The Big Run 5K is coming up on June 7—it happens on one day in over 30 locations! People everywhere will be simultaneously toeing the starting line, and that includes in our own Round Rock community! If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to join the fun, but first, make sure your shoes are up for the challenge! Here’s how to know if you need new shoes:
Major Mileage. If you’ve put 300 – 500 miles on your running shoes or spent as much as 60 hours in your athletic footwear, it’s time for your shoes to retire!
Drastic Deterioration. Are the soles and treads worn down? Are the uppers torn and easily twisted? Has the heel lost its sturdiness? Is the padding inside all but disappeared? We’ve got news for you, your shoes are worn out—get a new pair!
Persistent Pain. Sore feet, aching arches, nagging shin splints, hurting heels—when you are experiencing foot pain, that is a tell-tale sign you need to do some shoe shopping.
If your footwear falls into any of the above categories, you need to replace your shoes! Without the proper support, cushion, tread, and shock absorbency, you are putting yourself at risk for injury – don’t let that happen to you! When you pile on the miles, notice wear and tear, or experience pain, it’s time to head to the store.
Make sure you measure your feet and try on shoes with your athletic socks, as well as orthotics if you have them. There should be a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, and the pair you choose should feel comfy from the start—never buy shoes that need “breaking in.” Your heel should stay put and the shoes should provide features appropriate for your activity as well as your needs.
Remember, having to replace your shoes might be a short-term expense, but preventing injury is worth it in the long run—or the Big Run, if you will.
See you at the finish line!