This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Struggle with keeping blisters covered while exercising? Try this trick—it held up for 13.1 miles! — Fit Chick in the City
- Take a look back at some of the wackiest, sometimes downright dangerous, ways people have tried to lose weight. — Huffington Post
- We’ll never beat elite runners to the finish line, but we can certainly steal tips from them! Here are three from Boston Marathon’s fastest female. — Fit Sugar
- On the road this weekend? Before you hit the drive-thru lane, read up on your best (and worst) nutrition bets. — Hungry Girl
- Cut your heart disease by 50 percent by doing this. — TIME Healthland
Buying the right running shoe takes time. Finding a shoe that works with your running style and foot usually means an in-store visit to a running specialty store for expert advice.
A good running shoe store will look at your foot type, normal running distance, past or current injuries, pronation, foot length, and instep height, along with other parameters, says Lori Shannon, owner of women’s running shoe store See Jane Run. And while there are several things you can ignore when shopping for a running shoe, there are still many things that matter for keeping your runs safe and injury-free. Nothing beats a personal consultation for finding the perfect fit, but we asked Lori for guidance anyone can use when looking for a running shoe. Here are more of her tips to consider.
Pay attention to fit: Every shoe (and foot) is different, but there are a few specifics that you should look for before the cashier rings up your pair. “The overall feel and fit is often overlooked but is extremely important. Some companies will insist that you are in a certain category — [like] stability, motion control, or cushioning — but those shoes may not feel good to you,” Lori says. “This is an art, not a science. If you don’t like how they feel, then they are wrong for you.”
One way to help ensure a good fit? Pick the right time to visit a shoe store. “If you run in the morning, get fitted in the morning,” Lori says. And try to go to the store after your normal daily run. “Your feet change size during the day and how long your run, [so] if you do long runs, you should try on shoes after a long run. This will give you a better fit and help you keep your toenails.”
Whenever something totally amazing hits my desk, I get really excited to share the news. So when our favorite TV trainer (Bob, we love you too!), Jillian Michaels, designed her first pair of lightweight running and training shoes for K-Swiss, I said sign me up for a pair!
The FLY TUBES from the Jillian Michaels Collection by K-Swiss are an awesome shade of forest green and yellow (her favorite colors!), and feature an eagle graphic with the mantra “Fly” inscription on the heel. Shoes that speak? I’m kind of loving that.
Not only do they look cool, but the real message of these shoes is even cooler. When you purchase a pair, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. I think these TUBES speak for themselves.
As new research finds about 17 percent of U.S. children aged 2 to 19 are obese, and with obesity rates expected to increase to about 65 million Americans within the next fifteen years, whatever each one of us can do to help this growing epidemic will surely help immensely. Do good and feel good with a pair of Jillian’s newest kicks! And if you’re thinking ahead, they make great holiday presents if I don’t say so myself.
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Now tell us:Does a new pair of kicks motivate you to hit the road?
I’ll be honest, in my early days of running my shoe choice was driven primarily by color. It had to be pretty, flashy, and make my huffing and puffing look extremely trendy. Once I started training for my first marathon however, that school of thought went straight out the window. I quickly realized I needed a shoe that could carry me through 26.2 miles without injury, not make me look like a shoe model for Foot Locker.
It’s always best to visit a running store to get fitted for your first pair of running shoes (most places will watch you run on a treadmill and determine the right pair for you based on how your foot hits the ground), but when I asked the pros at my go-to sneak store Jack Rabbit Sports for some general guidelines, here’s what they had to say:
- Running shoes usually fall into two categories: those that let the foot move unhindered through the gait cycle, and those that correct a runner’s gait.
- The first category falls into a neutral shoe, while the second is a stability or motion control shoe.
- Your arches typically determine what kind of shoe you need. If you have high arches, you’re more likely to supinate (your foot rolls to the outside when you run). Lower arches cause feet to overpronate (rolling in as you run). This is why having an expert watch you trot is important for getting the right kind of shoes for your feet.
- Pick a budget! Sneakers can run anywhere from $60 to over $100, so it’s important to know how much you’re willing to spend before you step into the store. Just because your friend has a pair of $120 shoes doesn’t mean you can’t find a less expensive pair that will be perfect for your feet.
Tell us: What’s your favorite running shoe?