When Do You Need New Running Shoes
They Cover Tough TerrainSometimes a sneaker will develop some small holes in the mesh early on, especially if you run outside in tough trail conditions. Usually, you can continue running with them, though, says Wood. “However, if the upper portion of the shoe starts to fall apart and the mesh holes start to increase in size and number, it’s time for a new pair,” she says. These signs may seem obvious, but runners tend to ignore them if the shoe hasn’t even logged 200 miles yet. The sneaker still seems new, but conditions like wet, muddy trails that leave your shoes damp can deteriorate the overall structure of your shoes faster if you don’t care for them properly after the run. “It’s best to rinse off with water any mud or debris, take out the liner, and stuff your shoes with newspapers as they dry overnight to help them maintain their shape,” says Wood. “That’s a way you can avoid premature wear.”They’re Your Only PairYou have a pair of sneakers that you can trust to get you through any run. But if you don’t give them a day or two of rest each week, the midsole foam doesn’t have time to return to its original shape, says Wood. The more compressed the foam, the more strain on your feet and lower legs with each step. That doesn’t mean you have to stop running during those days. Keep your shoes lasting longer and your legs happy by rotating between two different types of sneakers. Scandinavian researchers found that runners who switched between models of shoes had a 39 percent lower risk of injuries compared to people who ran in the same shoe during a 22-week period. The researchers believe your leg muscles are worked a little bit differently in each pair, so you don’t overstress certain tissues as much as you would if you were only using one pair. Sure, paying for two pairs will cost you more up front, but it’s a small price to pay for decreasing your risk of getting hurt and extending the life of your shoes. read the rest of this article…..