We have all heard the stories of having a good support system and needing a solid foundation before you can build a house. Why is it that sometimes we don’t think the same when picking out the shoes we wear for our workouts? I know I am guilty of this and have learned a lot on the importance of having the right shoes for my workouts.
I started P90X a couple years ago and put on the shoes that I had already. They were Asic Gel Trabucos and I didn’t have a clue what type of shoe they were.
They worked for a while and then I began to have some foot issues, specifically on the balls of both feet. That is when I started to look at some other options. I took some advice and went to a runners shoe store where they fit your foot to the shoe. They had me walk and picked one off the self and I went with it. Wow, it made a world of difference. They were a New Balance 760.
I still wasn’t completely sure of the technical difference but they felt so much better on my feet. My soreness quickly went away. I demoted the Gels to lawn mowing duty and it’s funny because I could barely wear them for that!
After a while I started to feel some of the same discomfort on my feet. I knew that I was wearing them way past their “shelf life” so back to the store I went again. I heard huge prop for the Newton running shoe and had to try it on. It was very different but meant purely for running and cross training was what I needed. I ended up going with the Asic Gel Cumulus 13.
My feet thanked me once again. I continued doing my Insanity and P90X with them and I was feeling great.
I recently was visiting my sister in Texas and she suggested I try the Inov8. A much lighter shoe that is great for power jumps and all the other crazy moves I like to do. I didn’t know what I was missing! These shoes rock! It’s funny how much of a difference a little weight and change in support can make such a drastic difference. I now have used them for several cardio / cross-training workouts and my feet are thanking me for it. My plan going forward is to wear the Cumulus shoes when running and the Inov8′s for all other workouts. Can’t wait! Remember, it’s all in the shoes!