Training for a half-marathon means logging quite a few miles per week either on the road or the treadmill. Choosing gear that is right for you is an important part of the training process. Choosing proper gear can make your runs more enjoyable as well as decrease your chances of injury. A solid pair of running shoes tops my list of important gear 😉
There are several different kinds of running shoes to choose from, but some of the main ones are:
- Motion Control
The kind of shoe you choose depends on a couple of things. First, you need to know your foot shape in terms of your foot arch. Personally, I have semi-high arches. You should also know how you run. Common ways your foot lands/moves are neutral, under-pronation, and over-pronation. There are simple tests you can do at home to determine both of these things, however, my advice is to go to a specialty running store and get fitted properly for your shoes.
Back in September, Chris and I went to the Texas Running Company store in Austin, TX to both get fitted for new running shoes. It was by far one of the coolest things ever.
They put us both on treadmills and had us run (well I jogged since I was 8 months pregnant) while they recorded how our feet moved. They were able to determine that both Chris and I land neutrally on our right feet but pronate our left. Therefore, a stability running shoe was recommended for both of us. We settled with the Brooks Adrenalines.
Hers and His (notice the size difference …)
I honestly have never been happier with running shoes! I am on my second pair of Adrenalines and ran my last 1/2 marathon in them and will do so again for the Go! St. Louis! I will be on the look-out for my newest pair as soon as I finish the race because I will have put enough wear and tear on this pair! It is often recommended that you replace your shoes every 300-500 miles or every 6 months. I totally agree with this … but I also think you should listen to your body! My knees tell me when it’s to start breaking in a new pair 😉 Happy running!
Edited to add: For anyone who doesn’t have a specialty running store near them, Runner’s World has an awesome online shoe finder to help you try to find the right pair for you. You can find it here.
How often do you replace your running shoes? Have you ever had how you run analyzed?