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Know Thy Feet

December 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment ·


My brother bought me Asics Gel-Cumulus 9 for my Christmas present. I actually picked this pair of sneakers out on my own because they are supposed to help me land better when I run, especially on the streets or in Central Park. When I first put on the sneakers, I instantly felt taller because of the extra gel cushions placed from middle of the shoes (where our feet curve up) to heels. Because of the extra cushions at the heels, I had used shin muscles more when I ran with them, which caused soreness on my shins after my workout. However, the soreness was only temporary. After a couple more runs with these shoes, I have built up muscles around my shins and felt very sturdy with every step. These extra cushions help me with my bad habit of landing with my feet pronated. Choosing a pair of sneakers that fit your feet is very important, especially for athletes who look to improve their performance. Save up a couple bucks…buy yourself a pair of well designed sneakers. But first, know thy feet.

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  • Mike Snihur // Mar 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    This is very important. After 6 years of running almost every day my feet broke down and I’ve gotten 2 stress fractures in the past 2 years. I finally saw a podiatrist who recommended orthotics. He was able to tell me a ton of things wrong with my biomechanics that could potentially cause problems down the road (He told me I would need a hip replacement when I was 40 without help). Also, if you don’t mind spending a little extra on shoes, go to a running store and get fitted properly by a professional. They might even videotape your gait to make sure its the proper shoe.

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