Back in 2001 when I ran the NYC Marathon, I went to the Super Runner’s Shop here in NYC to make sure I got the right shoes for my feet. They told me I was an over-pronator (meaning that my foot rolls inward with each stride), so they recommended the New Balance 857s. (Runner’s World has an excellent explanation of the different types of pronation.)
So I ran the marathon with those shoes and then some. (I actually still run in them!) Needless to say, it’s time for a new pair of shoes.
However, according to a recent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the type of shoe you use does not have an effect on how you run. In fact, they found that these “corrective” shoes, might increase your chance of injury.
That said, I might get the New Balance 859s (the replacement to the 857s). I’m getting them not because I was told to get them, but because I found the 857s light and comfortable. And in the end, that’s all that should matter when you pick a running shoe. Make sure they fit well, that they’re comfortable, and that they allow your foot to breathe.
This was my second workout of the day. I walked from New York’s Union Square Area to Hell’s Kitchen in 25 minutes flat. Not bad, especially since I had already completed a 3.5 mile run during lunch.
I don’t normally think of “walks” as workouts, but in reality, they kind of are. I was walking at a pretty brisk pace and right now I actually feel a bit sore. Tonight’s walk made me want to do more walking workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not gonna quit running, but on a crisp. cool day, I think it’d make for a nice change of pace.