First off, why DON’T people run?
It’s hard. You’ll work your ass off. You’ll break a sweat, and it’s injury prone. So why do I do it then?
My rising blood pressure and family’s blood pressure history was definitely the main reason I began running. After I reviewed my employer’s health screening results, my blood pressure was above average, and it scared the hell out of me. Two years of running later, my blood pressure is down to normal, healthy levels!
Running (if you’re at a reasonable weight) is great for bone density and joint strength. As long as you rest when needed and don’t rush into running, your joint and bone health will be better than any non-runner. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are most likely making excuses for not running.
Running is one of the most caloric burning forms of cardio, which in return, helps control my weight. I can have a more enjoyable social life and flexible nutrition plan with running in my training program.
You’re breathing hard, almost at the end of your run, what are you thinking about? NOTHING. Running is phenomenal for mental health. There’s nothing better than a good, difficult run to clear your mind and relieve stress after a long day. I also find that running keeps me mentally sharp and full of energy.
But FAIR WARNING: if you haven’t been consistently running or are overweight, don’t start running as your first method of cardio!!!!!
You need to work your way up. I suggest getting your nutrition in check AND begin with light walking, stair masters, or ellipticals before you begin running. A “couch to 10K” is a perfect plan to jump-start your way to consistent daily running!
CONSEQUENCES OF BAD RUNNING SHOES
Minus high intensity sports, running causes the MOST injuries compared to other forms of cardio. Don’t let this scare you. All injuries are avoidable! Running has much more physical impact on your body than let’s say biking or swimming, but it’s also a lot cheaper and can be done ANYWHERE!
Injuries from running are multi-faceted and can be caused by a few reasons:
- People weigh more in today’s age and heavier runners are more prone to injury.
- In the 21st century, people are less active overall, so when they do run, they are more likely to hurt themselves compared to previous generations.
- People run on hard, paved surfaces instead of softer dirt or grass.
I found all my injuries from running (besides spraining ankles on an occasional hole or uneven surface) were 100% related to my running shoes. If I started to feel some sort of pain from running, then it was most likely time for some new kicks! You should replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles. That’s roughly a brand-new pair of running shoes yearly. This can be expensive, but your health is worth the money in the long run.
Some of the most common injuries from bad or worn out running shoes are:
- Shin splints (most common nagging injury I deal with).
- Blisters (no one likes a big, nasty blisters on their feet).
- And on a more severe level, plantar fasciitis (will require surgery if ignored).
You should spend a decent amount of money on good, quality running shoes. I’d say $100 is plenty. But what’s more important is the type of running shoe you purchase and the characteristics of your own two feet. Your foot’s arches and how they pronate when running all come into effect when getting your perfect pair of quality running shoes.
THE GOOD & THE BAD
A lot of name brand running shoes designed by Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, etc. aren’t really running shoes at all. They’re just casual lifestyle shoes. Don’t even waste money on these brands if you’re looking for a good pair of running shoes. They’re overpriced, and you can get much better elsewhere. Let’s look at some popular examples.
- #73 on the runner shoe list
- Expensive in relation to better running shoes ($180 retail)
- The Prime knit material is extremely unstable
- Heavier than normal running shoes
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus:
- #51 on the runner shoe list
- Average price range for running shoes ($120 retail)
- Have personally tried these on and found them extremely uncomfortable
- Very stiff, yet unstable shoe
If you check out any forums and search “top running shoes”, the most reoccurring mentioned brands you’ll see pop up consistently are Mizuno, Brooks, Saucony, and Asics. These brands are strictly for performance running.
I’ve personally never tried the Ultraboosts and don’t plan on ever owning a pair. Just way too expensive. I’ve ran in Nikes and tried them on in stores and they hurt my feet all the time, whether I’m running or not. I’ve switched to Brooke’s running shoes about two years ago, and I don’t plan on ever looking back!
If you have a running shoe store near you that examines your foot and running form, I’d suggest using them. Your shoes will be a bit more expensive since they are doing you a service but knowing that you have a perfect running shoe for a lifetime can tremendously save your health in the long run!
Hope you all enjoyed this week’s post! In the next upcoming months, my father and I will be participating in a Houston 10K! He is currently doing a couch to 10K training program to get in shape and I plan on documenting his entire experience! If anyone would like to join us or has questions about quality running shoes, don’t hesitate to reach out!
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“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.”
Book of the Month: “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki