The Joy of a new Pair of Running Shoes
I run a lot.
I have run somewhere around 14,000 miles during the past 13 years. So, I have gone through many pairs of running shoes. Running shoes generally last somewhere between 300-500 miles and then they wear out. How do you know when they are worn out? You feel it in your feet. The padding is gone, your toe pads start to burn on longer runs, and you just know it is time. This is when you need to buy a new pair of shoes.
If I take the average of 400 miles, I probably have used 35-50 pairs of running shoes since I have become a more consistent runner during the past decade. Nike, Adidas, Pearl Izumi, Asics all have been on my feet. Lately I have been locked into Pearl Izumi shoes and absolutely love them. I buy the same pair over and over because, if they work, why change?
When it’s Time to Buy New Shoes
Sometime in December I realized my shoes were starting to wear out and I knew I needed to get another pair. For a variety of reasons, I put this off longer than I should have, and ran way past the normal life span. I started to see the soles of the shoes wearing through. They were still functional, but my ankles were sore after running. This, I could tell, was not good!
I finally ordered new shoes, and had them shipped to work, but kept leaving them there, forgetting to take them home. This happened for quite some time. So I kept running in the old shoes. Soles wearing out, padding gone, not good, bad cycle… must stop.
New Shoe Day
Finally my shoes and my running time lined up and last week I was able to use my new shoes. It was like running on air. As a runner, there are few feelings like the time you get to run in those brand new pair of shoes. Now, new shoes also have their own challenges. They take a bit of time to break in, etc. But, if you have the right socks on you will probably avoid blisters.
I love getting new shoes, but also grow attached to the ones I am replacing – mixed emotions with switching shoes. My old shoes usually end up as walking shoes for a while until they just cannot make it any more in that reduced role. Another solution is to donate the old shoes or recycle them.
As we head into spring of 2013, I look forward to wearing out another pair of running shoes and the day sometime soon in April or May when the next new pair will come and carry me on a run that day.
Q: What kind of shoes do you use? How many miles do you get out of them? Can you relate to the mixed emotions of replacing your trusted footwear?