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My Gear part 2

1 Oct

On July 27, 2012, I posted “My Gear” in which I shared the running sneakers I use as well as my running apparel.

Since writing that post, not much has changed with my apparel, but my sneakers are completely different. After working in footwear at a sporting goods store, I learned a lot about the different kinds of sneaker and how important it is to understand how your gait works and how your feet strike the ground.

When I wrote that post, I was running in Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s, which is a stability shoe. A stability shoe is good for those whose feet evenly strike the ground or turn a little bit inward (also called overpronation). When I started running more distance, I felt a lot of pain in my knees and ankles. At first I assumed this was just because my joints weren’t used to such high impact for longer periods of time.

After a trip to the chiropractor, I learned that I actually supinate, meaning my feet turn outwards a bit when I run/walk. Wearing a stability shoe that helps push your feet outward was just making my supination worse.

Now I run in a neutral shoe, and this provides support and doesn’t angle my feet in any direction. As someone who supinates, I swear by the Brooks Ghost 5’s (although they’ve come out with the 6th generation now but I haven’t tried them).

Brooks Ghost 5's

The top three technical running shoe brands are Brooks, Mizuno, and Asics, but I definitely prefer Brooks. I do have a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s which is also a neutral shoe, and I like them for walking in! Plus they look good.

Birthday Shoes copy

The best way to determine what kind of sneaker you should be wearing is to go to a running store that offers to watch you walk without shoes on or go to a doctor who can make that kind of observation. A quick way to get a general idea is to look at the bottom of your shoes that are well worn. You’ll notice that a certain portion of your shoes may be run down way more than other parts of your shoe. In my case, the outer sides of my shoes are scuffed up because of the way my feet turn out when I walk/run!

I have a detailed list of the footwear and apparel I wear for running and working out on my new Subblime profile! Here I have a photo of everything, a link to where you can buy it, and my own description of why they’re great to use. Check it out!

Subblime Profile

 

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Streeetch!

2 Sep

Someone requested that I post about stretching over a month ago, but I’ve been terrible and things kept happening. I’m finally getting to it!

As always, I’d just like to remind everyone that I do not hold any training or medical certifications, and I am merely sharing what I’ve learned and what works for me.

Most articles that I’ve read and advice I’ve heard from trainers that I’ve spoken with say that it’s best not to stretch too hard prior to exercise because your muscles are not yet warmed up. This could lead to more injury than the exercise itself!

Before I run:

1. I do a basic quad stretch by lifting my foot and holding it by my butt (you know the stretch I’m talking about, I’m sure).

2. After that, I stretch my calves by standing on my heels, pointing my toes up, and reaching down towards my toes.

3. Finally, I just sort of reach my hands to the sky, and lean to each side to stretch out my sides.

What I’ve learned to be far more important is a post-exercise stretch. You may notice you turn into a pretzel after running or basic exercise because your muscles are nice and warm.

I once found a stretching image guide on Tumblr that I use for my post-running stretches, so I’ll just share that with y’all! I don’t necessarily stretch for as long as this guide instructs, but the stretches work wonders after a good, long run.

I hope this helps you when you’re stretching before/after your exercise. It’s very important – don’t leave it out! Consider it part of your exercise routine.