Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Breaking In Your New Running Shoes

You bought a great new pair of running shoes and you are ready to go for a jog. Not so fast – here are some tips for breaking in your new shoes so that you don’t end up with sore feet.

Wear your new running shoes around the house for a few hours. Do you feel any spots where the shoes are too tight or rubbing against your heel? While it is true the shoes will relax and stretch a bit, wearing shoes that are incredibly uncomfortable will never feel right.  Better to find out at home than after you have jogged five miles away.

Once you have worn the new running shoes around the house for a few days, try taking them on a short run. Afterwards, note how your feet feel.  Do you have any other pains, like shin splints of lower back pain? 

Rotate your new shoes into your running schedule, alternating between your new and old pairs. This will allow you to compare the shoes and be sure the new shoes still feel good on your feet.

While it may be tempting to put on your stylish new running shoes, be sure to take these steps to ease your feet into your new shoes.  Your feet will thank you.

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