I’ve learned so much since starting my job at a local running store about 18 months ago. I love my job, I love helping those with similar interests and I also enjoy learning about the newest running specialty products.
Many people are often intimidated to come into a running store. There is a mindset that everyone working and that comes in is a professional, fast runner. I can assure you that is not the case! In fact we rarely see professional runners because the nature of the sport is professionals know what works for them and are probably given free shoes every 100 miles.
Comparatively running isn’t an expensive sport. The most important and expensive item you need are good shoes.
Good shoes means shoes that work for your particular gait, stride and feet. Good shoes for me does not mean good shoes for you. Similar to marriage there is a different, healthy shoe for every single runner.
I was asked to write a post about how to get the most out of coming to get fitted for running shoes.
So how do you get the most out of your running store visit?
First tell us all the aches and pains you have when running.
Shin splints? Does one leg hurt more then the other?
Did you lose half your toenails?
Don’t feel like you are rambling, the more you can tell us about your running history the easier it is to narrow down shoes.
Second, trust us. Running specialty store employees go through a lot of training. While it may seem weird that only a few shoes out of a dozen are the best fit for you…it’s what we are here for.
We have looked, studied and helped dozens of people with shoes. Trust that when we pull a neutral shoe, you don’t need that high end stability option despite the shoe looking cooler.
Third ask questions:
Most running stores are a wealth of training information.
This could be anything from training to local races. Online resources can tell you a lot but they aren’t specialized to your area. Information relevant to Florida will not be as relevant to New Jersey.
A local running store can tell you the best places to carb load or the best running trails around your area. It can cut down from sifting through thousands of websites to a 2-minute explanation. Most running stores also have group runs and activities to bring the running community together. Running can be as social or solitary as you want.
In summary a running specialty store is a great resource well past shoes. You can find out information about gear, training and local events. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Questions for you:
What tips or advice do you have about visiting a running specialty store?
Have you ever been properly fit for shoes?