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Triathlete Running Shoes - Running Shoes Replacement Tips

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

As a triathlete, one of the most important pieces of your equipment is your running shoes. Running in shoes that are old and worn out increases your risk of injury and also slows you down. Each time you run in your running shoes you are wearing them down as they start to lose their stability and capacity for shock absorption. When your shoes lose this, your legs and feet will begin to feel the stress of it. When you continue to run in these shoes, you can become injured from overuse. One of the best ways to prevent this type of overuse injury is to replace your running shoes in a timely fashion.

The part of the shoe that provides stability and cushion is the midsole. The midsole will typically become worn out before the outsole will show any sign of wear. This loss of cushion and support is what leads to increased stress on the bones and joints and can cause injury.

Most people recommend that you replace your running shoes after every 350 to 550 miles. This will depend on the type of running style you have as well as your weight, and the type of surface that you run on.

Replacement Tips

The best way to determine when it is time for a new pair of shoes for running is through tracking your mileage. This is a relatively easy thing to do and allows you to know when it is time for a new pair of shoes. If you run around 25 miles a week you will be replacing your shoes about every four months or so.

Another way to determine if it is time for a new pair of shoes is simply by checking them for wear and tear. If the sole of the shoe is worn and the shoes lean to the side, it is time for a new pair as the midsole is likely worn out as well.

Determining Midsole Wear

The midsole of your running shoes may become worn out long before the outside shows any signs of it. The first thing that you need to do in determining if the midsole of the shoe are worn out is pay attention to how you are feeling after your runs. You may begin to have pains in your bones and joints. Other signs are shin splints and muscle fatigue.

Look at the shoe under the ball of the foot and the heel. If it is wrinkled, that is a sign that the midsole are worn. Twisting the shoe is another way to determine if the midsole are worn. If it twists easily, the midsole are likely worn out.

You can go to a shoe store and try on the same type of shoe that you have and compare it to the feeling of your current shoes. If your shoes feel like they are dead or flat in comparison to the new pair, it is likely that the midsole is worn out and you need to consider purchasing a new pair of running shoes.

For a triathlete that runs frequently and trains often, it is typically a good idea to have at least two pairs of running shoes on hand at all times.

If you're ready to jump ahead of the competition with your triathlon training, download a free copy of "The 7 Biggest Mistakes Triathletes Make".

Carolyn Elliott is an Ironman Triathlete, an Endurance Swimmer and Long Distance Trail Hiker. She has been a competitive athlete since 1972. She provides triathletes of all levels with her expertise on the sport.

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