Jon Anderson is a former high school and college runner who had an injury which derailed him form his passion and love of running. While serving in Iraq in 2010 he injured his Achilles, he continued to run and over time developed a bone spur which lead him to ultimately having surgery in 2015.
He has since been on the road to recovery and is hoping to return to his running soon!
Jon is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to running and is also a shoe expert, Jon helps many runners find the right shoes to fit their running needs and hopes to help others avoid what he went through.
In this episode Jon gives some great information and tips on shoes and we will highlight a few of the most memorable (for the most info. Please listen to Jon’s Interview)
Here are a few things we learned for Jon:
First: When buying shoes, it’s important to talk with someone who knows what you will be using the shoe for. All shoes are not created equal and there are different types of shoes for different activities.
Second: When trying on shoes you want to have about a thumb width between tour toes and the tips of the shoe. You don’t want your foot to slide around in the shoe and you also don’t want the shoe to be pressed up against your toes.
Third: If you are looking to switch to a minimalist shoe, one with a thinner sole, you should switch gradually. Jumping from a shoe with a big sole to one with a very tiny sole can have negative effects and can lead to pain and other problems. Switch to a smaller soled shoe over an extended period of time while progressively getting a smaller and smaller soled shoe.
Jon is actively blogging and sharing about his journey with running/training and offers great perspective and helpful information.
Follow Jon here:
Jon’s website: http://redlegrunners.com/
Jon Anderson works for Runners Roost here in Colorado Springs and would be more than happy to help answer your questions or find a shoe that’s right for you!
Visit Jon in person to purchase shoes or ask question’s here: http://www.runnersroostcs.com/
And as always remember – Stay Motivated!