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8/14/10 12:47 A

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Thanks for the great info everyone - learned soo much...was getting ready to start looking for my next pair of shoes and may contemplate going up a 1/2 size. I'll have to shoe shop after my next long run and see what the shoes feel like afterwardss.

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8/13/10 11:05 P

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Yes...My other pair is half a size bigger and this works fine in 5K-10K distances...but anything past about 7 miles and my feet are barking! The full size bigger shoe really helped.


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8/13/10 8:23 P

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re: toe socks I already buy 1/2 size bigger than my regular shoe size with the toe socks I might need a full size larger since I just bought 2 new pair I will have to wait on this



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8/13/10 6:10 P

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Jan...Totally agree with you on the independently owned running store. We have a "chain" that is relatively new to our area. They are OK....but the privately owned running store that has been here for a while is awesome. The owner started running in his early 30s and found it hard to find shoes. He started the store and it is has been rated as one of the best running stores in the U.S.! He wins all kinds of awards. He shows up at a lot of very local runs and sponsors many races. ALL his clerks are runners. 30 day back guarantee, but some say he's gone beyond. Road Runner does a 60 day...but they aren't nearly as personal even with their fancy gadgets to check your feet. Running store checks and video tapes your run, etc..... Just awesome....

The toe socks have sleeves for each toe that fit snuggly around the toes and keep the skin from rubbing against each other. It is virtually blister proof. I'm still recovering from some nasty blisters I got 2 months ago. Almost gone. But it's been a long road! Live and learn.

Heard many good things about compression socks. Will have to try.


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8/13/10 5:56 P

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Re shoe purchase - I would check out a running store. Usually independently owned and operated stores are the best. These folks are often runners themselves and can give you the best advise on shoes. - Personally I have heard good things about Fleet feet, and I believe they are all independently owned.

The sales person should look at your foot. They should give you a couple of options for shoes, and they should let you try and run in them - you should ask what the return policy is. I have had a couple of new to running friends who were not completely satisfied with their purchase - took the shoe back and without a problem they were fitted into a new shoe.

If you find a shoe which has a good fit you may be able to find it online at a lower price. Remember you should not put more than 300-400 miles on your running shoes.

As for the toe socks. I have heard they should be beneficial for distance running, but I have not tried them myself. I much prefer compression socks. I know they look dorky with shorts, but your legs feel better. - Once I hit the half marathon and up distance - I lie down after the shower for 30 min and apply my compression tights - particularly if I have to sit in a car and drive home.



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8/13/10 3:30 P

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As the others already stated. Get fitted from a running store, most chains like Sports authority, Champs, and foot lockers don't seem to have qualified people to help you with running. If you don't have such a store in your area. Runners world has a article on how to fit yourself http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/shoelabsho
efinder/0,,s6-240-325-329-0-0-0-0-0,00
.html and it will help you find shoes that fit your feet and running style. Biggest thing to remember. Buy the shoes late in the day or right after a run so they are the biggest they will be. Try running in them. At least up and down the aisle. Must running stores in our area let you take them up and down the sidewalk in front of the store front. I like Saucony because the toe box is wider so I have more room for my toes to wiggle.

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8/13/10 2:29 P

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hmmm...toe socks? I will have to see about those, too. I just lost my first toe nail. It turned black this spring and finally fell off on its own yesterday...actually the day before yesterday. But, since it had been so long the new nail was already there so luckily no blood or pain! emoticon

I LOVE my Brooks Dyad 4 or 5...can't remember the #. I have a high archs and "hardware" in my ankle due to a bad car accident a few yrs ago. I run mostly on the outsides of my feet...forgot what that is called. But these shoes ROCK!!! LOVE them. The run $100 but I figure I'll pay the price to save my feet, knees, shins, etc.... Running is a relatively cheap sport so if I splurge on sneaker a couple of times a yr it is ok!

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Mimi... I had terribly bruised toe nails as well when I started longer runs this year training for my half.

"Catherine" told me (on here or another team) to buy toe sock and another pair of shoes that are not just half a size larger like we get for the shorter runs, but a FULL size larger to keep the toes really rooms.

Let me tell you....The toe socks and the bigger shoes SAVED me! It was excellent advice that I pass on to you. Didn'thave the heel problems, so maybe a shoe insert would be the solution for that.

Tell the shoe salesperson at the running store about your problems on the long distance. They are trained in these issues.

Google "athletic toe socks" and take a look at what they look like. I LOVE MINE! I got them at the running store (which is the name of is, "The Running Store"). Otherwise, you can get them online. BLISTER PROOF and the roomier toe box from larger size saved my toes from banging on the shoe. I had lost three toe nails due to the bruising! Totally stopped now!

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8/13/10 12:55 P

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My Asics generally run $130-140 in the stores, but if I watch on line and sales, I can generally pick them up on sale or last years model for around $90.

...and Ladynettie is correct about the toenaels, I always kept mine a little long and manicured untill I ended up with a couple of really nasty bruised toenail beds and a nearly ingrown big toenail.

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$100 for a high end shoe. I lot, but I figured since they are supporting my body for 100 miles of training or more, I should invest in something that will help lessen the impact on my feet!

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Thanks for the tip about keeping the nails short... I had to learn the hard way with some seriously bruised and toenails! What is the average price of these types of shoes?

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I agree with Logould, get professionally fitted. In my case, I have incredibly wide feet, so they were able to fit me in a pair of Nikes that have little side circles that pop out and back in again when my foot hits the ground, allowing my extra width to stretch the shoe where it needs to. Also, I take out the existing inserts and put in Iron Man gel inserts for more impact cushioning. Keep your toenails very short, and I wear a thin pair of liner socks under my thicker running socks. No more foot pain! Good luck, hope this helps!
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Search out a reputable running store in your area and go there to get professionally fitted...try on several pairs and walk around. Some stores even offer a comfort guarntee for a number of days or month so that you can actually experience the shoes in real life.

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I am relatively new to long distance running and after a couple of 7 mile runs, I began to have some real problems with my sneaker. I never had any problems with shorter runs, but my toes and heels really hurt afterwards. So I'm off to buy a new pair, but have no idea what to look for! Anybody have any recommendations or buying tips or stay away froms? It would really appreciate any help! Thanks :)

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