A couple of weeks ago I headed to Road Runner Sports to get fitted for a new pair of running shoes and custom insoles.

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I’m a neutral runner and have fairly high arches. At one point I didn’t run at all without some sort of insert in my shoes, whether they were an over the counter version like Super Feet or a custom fitted version {I purchased insoles from Road Runner Sports years ago, so this wasn’t my first time being fit by them for custom insoles}. Lately however I had gotten into the habit of just running in shoes with out inserts. Two weeks running with inserts again and I don’t know why I ever stopped.

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I like it when my running shoes fit like a glove in the heel and mid-foot region, insoles do that for me. Otherwise I feel what seems like a large space between my arch and the sock liner. This space doesn’t just happen to me in my Saucony’s. Prior to working for Brooks {and running mostly in Saucony}, I worked in a specialty running store and ran in a variety of running shoe brands. They all felt better to me with an insert.

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First they measure you to make sure they are fitting you in the correct insert size, it is then warmed up a bit and you stand with all your weight on the one foot being fitted. You sink down into the foam on the fitting stand {which feels strange} and then they pull up your foot, as pictured to make sure you get a snug fit around your heel.

The process was fast and I was quickly on my way to the fun part, trying on new shoes!

I tried on the various shoes with and without the inserts in them. I wanted to make sure I was getting a true feel for the shoes and not just feeling the inserts. It is very important if you are going to use inserts in your running shoes to try them on with your shoes. A shoe that may be perfect for you biomechanically may fit differently with inserts in them and cause you to pronate differently. If you already have inserts it’s a good idea to bring those with you when you go to get new shoes!

3 recovery miles for me this morning and the last day of Spring Break for my little people. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

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note: This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Road Runner Sports.

Find your Road Runner Sports store or shop online at roadrunnersports.com. Remember, only at Road Runner Sports you get to test-run your shoes for 90-Days to make sure they’re perfect!

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