Wear the Right Shoes
The right running shoes will give the correct amount of cushioning and have a snug but not tight fit to keep the feet comfortable while running.
So which are the right shoes? Well it all depends upon you, your weight, the shape and positioning of your feet, your running style. Go to a specialist sports shop where they know about running and the shoes needed for this activity. Don’t go to the nationwide stores which seem to believe that sport means football! You need to speak to an assistant who has received training in fitting running shoes.
Here are a few shops which are good for advice:
Run 4 It, 21 Holburn Street, Aberdeen AB10 6BS
The Runners Centre, 10 King’s Arcade, King Street, Lancaster LA1 1JZ
Easy Runner, 6 Horfield Road, St. Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8EA
Coventry Runner, 223 Burnaby Road, Radford, Coventry, CV6 4AX
Runners Edge, 185 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1PW
Alexandra Sports, 140 Gladys Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 9BL
If you know of a good, specialist shop for runners please put it in the comment box below.
When you know the shoes you need you will be able to buy online if it is difficult for you to visit a shop in person. CLICK HERE for online store.
The shoes are the most important part of your running kit. It doesn’t matter about getting all the fancy street cred clothing. If you don’t have the right shoes you will not be running long term either because you are not comfortable or you have sustained an injury.
As a beginner you do not need shoes which have been designed for the elite runners. Comfort is of the essence for beginners. Keep this in mind when trying on the various pairs offered.
Go for support and comfort with multi purpose trainers. This will mean that you will be able to run on the road, footpaths, across fields and on athletic tracks using the same shoes.
Of course, when you have been running for a while and decide to take part in specific runs you may wish to buy different shoes for road, trail or on the track.