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Investing in Good Running Shoes

Investing in Good Running Shoes

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“It’s always best to invest on good running shoes. Why? Read the reasons below!”

The best running shoes are shoes that will be kind and gentle on your feet throughout any running exercise. This benefit will reflect itself in its most striking way immediately after a workout, when the way your feet feel then is a good indication of whether you have the right pair of running shoes or not. A good number of people even today still do not realize–or underestimate–the importance of investing in a good pair of running shoes. These are the kinds of people who awkwardly show up for track and field events or even light running exercises in the bulkiest pair of basketball shoes that they can find. These kinds of people are also the ones who will have massive amounts of pain in their feet right after the running exercise.

Avoid Blisters and Other Pains
If you use any kind of shoes–even ones for other types of athletic purposes–when you run, you will end up with the most sore feet ever. A further taboo is picking the incorrect kind of socks to make matters even that much worse. In example, cotton socks are a big no-no when it comes to picking socks for running because of their tendency to cause friction against your skin. So if you are wearing unwieldy and inappropriate shoes–such as basketball shoes–and cotton socks that are thick, you should expect to see your feet in bad shape after your running exercise. It is noteworthy to point out that this adverse effect will happen quite quickly, too. So if you want to avoid blisters and the effects of sore feet and the front of your legs, invest in a good pair of running shoes.

Better Fit to Your Foot
Good running shoes will do one thing and provide one benefit first and foremost: a snug and well-shaped fit that is tailored to your foot as much as possible. A good pair of running shoes will also make your foot feel lighter as you run, and a reason for this is because of how well it takes to the shape of your foot. The problem that is caused by the rubbing of your heel against the wrong kind of shoe during running–which creates the onset of blisters–is also absent with the right pair of running shoes. You will not feel this nagging rubbing against your heel. These days, many athletic shoe stores provide in-store machine tests which show your foot type and, consequently, what type of running shoe best fits you.

Selecting Good Shoes
Selecting a good pair of running shoes comes down to pronation. This term simply refers to the degree your foot rotates toward the inside when you run. There are two kinds of runners: One who has too much pronation (whose foot rotates too much while running) and one who has insufficient pronation (whose foot barely rotates inward when running). The best way to get a pair that is right for you is by visiting a shoe store that emphasizes selling running shoes. These stores usually have a knowledgeable staff that will even let you try running around in the shoe. More at Why It’s Important to Invest in Good Running Shoes

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Choosing the right Triathlon suit

Triathlon Suit: How to Choose Your Wetsuit

“Thinking of buying a Triathlon suit? Let us help you make the right choice. Read more below!”

Choosing the right Triathlon Suit

We enlisted the expertise of Patrick Baum, customer service specialist for TriSports.com, to demystify the wetsuit selection process and map out the basic steps you should take to zero in on the just-right suit for you.

Assess the athlete’s build. “Proper fit is everything, so that’s where we start,” says Baum. “If it’s over the phone, we ask a lot of questions to get an idea of the person’s build—height, weight and so forth. Do they have a runner’s build, a cyclist’s build, a swimmer’s build?”

Consider swimming ability. “If someone’s not a good swimmer we try to get them into something that will hopefully get them in a better position in the water—buoyancy throughout the suit that puts them up higher in the water so they’ll go faster,” says Baum. “If someone’s a very strong swim- mer, a lot of the time they want flexibility because they don’t want anything getting in the way of their stroke. In that situation we start looking at a suit with Yamamoto 40 [extra stretchable neo- prene] in the arms for shoulder flexibility.”

Consider price point. “We get an idea of what races they are going to be doing—do they need or want a super high-end suit in the $600-plus range?” adds Baum. Or maybe they are just starting out, and need a low- to mid-range suit.”

Identify best-matching brand. “Each brand fits differently, and each has a sepa- rate size chart,” says Baum. “We try to fit the customer in the middle to bottom of the weight range and comfortably within the height range.” If they are in the store, Baum has the customer try on a suit and jump into the in-store pool to test it out. Phone or online customers can take advantage of Trisport.com’s “one free swim” policy. “We want people to get in the water, because feel in the water is critical,” says Baum. “If it doesn’t fit right in the water, they can send it back.”

Sleeves or no sleeves? “A lot of it is personal preference,” says Trisport.com’s Baum. “Sleeveless might work out when just starting out because there’s not a lot of constriction around the shoulders. If a lot of your races are going to be in warmer water, a sleeveless tends to work for the season. But having said that, you don’t see pros in sleeveless wetsuits that often—if they can get away with a full-sleeve suit they’re going to wear one. If someone is talking about wanting a versatile suit that is also very fast, you go full-sleeve.” More at 14 Triathlon Wetsuits Reviewed

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Triathlon Wetsuit Sale: Buying Tips

“Looking for a Triathlon Wetsuit Sale? Need advice on which wetsuit to buy? Read the tips below!”

Triathlon Wetsuit Sale

Triathlon Wetsuit Sale

Many triathletes starting out towards their first race wonder if they really need a tri-specific wetsuit. Unfortunately, borrowing a surf wetsuit from a friend won’t do you any favours. Here’s our guide to deciding which triathlon wetsuit to buy.

Typical wetsuits made for snorkelling or waterskiing won’t help you achieve your optimum speed. This is because the sleeves will be too tight, restricting your arm stroke.

Triathlon wetsuits are also thinner at the shoulders to allow better movement, longer zips to help with quicker transition, their surfaces are smoother, for less drag through the water, and they’re super buoyant. Not all wetsuits are made to the same proportions, so don’t expect to fit into a medium or small in every make.

Be sure to try on a suit before you buy it, as most shops are unlikely to take them back once they have been worn. If you’re nervous about investing (and wetsuits are a big investment), them many tri retailers will allow you to hire a wetsuit for a season. Also, look out for special events at open-water swim venues as manufacturers will sometimes allow you to try a wetsuit for a quick swim to see what suits you best.

They’ll also be able to advise you on how best to look after your wetsuit to maximise its lifespan, such as by not using petroleum-based lubricants, which can damage the neoprene.

How much do you need to spend?
Next to buying your bike, your wetsuit is the most expensive item of equipment you’ll need to buy for your triathlon. The cost of wetsuits ranges from around £120 for entry-level triathlon wetsuits to the high-end £450-plus suits worn by the pros.

You’ll need to get a wetsuit if you are doing any open-water swimming in temperatures below 14C and at most UK amateur races you’ll be advised to wear a wetsuit for temperatures below 21C; they’re compulsory at the London Triathlon. The maximum thickness for triathlon wetsuits is 5mm and the more you pay for a suit, the thinner it tends to be, allowing much greater movement in the water. However, the thinnest wetsuits are less buoyant and so will only really be suitable for good swimmers.

More expensive suits also have more technical features to help you swim fast: the outside of the suit is designed to have low resistance in the water, there might be shaping on the body to improve your body position, and on the forearms to help you ‘catch’ the water.

If you’ve got a lot of cash to splash but are a weak swimmer, you’ll be better off buying a cheaper suit and working on your swim technique. Don’t be nervous if you think it’ll be hard to swim in a wetsuit – the opposite is true, and if you’re a new swimmer you’ll find your wetsuit really speeds you up. More at Triathlon Wetsuit Sale

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