We’ve all been there, super excited for our new running shoes so we lace them up and go for a very enthusiastic run only to get brand new blisters to go along with our brand new shoes. So I’m going to let you in on a little secret: DON’T RUN IN NEW SHOES! Lace up those pretty sneakers and get ready to get them real dirty and fitting great in no time.
What I usually do is put them on and find a great hike nearby. My dad recently got me these awesome Brooks Running Shoes (Glycerine) and I had a blast breaking them in while hiking Yonah Mountain nearby to the halfway point (I had class or else I would have hiked the whole way). These shoes are incredible and soon cushiony. I ran my last marathon in Asics Gel Noosa and loved those because of it’s support throughout the race (and they look almost new still after one marathon and a season of training. So it’s going to be a challenge to figure out which one I’ll wear for the next.
My favorite trail to hike in my area that is perfect for breaking in those new kicks is the Yonah Mountain trail, so I laced up my new shoes and wore my favorite yoga pants and hit the trail. Yonah Mountain’s varied terrain and spectacular views makes it as though you aren’t putting the work in to break in your shoes. If you are into trail running, wait until you’ve coasted through some of the trail without running. Getting your feet to fit nicely in your new shoes is a process. The more you can hike in them that day and not run, the more they’ll start to form to your feet.
Hiking trails causes your feet to go over different kinds of terrain, forcing the feet to slide and swell just a little bit over time. This helps stretch out areas of your shoe, and allows you time to adjust the fit of the laces and see if you need to make any adjustments before you commit to a run. The more you can push your hike with challenges for your feet like walking across roots, jumping from rock to rock, climbing steep areas, and more, the more likely you are going to diminish your new shoe blister problem.
If you are having trouble finding a spot to go hiking near you, put on some sweet 80’s jams and dance it out in your living room with your new shoes on. I’ve also found that vacuuming with new shoes on also helps with stretching them and letting them fit to my feet before a big run. 😉 I’m always looking for an excuse to dance to some Eurythmics in my living room, but that will be our little secret…
Hope this helps! If you’ve found something that works for you, please leave a comment below so I can try it out next time too!