Why every runner needs this advice about feet and run shoes

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If you’re a passionate runner looking to improve your performance, understanding the importance of feet and shoes is essential. From providing comfort and speed to establishing a solid foundation for your running journey, your feet and the right pair of shoes play a vital role. In this article, we’ll explore the significance of feet and shoes in running and offer insights into finding the perfect footwear for better, smarter, and faster runs.

Why feet & shoes are so important as runners age

Most runners know the importance of shoes to run. If you don’t know how important they are, try running really fast or long in non-running shoes, and you will quickly find out.

But have you ever stopped to wonder about the role that feet, and in particular, what role shoes play in the quest to perform better as you age?

Find out how critical feet and shoes really are and more in this episode of – DLake Deliberates.

What Useful Things You’ll Learn

[01:23] What this won’t be about
[01:46] What this will be about
[05:16] The story of the marathon
[06:47] Feelings do and will always matter over everything
[07:12] Why feet and shoe choice are so important as you age.
[09:47] the importance of feet and running.
[10:18] Heel Drop Explained
[14:47] Using the right shoes for the right job – Mike Trees
[15:59] The Great Orthotics Debate
[17:36] Closing Thoughts

The Feeling of Shoes: It’s All About Comfort and Speed

When it comes to running shoes, there’s one thing that matters above all else: how they make you feel. Sure, there are plenty of high-tech features and fancy specs out there, but what really counts is the connection between your feet and the ground. Trust me, I’ve tried all kinds of shoes, from the latest super shoes to minimalistic sandals, and what I’ve learned is that comfort and speed go hand in hand.

Now, let’s talk about the feeling of going barefoot. Some runners swear by it, claiming it’s what our bodies were born to do. While I’m not suggesting you ditch your shoes entirely, it’s worth noting that there are options out there, like minimal run shoes or even run sandals, that can give you a taste of that natural connection with the earth. Just keep in mind that transitioning to minimal shoes takes time and patience.

Shoelaces: The Unsung Heroes

Before we dive deeper, let’s talk about something that often gets overlooked: shoelaces. Yes, you heard me right. Learning how to tie your shoes correctly is a skill that can make a world of difference. Getting the right tightness in the right spot is crucial to avoid discomfort and the dreaded development of corns. Trust me, I’ve been there. So, take a moment to master the art of shoelace tying and save yourself from unnecessary foot woes.

Feet: The Foundation of Your Running Journey

Now, let’s get a little philosophical and talk about our feet. They may not be the most attractive part of our bodies, but boy, are they important! Think about it: they’re the only things that touch the ground when you run. And not just any part of your foot, but only about two-thirds of it at any given time. Our feet are remarkable, and they deserve our attention.

As beginner runners, we often underestimate the significance of our feet until something goes wrong. Trust me, I’ve made that mistake too. But here’s the thing: our feet are the foundation of our running journey. Taking care of them and finding the right shoe choices can make all the difference in our performance and overall enjoyment of running.

The Marathon Story: Our Bodies Were Born to Run

Let me share a little story with you. You’ve probably heard of the marathon and the legendary runner Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message. The common misconception is that he died from the grueling effort of running 26 miles. But the truth is, he was an elite runner who covered long distances regularly. He actually died from a wound and not from running. This would be equal to a bicycle messenger in the city dying from getting hit by a bus and not from riding too much.

Running is what our bodies were born to do, and it just takes a little training to get there.

Super Shoes: The Debate and Finding Balance

Ah, super shoes. The topic that has been causing quite a stir in the running community. These shoes, packed with the latest technology and designed to give you an extra edge, have their pros and cons. Some swear by them, while others prefer a more minimalistic approach. As for me, I fall somewhere in the middle.

Super shoes can be a game-changer when used correctly, but it’s essential to find a balance. Don’t rely on them for every run, especially if you’re training for a marathon or an Ironman. Save them for those fast workouts and race days when you need that extra boost. And remember, these shoes have a limited lifespan, so use them wisely.

The Bottom Line: It’s All About You

As I wrap up this journey into the importance of feet and shoes, I want to leave you with one important message: it’s all about you. Find what works best for you, both in terms of comfort and performance. Listen to your body, experiment with different shoes, and don’t be afraid to trust your instincts.

Remember, running is a personal journey, and we’re all in it together. So, keep lacing up those shoes, keep pushing your limits, and above all, enjoy the exhilarating feeling of hitting the pavement, one stride at a time.

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