Shoes and Insoles
Watches and Gear
Shoes- We recommend a sturdy basic training shoe. Some examples are: Brooks Ghost, Hoka Clifton, New Balance 1080. Talk with your athlete's coach to determine if they would benefit from a specific sport shoe. Past athletes have had good experiences with the following stores. Your mileage may vary. Also, the stores usually offer discounts to runners on high school teams - just ask!
A Runner's Mind
378 Main Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
Fleet Feet Menlo Park
859 Santa Cruz
Menlo Park, CA
on-line sale page
Racing shoes- Lightweight XC racing flats will optimize performance in races. Here is a good source.
Insoles- replacing the thin flimsy insoles that come in shoes with an after-market insole that has a plastic arch is a good idea for runners who do not have a perfect neutral foot strike. We recommend the Currex Runpro $50 available at the running stores listed above. Note that they come in low, medium and high arch, so get the right ones. Here's how to check.
Watches- Athletes must run with a watch so they know how long they are running each day and can track their progress over the season. Watches will be required during the season so kids can time their own groups for intervals/fartleks etc. You don't need anything too fancy, just as long as it has a stopwatch feature it's fine. GPS is great but not necessary. Please note, running with the timer on your phone is ok for easy runs but not good for workouts during the season as it is bulky and affects your running form (also you may drop it and it will end up looking like mine).
A quick Amazon search came up with these possibilities but anything is fine:
Casio Casual Sport Watch $12
Timex Marathon Unisex $28
Timex Ironman Essential $33
Timex Ironman Classic 30-lap $35
The best GPS watches are anything in the Garmin Forerunner series such as the 25 and 35 models.
The cheapest we see on Amazon is
Garmin Forerunner 35 renewed $100
The Marathon Stick $33
Travel Stick $28.50
Trigger Point Core Foam Roller $37
Gel Cold and Hot Packs $18