Running shoes are the most essential gear for any amateur or professional runner. Taking the correct care in choosing and breaking in a new pair of running shoes can spell the difference between an easy run and a difficult one which will result to feet full of blisters and pain.
Begin breaking in your running shoes before your purchase them, yep, you heard right. The time of the day you shop around for running shoes is also essential in determining the appropriate pair of shoes. You can visit the shops during the later part of the day when your feet are swollen in its maximum capacity. Try the pair you like and at least walk around the shop for 30-45 minutes to determine if they are best for you. You should also wear the socks you normally wear when you run.
Choose running shoes with about .half an inch of space between your biggest toe and the front of the shoe. You can ensure this by purchasing a pair of running shoes with at least a ½ size allowance size larger than your normal shoes.
If you are a frequent runner, you should invest on a good pair of running shoes to avoid future injuries. You can rotate the use of two pairs each day to help expand the life expectancy of each pair and avoid uneven wear and tear.
Break in your running shoes by running at least 50-60 miles. You can plan on running at least one long run with your new pair as part of the process added to some shorter runs to break in your new shoes.
Break in running shoes intended for a marathon or other running event at least two to three weeks before the big occasion. Particularly in the case of long runs, it is important to buy a new pair of running shoes for that event.
Buy running shoes from shoe stores that are specially dealing with running shoes. Most of these stores can provide you with an allowance time for a run test using a treadmill before you buy them. When running, you should observe areas of slackness just above the heel and take note that the toe room at the front of the foot should have enough space and should not cramp your feet, which means you will be able to wiggle your toes while wearing the shoes.
No specific sum of breaking in would transform the fit of badly fitting running shoes. Do your homework. Do some research, before purchasing any running shoes to figure out what kind of foot type you have and which producers design specific running shoes that can fit your needs.
Some running shoes are very particular in their wearing over time. Unlike normal shoes that are torn from the inside out, decreasing padding and energy return, some running shoes are designed to fall from the outside in.
Most shoes are designed for and perform best on rocky surfaces, and they can be used on trodden pathways, trails and even mountain climbing. Thus, if you are running in a hard terrain, you should consult the sales clerk for a pair of running shoes designed for this specific surface. However, if your will be running in smooth surfaces, there is no need to pay extra added features which you will not use frequently.
If you are a mid-foot runner, that is you strike in the midsole, you should look forward to the same amount of running miles out of your running shoes as your current shoes. When you feel that your shoes are no longer safe and protective, get a new one.