A few people have recently asked me How do I pick a good pair of running shoes? And... (the bigger question) How do I find the m-o-t-i-v-a-t-i-o-n???
Hmmm.... I'd have to say that there is probably a direct relationship between the two. You see, once you find that ultra comfy pair of running shoes, that not only feel like your favorite fuzzy slippers that you never want to take off, but also have all the necessary mechanics to support your arches, stabilize your stride, protect your knees, and not pinch your toes, well, you may actually want to get out and run - okay, maybe not far, and not fast, but at least move!
So, if finding a pair of "just right" running (or walking) shoes is on your To Do list, may I suggest a few resources before you head out the door (or log into your computer) and open your wallet. Runner'sWorld has a few online spots to check out: Running Shoe FAQ , which addresses some of the basics about running shoes, and Shop Smarter , a tool that allows you to select shoes and compare their features, cost, and desirability by fellow running consumers. If you prefer the feel of a magazine in your hands over the taps of your keyboard, and want your own copy to keep for your personal library, grab the September 2009 issue of Runner's World , with their annual fall Shoe Buyer's Guide , written by Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten, Ph.D.
Now that you're armed with your research, you're ready to head into your local running store. In the Central Florida area, my choice is always Track Shack , but specialty stores such as Footlocker or Lady Footlocker would be okay, too, if you don't have a local running store. No matter where you shop, make sure to get properly fitted. I have personally found that brands fit very differently and oftentimes, the size you'd wear in a dress or work shoe is not the same as a running shoe. Also, wear the socks that you will wear with the running shoes. Wrong size or style (sock), and you learn quickly about blisters - not fun! This is especially important if you are diabetic, like me.
Finally, once you've found that ultra comfy, I'm-ready-to-move, "just right" pair of shoes, lace them up, grab your earbuds, and head out for a stroll... a walk, a run, anything to get you moving, feeling motivated, and reaching your 4%.
Have a great day, everybody. Thanks for stopping by!