended for "heavy" runners they don't usually mean overweight, they mean those with a very heavy heel strike. Meaning you hit the ground hard. I've seen wee little runners the treadmill and have it echo across the gym. Those people are going to need different shoes than the delicate prancers of any size.
It's worth a trip to a good running store just to have them look and tell you. Take the shoes you currently wear, the socks you currently wear, and a pair of pants you can roll up to at least past your ankle. Warning though, if they don't do the following things, take your money and leave:
1) Ask to see the bottoms of the shoes you currently wear.
2) Ask you about your current exercise/running program.
3) Ask you to run barefoot.
4) Use the word "pronate." (under, over, or just alone)
A good shoe salesperson should ask about your running/exercise habits, should ask you to take off your socks and shoes and stand there while they look at your stance. They should inspect the wear pattern on your current shoes to see if one side or the other is losing tread/surface faster. They should ask to see you run away and back a short distance in your bare feet. They may or may not ask to see you run in your current shoes but they should CERTAINLY ask to see you run in the shoes they pick out for you.
If at the end of this you feel like they've earned their money, buy some shoes. If you're not happy with the ones they picked out TELL THEM, find ones you like. Shoes in running stores are *expensive*. Especially specialized ones. If I were to buy my favorites new they're about $135. On the other hand, runners with no foot problems and without a very heavy heel strike can spend $60 or less. It just depends. I sometimes recommend that if you feel like they've chosen a good pair but you're not up for dropping that kind of cash then buy a nice pair of socks from them and find the shoes online at a discount. (I found my current pair on Ebay) It is nice to buy something just to thank them for their trouble.
You're not a marathoner (yet) so this may all be academic, but spending 15 minutes having a pro check you out is always a good plan. And? Some of the socks are really cute.
I finished by preaching about finding the right pace for you instead of killing yourself trying to be fast, cautioning against doing the initial consultation at some big chain mall shoe store, and mentioning that technical running socks (Thorlos or DeFeet) are cool and make running even more fun.
You are wise, awesome, and an queen in the field of advice-giving. Danke!
I think you and listersgirl
had a conversation about shoes, once?
it was not me, that's for sure. i don't even run for the bus :)