A good running shoe can make a world of difference. I met my current favorite running shoe (New Balance 890) at my local specialty running store (Blue Mile) last spring. Free time is very important to me, so I tend to shop quickly, and this was an accident, however it has turned out to be the best shoe I have ever had. I have never tried running flats or anything like that – as a woman I am concerned about extending the life of my knees, so I like to wear supportive shoes. I have pretty good form and don’t pronate, so this shoe works quite well for me.
As a beginner with any activity, it can be tough to decide to make the investment in equipment designed for what you’re doing – sort of a cost/benefit thing where you’re not sure if it’s worth it yet. For me, the tipping point came a few months into my running career when I finally decided to get some good shoes. Before, I didn’t know what I was missing – after, I couldn’t believe the difference they made. They were super light weight and made it easier to go fast. My knees hurt less. And it made it easier for me to practice good form.
Having gone through this process, if you are considering starting to run, I would recommend going ahead and getting some good shoes right away. It will be more forgiving of your form, prevent more injuries, and allow you to build up your stamina before focusing on smaller details.
And if you quit, you can always use them for working out in the yard or whatever else it is you like to do!
Here is a link to view the best ever women’s running shoe: http://www.shopnewbalance.com/women/shoes/running/training/WR890PB