A closet isn’t any good unless it’s filled. Filling one with running shoes is often inevitable for passionate runners. Luckily there’s more than not being able to find the floor to owning multiple pairs of shoes dedicated to running. Here are three of Team ECRP‘s top reasons to keep several worthy pairs at your disposal.
Different purposes. The biggest reason you’ll want to have more than one pair of running shoes is that they don’t all perform the same job. Some are built for racing on the track and others for the trail. There are light shoes for racing and cushy ones for recovery. Most runners train on a variety of surfaces and paces so it’s important to be prepared with the right gear for your workout. Have a pair of dedicated shoes for each environment you’ll be tackling.
Models Change. Constantly and not always for the better, in fact. With shoe companies competing and technology changing there is always something different on the market. Your current favorite shoe might not exist the next time you want t buy it and that can be disappointing. Yes, you can grab 20 pairs of what you like each time you hit the store but they’ll wear out too. Owning a variety of brands and models can protect you from that disappointment.
They age. Just like everything else shoes get old and wear out. Soles wear down and stop providing traction while insoles break down and can’t give support. Old shoes are a recipe for injury and pain and throwing on a fresher pair can really open your eyes to needing some new ones. You can check out this post to see if your current pair needs to be replaced.
While there are lots of other good reasons to add more running shoes to your collection these are the most important ones. Having a choice model is every color? That’s just a bonus.
Do you need a pair of racing flats? The answer is maybe. The contrasts between training shoes and race flats isn’t as dramatic as the differences between basketball and trail shoes but they are there. More than looks or drop, the type of shoes you want for race day depend on what kind of runner you are. Here are 5 ways to tell if you’ll want to stay clear of racing flats.
You’re a new runner. Throwing on a lighter shoe won’t actually make you that much faster. Hours of training and hard work do that. A less cushioned, less supportive pair of racing flats is more likely to lead to an injury than a new PR.
Marathoners. The marathon is a long race and you’ll be taking lots of steps while beating your body up. Don’t make it worse by stripping away the layer of protection between your foot and the road. Happy feet are fast feet so give them a little love on race day with nice comfy shoes. The longer the race, the more shoe you’ll need.
Heavier runners. You’ll need that extra cushioning for support over the length of the race. The barefoot movement hasn’t been all its cracked up to be. Typically, less protection means more injuries. No matter what the scale says, your gait can have a big impact on how much pounding your bones take with each step. Swapping into a lightweight shoe on race day can change the way you move and lead to injury.
You’re injured. If you have any hint of soreness, fatigue or muscle strain, stick with your trainers. You probably won’t be pushing yourself for the race’s entire duration anyway. It always better play things safe than toy with making a minor injury more serious.
You didn’t train in them. Nothing new on race day, right? That especially goes for shoes. Whether you’re tackling the course in brand new trainers or fancy racing flats, definitely spend time training in them. Take them out for easy runs, a track session or two and maybe even a long run. You have to prepare your body for the demands of a lightweight shoe.