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Published January 22, 2014, 11:53 AM

Getting in Gear: Picking the right shoes

When you were a kid and you wanted to run around, all you had to do was throw on a pair of Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers and you’d be good to go. But the sneaker has grown up and gotten serious.

By: The Forum, INFORUM

When you were a kid and you wanted to run around, all you had to do was throw on a pair of Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers and you’d be good to go. But the sneaker has grown up and gotten serious.

You wouldn’t dream of running any kind of race these days without the proper shoe. A good fitting shoe not only helps you run faster but can prevent serious injury.

In this week’s Getting in Gear with Josh and Erin, Fargo Marathon Executive Director Mark Knutson helps our runners pick the best shoes for them as they train for the half-marathon and 10k respectively.

Here are his shoe shopping tips:

1. Have a knowledgeable salesperson do a gait analysis on you to help identify movement related problems, allowing you to run more efficiently.

2. If it’s determined that your feet pronate (or turn inward) as you walk, you’ll want to look for a stability shoe which helps provide additional support.If you don’t pronate, you’ll probably just need a neutral running shoe. You can also buy high performance shoes, but they are suited toward serious marathoners and might not be the best choice for those just starting out.

3. As with clothing, don’t get locked into brands. Most well-known brands are high quality. Just find something that feels good.

4. Try on 3-4 pairs of shoes before buying.

5. Experts disagree on when to buy new shoes. But most shoes are designed to last 300-600 miles. Listen to your body. If you get aches and pains while running, your shoes might be worn out. If in doubt, go to a running store with your old shoes. Put one of them on, while trying on a new shoe on the other foot. If the foot in the old shoe feels flat, dead, and unsupported, it might be time to upgrade.

To learn more about shoes and other training tips from Mark Knutson, including training plans for Josh and Erin go to their blog: Getting in Gear with Josh and Erin gettingingear.areavoices.com

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