Hungry Runner

the-exercist:

6 Tips for Buying Running Shoes

Shop at Smaller StoresMajor department chains can’t always answer your specific needs, so look for smaller specialty stores like Nike or your local running store. These shops have a knowledgeable staff to help you pick the right shoes for your running routine, says Fullem.
Think About the Length and WidthYour feet need some breathing room as you run, so get a size that’s half an inch longer than what you normally wear. If running shoes tend to irritate the sides of your feet, then try a different width—brands like New Balance come in a wide range of widths, says Fullem.
Give Them a Test RunJust like you wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a spin, the same goes for running shoes. Ask a store clerk if you can take a lap around the store or step outside for a test run, says Fullem. It’s the only way you’ll truly know if a shoe works for you.
Buy ExtrasWhen new shoe models comes out every few months, it can be a huge pain to go through the hunt again. Fullem recommends buying more than one pair at a time. This way you’ll know exactly what shoe works for your body.  You can also wait to stock up until the next model comes out, because the pair you have might be on sale at that point.
Don’t Assume Your SizeAlways re-measure your foot and try on a shoe because no two shoes will fit you the same way, says Fullem. Your size 7 Pumas might fit perfectly, but you might be a 7.5 in Reebok.
Don’t Believe GimmicksIf this study proves anything, it’s that “special features” in shoes don’t necessarily lead to better, injury-free performances, says Fullem. Unless a doctor recommends something like gel inserts, stick with the basic—and affordable—option.

Read more HERE

the-exercist:

6 Tips for Buying Running Shoes

Shop at Smaller Stores
Major department chains can’t always answer your specific needs, so look for smaller specialty stores like Nike or your local running store. These shops have a knowledgeable staff to help you pick the right shoes for your running routine, says Fullem.

Think About the Length and Width
Your feet need some breathing room as you run, so get a size that’s half an inch longer than what you normally wear. If running shoes tend to irritate the sides of your feet, then try a different width—brands like New Balance come in a wide range of widths, says Fullem.

Give Them a Test Run
Just like you wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a spin, the same goes for running shoes. Ask a store clerk if you can take a lap around the store or step outside for a test run, says Fullem. It’s the only way you’ll truly know if a shoe works for you.

Buy Extras
When new shoe models comes out every few months, it can be a huge pain to go through the hunt again. Fullem recommends buying more than one pair at a time. This way you’ll know exactly what shoe works for your body.  You can also wait to stock up until the next model comes out, because the pair you have might be on sale at that point.

Don’t Assume Your Size
Always re-measure your foot and try on a shoe because no two shoes will fit you the same way, says Fullem. Your size 7 Pumas might fit perfectly, but you might be a 7.5 in Reebok.

Don’t Believe Gimmicks
If this study proves anything, it’s that “special features” in shoes don’t necessarily lead to better, injury-free performances, says Fullem. Unless a doctor recommends something like gel inserts, stick with the basic—and affordable—option.

Read more HERE

What Kind of Runner Are You?

No, I’m not about to present you with a some kind of personality quiz. (If you answered mostly A’s you’re totally a distance diva!)

But, what I am about to present you with is an exciting new specialty running brand that I’m so excited to be partnering with.

It’s called Kind Runner. The site’s official launch date is June 1st, and when it opens it will be the first and only place on the web where runners can trade in their old sneakers for new ones.

Continue reading to learn how it works!

How to Choose the Right Running Shoes

Hungry Running Recap: 8 Miles After Injury

Ohh, the first long run after recovering from an injury.

Ha! I’m saying that as if it’s like some sort of common rite of passage that everyone experiences at some point in their lives.

Ohh, the first time you learn to ride a bike without training wheels.

Ohh, first day of high school.

Ohh, the first time you realize you’ve made The Best Batch of Oatmeal Ever.

Yeah, my 8-mile run yesterday was sort of like that. Not only because it was my first long half marathon training run since I injured my hamstring, but also because I reconquered the 6.5-mile trail loop that I’d been avoiding for quite some time. Partly because it’s quite muddy and I was a little apprehensive about roughing up my new pretty, pink Brooks, and partly because I wasn’t sure if I’d actually make it all the way around.

But I did! I made it and then ran another mile and half back home. I won’t lie, my muscles were on fire through the entire last mile, but it was that good kind of muscle fatigue that you know will make you stronger the next time around if you just hold on and push through it now. Most athletes thrive off of that, am I right? 

I did take a few very brief breaks during this run. Like at one point I stopped right below The Worst Hill Ever (see photo below) so that I could document it in all of its evil hilliness.

This photo doesn’t really do it any justice, because you can’t even see the top of it here. At the top, it’s completely vertical. Like, every time I get to the top of this hill, all running resumes and I have to bend down, place my hands on the ground and hoist myself up over the top. I swear I’m not exaggerating. If there is anyone on this earth who can run over the top of this hill, I will pay them large sums of money to see it. (Not really. But, I actually would really love to see it.)

And while we’re talking about crazy running obstacles. I’ll also share with you the mini hurdle of water that I had to leap over.

I know that you can’t really tell from the photo, but the entire boardwalk area there is covered in water. Like flowing water. Like, water that I absolutely refused to step my brand new Brooks into. So just picture me leaping over that mini-stream. Literally leaping. I know it doesn’t even look that far. Like, anyone else in the world could probably just step over it. But no, not me and my short legs. I imagine I looked quite comical as I leaped to clear this hurdle that, I know, looks like a puddle, but I swear was a deep flowing river. Also something I’d pay to see.

And oh yeah, this little bridge is right before The Worst Hill Ever. And there just happened to be a couple sitting at the top of it while I was running yesterday. So, I’m pretty sure they must have gotten a real kick out of watching me struggle to conquer this part of the run.

Good times.

Anyway, now that I’ve conquered a long training run and everything still feels OK, I think I can stop thinking of my training in terms of pre-injury/post-injury. Because, why keep looking back, ya know? I’m healed and good to go. I won’t forget the experience because it really taught me how hugely important stretching and recovery are, but from now on. A run is a run, is a run :)

xx Katie

YES!
[image via Fit & Focused]

YES!

[image via Fit & Focused]

[image via Fit Sugar]

Running is pretty simple. All you need to do is just lace up your sneakers and go. But it can also be kind of complicated, because although it’s one of the most basic forms of exercise, there are plenty of variables involved that increase the risk of injury pretty significantly. According to Fit Sugar, these are the top 3 “mistakes” people make when it comes to running:

  • Wearing sneakers for too long
  • Skipping your post-run stretch
  • Being “married” to running
Read more on Fit Sugar

Are you guilty of any of these top 3 running mistakes?

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