Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Look to your Insole for happy feet.

Runners know how important it is to keep your feet happy. There is nothing worse than a big, bad blister or an achy arch to slow your roll. As you run an 8 minute mile 350 strides a minute will assuredly remind you that those cotton socks are still bunched under your toes. Repeated foot fall after foot fall may cause you to seriously weigh the pros and cons of stopping mid-race to re-tie that lace that is lashing out. Minor mishaps are repeated 6,000 times during your average 5k fun run and to 90,000 times during a grueling 5 hour marathon.

The key to the happiness of your feet is a good relationship with their dear, close-friend; the shoe. Just like any good relationship your shoe should complement the natural strengths of your feet and compensate for their weaknesses. Now reach deep down into the heart of your shoes and you will find the insoles. Go ahead pull out the manufacturer’s flimsy plastic or rubber insole; find how highly pliable and foldable it is. Not too much in the way of shock absorption or stabilization… there is the potential for Nike, Brooks or Mizuno origami-swans under your feet.

Although some feet and shoes are happy and healthy in this minimalistic relationship, some relationships require a little additional guidance and this is where premium insoles come in. Specialists in biomechanics have created premium insoles to improve shock absorption fit, comfort and performance of existing shoes. They improve posture and balance which makes for a more efficient stride and reduces runner’s pains such as plantar fasciitis, bunions and heel spurs.

For as little as $40.00 and a few ounces you can enjoy all the added benefits of a substantial insert, and your feet can live happily ever with your existing shoes… but if you aren’t ready to commit to a more rigid and controlled fit just yet then join us September 2nd at 6:00 to take a pair of Superfeet insoles for a test run and see if their the right match for you… plus free snacks and a group run will keep your legs and belly happy too.

Check out these links for more information:
Superfeet Insoles Walking & Running Website
Montrail Insoles
Sole Custom Footbeds
Spenco PolySorb Insoles

- Marci K.

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