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Running shoes for women only

SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 50 thousand runners, joggers and walkers will descend on Spokane this Sunday for the 34th annual Bloomsday run, and most of them will be female. But did you know that a woman's hormone levels affect her feet just as much as the rest of her body?

There are hundreds of shoes that runners can choose from that can help women outpace men. That new technology is helping women be more comfortable when they run while allowing them to run longer and be stronger.

The levels of estrogen in a woman's body affects everything from mood to flexibility. But that estrogen can also affect a women's foot arch, the soft tissue, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Local experts say when women run, ligaments and tendons become more or less elastic.

Right now there are new pair of shoes on the market designed especially for women that have a softer piece of foam in the design.

But it's not all about the ladies: these products attach to a runner's shoes and transmit information to a device that tells you how far and fast you have gone, where you are and can also act as your personal trainer, telling you to run faster or longer.

There are other products on the market that make the sport of running more technologically advanced, but for a runner, a good pair of shoes is still the most essential piece of equipment in a runners closet.

One interesting note, a woman's foot actually gets bigger after she gives birth. It adds an extra half a size or more after having children.

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