Running Feet

If you’re like me, the gradual return to warmer weather (and less rain!) means heading outside more frequently for exercise.  After back-to-back runs this past Saturday and Sunday, my feet are in need of a rest…and probably a new pair of running shoes.  My current pair of Asics, after over 500 miles, are ready for retirement.  You can estimate that any quality pair can last between 300 and 500 miles, depending on body weight and running surface.  Although there are many excellent brands, such as Asics, New Balance, and Saucony, which shoe and model is right for you really depends on your foot type.  Features to look for include stability in the arch and a firm heel counter.  With my patients, I generally give a few recommendations, and then send them to a specialty shoe store for a test drive.  A good store will let you run around inside and outside before purchasing.  For Seattle and the Eastside, check out:

Seattle Running Company

Sound Sports

Foot Zone

Super Jock and Jill

Another great resource is Runner’s World magazine’s quarterly shoe review, with all the latest models tested by their staff, broken down by category and foot type.  They even award titles like, “Best Buy”, and “Best Update”.

Spring 2009 Running Shoe Guide :,7120,s6-240-400–13047-0,00.html