The countdown has begun until my marathon! My siblings and I are conquering the "No Frills Marathon" - which is actually the first marathon I ran originally. I'm super excited, but I'm freaking out because training is starting to pick up, and my time is beginning to diminish.
So, instead of freaking out about how much time has already passed, I have to make smart decisions to make the most of my time. That's why I started with a shoe fitting at Endurance House Delafield. They call it a "Personalized Movement Profile," which perfectly describes what the team there does.
Basically what happens is they put you on a treadmill and analyze the movement of your feet while you run. I've done something similar to this about five years ago and realized I needed to have a lot of support in my ankles because my feet would always roll. Well, when I visited Laura at Endurance House Delafield, she told me that my ankles rolling must have been fixed based on the shoes I chose the last time because my footwork was corrected. How cool is that?! It just goes to show you how important shoes are. You need to have the right fit, the right style and the right amount of arch.
You want to get shoes that are perfectly fitted to you to prevent injuries from occurring while you run. I've always been told to try and keep my running shoes at about a 400 mile limit. In other words, when you've run more than 400 miles, it's time to get new shoes that match stability and comfort. When I started training for my first marathon, my knees were giving me a lot of problems. My mom suggested I try new shoes.
"I just got these shoes 5 months ago. I'm not spending more money on running shoes!" As much as I hate to say it, she was right. The first run after I got a new pair of shoes made a world of difference.
Get to Endurance House Delafield to receive your FREE Personalized Movement Profile. They have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to shoes, socks and arch support inserts. Laura did a fantastic job analyzing the way I run, and she was really friendly the entire time. The staff there is part of your "coaching team." There's no need to be intimidated because they want to work with you in the best way possible.
Even if you're not running a marathon but you walk or run on the daily for exercise, this is a great program to help keep you comfortable and efficient.
Plus - if you want to get better at running in general or need some motivation - join Endurance House Delafield at their Tuesday Night Runs! I'll be going a few times and would love to see you out there! Friendly people, great scenery, and they even have theme nights!