Dr Paul's 2015 Recommendations:
I want to make sure you have a great experience exercising or training and eventually do more. Movement is the key to life, the more we do and the longer we do it, defines our health throughout our life. You may not realize this, but marathons have a high failure rate. Only 15% of marathon runners do more than one. Injuries are the most common reason for this alarming statistic, usually due to a poor training plan. You can begin any new regime with Dr. Paul's educational segments. They will help those of you who are weekend warriors or others looking to walk or run. I'll teach you how to avoid foot pain, shin splints, achilles tendinitis, knee pain and IT band pain from a sports chiropractor who has treated 1000's of Olympic and professional athletes with 35 years experience treating and preventing sports injuries. Even if you do not have any injuries, I will show you how to avoid them while exercising more efficiently and faster with my specialized exercises, stretches and orthotics.
Motion Control Shoe Recommendations:
Brooks Beast and/or Ariel
Asics Fortify and/or Foundation
New Balance 1340
Stability Shoe Recommendations:
Brooks Addiction and/or Adrenaline
New Balance 940
Saucony Omni and/or Guide
Nike Air Structure and/or Odyssey
Cushioned Shoe Recommendations:
Brooks Ghost and/or Launch
Asics Nimbus and/or Cumulus
The most important part of your exercise gear is your footwear. While running a marathon, consider that for a 150 pound person, 300 to 600 pounds will be landing on each foot 20,000 times during the race and on pavement. That's some serious tonnage and why most rookie marathon runners are injured well before the starting line and praying they can somehow keep it together for the 6 hours they'll be on the course, the average finish time for a marathon.
Since most of us have medium to low arches the most commonly recommended running shoes are classified as "stability and motion control" types. People with high arches or seasoned runners can get away without these stronger shoes and can run in "cushioned" running shoes. I have created the Dr. Paul "Twist test" where you twist the heel of the running shoe and the toe box area in opposite directions. The shoe should not bend in the middle. You want a flexible toebox, so I suggest you press up on the toebox to check for this flexibility.
Keep in mind that present-day running or walking shoes will only have a longevity of 300-400 miles. Additionally, these shoes should not be used on consecutive days as they have air molecules forced out of the outer sole during use and need 36 hours to re-aerate. Thus, 2 pairs of the same shoes are recommended if you run or walk daily or are weekend warriors, planning to run Saturday and Sunday. In fact, most fledgling runners are best off running every other day, rather than consecutively. Daily running many times takes a year of consistent every other day running to avoid breakdowns and overuse syndromes.
Remember, the most important thing is to have FUN! I'll see you at the next running event!
Dr. Paul R. Copeskey, D.C., C.C.F.C.
Choosing The Right Running Shoe