Welcome to the first week of training programs! We are so excited that you’re joining us this season. We also want to make sure you make the most out of your time with us, so we have a couple tips to help you get started.
First of all, let’s talk shoes. Whether you’re brand new to running or are training for your fifth marathon, the most important investment you can make is in the right running shoe for you. The highly trained staff at Gazelle Sports will guide you through this comprehensive process to make sure your training gets started on the right foot! We begin by measuring your foot’s length, width, arch length and flexibility using a Brannock device. Next, we do a biomechanic assessment to determine what type of shoe would work best for you. We also take into account any past and present injuries or minor aches and pains before making recommendations. But we don’t stop there! We want you to love your new shoes, thus we’ll encourage you to take them for test runs at home. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll help you find a shoe that keeps you smiling mile after mile.
Second, since you will be putting in some significant miles this training season, you may want to consider investing in an alternate pair of shoes. Not only should you be replacing your shoes every 300-500 miles, but many experts recommend alternating between two pairs of running shoes. This way, you will prolong the life of your shoes by reducing wear and keeping the midsole from compressing as quickly. It is also beneficial for your foot to adjust to the minor differences in two different pairs of shoes.
Third, let’s talk about safety. Any time you’re running at night, in low-light situations or on busy streets, being seen means staying safe! Options like brightly colored reflective gear and blinking lights will help you be visible to others. Other great safety tips include: avoid using headphones, carry your ID (or Road ID), run against traffic (if running in the road), look both ways before crossing streets and stick together.
Finally, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced runner, you could probably benefit from a Good Form Running clinic. This free clinic teaches you to run faster, more efficiently and injury-free. Experienced, highly-trained Gazelle Sports staff will give you pointers on how to improve your form, and in turn, your training.