You enjoy running and you’ve been committed to doing it every day for a while now. As a matter of fact, you’re so committed that the last time that you got ready to throw your shoes into the washing machine, they looked like they were on their last leg. Literally. The thing is, you can’t remember the last time that you bought a new pair of running shoes and so you’re wondering if that alone is your cue that it’s time to get some new ones.
Honestly, it probably is. But, if you’re looking for some other clear indicators that some new running shoes should be a part of your running future, here are five things that can bring you to a definite resolve.
It’s been a long time (and you know it)
Trainers believe that you should generally replace your running shoes every 300-400 miles. Of course, a lot of this depends on your size and where you run (if you’re a heavy build and tend to run outside on rough roads, you should replace your shoes every 300 miles).
You feel pain while running in them
Remember, your running shoes are actually supposed to provide you with support. So, if your feet are hurting, your muscles have been feeling more fatigued, you have shin splints or pain in your knees, these are all warning signs that it’s time to get some shoe replacements.
There is not another pair of running shoes in your closet
A part of the reason why a lot of people wear out their shoes is because they only run in one pair. You can extend the life of your running shoes by owning at least two pair of them. When you have two and alternate them with your workout routine, you give the first pair enough time to totally decompress (and dry out) before running in them again.
Your soles are close to being non-existent
If you have some road bike shoes or other kinds of athletic shoes and the soles are worn down, there is probably no better indicator that you need to make a new shoe purchase. Soles are made to last longer than basically every other part of the shoe, including the shoe’s shock absorbency, so if you notice that they are torn, worn or flattening out, toss them or use them for cutting your grass.
Your “alternate pair” feel better
When you put on your alternate pair, if you find yourself exhaling, that’s one way to know that your running shoes are on their last days. On the other hand, if you don’t have a second pair and while “window shopping” for some new ones, you try on some that make your feet feel better than they have in weeks, that’s another sign. You may not be in a rush to purchase some new shoes because you want to save money, but you’re not doing your body any favors by running without adequate support. A few dollars for some shoes now can spare you a lot of pain and discomfort later. You and your feet are worth the investment. If it’s time, make it.