We've all heard for years about the importance of choosing the right shoes for running. There is lots of gear out these days for runners, from moisture wicking shirts, to GPS watches and hydration belts. But nothing is more important than the right shoes.
There are shoes for heavy runners, for over-pronaters, for lightweight racing, stability, and heavy cushioned to name a few. And the only way to find the right shoe is usually to try on a number of different models, and take them for a short run.
It also helps to have an expert's advice. So when I got fitted for some new shoes recently, I was fortunate to have a former collegiate star runner helping me out. He also had incredible technology to work with.
I remember a decade or so ago running on a treadmill in a running store while the salesperson watched from behind and offered opinions about what might be a good shoe for my type. It was a great way to get a good view but was still somewhat based on his or her opinion.
Well, I was in for quite a pleasand surprise last week when I got some help from the experts at NikeTown in fitting me for a new pair of shoes. I ran for a couple minutes on the treadmill in a neutral pair, and within seconds, he had a video on his Ipad that allowed him to take a number of different measurements to determine how I land, and what shoes would be best suited to my running style.
I suspected I would want a cushioned, pretty neutral shoe with lots of support. I don't especially care much about weight. And that's basically what we came up with. I tried on three models that fit my profile and chose the one that felt the best and suited my needs.
I chose the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 9.
It provides a stable, but soft ride, that feels like it's keeping my foot in the right place and helps foster the mid-foot landing I'm trying to accomplish. And I like the colors!
That's a joke. But it doesn't hurt that you like the appearance of the shoes you are wearing. I believe it helps you psychologically, feel better, even faster. I have worn shoes over the years that felt good, but didn't really look good to me, and it would kind of bother me a little. I'm sure that's only natural.
But it's not an issue with these. I expect to get a lot of comfortable miles in them
See you on the roads.......