Monday Motivation: Shoes Expire, Increase Chances of Injury

By: Erika Tallan Email
By: Erika Tallan Email

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Marathon season is here. Are you ready for it? Your shoes may not be. Running shoes have an expiration date.

Old, worn out running shoes are the most frequent causes of injuries which could keep you off your feet.

Racheal Tonniges, a manager in the shoe department at Scheels says while foot pains, knee aches or shin splints are a part of running, they also are certain signs it's time to switch up your shoes.

Tonniges says it means you are losing cushioning in your soles.

So is it time to replace your running shoes?

"The expiration date is that 300 to 500 mile range. I think that's where people get confused," said Racheal Tonniges, Footwear Manager at Scheels.

"Poeple think that their shoes should last that 1 to 2 year time frame... it can be 6 to 8 months depending on how avid a runner you are," Tonniges said.

To get the most out of your sneakers:
Write the date of your new shoe purchase on a calendar and keep a running log to track of the distance you've traveled in the shoes.
Use your running shoes only during workouts to get more distance out of them.

It's also important to make sure you're in the right shoe for your workout routine. Tonniges says if your routine includes aerobics, weight training or kickboxing, then cross trainers are your best match because those exercises involve side-to-side movement.
Running shoes are geared more toward heel-to-toe motion.


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