Sunday, September 25, 2011

Is Your Running Shoe Overdue?

I stumbled upon an article in the New York Times today titled "You're Only as Old as You Run" that discussed the relationship between age and marathon running performance.  It sparked my interest because I'm currently working on an article for Teachers College Columbia University's newsletter The Grapevine on fitness tips to help you cross that marathon finish line without injuries.   For you runners out there, this could be a great way to check yourself before you wreck yourself! According to Koen Wilssens, who operates a chain of running shops called Runners Service Lab in Belgium, 50 to 60 percent of people are wearing the wrong running shoes.  Wearing the wrong type of shoe or wearing running shoes way past their expiration date can leading to serious injuries of the foot or knee.  For example, Plantar Fasciitis, inflammation of the plantar fascia do to stress to the medial arch of the foot can result in severe heel pain and will definitely put a damper in your training schedule.  This can be due to overuse injury or the common cause - not wearing proper shoes.  An orthotic insert in your shoe could help prevent this problem and further progress the injury and only costs about 20 bucks!

A good running shoe typically lasts about 300-500 miles.  If you are a serious runner and can't remember the last time you laced up a fresh pair of pumped up kicks - I suggest you take a trip down to your local running shop!  Fall marathon season training is well on it's way so make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent injury and run in style :)



(Photo: New York Times)

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