Do I really need running shoes?

Do I really need running shoes?

Race for Life hits Rugby in the next few weeks and with over 100 of you lovely Military Fitness Circuit ladies signed up, we’re guessing that a lot of you have taken up running over the past months.

You probably hear a lot from Gav about trainers and the importance of getting shoes that fit and are right for your feet but, be honest, have you really looked in to the reasons why you should have the correct footwear?

It’s fair to say, unless you are a committed runner, its easy to underestimate the importance of a good pair of running shoes. Why can’t you just stick on your old comfy trainers and pound the pavements?

Well first and foremost, you could end up in a lot of a pain and with some sort of injury that might put you out of action for a while…and none of us want to miss out on our dose of MFC do we?! According to the NHS, you are at risk of serious back, knee and hip pain, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, traumatised toes and painful blisters if you don’t have the proper footwear, so it hardly seems something you should ignore.

Decent running shoes will also make your foot feel lighter as you run, so as you up the mileage, your feet won’t suffer. This is because they are super-flexible, bending with your foot through each step to reduce impact through your joints.

But its not just new runners that need to think about their trainers. As a general rule, running shoes need to be replaced every 300-500 miles, which may sound a lot, but how quickly do you reckon you’d reach that point? Probably faster than you think. Most runners only realise they need new shoes when they start to feel pain, so it is worth keeping track of the mileage you are doing.

So how do you know which shoes are for you? Well this all depends on ‘pronation’.

Pronation is the natural rolling of your foot from heel to toe when it strikes the ground. Runners that have a foot that rolls inward are said to overpronate, while runners who have a foot which does not roll are considered neutral.

It can be tricky to work this out on your own, so visiting a shop that offers ‘gait analysis’ is essential. At the Webb Ellis shop, the staff analyse your feet and assess how they impact with the floor. The more your feet overpronate, the more cushioning and support you require in your trainers.

Fit is also important. Not many people realise that there should be up to an inch between your toes and the end of your shoe so your feet have room to spread.

The beauty of visiting a specialist shop, like Webb Ellis, is that you get specific advice and a range of footwear to try that you know will be right for you, rather than ordering something on line that might not be right when it arrives.

Webb Ellis stocks running shoes from Asics, Mizuno and Saucony, with plenty of options for all running styles and prices starting at £44.99. And don’t forget all MFC members get 10% discount!

Running shoes are probably the single most important piece of fitness equipment you’ll buy, so it really is vital to invest in a pair that’s right for you. To use a popular saying…Your feet are worth it.



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