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Triathlon Running Shoes

When participating in triathlons, your triathlon running shoes must be high quality. You will be running long distances, anywhere between three and 26 miles, depending on the race. Running is a high impact sport and if you do not use proper running shoes during the run portion of a triathlon, you can seriously damage your feet, knees, legs and back. The best way to cushion your body from the impact is to wear a good pair of running shoes.

Shopping for Triathlon Running Shoes


When looking for triathlon running shoes, you should visit a store that specializes in running shoes or triathlons. Employees can help determine your foot type and help you find shoes that work for your feet. When visiting a store that sells running shoes:

  • Try to go after you run when your feet are swollen.
  • Wear the socks that you wear while running
  • Try on both shoes, since your feet may be two different sizes.

The salesperson will usually have you run to determine how your feet strike the ground.

  • If you tend to land on the front of your foot, you are a forefoot striker and will need shoes with cushioning in the front area.

  • If you are a midfoot striker, which means that you put most of your weight in the middle of the foot.

  • In this case, you will need shoes that provide cushioning to the heel and forefront.

  • Rearfoot strikers land on their heels most prominently. If this describes you, a shoe with cushioning at the heel will work best.

Salespeople will also look at how your feet leave the ground.

  • If you push off the ground from the inside of your feet, you are an over-pronator and may benefit from Motion Control style shoes.

  • If you push off from the middle or ball area of your foot, you are neutral and should try running shoes that are the Stability style.

  • Pushing off from the outside of the foot indicates that you are an under-pronator. In this case, the Cushioned style of running shoes will most likely be best for you.

It is also important to make sure your shoes fit well. At the tip of the shoe, your thumb should fit between the end of your big toe and the end of the shoe. At the widest part of your foot, the shoes should neither slide around nor be uncomfortably tight. Your heel should not slide up and down when you walk or run. The top of the shoe should also not be uncomfortably tight, but it should be snug.

Your triathlon running shoes will need to be replaced every 400 to 500 miles, but this can vary by the individual and the type of shoe. After a period of training, the shoes may look like they are in fine shape, but they will be worn down and will not support your foot well.  If you begin feeling pain in your feet or legs it may be time for a new pair of triathlon running shoes.

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