In the spring of last year, I went in to a local running store for my first shoe fitting. Before, I had purchased shoes from big sporting goods stores; my selections based primarily on looks. Now that I was training for my second half-marathon and becoming a more serious runner, I decided it was about time I got fitted. I was hoping to prevent some of the pain I had felt in my feet and legs during my first half-marathon and longer training sessions.
The staff was super friendly and the fitting was quick and painless. They sized my feet and measured the width. Then they watched me walk through the store and stand on a special machine that determined the weight distribution of my feet. Finally, they gave me a variety of shoes to try on and had me take each pair out for a test run.
It was amazing to me how much better my feet and legs felt running in properly fitted shoes! A lot of the stress I had been feeling in my angles and knees disappeared. I felt like I was running on a cloud. I loved the first shoes I tried on the most — a pair of Brooks Ravennas, so I ended up buying them.
Getting fitted for running shoes was one of the most important things I did to improve my running. Now that I know a little more about my feet, it’s a lot easier to shop for the right shoes and prevent running injuries. If you’re hoping to become more serious about running, this is an important first step.
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