So you are going to start running this spring. Fresh and new. You got new running gear to wear on your upper body but your running sneaker/shoes are wacked! Looks like your are trying to get away with getting back out there or starting your runs fresh with some beat down running shoes that you casually wear when you do yard work or go to the movies with family or friends. The running shoes you are trying to run in have about 800miles on them. This is not good.
This is not the way you want to start off running. Your feet will be hurting, you may possibly develop a nagging injury, and these will be the excuses for you to never run again. You got to treat your feet right. They are the first things that make contact with the ground and that contact needs to feel comfortable when running. Just like for a car, if you tires are raggedy, you are going to have a rough ride in your car. The rough ride and worn out looking tires lead to problems like alignment and balance issues. Running in worn out running shoes lead to problems on your body. Here are a few to be aware of: 1) lower back issues; 2) ankle issues; 3) knee issues; 4) achilles issue; 5) plantar fasciitis; 6) shin splints
If you are new to running or even if your have been running for a while. Your running shoes are the most important purchase. Just like purchasing tires for your vehicle. I recommend getting fitted for a running shoe that works for you, not for anyone else. Also, you can’t keep running in the same shoes forever. Just like the tires on a car, they wear down and the structural support is gone. 300-500 miles is the limit for running shoes.
So when starting this running journey or restarting it, take some time to do some research on the running shoes that are right for you. You might have to spend a little money for comfort, performance features, and simply to help prevent injuries. Believe me, it’s worth it.