Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do you wear the right type of running sneakers or do you use one sneakerfor everything?

When was the last time you changed them?

Do you even know your foot position? Wearing the wrong type of running sneaker can eventually cause injury. If you don't already have a pair, go toJackRabbits on 14th between 5th and 6th avenue and get yourself tested today. Use my name for a 10% discount on any item in the store! (

My current personal favorite is the Mizuno Wave Rider 12 which I picked upat Jack Rabbits.

A running shoe is more than just something you wear on your feet, they are designed to protect and assist the movement of a runner's feet, and to absorb shock and make it as easy as possible to run. Thus, running shoes must be able to react and perform according to a runner's specific needs. Each runner's feet are different, and have a different shape as well as motion while running. A running shoe should match the type of foot and the style of running of its wearer. There are three basic types of feet, and three types of running shoes which correspond to them.

Flat Foot: A foot with a low arch, flat feet generally have an inward motion. When running, the foot strikes the ground with the outside of the heel and rolls inward. Over time, this can cause injury or fatigue. A motion control or highly stable running shoe should be used to reduce the amount of roll.

Arched Foot: The opposite of the flat foot, an over-arched foot does not have enough contact along the middle of the sole. This makes them poor shock absorbers, and over time can lead to foot injury. Cushioned running shoes with increased flexibility should be used to reduce shock and encourage motion in the heel.

Normal Foot: A normal foot should strike on the heel and roll inward slightly to reduce shock. Because these feet fairly good shock absorbers and have sufficient sole contact, they do not require motion control shoes. Most straightforward running shoes are designed for normal feet.

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