September 3rd, 2012 by Gallagher John No Comments

Last week, I posted about the 7 most important tools on my running journey.  A few of you approached me and told me that I was missing a very important tool!

Webster defines a tool as “a device that aids in accomplishing a task”.   There is also equipment or “the fixed assets other than land or buildings used to accomplish a task.”  For runners, I have found that the most important equipment is the shoes. Do you remember this from 20 years ago?

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I think Mars Blackmon was right!

I am on my 3rd pair of shoes.  When I first got started, I bought a cheap pair of shoes.  If you have thoughts of being even a somewhat serious runner, you need to invest in a good pair of shoes.  There will be less aches and pains, and you will also minimize the risk of injury.  My current shoe is the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12.

My friends at a local running store helped me to choose this shoe for my flat arch and running style (Not to mention the fact that my first pair wasn’t even the correct size!).  If you don’t have a local store, you can also use the Runner’s World Shoe Guide (CLICK HERE).

So, while there are many important tools in running, the most important equipment you can invest in is the shoes.  Just ask Mars Blackmon.

What other running tools or equipment am I missing?