Right at the start when I had decided to begin training for running I made a mistake. With that mistake, I realized how important it is to choose shoes for running. Not just any shoes you have at home that works perfectly fine for walking or for fitness activities of any other kind. It should be shoes made for running, and it should be shoes fit to your feet, your running.
What I did to get started quick with my training and to not need to spend any money to try out, I took the walking shoes I had at home. Walking shoes I did really like and had been walking quite a distance in without any problems. And it started out very good. And I could follow the training plan more or less in harmony with my body (except for some charleyhorse once in a while).
I think it was for about three or four weeks, it went very good. Until the day, without prior warning, my knees started to hurt for every step I took. It almost worked to walk easily without pain. But every try to switch the steps towards more speed or more pressure, like jogging, got my knees in pain.
As many of us do when searching an answer, I did start out with a meeting with our friend Google to see what Internet said about hurting knees when running. And with the result of those searches, and with a call to my partner that had bought new running shoes the week before, I realized that my first step to ease for my knees and try to get on with the training was to buy a new pair of shoes, shoes made for running and fitting my feet.
This was for sure my biggest beginner mistake, to not make that investment from the start!
Because I now know the significance of this, I will follow up with some post about what to think of when choosing your running shoes.
Maybe you have your own similar experiences? Let me know, give me your story in the comments below…..