Is Color a Valid Consideration When Choosing Running Shoes?

Choosing Running Shoes by Color

It can always be tempting to buy something because you like the color of it. If you already have a set of running clothes then you may want to match your shoes to them so that it looks good. You should find that certain colors are fashionable in running outfits and so it is likely that you will be able to get something that matches. Remember though, that color should be one of the final factors when choosing, you do need to consider comfort and fit first and color may be a way of choosing between two pairs which feel identically comfortable. It is worth thinking about whether there is any reflective material on the shoes, especially if you intend to go out running the dark. You may have reflectors on other parts of your running outfit but because your feet move the most, then a reflective strip on there will really draw the eye of a car driver, for example and will certainly help to keep you a lot safer. If you intend to keep your shoes for a long time then whether the color is a fashionable one, could be irrelevant because the fashions may change before you buy another pair of shoes so why not go with something which you like as you will continue to like it whether fashions change or not.

Warming Up for Running

It is even more important to warm up for running than other sports. This is because your body has to take a lot of strain when you are pounding your feet down especially if you are running on pavements. It is important to stretch the muscles in your legs and to do some gentle jogging before you start your run. It is also important not to run too far at once. If you are just starting out as a runner, then you need to build up. Even if you are confident about running, you will need to start slowly for the sake of your body or else you may injure yourself by straining muscles or damaging tendons and ligaments.  Start off by running a short distance and maybe walking some or alternate running and walking, doing a few minutes of each and then swapping. Once you have done this for a few weeks you should be able to build up the distance you are running at a gradual pace. Be sensible and do not let other people pressure you in to doing more than you know you are capable of. It is better to start slowly and protect your body than do too much at once and injure yourself then have to rest for a few weeks before doing more.

Cooling Down Even More Important Than Warming Up

Cooling down is as important, if not more so than warming up after any sport. It is important to stretch the muscles you have been using to stop them from stiffening up. If you are looking for pain and muscle ache then do not cool down and stretch. I do not recommend for you to forget this very important last step to your work out. If you do not cool down and stretch your muscles properly, you may start to feel stiff just a few hours after finishing the run. It is tempting to just sit down afterward and rest but spending some time just cooling down will pay dividends. After you have finished your run, walk for two minutes before stopping. Then stretch the muscles of your legs, the calves and thighs and stretch each one in turn for a few seconds each. This small stretch can really help the muscles to relax better and you will be amazed at the difference that it makes. It will make it easier for you to recover from the run and therefore easier to go ahead and do the next one. It is hard if you have to do the next run, still stiff and sore from the last one. It will also motivate you better if you feel good after each run – if you feel sore and stiff you may not be so keen to do the next run.

Choosing a Safe Place to Run

It is important to choose a safe place to run. If you are running after dark or before it gets light then you should choose a well lit road or playing field. However, make sure that there is a safe path to walk on and that you are not running too close to the road where you could risk being hit by a car. Wear reflective clothing and flashing lights if running in the dark and if you are running in daylight then bright clothes are advisable especially if you are by the roadside or will be crossing roads as it can be tricky crossing safely when you are looking for traffic while running along. It is better for the feet to run on even grass such as a playing field, rather than on pavements or rough grass. Running on pavements puts more strain on your body and can lead to tendon damage. Running on rough grass may mean that you have injury from stepping in a hole or getting feet caught in tall plants. A nice even playing field is the best place to run because it is safe and meant for running on. It will be soft underfoot and there should be no holes to fall in or tall undergrowth. Remember to get permission to run around a sports field. If possible always run with partners because your safety is increased by numbers.

Finding the Best Time for Running

It can be hard knowing what time of the day is the best to run. It is good to go first thing in the morning as it will be quiet and you are less likely to meet pedestrians. If you are running on pavements in a town, then you will need to do it after the shops are closed or else you may meet people and they will get in your way or causing a unforeseen collision. Running just after eating is not a good idea as it can lead to getting you sick or internal injury. You could also get bloated and feel very uncomfortable. Therefore running before breakfast or a few hours after a meal is optimal. Some people find they need to eat before they run and if this is the case then have something light such as a banana which will not lie heavy in the stomach. It could be even better to have a few dextrose tablets beforehand instead to give you energy without filling you up at all. Try running at different times of the day in order to see which times seem to suit you better. You may find it easier to fit it in your lunch hour or after work, maybe weekend mornings or before cooking the evening meal. Think how you can fit it in to your own lifestyle to ease the pressure of the day and make your run enjoyable.