Time to switch your sneakers?

By Courtney Beck

This week during my post-workout stretch, I took a look at my runner shoes and realized they looked a tad worn out. I wondered how they could have been so broken in if I just bought them fall quarter. After talking to many of my runner friends, I have decided that this is one of the most common questions among them all… “After how long should I buy new running shoes?”

It seems that there are many answers out there that no one really knows where they evolved from.  Each runner seems to stick to their own rules of every 10 weeks, every time the foam becomes “too squishy” or whenever the white turns to brown. But does anyone really know for sure when to buy new sneaks??
After doing a little research I finally found the golden rule of running shoes. According to multiple sources, a person’s running shoe should only be used for 300 to 400 miles. If you’re a runner like me who doesn’t keep track all the time, there are multiple other ways of deciding. A few indicators would be if you can bend the shoe easily, it is likely that the sole of the shoe has begun to wear down. If you experience pains after running, in your knees or joints for instance, it is likely that you aren’t getting enough support from your shoe.  Or if you have had the shoe for six months, it is likely you have used them enough to swap them in for a new pair.
So what if you continue using old sneakers for running shoes, does it make a difference? Yes it does! Having the wrong running shoe is one of the biggest causes for injuries with runners. You are more likely to feel pain in your joints and knees due to the lack of support. And most importantly, with old running shoes you are less likely to have a spring in your step and less comfort.
So you bought new shoes because your old ones were crap, what do you do now? I’m happy to announce that there are several foundations that have assembled to collect old running shoes and donate them. Take a look at their websites below and see if your shoes qualify!
Well that’s it for today, stay healthy readers!
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