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May Fitness Tips

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  • By Michelle Walker
  • 169th Force Support Squadron

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Tips on how to check the age of your running shoe
Unfortunately, it is very hard to tell while you are running whether you need to replace your current training model with a different shoe. You usually won’t notice the difference in comfort between your new model and the old one until you buy a new pair and try them out.

Manufacturers say that the life span of a high-quality shoe is about 6-8 months, which can serve as a good rule of thumb. The following four tips for you on how to regularly check the condition of your running shoes.

  1. Inspect the tread. The outer sole of your shoes gives you a pretty accurate picture of the condition of your shoes. If the tread is degraded or wore thin, you should think about replacing the shoes.
  2. Test the midsole. Push your finger into the plastic foam of the midsole. If this gives easily, the shoe has lost some of its cushioning ability and a new pair of shoes is most likely in order. Visible wrinkles in the material of the midsole is a characteristic sign of old running shoes.
  3. Check the stability. Set your shoes on a table and examine the heels. If the shoe tilts to the inside or outside, your foot is not rolling properly when you run. Once again, you should consider replacing the shoe.
  4. Examine the torsional rigidity. Twist the forefoot and the heel of your shoe in opposite directions. If the sole of your shoe twists easily, you should quit using this model for your run training and find one more suited to your gait.