As a runner, it’s always a bitter sweet moment when you retire your old sneakers and bring in the new ones. All of the miles, trails, thoughts, scenery, conversations with yourself, and quiet time you and your sneakers enjoyed together are priceless, however parting ways is necessary as your running kicks aren’t built to last forever.
How do you know if yours are ready for retirement or if they still have some solid mileage left in them? Logging miles in worn-out sneakers not only slows you down, but it can also increase your risk of injury.
How about the Shock Absorption?
It can be difficult to tell with the midsole foam, which is the part of the shoe that gives your legs that “springy” feeling with each step. Pay attention to deterioration by placing your shoes on a flat table and examining them from behind.
Two Pairs Are Better Than One
Your sneakers need rest! Why? The midsole foam needs time to return to its original shape. The more compressed the foam, the more strain on your feet and lower legs with each step. If you mix up your running with trail running, having a pair of trail runners helps with this!
"New running shoes are exciting! Pumped after logging in new miles with my new Brooks Ghost 7!" - Kristin
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