Five Reasons You Need a Second Pair of Running Shoes

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13 May

Five Reasons You Need a Second Pair of Running Shoes

Five reasons you need a second pair of running shoes

We all know new shoes equal more running mojo, but for many runners, it’s not a good enough reason to justify buying another pair of runners. 

So why should you invest in a second pair?  Take a look at our five reasons to have two sets of shoes.

1.  Strength training for your feet and legs

Different shoes allow for different loading stresses.  

This is important as running is a very repetitive movement performed in a relatively limited range of motion and for extended periods of time. Some chronic injuries can develop simply from the foot being in the same structured and shaped shoe for every run. 

When you have an alternative running shoe different stresses on worked on the tendons and ligaments, developing greater strength and reducing the risk of a repetitive strain injury. 

The second shoe can have the same type of features but will mold slightly differently to the foot allowing very subtle changes to the muscle use. 

intraining recommends: 

Two shoes of the similar type or similar use:  Examples include:

Mizuno Inspire / Brooks Adrenaline / Saucony Guide / Hoka Bondi / Asics Kayano / New Balance 860

Try a different style shoe that still suits your running style like the Asics Evo Glide and Evo Ride

2. Your shoe needs recovery too

Plastic memory.

There’s a theory that plastic deformation occurs to the cushioning compound following each run. It’s a well-known fact that running exerts 5-8 times your body weight and a significant amount of ground reaction force occurs with each step. Deformation is bound to occur to the cushioning. By rotating the shoes you use may allow this cushioning to ‘recover’  ready for the next use.

intraining recommends: 

If you like the New Balance 1080 try the Hoka Bondi / Brooks Glycerin / Mizuno Sky / Asics Nimbus / Saucony Triumph

3. The need for speed

Lighter weight shoes help you run faster.      

When you run faster your running form is more coordinated and efficient. You don’t need to have the same amount of support & cushioning under your feet as you do for long runs and recovery runs. In fact, the more cushioned padding you have, the faster you are likely to fatigue. Light weight running shoes, racer trainers, and racing shoes are all designed to allow easier flow of your running, with little effort at toe-off.

Speedy shoes include lightweight trainers, racing flats, super shoes and even a more flexible shoe than your comfy long run shoe. 

(Bonus! Your lightweight shoe can give you that extra edge for a PB!)

intraining recommends: Here are just a few shoes that are lighter without going to true racing shoes

If you train in the Brooks Adrenaline try, the Brooks. Launch GTS.  

If you train in the Mizuno Rider, try the Rider Neo 

If you train in the New Balance 880, try the New Balance Beacon

Or… Step in to one of the Super Shoes for a completely new running experience.  

4. Wet shoes = stinky shoes

The wet weather alternative.  

It’s not raining now, but you know the smell of sodden, soggy wet running shoes. Combine this with dripping sweat from Queensland’s warm weather runs.  This combination is going to drive you into the dog house!  Plus, wet shoes can increase the chance of blisters.  

Allowing your shoes at least 36-48hrs drying time will also increase the lifespan of your shoe by allowing the plastic memory (mentioned above) to regenerate and be ready for your next run.

intraining recommends: Take this opportunity to try something new like a completely different brand!  

5. Keep your legs fresh

Stay injury free!  Don’t let your shoes be the cause of an injury.  

It’s racing season and you want to be on that start line in your best shape possible.  That means keeping your legs as fresh as possible.  For most of you training for the half and full marathon, your shoes will be four to five months old.  Your mileage has increased and your legs need that guarantee that they are not running in fatigued shoes.  It’s not long until your own training shoes legitimately need to be replaced or at least retired from your long runs.  Plus you know that an injury now can set you back a few weeks. 

intraining recommends: 

Always have two shoes on the go and at least 2 months apart in age. 

(Justification for new shoe: Injured runner = cranky runner!)  

So when do you buy the second shoes?  

Now is the perfect time to get your second shoe.  Your current pair will not have worn out completely and you still have enough time to wear them in before the Brisbane Marathon Festival on June 6.

You’ve had a  good four to five months since you purchased your New Year’s shoe, so they will be starting to fatigue and lose their resistance.  It’s during this period that you can make that perfect transition between the two shoes.  

For those of you who have already purchased your next training shoe, then it’s maybe you could think about a lighter shoe to help you run even faster!

How do you know which shoe to buy?

Ask the experts!! The staff at intraining are knowledgeable and have tried and tested many different shoes. Our trained staff will analyse your running style outside in a variety of similar shoes to ensure you are wearing the most suitable and comfortable for your running gait.

Happy running – I hope you have a superb racing season and hit all your goals! 

Margot Manning

intraining Podiatrist, Coach & Runner

Book an appointment or Ph 3367 3088

We’re located at 535 Milton Rd, Toowong