SUN RUN FUN RETURNS
Week 1 training begins
When you get ready for this year’s Vancouver Sun Run, it’s best to dress from the ground up.
The most important piece of equipment for distance runners are their runners. This year, the go-to shoes have big, floaty soles.
“The trend is back to maximum cushion,” said Evan Moore of FitFirst Footwear at Fortius Sport and Health.
For the past six or seven years, he said, shoes have been lighter and leaner because runners preferred “foot feel” and not feeling like bulky shoes were slowing them down.
But now “it’s more important to have comfort and to wear shoes with soles that minimize injury.”
That’s especially true for beginners, runners returning after an absence and older runners more prone to injury, he said.
“Unless you have perfect gait and perfect form, where you train your body to cushion yourself,” you’re better off with a thick, shock-absorbing sole.
Walkers should choose shoes with a wider, bigger footprint. And more important than colour or style is the fit.
“Make sure you deal with a shop in person, with staff who know what they’re talking about,” he said.
“You want to try on three to five pairs,” to determine which shoe feels the best.
“You want it to be snug in the heel and the mid-foot, and open and spacious enough in the toe so that there’s lots of wiggle room,” said Moore.
“That’s true if you’re doing your first 10K, or if you’ve been running for over 30 years.”
That allows for the toes to have room after a long run as the foot naturally swells.
Shoes are all made with synthetics these days and there’s a more seamless structure to today ’s shoes to reduce friction points and blisters.
“The woven structure takes away any potential” for that discomfort.
The weight of the shoe isn’t a big factor, as all shoes are within a few ounces of one another, said Moore.
The shoe should be waterproof, especially in southern B.C.
Very few shoes, except for some walking shoes, are made of leather.
And the store does cater to those who are looking for vegan-friendly footwear, meaning the shoe won’t have been in contact with any animal, said Moore.
Information on registering for the 2019 race, which will be held on April 14, is available at The Vancouver Sun Run office, online at register.vancouversunrun.com, via email at [email protected]couversunrun. com or by calling 604-336-9922.
Evan Moore of FitFirst Footwear says comfortable shoes that minimize injury are in demand.