How Often Should You Change Your Running Sneaker?

sneakersWhen should you change your running sneakers? Well, that is going to depend on your body type, running style, and lengths of your runs. If you are not an avid runner you are probably not keeping track of how many miles you are running in your sneakers. I just started running half marathons ,and I was surprised on how quickly you can go through a quality pair of sneakers. Consider this, training for only a half marathon you are likely to run somewhere in the area on average of 18 to 20 miles a week by a few weeks into the 8 to 12 week process. So this type of training will put anywhere from 150 to 200 miles on that pair of sneakers, training for just one half marathon. The stress on the sneakers will increase with the speed in which you are running at as well as the weight of the runner. Serious injuries can occur if you are not aware it is time for new sneakers. So at how many miles should I change my sneakers? Well most runners and fitness experts will tell you between 300 and 400 miles is when you should change your sneakers. Now, what if you don’t have enough time or patience to track the number of miles on your sneaker? Well, I remember talking to my chiropractor about pain in my foot, and he asked me when was the last time I bought new sneakers. I told him I couldn’t even remember when I changed my sneakers last. The chiropractor then asked me how many times a week do I run to which I replied 3 or 4 times a week. That’s when he told me that is how many times a year I should be changing my sneakers. So, if you are not going to count miles on your sneakers this is an easy way to remember to change your sneakers.

If you are feeling pain and you are not sure what is causing it or why it is happening, it is probably too late. Some common injuries associated with running are plantar fasciitis, arch pain, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and even stress fractures. These injuries are not a serious health concern, but could keep you away from running if they are not addressed quickly. If you are hesitant about buying new sneakers or just don’t feel it’s time, go and try on a new pair of the same sneaker and see if you still feel the same way.

You Can’t Run if You are Injured

People have enough excuses not to exercise on a regular basis they don’t need to add being injured to that list. Exercising is hard enough for people to do, but if it cause them pain or discomfort they never will. The number of people who stopped running or jogging even though they enjoyed it due to injury is way too high. Most of these people did it to themselves by not having the proper equipment, good running sneakers.

Common Running Injuries

If you are feeling pain and you are not sure what is causing it or why it is happening, it is probably too late. Some common injuries associated with running are plantar fascitis, arch pain, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and even stress fractures. These injuries are not a serious health concern, but could keep you away from running if they are not addressed quickly. If you are hesitant about buying new sneakers or just don’t feel it’s time, go and try on a new pair of the same sneaker and see if you still feel the same way.

Change your Running Surface!

Many injuries occur when you are running too much on the same hard surfaces. Change up where you are running. Try running on a track, on the beach, or on some trail through the woods at your local park. Beach and trail running add a whole different dimension to running. Not only is running on sand and dirt better for your body as it relates to injury, but it will also help you become a better runner by working different muscles then just by running on the pavement. Also studies have shown that exercising outdoors offers many health related benefits. So get a new pair of sneakers and get out and run!

 

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