4/24/13

WWW: Foot Fanatic


I’m not your average girl. I just don’t like shoe shopping and don’t believe in having a billion shoes. So when my athletic shoes began to wear holes in them, Drew persisted to force me to go shopping and get new ones. I had worn these in my mud run and was still working out in them a week later. 


Stop making that face, I washed them, don’t worry! Anyway, I’ve had these shoes a while. In fact, they were my graduation present for high school a few months before I graduated… I’m about to graduate college 3 years later. So, I was definitely a little overdue. Athletic shoes, especially running shoes, should be replaced every 4 to 6 months if worn and run in several times a week, and definitely every year.

Well, how do you know when they’re starting to get worn down even though they look okay? Your body will tell you! Old shoes can cause knee pain, shin splints, calf pains, hamstring and quad problems, and even mess with your hips and back! Also, if you’re that person that pounds the pavement when you run because you’re not very light on your feet, you’ll have to change your shoes more often. This also is the case if you’re a real athlete and run on the pavement and on courses instead of a treadmill, which eliminates part of the running step, but that’sfor a later time…

Fun fact: your soles will last longer than the cushioning and shock absorber. So if the soles are wearing down, you’re overdue! If you log your mileage, runners or walkers should get new shoes around every 350-500 miles. Old shoes are also a huge cause of stability and motion control. This means rolled ankles are going to be a higher risk. The next thing I love to do is go cheap. I don’t want to spend over one hundred dollars on a shoe that I’m going to wear a year and I’ll probably get dirty in mud or on the course. Well, I’m not going to lie, it’s worth it. A few extra bucks is a lot better than rehab or a brace or medical problems that can occur later due to the increased stress you placed on your feet and legs. Those feet and legs have to last you a lifetime! Take care of them! Athletes need to wear shoes that are in harmony with the natural curvature of their foot. My old shoes were actually fit to my foot at the New Balance store and it was heaven!

So, how do you know what type of shoe to get? Excellent question! First of all, don’t get a weight lifting shoe to run a marathon and vice versa. First, determine how much ankle support you need and if you’re relying solely on the shoe or if you want added support from a brace or tape. Second, don’t get extreme arches since this will cause tilting and hinder balance and stability. Get an arch that controls the resting position of the feet. Next, make sure the shoe isn’t too heavy for what you are going to be doing. Finally, make sure it fits right. A shoe too big will cause tripping, falling, blisters, and probably some embarrassment. Too small shoes will cause pain, bunions, hammertoe, turf toe, lack of blood circulation, bending toes, and again, lots of pain. Oh, and if they’re cute and neon that’s always a plus too! To most this is common sense. But hey jack, if you work out hard, you have to have the right equipment when you endu!

2 comments:

  1. That would have been very good to know whenever i ran cross country.
    Orrahh,
    Josh

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    1. For cross country season, you may have to go through 2 pairs of shoes to ensure health.

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.