So while I know the shoes don’t really make the runner, I’ve recently decided with certainty that finding the right shoes does make a huge difference. People who are just getting into the sport of running always ask for tips, and one of the most frequently delved out suggestions is to “find the right shoes”. And I’ve always told people that, but I now more than ever believe that the right shoes for an individual gait and stride make all the difference in the experience of the run.
When I started running, and before I knew anyone to ask, I just picked up a pair of purple Nike frees and trained for and ran my first half marathon. After that, and realizing that I kind of liked running and thought I’d run some more, I decided to go get a gait analysis at a running store here in Tampa. They told me just how wrong I was in training with Nike frees. They told me I overpronate and needed and stability shoe. That’s the complete opposite of the Nike frees I had picked up a few months earlier.