Here’s today’s Wall St. Journal “Tricks of the Trade” feature, by Josee Rose:
- When former Olympic marathoner Jeff Galloway buys new running shoes, he always brings his last pair with him. If the old shoes are worn toward the outside, he gets a pair with more cushion. If the wear is on the inside of the foot, he buys a shoe with more stability.
Mr. Galloway, who has run over 150 marathons, never spends more than about $85 on a pair of shoes – pricier models are loaded with features you probably don’t need, he says. He shies away from pairs that are on sale (they’re probably flawed, he says), and he always tests shoes on a hard surface in the store – not the carpet.
He switches over to the new shoes gradually. Once a week, he runs his normal route in the old pair, and then jogs around the block in the new pair. That helps break in the new shoes, but also tells him when the older pair no longer has enough support. Shoe companies phase out models every six months, so as soon as he finds a shoe he likes, he buys another pair.
Jeff Galloway is someone worth listening to. He transformed my marathoning experience with this book.
The magical idea: walk one minute after each mile. Even when you’re fresh, after mile one. The reason: you give your body a respite from the ongoing, cumulative pounding it’s taking, and you have something for your mind to look forward to that’s only a few minutes away.
This will add 20 minutes or so to your overall time (you do cover ground while you’re walking, remember), but you’ll finish the race, and in a much better frame of mind than doing it the old, hard way. And, what’s you’re time if you quit because of pain or exhaustion, doing it the traditional way?
Having praised Jeff Galloway, let me say that I disagree with his approach to buying running shoes.
I buy the same model of the same brand – Gel Kayano by ASICS – every six months. Why bother fooling around with unfamiliar shoes when you’ve got one that works for you?
No old shoes to the store, no wear patterns to examine, no trying them out (besides, most stores don’t have an extended area of hard surface anyway), no breaking in new ones. Keep it simple.Powered by Sidelines