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califsurferboy33
06-05-2007, 10:11 PM
hey,

i know people shouldn't wear running shoes for tennis for many many reasons, but is there any problem with running in tennis shoes? will i run better if i run with running shoes or tennis shoes? thanks.

bk

Michelangelo
06-06-2007, 06:03 AM
Tennis shoes are designed for the need of comfort, stability and lateral support when you need to change running direction suddenly as well as short distance run / stop frequently. Running shoes are designed for (prolong) repeatedly rocking motion of running (except those designed exclusively for track use such as 100m, 200m high jump...). They absorb impact energy and provide cushioning at critical areas such as heel area. Also running shoes are generally (much) lighter than tennis shoes. For extra comfort and the mechanics of a human being's body, the outsole of running shoes is somewhat like a boat / banana rather than relatively flat as tennis shoes.

zhan
06-06-2007, 06:42 AM
i always run with my tennis shoes (barricade4)... 1-3 miles daily(ish)
the thing is my impact point when my foot lands is my fore-foot not the heel
(i know ppl land with their heel when they run) so running shoes dont really matter...

BreakPoint
06-06-2007, 09:50 AM
i always run with my tennis shoes (barricade4)... 1-3 miles daily(ish)
the thing is my impact point when my foot lands is my fore-foot not the heel
(i know ppl land with their heel when they run) so running shoes dont really matter...
Sounds like you run on your tippy toes? ;)

How do you do that without messing up both your feet and your legs? :confused:

Michelangelo
06-08-2007, 12:02 AM
i always run with my tennis shoes (barricade4)... 1-3 miles daily(ish)
the thing is my impact point when my foot lands is my fore-foot not the heel
(i know ppl land with their heel when they run) so running shoes dont really matter...
Long distance runners do use both heels and forefeet to land. They switch from heel landing to forefoot landing after running certain distance, and back to heel landing for certain distance, and back to forefoot landing... But your situation... humm...

annihilatorpro
06-08-2007, 12:23 AM
Proper running form, long distance or short distance, is to land on the balls of your feet and then heel. Most people get lazy and run with a heel/ball/toe action (that's how I initially learned it in PE class back in high school; completely wrong way to run it turns out). It sounds like you're running the correct way and you'll end up strengthening your calves and hamstrings real good if you keep it up.

But back to your question; if you run with light shoes meant for running, you'll run faster, yes, and it would probably facilitate a better running motion. However, there shouldn't with using tennis shoes, so long as you're keeping your form.

mctennis
06-15-2007, 06:13 PM
Don't use tennis shoes for running or vice versa. Use the shoe for the job. Your feet will appreciate it.

AlpineCadet
06-15-2007, 06:19 PM
^Yeah, you're not supposed to run while playing tennis, so why wear tennis shoes while running? The point is it's not going to make a huge difference if it's just a short jog, but if they plan on running on a daily basis, running shoes would be a must.

JMS
06-15-2007, 06:20 PM
(that's how I initially learned it in PE class back in high school; completely wrong way to run it turns out).

They taught you how to run in high school? :confused:. We just play basketball everyday

TheShaun
06-15-2007, 06:48 PM
buying running shoes for my runs was the best thing i ever did. go to a running specialty shop and have your foot fit for the right shoe. don't go to the big chain type store, their sales people aren't properly trained.

running shoes has made running more of a pleasure than a chore.

Photoshop
06-15-2007, 08:53 PM
Proper running form, long distance or short distance, is to land on the balls of your feet and then heel. Most people get lazy and run with a heel/ball/toe action (that's how I initially learned it in PE class back in high school; completely wrong way to run it turns out). It sounds like you're running the correct way and you'll end up strengthening your calves and hamstrings real good if you keep it up.

So I've been doing it wrong this whole time... someone told me hell/ball/toe action was the proper way so despite the awkwardness I've been running like that.