The babes at the gym seem to always have a nailed down uniform…tight ass spandex, high pony tail, and some neon kicks. Usually these kicks are a variation of the (minimalist) Nike Free runs. Don’t get me wrong, I think those shoes are super cute and can be a great asset to your workouts. However, it’s pretty cringe worthy when I see someone training for a half marathon who wears these shoes, and they haven’t been running before their training started. There are very clear warnings about the usage of these shoes when you’re a beginner on the Nike website.
I know it’s so easy to grab the first pair of expensive shoes you see at Finish Line that match your collection of electric blue sports bras. Next time, try to do a little more research. Having the wrong footwear for various activities can seriously hurt you. For example, if you’re going to be running, like, fifty miles a week, buy some shoes with some freaking support.
Here are 6 Facts You Need To Know About Running Shoes
-You shouldn’t have more than 400 miles on a pair of shoes. I know sometimes this is hard to estimate with breaks in running or maybe you were doing some alternative types of cardio to break up your time on the road, but do you best to guestimate. If you’re in doubt I’d just toss them and move on, especially if you’re noticing some knee and back pain creeping in you don’t normally have.
-Experts say we should shop for our shoes in the afternoon or evening. Apparently throughout the day our feet swell, much like they do during runs, so this time of day will best show us how the shoes are actually going to fit while we hit the pavement. Don’t forget to bring your socks, cuz that’s gross.
-You shouldn’t be wearing your running shoes for activities that make you pivot quickly on a court. This would include activities like basketball, tennis, and soccer.
-It’s actually more important for a new runner to spend a decent amount of money on their shoes while they’re starting out. Experts say that experienced runners have a better base built up in the appropriate muscles so if they were to slip in the support department it wouldn’t be AS detrimental. However, with newer runners it is important they have support as they build these muscles up to avoid injury.
-Technically, we’re supposed to have around a thumbnail amount of space in the toe box to account for the swelling mentioned earlier, as well as movement of our foot while going downhill.
-There are actually different ways to lace up depending on certain foot issues you’re having. Check a handy dandy infographic about it out here.
Look back in a few weeks for a complete guide to which running shoes are best for you!