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Do I need to break in new shoes before racing in them?

If you have been donning the same shoe brand and style for years, you probably won’t have any problem running a race in a pair that’s fresh out of the box. You know what works for you. On race day, you want a shoe where there won’t be any “surprises,” meaning no blisters, no rubbing, no pain. However, it’s always wise to run a few workouts in a new pair. For longer races, like a half or full marathon, always do a few long runs in a new pair, just to make sure you won’t encounter any

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