Your Running Shoes – Lacing, Washing, and Replacing
The shoes that you choose to wear can help you to set your stride or really slow down your pace. A good pair of running shoes will be your constant companion that you will be able to rely on whenever the going gets tough. Therefore, it is important to learn how to maintain them and here are some top tips that could make sure you get off on the right foot:
Always untie the laces before taking off your running shoes. Trying to force your feet out of shoes that have been laced up securely will ruin the support structures of the shoes and make the shoes stretch more than you want them to.
Lacing your running shoes each time you put them on will help to make sure they are the correct tightness. There should be just enough give so that you are able to fit a finger under the laces, but they should be tight enough so that they stay firm when you pull on them gently.
Although you will want to wash your running shoes from time to time, never put them in the washing machine or the tumble dryer. Simply brush off the mud from the running shoes after it has dried and wipe the shoes with a damp cloth. Whenever your shoes get wet during a run, stuff them with newspaper before placing them next to the radiator to help them dry more quickly and keep their shape.
On average, you should replace you running shoes after around five hundred miles. The easiest and quickest way to break in a new pair of running shoes is to purchase them after you have run around 250 miles in your old pair and break the new ones in gradually during short runs over a period of a few weeks or months.