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NRDgirl Pro 195 posts since
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Jun 8, 2011 9:02 PM

Should I be cross-training in my running shoes?

I do a lot of cross-training during the week, which includes indoor cycling (at least 3 times a week), kickbox, cardio machines (stairmaster, ellliptical), body sculpt and step. I do all of this in my running shoes. My question is, should I be doing that? I've always found running shoes much more comfortable than cross-trainers, but now that I run more often, should I be using the same pair of shoes I run in for cross-training or should I keep these separate and buy another pair of shoes to use strictly for running?

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  • Chase Kerlin Expert 39 posts since
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    1. Jun 8, 2011 9:33 PM (in response to NRDgirl)
    Re: Should I be cross-training in my running shoes?

    I rotate an older pair of running shoes for the gym, however it won't really matter that much in all honesty.  It is really just what you feel more comfortable in,  You aren't going to hurt your run by doing those cross training exercises unless you start to wear through the tread on the bottom of the shoe you are ok. 


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  • Angelique Simpson Pro 92 posts since
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    2. Jun 9, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to NRDgirl)
    Re: Should I be cross-training in my running shoes?

    I think you'll find a difference of opinion from folks regarding this topic. For me personally, I never do anything in my running shoes except run! I don't even walk in them


    Every other year or so I buy a new pair of cross-trainer shoes that have more stability for different workouts like circuit training or other aerobic classes. As for cycling, I eventually broke down and got a pair of spinning shoes which has been awesome and makes such a difference.


    My personal trainer had recommended not using my running shoes because they are designed for forward motion and most other workouts like circuit training and classes will have side to side motions that the running shoes wouldn't support well. Not to say you can't use them, I see people with $100 running shoes on for indoor classes all the time. I think it will just come down to personal preference.



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  • seanfry8 Amateur 12 posts since
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    3. Jun 9, 2011 10:15 AM (in response to NRDgirl)
    Re: Should I be cross-training in my running shoes?

    Ideally it's better to have cross training shoes for cross training but running shoes will suffice if you want to save some money.

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