These days, it seems like everyone is trying to find ways to cut costs and save money. And while running isn't a very expensive sport, we all know that a good pair of running shoes isn't cheap.
People often ask me if they really need to replace their running shoes every 300-400 miles. Yes, it's very important to make sure you replace your running shoes at that point because they've lost most of their cushioning and shock absorbency by then and you have a greater risk of injury. However, if you take good care of your running shoes, you can stretch their life to the higher end of that range. Here are some ways you can make your running shoes last longer:
- Use care when taking them on and off. When you're in a rush, it's tempting to try to take your running shoes on and off without undoing the laces. Make sure you loosen the laces before you put your shoes on and take them off.
- Dry your wet shoes properly. If your shoes get wet, don't put them on direct heat, like on a radiator. Heat dries out the leather and other materials in the shoes. To dry your running shoes properly, loosen the laces, take out the insoles, and let them air dry, away from direct heat. To help them dry faster, you can put crumpled-up newspaper inside of them.
- Alternate shoes. If you run almost every day, it's beneficial to rotate two pairs of running shoes. Your shoes will last longer when you give them a day or two to decompress and dry out between workouts.
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