When Do You Change Your Running Shoes?

When Do You Change Your Running Shoes?

It is nearing the end of the year. So when January comes around... a new year, do you need a new shoe?

If you consider that your feet strike the ground between 600 - 1,000 times per kilometre (depending on your pace) at 2.5 - 3.5 times your bodyweight while running, it follows that footwear plays a critical role in running enjoyment, performance and injury prevention.

Running shoes that are inappropriately sized, unsuitable for your unique biomechanics or training needs and/or have gone past their use-by date can cause a variety of injuries. Researchers have shown a significant correlation between in frequent changes of running shoes and injury.

What should your expectations be from your running shoe?

Why do running shoes get worn out?  

Signs of Wear and Tear?

 

NB: attach picture with labelled parts of the shoe here

 

   

     

 

Tips to get a longer life out of your shoes.

     
  1. Use one pair for longer runs and any ‘events' and the second pair only for shorter runs, inclement weather and any off-road runs.
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  3. The first pair to reach 700 km run, should be given a new job description, (i.e. gardening, hiking etc) and a new pair should be brought into the rotation.