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Running Statistics Infographic

I have just been reading/ looking at this fantastic running statistics infographic from mp3 running. It has some interesting running facts from the year 2011:-

  • The average number of running shoes purchased by men was 3.9 pairs and women 2.9 pairs
  • The average run miles each week for men was 27.2 and women 21.9
  • The average days run each week was 4.3 for men anf 4 for  women
  • The average body mass index for men runners was 24.4 and women runners 22.9
  • The average weight of male runners was 172.9 pound and the average for women was 137.6 lbs
  • Another interesting running statistic was that Men runners are more likely to run with a spouse than women runners


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Heel Pain When Running : Cause & Treatment

Heel pain when running is a common running injury, especially common with runners who run down hills.

Cause of Heel Pain injury

Heel injury happens when running down hills. When running down hill the foot lands on the heel. This makes the heel to come under extreme pressure and stress. When stress is too much the heel eventually suffers a painful injury. It could be a stress fracture or other tissue injury.

Another cause of heel pain injury is running on over used running shoes. When the sole of the shoe is worn out, the heel gets less support. The lesser the support the higher the risk of heel injury and other foot injuries.

Treatment of Heel Pain Injury

Mild heel injury can heal on their own. The first line of treatment is to stop running and rest the heel. The heel should be iced at least 78 hours after running.

Serious heel pain injury are best treated by a physician. In severe cases the heel may need to be supported with a bandage.

Running Foot Injury Top of Foot

If you experience a running foot injury top of foot when running you are probably suffering from a stress fracture.

Running foot injury top of foot

What many runners report as a running foot injury at the top of foot is medically known as stress structure. Stress fractures are partial breaks or cracks in the bones around the foot.

Cause of Running foot injury top of foot

Stress fractures are caused by extreme stress to the bone. It could be caused by: –

  1. Running too much (over training)
  2. Running on rough, rocky surfaces
  3. Running on a hard surface
  4. Sudden switch from soft surface to hard surface.
  5. Use of worn out running shoes
  6. Running without wearing socks

Treatment of Running Foot Injury ( Stress Fracture)

Stress fractures usually heal on their own. The best treatment is taking a complete REST from running. Although most website say you should take six weeks break from running, I think you should give your foot as much rest as necessary to heal.

When you feel you are ready to return to running, get back slowly. start running on soft surfaces (grass) before running on hard surface.

If the pain is chronic, the foot is swollen and the pain is not going away, see a sports-oriented doctor for a bone scan.

Nike Free Barefoot Running Shoe

The first time I had that Nike have barefoot running shoe, I imagined it being something like a foot glove. In reality, Nike Free Barefoot running shoe looks just like any other Nike sneaker.

Image Courtesy of sneaker news

Nike Free, Barefoot running shoe was designed to mimic the feel of barefoot running. Nike free barefoot running shoe engages the muscles of the feet, encourage good posture, and help train the wearer to land correctly.

Benefit of Nike Free Barefoot running shoe

The Nike Free Barefoot running shoes are designed to give you the benefits of barefoot running without sacrificing your feet.

Price of Nike Free Barefoot Running shoe

I checked various online stores and the price is just under $100

Best Shoes For Barefoot Running

As barefoot running craze continues to rise, barefoot running shoes have been gaining popularity.

Image courtesy of diets in review.

This barefoot running shoes are designed to re-create a the natural sensation of running “barefoot” on man-made surfaces like concrete and asphalt.

If you want to a buy a barefoot running shoe, you can read reviews for best barefoot running shoes at barefoot Running Shoes website.

Barefoot Running Injuries Stats

2010 will go down as the year when barefoot running became a craze. The running fraternity was bombarded with research papers telling us why going barefoot is the way to run.

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The scholars told us barefoot running prevents hurtful running injuries! Really?

Now there is growing evidence barefoot running is causing injuries, from aching heels, ankles and top of the foot. Doctors are reporting seeing a rise in barefoot running injuries.

Steve Pribut, a Washington, DC podiatrist and one of America’s most respected running injury specialists, says he has experienced a recent influx of barefoot runners at his office as well. And, asked by email whether he could confirm a barefoot running injury trend in his clinical experience, Lewis Maharam, a.k.a “Running Doc,” replied with two words: “Oh, yeah!”

From Running Network Barefoot running epidemic.

I just have had the opportunity to meet up with 3 ‘barefoot runners’. Only one of them is still doing some drills barefoot; the other two were disillusioned because of the injuries. One with stress fractures from his Vibrams; and the other could not shake “Top of Foot Pain” – it was not until he went back to his running shoes would it go away, only to return again when he tried to transition.

It was the nature of the “Top of Foot Pain” in barefoot running that intrigued me, so I did some looking up and it is commonly reported by barefoot runners.

From Podiatry Arena Barefoot running.

Reebok EasyTone Running Shoes

When Reebok launched Easy Tone running shoes for women they produced a controversial commercial to promote them. The message in the Ad was that Reebok EasyTone sneakers would help women to tone their legs and butt simply by walking in them.

The commercial was nick named “butt commercial” watch here :-

The commercial never mentioned the price of Reebok easy tone running shoes or other important information a buyer needs to consider before making a purchase but Reebok´s head of marketing, Robert Inghamn, reported that it had generated great sales numbers.

Tips For Buying Half Marathon Running Shoes

When it comes to road running there is no difference between a marathon running shoe and half marathon running shoe. So the next time you are shopping for a half marathon running shoe simply ask for a road running shoe.Although it will help the shop assistant serve you better if you inform him/her that you plan to run a half marathon.

If you want to run well and run safely. You will need a shoe that helps you maintain a balanced position.

Tips For Buying / Shopping for a Half Marathon Shoe

  1. Go first to a reputable store that specializes in running shoes.
  2. Shop for your running shoe at running shoe shops that offer gait analysis.
  3. Buy a running shoe that is a half size or so larger than your regular shoe. There should be a thumb’s width between the tip of your big toe and the top of the shoe.
  4. Once you wear the shoe they should feel comfortable right away.

Happy Shopping!

My Favorite London Running Shoe Shop

I was searching for information on london running shoe shop or store and I stumbled upon a runnersworld thread on recommendations for a good running shoe shop located around London.

The following comments / recommendations caught my attention: –

2 years ago tried on 10 (yes 10) pairs and ran up and down in the street in ALL of them before the assistant was happy the shoes were giving me the support I needed. From one user

Run and Become on Palmer Street near St James’s Park is the best I’ve been to. So helpful, they will let you run in the shoes along the pathway outside (pretty entertaining for those in the coffee shop opposite)and offer advice. From Second User.

The two recommendations were for Run and Become running store. I think the idea of allowing customers to test run the running shoes outdoors is brilliant. Run and Become has to be voted the best london running shoe shop / store.

My Top Five Long Beach Running Clubs

If you are a runner and you have just moved to Long Beach, California you can find like minded runners from one of the following running clubs based in Long Beach area.These clubs offer help for runners wishing to participate in 5K, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon, walking events.

A Running Experience club.

AREC provides a safe and fun environment for athletes of all ages and abilities, from beginners just wanting to get into the game and learn… to veteran runners looking to improve and find training partners.

Long Beach Road Runners.

Become part of the healthy Long Beach lifestyle!Save on running shoes because members get ten percent discount on running shoes at Runner’s Edge Running Store in Farmingdale.

Long Beach Sprinters

If you have kids who love to run then this club might be what you need. They target mainly youth.

Shoreline Frontrunners Long Beach.

Provide a comfortable running environment for GLBT community and their friends. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome.

Sole Runners

Club motto is seeking out life experiences. They are a marathon/half marathon training program using Yoga & the ChiRunning techniques.

Other long Beach running clubs

Beach Track Club Long Beach