Many runners find a shoe they like and it becomes the only shoe they run it. When it wears out, they buy a new pair of the same shoe. While it is great to find the perfect pair, rotating running shoes can be very beneficial to your body and training. Read on to find out why!
Different Shoes for Different Runs
A lot of runners enjoy having different shoes for different types of runs. This is because shoes are made for different types of running. For example, for longer distance runs, many runners prefer to have a more cushioned shoe under their foot. A lightweight shoe is usually preferred for shorter speed work. Trail runners like to get specific trail shoes to help with traction and stability. If you are someone who does a lot of different types of runs at varying speeds and terrain, you are the perfect candidate to have a rotation of shoes in your closet.
Helps with Muscles Imbalances
Another benefit of rotating shoes is that running in the same shoe for every single run can increase the chance of muscle imbalances. Running in the same shoe each time causes your body to get used to that same level of cushioning, structure, and heel-to-toe drop. Rotating shoes allows muscles to experience a new feel and structure. This can decrease chances of muscle imbalance over time.
Allows Time for Cushion to Recover
Did you know it can take up to 24 hours for the cushion in your running shoe to fully bounce back? Invest in two pairs of shoes so that you allow your shoes to fully recover after each run. Switch out your shoes every other day to keep the cushioning fresh and responsive. In addition, this practice can help runners get a longer life out of their shoes.
When you are ready for a second or even third pair of running shoes, come visit your local Potomac River Running Store. We will walk your through our gait analysis process to help you find the perfect shoes for your feet.