Fitness Friday Proper Sneaker {Linkyup}

by superexhausted on March 16, 2012

So this week, has been a week of commitment on my fitness journey.  I Signed up for a dietbet with Brandi at,  nothing like a little money to keep things out of your mouth.  The Bet official starts tomorrow with our 1st weigh in. I am excited  I need more accountability for food.

Then I signed up for the running training program with Fleet Feet Sports North Wales.  I recently was introduced to fleet feet by Joey Fortman and Ann Marie one of the owners this past Wednesday.  I will be working with them for training and they are out fitting me with proper sneaker/attire.  I was impress by the sneaker fitting I received and I learned things I did not know, because I have been doing to the big box stores. Here are some tips Ann Marie at Fleet Feet provided:

Proper Sneaker Fitting:

  • Have feet measured without socks (what you measured at 12 years old is probably not your current measurement.)
  • Have your foot measured in resting(sitting positions) and standing.
  • The Running store personnel should understand how you walk- (IE have you walk so they can see how your ball and heel hit and roll off the floor.  Then they can recommend a shoe that is designed for your foots needs.
  • Where design/color is nice a running/walking shoe should be about fit and support 1st,  so that you get proper performance.
  • In an athletic shoes it is better to go up a 1/2 size and have room (So mine sneakers are a 11 1/2 argh but it is about being the right shoe and not the size)
  • What does a good fitting sneaker feel like: “Heal should be supported, arch should be wrapped like a glove and your toes should be able to play a piano” Per AnnMarie
  • Fleet Feet Sports North Whales is nice because they allow you to actually run in the shoes outside, to insure comfort and fit.
  • If you are serious about a sport you should be serious about the shoes.
  • Also a good running store will take back the product at any point if you are not satisfied. That is the philosophy AnnMarie and her team have.

Ann Marie’s other Key advice : If you buy a good sneaker be sure to have a great sports bra just as important (but that is a separate post)

Thanks to Stephaine at for her foot

The training program I begin in a few weeks I am really excited,  of course I will continue to walk.

So how did I do this week?

Fitness Week:

  • Monday: Walk and run
  • Tues : Walked and Run
  • Wed: Walk and Run
  • Thursday/ Friday:  I have been fighting a cold so I actually stayed in bed,  I am trying to get out later today.  We will see.

Weight Loss:

  • Started 271 Jan
  • Last week 265  This week 264 -1

I am excited for next week if I can kick this cold I would feel better.

So how is your week going?

Disclosure: I was provided running gear from Fleet Feet North Wales, but all opinions in this post are of my own.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Steph March 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

I never knew so much went into finding the right shoe until Wedneday. AnnMarie really knows her stuff!


Barb @ A Life in Balance March 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

After I wear out these sneaks, I should go back to a running store and get fitted again. My feet may have changed after having 5 kids. :) We have a great one here in Media.

Yes, I agree – the shoes and the bra are so important. Second to that are the clothes, only because they need to fit comfortably, too.


superexhausted March 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The shoes are awesome. They order me a bra because they wanted to insure the right fit. I am small on top for a big girl, but OI still need the support.
Have fun running


deb March 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

I really need new walking shoes. I had no idea there was so much I should consider. Wish I lived near a store that offers these services.

Btw, congrats on your fitness challenge….you rock!!


superexhausted March 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Ok Deb you need to come visit me and we will take you to see Ann Marie. I am walking/running when I go to Ft. Lauderdale on the beach if you care to join?


Amy March 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Just had a shoe experience that sent me to the store. I’ve been doing Zumba dance for a while now wearing regular running type shoes. They just weren’t cutting it. I got a pair of Nike Musiques made for dance and it is amazing the difference. The right tool for the right job! Way to keep moving!


superexhausted March 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Zumba seems like a ton of fun.. I love to dance. I want to get one thing down then I will move to another. They have shoes for every sport! Amazing


Whitney - MWS March 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Great tips on finding the right shoe! It’s SO important that you’re wearing the right kind for running or work out purposes. I actually wear a full size bigger for running than I do for normal shoes. I wear Nikes and it’s just always what I’ve needed to be comfortable!
Good luck on your journey, I’ll be reading!


Sherry March 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love Nikes I have been a big fan for long time. I am trying something diffrent this time so we will see. Thanks for reading.


Jersey Girl Cooks March 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Good for you! The right shoes are so important and this is such great advice. Good luck!


Sherry March 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I glad you stopped bu now I have to make sure i cook everything healthier.


hchybinski March 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

Good for you!!! You may be inspiring me to step it up a bit. . .hmmm. Great tips on the shoes – it’s so easy to forget how important it is.



Sherry March 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Let me know if you want to run.. I am here.. ready to go with you!!


Jennifer B. March 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Great idea!! Love your cute nail polish too! Hope you get feeling, rock it momma!!


Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) March 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

Great advice on fitting running shoes… I never thought of all that before.


robin elton March 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I’ve been trying to find a place close to me where I can talk to someone who knows their stuff about the right shoe for me. I know I have an odd gait and my Asics are basically held together with duct tape and prayer… not good for my giantess feet! I’m pleased with my Couch to 5K progress though. I still hate running, but what’s really hard on Saturday is doable on Wednesday. I know I’m getting stronger and that feels awesome.


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