Thoughts While Working at a Running Store

When I asked what people were interested in on the fueledbylolz Facebook page, many people requested to post more about working at a running store, shoes, and random thoughts.

I’ve wanted to have a weekly post from working at running store, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.Thoughts While Working at a Running Store

Keep in mind; I’m not a professional, expert, or a coach.  However, I do work at a run specialty store, know my shoes (and apparel), and of course, love to run. 🙂

I enjoy my job because I’m around a sport I love; however, work does not revolve around my running or blog. It revolves around the people we help and their running. I’ve worked through injuries, personal life, and everything in between. Whether I am running well or not, I still go to work. It’s fun to talk running with customers.

About Me:

I worked in a running store for 7 years before moving from New Jersey to California. I miss it and I always advise people to get fitted at your local running store. What works for me might not work for you.

Here are a few common questions I’ve gotten since working in a running store:

Should you Lose Toenails?

If you lose toenails, it’s because your shoes are the wrong size.  I wrote about this more here. If your shoe is too short or narrow, you will lose toenails.  Your feet swell when you run, and you need to accommodate that in running shoes. It’s important to buy a half to a full size bigger than dress shoes. For example, I wear a size 9 in dress shoes and 10 or even larger running shoes.

Shoes should never feel snug.  You can face a lot of problems with too tight or shoes, such as stress fractures or sore tendons.  There are minimal issues with having your shoes a little bigger. (Basically, just tripping). I think arguing with people to go up a half size is one of my least favorite things about working at a running store.

What Shoe is Right for Me? 

A running shoe might work for you but not work for me. I could write a million blog reviews about running shoes, but that doesn’t mean the shoe will work for you.

It’s silly to read something on the internet and decide it’s the shoe (or isn’t) for you because of someone else’s experience.  We all have different foot shapes, sizes, gaits, and strides.

I tell people if you aren’t injured and it’s worked, go with it. 

If it feels comfortable…go with it.

I wrote more about running shoe reviews here and the importance of rotating shoes.

Ask yourself: Would you believe an article titled “Is your significant other a great catch for everyone”?

There are many running shoes for many different foot types.  I cannot stress enough about getting fit for the correct shoe.  Without the right shoe, you won’t make it very far.  Go to your local running store.  They’ll be able to narrow down appropriate shoes for you (not based on how a shoe “looks.” Seriously trust the people working at a running store. They see a lot of feet and gaits.

Does the right clothing matter? Is it important to use moisture-wicking socks? 

The right clothing and moisture-wicking socks prevent blisters. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been mid-run and found myself sweaty and chafing. Not to mention the ten blisters on my feet. The right clothing prevents those “annoying running problems”.

Finally, here are some common comments we receive while working at a running store(don’t think you are the only one to say it):

  • The first thing most customers say is they have “the worst feet in the world.”   As long as your feet don’t smell, they aren’t the worst.
  • I’m not a “serious” runner…anyone who is looking to get fitted for shoes is serious, don’t sell yourself short!
  • I want a lightweight shoe that breathes well. Believe me, running shoes went to lightweight and “breath easy” a few years back.  All running shoes are lightweight.  Running shoes are just getting lighter and brighter.

If you have any questions about running shoes, work, or products, feel free to ask.  I am thinking about creating a weekly series about it!

If you are looking to learn more about shoe advice I wrote an ebook or you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter about all things running.

Questions for you:
Have you been fitted for shoes before?
Do you have any questions for those working at a running store?