Running mates: Choosing the best shoes for you
One of the first things you'll need to do before setting out is to invest in the right pair of shoes. Caroline Foran consulted ultra marathon runner Ash Senyk, and owner of Run Logic about how to put the best foot forward.
First off, says Ash, the most expensive runner is not always best for you. It's important to understand that with so many brands on the market, there is a wide variety of styles, support (balance), shapes and widths to suit the runner. There are generally three main areas you will need to review before finding the perfect shoe:
1 The mechanics of your own feet - the width, arch shape and general characteristics like nail and toe length, bunions, breaks, strains and general shape of your feet will suit some brands better than others.
2 Your form - everyone who runs has their own running form; it's just like a finger print. Get a gait analysis at your local running store, and it will help to determine if you need support/balance in your runners, and where the support should be to help balance your landing perfectly. A good running store will also be able to advise on knee position, running posture and core strength elements which also aid 'good running form' for longevity, enjoyment and most of all good performance.
3 The type of running you're doing - the final element is understanding that running shoes are made for different environments. It's important that the runner you choose is suited to the type of running you expect to be doing, road, track, trail, gym or a run in your local park.