TREADMILS & SHOES
Ready or not, since winter is here, many of the miles you log in the next few months will likely happen indoors. So, do you need to worry about your shoes wearing out as you walk or run on a treadmill?
Whether you prefer pavement or would rather spend time on the treadmill, miles are miles. Sure, dirt and treadmill running may be a bit more forgiving, but for the average runner, it would be impossible to figure out the impact forces and pounding that compresses the cushioning of your running shoes. Still, some experts stress that when your moving body hits the moving belt of the treadmill, it creates more force on the outsole of your shoes than you’d experience outdoors. You may also be more apt to heel strike while walking or running on a treadmill, placing more pressure on the back of your feet than your toes.
Don’t want to switch up your shoes just to run on the treadmill? Just be sure your workout shoes fit right and feel comfortable and supportive. Those made with a breathable material will help, too, as you’ll likely encounter more heat in your feet from the belt of the treadmill than you would outdoors.
Walking and Running Shoe Replacement Basics:
Even if your shoes stay shiny and clean because you’ve only worn them indoors, you should still keep a watchful eye out for any wear and tear.
1. Swap your shoes seasonally.
2. Check the tread.
3. Have a spare pair.
By owning two pairs of shoes and rotating them every other workout, you give the cushioning time to rebound and recover, therefore extending the life of your shoes.