A huge thanks to Tina on this fantastic post! I have only now started to do this!
Hello! I’m Tina, and I am honored that Heather has selected me for a guest post here on Fit’n’Cookies. I am very jealous that she is Virginia Beach, what a wonderful place to vacation! I am hoping I can keep your attention for just a few minutes as I go over the importance of rotating your shoes.
For those of you who do not know me, I am a runner, an elite runner, and right now as I do not have a job, I am essentially a professional athlete. This means that I am doing all “the little things” you hear about to ensure that I am performing at my peak, but many of these do not have to be used just by athletes who are trying to make it big time. I have a Secrets to Success series on my blog, where I go over the little things I do to make sure I give my body the best chance it can to perform. One of the posts I was thinking about doing was about rotating shoes, but instead, I am going to share it with you here!
As a Saucony sponsored athlete, my shoes are covered by their generosity, in return for me racing in their products. My favorite shoe by far is the Saucony Kinvara, but I have learned that it is not good to wear only one shoe…..sorry, pair of shoes (I would hope EVERYONE knows not to just wear one shoe 😉 ) for all your training. The Scandinavian Journal of Sports Medicine featured an article last year about injury risk related to shoes. A study using 264 participants found that those who rotated their shoes were at a 39% lower risk of injury than those who wore the same shoes every day.
For that reason, I wear my Kinvaras for two days, and then wear a different shoe on the 3rd day. I have two other brands, which means two completely different shoes for these days. This gives the foam in running shoes time to “bounce back”, especially as every step you run, you are putting 2-3 times your body weight onto that shoe. This also helps your shoes to last longer, meaning you will be able to get more miles out of them overall.
Finally, it also helps for those days where blisters seem to creep up from nowhere. By wearing different shoes, you are giving those sore spots some time to heal without causing your running gait (running form) to be altered to where you put yourself at risk of injury.
As always, gradually bring a new pair of shoes into your cycle, but once you have 2-3 pairs on rotation, I think you will see just how much it helps….and besides, that means 2-3 more styles of cute shoes to chose from….decisions decisions.
Thank you Tina for the wonderful information!!