The proper considerations for the gear that will take you miles, your running shoes.

I’ve personally been training for a half marathon. I have never called myself a runner by any stretch of the imagination, however this will be my 3rd one, so I guess it is time to uplevel my training with some accurately fitted “ running shoes ”.

Not to say I have not been fitted before. The first year I bought a pair of Nike running shoes that were great. However the more I run, train, and do yoga, my body has changed, and so have my feet. And well, I have put on some miles, and most shoes are built to last no more than 300 miles.

So, I mosied on down to my local running store, Wasatch Running Center, located in Sandy, Utah. They come highly recommended, and so I sat down with the very helpful Holly who gave my some insight into my metatarsals and finding the proper shoe for me in these easy steps.

1- Walk down the track normally. Holly needed to see how my feet, heels, and ankles were positioned as I walk.

2- Balance on each foot. Did my ankles roll, how were my arches positioned, and what was my foot doing.

3- Size me up. They shoe footing tool came out to measure my foot.

From there, it was time to start trying on some shoes. She brought out a few different brands that she thought would be good for me, however I had to specify whether I was trail running or road running – so be sure to tell whoever is fitting you what type of exercise you are doing!

As I tried on the variety, I was asked to run down the track in each pair. This quickly eliminated some contenders, as my foot did not move naturally.  As we narrowed down the running shoe selection, I asked Holly what she was watching for while I was running up and down the track and on the treadmill.

1- How the foot moves – is it wavering in or out and placing pressure on the arch.

2- How the ankles look are they pronating (moving inward) or supinating (moving outward).

3- Is the step I take heavy.

4- General shape of feet

5- Control

Ok, this new pair was narrowed down to Brooks and Hoka.

Ultimately I chose the Brooks, they just felt better on my feet. The reality of it, the collar fit slightly more comfortable, and my toes had room to spread out.

My running shoe advice – get fitted. And be sure to get into the shoe that the arch feels nice and natural. SAM’s resident Podiatrist, Dr. Nick Romansky of Healthmark Foot and Ankle weighed in as well, “Don’t go by size, go by fit.”

Oh, and one last thing, only use your running shoes to run! And keep track of your mileage, don’t wear old shoes on long runs! And of course, “always tie and retie your shoe laces. So many people don’t do that and allow the laces to get loose. Your foot and shoe should move together…” the Doctor has spoken.