Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Running Shoes/ Shin Splints

So, I don't think I've really mentioned that I've been running pretty consistently. And it usually feels pretty good, until the end. And then, my feet start falling asleep, and my shins start KILLING me. I am wondering if I need new running shoes...I'm trying to remember when I bought the pair that I have, and I'm pretty sure it was when I was home over J term my freshman year of college...which would put me at Winter 2005. Wow. I didn't realize it had been that long! Does anybody know if old running shoes can cause shin splints or the feet falling asleep thing?

I just have such a hard time shelling out the money for new athletic shoes--it seems like they are all so expensive! I have been lusting over these Nike Shox, but I just can't bring myself to buy them. And they're online only...I wish that they had them in-store for me to try on! Plus, I'm not sure how much more running I'll be able to do until I replace these puppies.

Anyone have recommendations for a good moderately priced running shoe?


  1. shin splints can be caused by many issues. i highly recommend going to a running store and getting professionally fitted for a pair of shoes. you will probably spend about 100.00 on your shoes, but it is well worth it. plus after the first time you are fitted, you will know what kind of shoes are for you (moderate stability, stability, etc.) and you can buy them cheaper else where. plus most running shoe stores have awesome return policies if the shoe does not work out for you after X amount of days.

  2. Yes, old, worn-out running shoes can cause shin splints and a host of other foot and leg problems. It pains me to say it, but usually running shoes are a category where you get what you pay for. I had a foot analysis done at our local running store and Asics are my best shoe, but everyone's feet and strike are different so it's hard to suggest one shoe or brand.

  3. Hmmm, I just looked it up, and we don't have a running store nearby :(

  4. I would try fleet feet or some type of running store. And then try on the shoe, get the model/make and buy them online. I spent over $100 on shoes from fleet feet and then went to BIG 5 sporting goods to find the same exact shoes for $25.00 I was royally pissed. Also, if you don't want to shell out money for new shoes right now maybe try arch support inserts until you can figure out which shoes you like best.

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  6. New shoes are important. A regular runner should look at replacing their shoes every 6 months.

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  7. Shin splints and other aches and pains can definitely be caused by old, worn-out running shoes. Shoes should ideally be replaced every 500 miles or so, or every year.

    The best advice I can give anyone who runs is to get fitted at a specialty store. Even if you have to make a special trip to the nearest big city. The people there will analyze the way you walk and run, as well as the wear on your old shoes so that they can recommend shoes that will work best for your gait pattern and biomechanics.

    Getting a pair of shoes that is right for you will make a world of difference, and you will be SO glad that you took the time, effort, and expense of getting fitted. (The fitting shouldn't cost you anything, and most good running shoes are between $90-$150 max)

  8. I have gotten shin splints before and I was pretty sure it was from having a too old worn out pair of shoes. I am getting them now as well which is complete BALONEY when you work on your feet all day and play so much soccer (although we see why I am getting them!!) I agree with others that it's worth the extra money here--absolutely splurge to get yourself a good pair!

  9. I agree with what everyone else said. Buying new running shoes is like getting an oil change. You either reach the maximum amount of miles or the maximum amount of time you can have them. I've heard for running shoes it's about five hundred miles or every year, whichever comes first.

  10. Agreed with everyone else... they say to replace your running shoes every year or every 300 miles, whichever comes first. I usually replace mine about every year and a half or so. If you have a fit2run or a fleet feet or store like that near you, they will test your feet & your stride and help you pick something out.

  11. mere,
    you go girl with running! i am impressed. =)
    i am curious to know what you decide re: shoes; like you, i hate spending big money but my gym shoes are so worn that my feet actually hurt just wearing them. that can't be good!

  12. When I went to Fleet Feet (local running store) for my shoes, they said on average you get 200-300 miles out of a pair of shoes which if you're an avid runner is about 2-3 months. Yikes for the pocket book, huh???

  13. New shoes make a huge Difference!! I buy mine at marshalls I like saucony. I suggest going to a running store to get a running analysis. They will tell you what type of support you need

  14. i like this post I always find something informative and interesting stuff in your blog
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