Approximately two months ago, I participated in and completed my first marathon. I grew up playing soccer and had run a little track back in middle school, but had never before completed a race longer than a 5K.
As I began to research different training programs and decide which race to choose for my first event, I quickly realized that there was some essential equipment I was going to need in order to succeed. At the top of this list was clearly a high-quality pair of running shoes. Little did I know at first, but the selection of the right running shoes can be more complex that one might imagine.
After having my feet measured and a running analysis performed on my stride, I soon picked out a pair of Asics running shoes that felt like I was running on air. These shoes not only provided the stability I needed but were light enough to not feel like I was running in boots. I paid the $110 required and was ready to go.
As the 16 weeks of training passed, I was grateful to have a good pair of running shoes. The shin splints that I got at the beginning of training soon faded and my running became much more enjoyable. In the end, I not only finished my first marathon, but completed it in under my goal of 4 hours.
I firmly believe that my success was due, in part, to choosing the right pair of running shoes. I would encourage anyone wishing to start a running program to spend the time and money to find a high-quality pair of running shoes. Your running success may just depend on it.