A Good Running Shoe

First and foremost, the most important thing when running is to make sure you wear the correct shoe. There is no single shoe that works for everybody. Things such as your bio mechanics, your weight, the surfaces you run on, and the shape of your feet help determine which shoe is best for you. One person’s ideal shoe can be terrible for another person.

Running shoes are divided into four main categories:

Stability
Recommended for runners who are mild to moderate over pronators and who generally have low to normal arches. These runners tend to need a shoe with a combination of good support and mid-sole cushioning.

photo 2      BROOKS ADRENALINE

Performance
Recommended either for racing or, if you are  bio mechanically efficient, for training. They have varying degrees of support and cushioning, but they’re generally lighter and narrower than other running shoes.

photo 4     SAUCONY COHESION

Neutral
Recommended for runners who need maximum mid-sole cushioning and minimum medial support. These shoes are best for bio mechanically efficient runners (with minimum pronation) and mid-foot or forefoot strikers with high or normal arches.

photo 1     BROOKS GLYCERIN

Minimalist
Recommended for bio mechanically efficient runners who want maximum responsiveness and a stripped-down shoe while retaining an element of cushioning. These are seen as the mid point between neutral cushioned and performance shoes

photo 3     NEW BALANCE 730V2

If you are unfamiliar with what shoe is right for you, it’s best if you check out your local running store so that a expert can guide you. Here are some links to some running stores in the Austin area:

Luke’s Lockerhttp://www.lukeslocker.com/

Rogue Runninghttp://www.roguerunning.com/

Hill Country Running Companyhttp://www.hillcountryrunning.com/

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Benefits of Running

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First, I wanted to pin point the health benefits of running. There are a few that are commonly known, but there may be a some you are unaware of. I feel that if more people are conscious of all the positive things about running, more would consider as an activity for a healthy lifestyle. Here are 10 key benefits:

1. Mental Health– Your body releases chemicals which helps you feel more happy.

2. Lessen Effects of Asthma– Helps strengthen lungs and bronchi.

3. Helps Prevent High Blood Pressure– Your arteries expand and contract while running, helping the arteries to stay fit, which then helps maintain healthy blood pressure.

4. Strong Immune System– If you are a runner, you suffer less from minor illnesses.

5. Weight Loss– You burn 705-865 calories per hour. Fat moving up and down helps break your fat down.

6. Physical Strength– Running builds lower body strength in addition to strengthening your tendons and ligaments.

7. Increase Bone Density– Your body sends essential minerals to bones to strengthen them when stressed. As running stresses your bones, these additional minerals help  to increase your bone density over time.

8. Joint Strength and Stability– By increasing the strength of your ligaments and tendons you increase joint strength and reduce chances of injuries to your ankles, hips and knees.

9. Personal Control– Running = increased confidence + greater control over your life.

10. Reduces Effects of Diabetes– Helps reduce diabetic resistance to insulin and maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

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Let’s Run!

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Hello there! My name is Ashley Bowen and I am currently a Junior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Business. In a nut shell, I am an army wife, love being active, hanging with friends, and have the coolest dog ever!  I am new to the Austin area, migrating from Dallas! So far, I am loving the change of scenery and enjoying everything this great city has to offer!

 I am really looking forward to keeping up with a blog this semester. I have a personal blog about my traveling, and see it as a great way to display a variety of topics. The obvious theme for my blog is running. I’ve been an avid runner for quite some time running multiple races, including a half marathon. Running took a backseat a couple years ago as over-training resulted in me needing a spinal surgery. Now, fully recovered, I have been taking baby steps getting back in to the groove of running…the healthy way!  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about getting injured again, but I know I’ll be fine cause I’m taking precautions and not over doing it!

When I say I want to run “the healthy way,” I mean following a good training program, picking out the correct type of shoe, stretching, incorporating other forms of exercise, and eating foods that boost my performance. I will be posting about these topics with the help of different media apps that I find useful.

For more information about ANYTHING related to running check out: http://www.runnersworld.com/

I hope you enjoy my blog!

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