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Learn how long running shoes last and see if it’s time for a new pair

Running shoes are designed to be tough. They protect you from many surfaces, give you hundreds of miles, and support your feet and joints. However, they suffer repeated pounding and won’t last forever. On average, you will need a new pair of running shoes every 300-500 miles. This amount varies with each runner. While some runners may need to change their shoes every 300 miles, several others may not require a new pair after 500 miles. All miles aren’t the same and there are many factors that determine the lifespan of your running shoes. Pro tip: keep your motivation high with these running quotes.

How to tell if your shoes are worn out

Normally you can tell your shoes are worn out by simply looking at them. As the shoes break down your body will also tell you it is time to get a new pair.

Wear on the bottom: your shoes won’t perform their job if they’ve lost their tread or there are tears or holes in the fabric. The cushion will also decrease over time. As that happens, your body will feel more of the impact during your run.

Discomfort or pain: if you feel aches or experience discomfort even after a few miles, it means your shoes have aged. This mostly happens when the midsole foam loses its bouncing ability, making you feel like there’s nothing under your feet. 

Blisters: you may develop blisters if you wear a pair of worn-out shoes.

How long do running shoes last?

Typically, running shoes last anywhere between 300-500 miles. There are runners that replace their shoes every four months, but a general rule of thumb is to replace them every six months. Keep in mind this depends on how many miles you run and where you complete them.

Track your miles

You can easily track the mileage through smart devices. A smartwatch is the perfect example. There are also apps developed for runners. Simply register your running shoes, manage and track with the click of some buttons! Pro tip: MapMyRun syncs with various Under Armour running shoes that have Bluetooth connectivity.

Tips to make your shoes last longer

Get a separate pair for different activities. If you cross-train or run trails you should have separate pairs of shoes for different activities. Do not use your running shoes for walking or wear them during a strength workout. Running shoes won’t last forever and having different pairs can extend the life of your shoes. Pro tip: learn about brick workouts and how changing into running shoes can help you practice transition.

Get fitted by a professional

Get help from a knowledgeable person at your local running store when buying a new pair. They can determine the best pair or the best fit for you based on your arch height, foot size, and need. 

Take care of your shoes

Avoid exposing your shoes to extreme temperatures. After each run, clean and store them in a dry place. A little care will go a long way in extending their longevity.

Don’t let these common misconceptions about triathlon keep you from your next adventure

If you’re new to triathlons or can’t decide if you want to participate in one, it’s probably because you have some questions. We’re here to debunk common misconceptions about triathlons. With all the craziness of everyday life, adding triathlon training can seem nearly impossible. Whether you don’t have the time, resources, or you doubt your abilities, we are here to tell you that you can do it by breaking through these common misconceptions about triathlon.

It’s too expensive

The great thing about your first triathlon is you probably already have all the gear you would need! Let’s start with the basics. A swimsuit and goggles are all you need for the swim portion. We will provide you with a swim cap based on your age group and/or division. You may think you need an expensive racing bike, but any bike that will get you from A to B is just fine! If you don’t have a bike, that’s okay too – you can rent one or borrow one from a friend. Top it off with any bike helmet and you’re all set! For the run, you just need shoes, which you should already have. That’s it! You’re ready to tri. Pro tip: if you plan to buy a bike, make sure you follow our dos and don’ts of bike buying.

Training takes too much time

A sprint distance tri does not require as much training as you may think. Depending on your current swimming, cycling, and running abilities, you will know what areas you need to focus on. With that being said, you can train as little as 3 to 5 workouts a week (2 swims, 2 bikes, 1 run) to get you race-ready. Focus on your weakness and complete more of those workouts as needed. If your days are limited during the week, incorporate brick workouts and complete two disciplines in one day.

Must be a super athlete

Triathletes come in different ages, shapes, and sizes. If you can swim in a straight line, ride a bike, and put one foot in front of the other, you can complete a triathlon! According to USAT, the average age of triathletes is 38. The second-largest age group of participants is 40-44. It’s never too early or too late to start your tri journey. The Debra Zapata Sprint triathlon is ideal for beginner triathletes. It gives you a chance to get comfortable with the sport before attempting a long-distance race. Pro tip: learn about the different distances of triathlon.

Have to be able to swim, bike, and run

If you want to participate in a tri, but cannot complete one of the legs for any reason, you can still race! Get together a relay team of 2 to 3 people. You can divide up the work while still getting to experience a tri. We also have an Aquabike option available if you know you cannot complete the run portion.

You need a coach

There are endless options of free training plans online created by professional coaches for every distance triathlon. Once you find one, stick to the training plan and trust the process. Having a coach is great if you are trying to improve your time. But with all the resources out there, a coach is not necessary for your first tri. 

We’ve broken down common misconceptions about triathlon and now it’s time to get started. But before you do, read about other people’s first triathlons and learn about their experiences. High Five Events’ very own employees Laura, Tina, and William recount the experiences of their first triathlons, the good and the bad!