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Running shoes are the most important piece of equipment a runner has! A shoe that's perfect for one person may not work for another. Everybody has different shaped feet, strides, and body mechanics. Running in improperly fitted shoes is a leading cause of injuries! So, it's much more than just making your feet happy!
You should train on the same surface as your race. The Modesto Marathon is on the road. However, if it comes down to missing a workout because it's dark, bad weather, no child care, etc. or getting it done on the treadmill, then by all means, use the treadmill. The treadmill provides slight assistance. Coach Jeff Lozano recommends using a treadmill that has a long surface so you don't have to change your running/walking gait. Add 1/2 to 1 degree of elevation to compensate for the assistance of the treadmill's belt.
The professionals at On the Run (Modesto) and Fleet Feet (Stockton and Pleasanton) are some of few around that will take the time and have the knowledge to fit you properly! They stand behind their recommendation.
Between $100-$130. This may sound like a significant amount of money...however, it's a relatively small price to pay if you take into account that doctor bills for injuries cost far greater than well fitted shoes!
Using music when you walk or run is a personal choice. Some people can't live without it, others are opposed to listening to music during a workout. The choice is yours. If you choose to try it, remember safety is always your priority. You need to be able to hear what's going on around you. An approaching cyclist or other runner may approach you from behind and say, "On your left" which means they intend to go around you, so please kindly get over to the right as they will pass on the left. You need to be able to hear this and other pieces of information, so wear only one ear bud and use a reasonable volume.