Q. How often should I get new Brooks?
A. Unofficially, every day baby! Officially, the average shoe lifespan is somewhere between 300-500 miles. For more lightweight shoes, such as the PureProject collection, these will last around 250-300 miles. This number can vary quite a bit with factors such as terrain, frequency, climate, your weight, pace, and duration. A good tip: rotate two or more pairs to help increase each one’s mileage capacity.
Q. Is it okay to walk during my runs?
A. Heck yeah. Walking is a great thing to incorporate in your strategy for completing long runs and races, or as a cross training. We encourage you to really listen to your body; pushing too hard too fast is one of the leading causes of injury and there’s nothing fun about that. To some people, walking may have a bad rap but did you know that when you’re walking, your heart rate is lower, which means your body will use fat for energy rather than mostly fast-burning carbs. Can you say weight loss?
Q. What’s a good plan for eating before a run?
A. Try not to head out for a run on an empty OR full belly. Eating immediately before a run can lead to cramps and conversely, not having enough may cause you to run out of energy. A good rule of thumb is to eat a snack or light meal about 1 ½ to 2 hours before your run. Additionally, stick to foods high in carbohydrates and lower in fat. These will help fuel your run in the best way possible. Think simple like a banana, cereal, or an energy bar.
Q. What’s up with the heavy breathing while I’m running?
A. Huffing and puffing is a pretty normal occurrence with running, especially when you are first starting out. Always remember to have an easy warm-up; once you get in to it, focus on making deep, even breaths from the belly. This allows you to take in more air, preventing cramps and hasty breathing. You should be able to speak in full sentences. If you if are having trouble getting your words out, it’s best to slow it down a bit. The more you run on the regular, the easier your breathing will become so stick with it!
Q. What if I miss a training day, will I be fined by the run police?
A. Lucky for all of us, the run police are pretty lenient because let’s face it, life rarely follows the plan we intend. Don’t beat yourself up when you need to skip out, especially when you’re sick. You’re not going to suddenly lose all the work you put in and doubling up isn’t necessary to make up for missed time. Just pick up where you left off as soon as possible, gain back your momentum, and try to stay on track. And remember that a good run is the cure for anything!
Q. Is it normal to feel pain while I’m running?
A. It depends on the pain we’re talking about here. Are your muscles telling you, “Oh yeah, break me down to build me up!”? That’s probably soreness and you are more than likely to have some of it as you increase your distance and intensity in training. If, however, you are having pains that cause you to limp or alter your stride, or pain that keeps getting worse, you should take a few days off and monitor yourself. If the pain last more than a week, a trip to the doctor is in order.
Q. Tell me about stretching, is it necessary?
A. Stretching is great for flexibility, widening your stride, and avoiding injury. That said it’s really a personal preference kind of thing. Some runners don’t stretch at all, some do obsessively, and some will do yoga to make it a part of cross training. Whatever way you decide to go, it’s best to wait until after your run when you muscles are warm.
Q. Is it okay to rock out to music while I’m running?
A. Music can be a big motivator for many runners; some will even listen to audiobooks and podcasts to keep entertained. We say it’s your world, do what you want to keep running happy. Keep in mind though that running with headphones can be unsafe. You’re less aware to what’s going on around you, which can make you more prone to injury or accidents. Remember to run in safe, public areas with minimal traffic and to keep the volume at a level that you can still hear outside sounds.
Q. My Brooks have lost their luster, how do I clean my favorite kicks?
A. You paid a pretty penny for your Brooks and they need a quality wash at bath time. The washing machine is probably too aggressive and may cause stretching or warping so it’s best to hand wash those puppies. Fill a bucket or sink with warm water and grab some mild soap. Take out the internal liners and gently scrub the shoes in the water. When they are sufficiently clean, allow them to air dry and then reinsert the liners.
Q. What is pronation?
A. Pronation is the inward roll of the foot during a heel to toe transition. This natural motion helps support your body weight and disperse impact from the foot strike. Runners who have flat feet tend to pronate too much (overpronate) and may need more support from their shoes. A very small portion of runners under pronate (supinate) and generally have high arches.