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WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR MULTIPLE PAIRS OF RUNNING SHOES

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Given the current cost of running shoes, it's understandable why many runners opt for a single pair. However, rotating between multiple pairs proves to be a more economical choice compared to consistently using the same pair.

Running is a repetitive and high-impact activity, placing substantial force on midsoles. Traditional EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) midsoles, which are communing used in running shoes, require time to fully regain their resiliency. The recovery process can take 24-48 hours, influenced by factors such as midsole density, miles run, and the runner's body weight and economy.

Embracing this additional recovery time significantly extends the lifespan of running shoes. In addition to enhancing durability, rotating running shoes also reduces the likelihood of injuries. Utilizing different shoes disrupts the usual movement pattern, engaging and strengthening muscles that may be overlooked when relying on a single pair.

Continuous use of the same shoe can lead to muscle overuse and eventual injury. A common question arises regarding whether to run in multiple pairs of the same shoe or different models. It's a nuanced question with several factors to consider.

Starting with the same model is generally a sound approach, provided the shoe has proven effective for you. It's important to note that shoe companies may alter model specifications without changing the model name.

Therefore, it's advisable to stay within the same 'type' of running shoe, considering factors such as cushioning, neutrality, or stability. Additional considerations include stack height and the drop of the midsole.

For those training for longer distances and incorporating higher intensity runs (such as interval, tempo, threshold, and hill repeats), a practical strategy is to opt for a more cushioned or higher stack height midsole for long runs and a low-profile shoe for higher intensity workouts.

In the realm of running shoes, the adage 'The More the Merrier' holds true, emphasizing the benefits of embracing variety and rotation.

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