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1654 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2014 7:17 AM by Julie Ann Hackett
Leahh3 Rookie 2 posts since
Jun 12, 2014
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Jun 16, 2014 10:38 AM

New Shoes for a New Racer

I recently joined this great group, called Team Fight, that participates in different races to support young adults facing cancer. A bunch of us are racing the New York City Marathon with Team Fight in November, and I cannot wait!


I got some sweet gear and training plans from them, but I am looking for some opinions on which running shoes to get. I only just became interested in racing and long-distance running, so I never really thought much about which shoes were best (I usually just chose the prettiest ones). But now since I have been training more heavily, I feel like it's time to get a good pair. Can anyone give me some suggestions?





P.S.- Let me know if you're interested in joining Team Fight! I would love to tell you more!

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    1. Jun 16, 2014 6:42 PM (in response to Leahh3)
    New Shoes for a New Racer

    You don't give us any information about yourself as a runner, so we can't make any recommendations.  You have two options.  Go to your local running store with your current shoes and talk to them about your goals and see what they recommend.  Or, "Team Fight" has coaches available. Talk to them.


    What I will say is don't buy anything unseen - make sure you try them on.  Make sure you size the shoes correctly - a thumb-nail width between the longest toe and the front of the shoe.  Try on everything the salesperson brings out, run around a little in them, and pick the shoes that feel the best.


  • jesperg Rookie 4 posts since
    Jun 17, 2014
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    2. Jun 17, 2014 2:11 PM (in response to Leahh3)
    New Shoes for a New Racer

    You can read my opinion and advise about running shoes on my blog.



    Hope you find what you seek.

  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 226 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007
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    3. Jun 18, 2014 7:17 AM (in response to Leahh3)
    New Shoes for a New Racer

    I would recommend that you go to a running store where they will be able to analyze your gate.  Most stores have a treadmill that you can run on so they can determine if you pronate or overpronate and then they'll be able to help you determine what kind of shoes you need.  Also, check on what their return policy is.  Nothing is worse than paying for expensive shoes, hating them after a week and then not being able to exchange them.  Good luck!

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