When my sister was home a few weeks ago she went to a new running store to get some new kicks. Well, she came back with new shoes, and TONS of cool information. So obviously, I had to do it myself.
This new store near me called Road Runner Sports does a full analysis on what kind of runner you are - from your arches to flexibility. Now don't get me wrong, I'm by no means a hardcore runner. But I do believe that you should have good shoes.
The entire process was ah-mazing. There are giant touch screen TVs that track everything you do - including videos, pressure monitors etc. And, you get custom insoles. Didn't realize how amazing they are.
I came out with the following analysis: high arches and extreme flexibility.
Not so shocking given my past with figure skating and dance. So here are the two shoe finalists. I already picked one pair, and I can try them out for 90 days AND return them if I don't like them.
I chose the Brooks shoe, based on it being a little bit more cushioned. However, after running on them this weekend, they felt a bit heavy. We shall see how the next few times go.
In the meantime, I encourage you all to get fitted for the proper running/workout shoe. It makes a HUGE difference.