Coach Myles: Running Shoes
Sports can be expensive. Thankfully running is not in that upper cost echelon, especially for frugal people (like me). But as the cost of running shoes has gone up in the last decade, trying to stretch the dollar along all the miles we log has become easier to rationalize. “I can get another 100 miles out of them”, or “I can’t afford another pair right now”, or even “they feel fine, it’ll be fine”.
That mindset has gotten me injured on a few occasions, but fortunately it’s a very easy fix. Despite the extra $100 on shoes a couple times a year, it is much cheaper than a trip to the doc to figure out why your shins are in 5 different pieces. I’d highly suggest a trip to your local specialty running store. On top of the prices being the same (I’ve worked at one and they are all MSRP or cheaper) you are often aided in the process by knowledgeable people who are competitive or recreational runner’s in their own right, rather than being told that the newest shoe at Hibbett’s is “the best running shoe on the market”.
Every person’s foot is a different animal, and it is of utmost importance to your legs that the shoe fits (no pun intended). My father always used to say “A runner’s feet are the most important part of their body”, which made a ton of sense when I realized that it is the only part of the body in contact with the ground (unless you trip like me on the mountain trails). The extra cash it takes to make sure that you’re in working order is certainly worth the while. And you more frequently get pretty fly kicks out of it too.