If you are having difficulty with your running, or your legs seem to be aching more than usual, it could be your shoes. Proper footwear can really make a difference to your running enjoyment. Here are some pointers to follow the next time you are shopping for a new pair of running shoes:
* If you are serious about running, invest in the best pair of brand-name shoes that you can afford. Not only will you have peace of mind, they will also last longer.
* Don’t be in a hurry to select your running shoes. Do some research, and ask your running friends. Make sure you try on both pairs while you are in the store.
* There should be air outlet points around the shoe, so that the air can move in and out of your feet. Even in cold weather you need some air circulation.
* Choose a light shoe that is still sturdy enough to provide the right support. All other things being equal, I usually pick the pair that weighs the least.
* Don?t buy really lightweight racing shoes unless you plan on participating in a lot of road races. This type of running shoe has less cushioning and support. You will still need a different pair for most of your everyday training runs.
* If you plan on doing a marathon, or a lot of running, you may need a heavier shoe with good cushioning. Your weight is a factor here as well.
* Shape is as important as size and weight. Get professional help at the store to match your foot shape to the shoes they have. There are plenty of choices on the market these days, often with narrow to wide versions of the same model available.
* Try on the shoes while wearing a pair of running socks. There should be just about an inch of space between your largest toe and the front of the shoe. The heel should be a snug fit.
* If you over-pronate you will need a stability shoe. Check with your running shoe store assistant about the right type for your stride.
* Finally it all comes down to how comfortable you feel in your running shoes. Make sure you walk around the store or wear them at home. Most stores will not accept returns after you have worn the shoes outside.
* You need to change your running shoes every six months or so. Write the date when you bought your shoes in your running log so you will know how long you have been using them.