Runners are supposed to replace their shoes every 300-500 miles. So ever since high school cross country, I’ve gotten a new pair of running shoes roughly every six months.
I usually swap out shoes depending on my outfit. (Yes, I’m THAT girl who likes to match her running outfit and shoes). But in all reality, it’s a good practice to have. Running in worn-down shoes are bad for your feet, ankles, and shins. Depending on where you run (roads, trails, treadmill) will determine how often you need to replace your running shoes.
Before you get started running, I would suggest going to a specialty running shoe store to get properly fitted. Just because there are some super cute Nikes in your size, doesn’t mean they are the best for marathon training. Be sure to check out other brands like Asics, Brooks, and Mizuno.
Make sure you take the time to break in your new shoes. There is nothing worse than getting blisters from your new shoes rubbing you the wrong way (literally).
Also, DO NOT run a race in a new shoes. The old rule is true: do not run a race in anything new! Run in what you know will not chafe, rub, or irritate. Running in shorts that are too short, or a shirt that is too tight will know help you run the best you can. Running is not about looking good; it’s about busting butt and making a goal.
RUNNING IS NOT A PRETTY SPORT.
Accept that, and move on. Yes, you can match your outfit, but in the end you should still be covered in sweat.
So here it is: an excuse to buy new shoes! Buy some cute (but supportive) running shoes and hit the pavement!
Run happy, Meghann.