I don’t know if it’s that I’m an inexperienced runner. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had negative experiences at running stores trying to select the right sneakers. And I don’t know if it’s because I become obsessed with activities that I enjoy.
I do know that I always have problems selecting the right sneakers for running.
A few months ago, I posted a query on LinkedIn in a running group. I explained my issues and was unanimously told to get barefoot running or minimal running shoes. The New Balance 730v2 was the one that was recommended most. I did my homework and decided to give them a try. I loved them. I ended up buying six pairs!
But after running the NYC Half this past March, I found that my ankle was bothering me a lot. When I focused on my running style, I realized that I was under-pronating, which means that I was landing on the outside of my foot. Many people over-pronate, that is they strike on the inside of their foot.
I wondered if my sneakers were the cause of this or if I needed to get new sneakers (now that I have four brand new ones sitting in the closet) that focus on under-pronation.
Again, I did my homework. I found that Runner’s World has a site that helps you select the right sneaker. However, when I gave it a try with different problems — high arch, low arch, over-pronation, under-pronation, normal — it all pointed me to the same eight pairs of sneakers — Brooks, Asics, New Balance, Sacouny, etc. (I realized that there must be an advertising special on that site. So, I discarded the site altogether and searched again.)
Then I looked at a few other sites, like Livestrong.com, and noticed that Newton Running Gravity were mentioned. I had Newton’s a couple of years ago. They are almost like barefoot sneakers except that they are more padded and had an elevated cushion in the mid-foot. So, I bought them through Zappos.com. Now, I’m waiting for them to arrive. I’ll keep you posted…