Thursday, October 9, 2008

All about the SHOES

Well, I'm pretty sure that title grabbed a few of my fellow shoe whores :-) Unfortunately, this isn't a post about some really cool new shoes, or boots I purchased, or received... or even HAVE for that matter. Boo hoo. I would love me some new shoes though. Something about fall and cute new pumps that go perfect with Jeans. You know, for all those time I shower, and actually blow dry my hair.... and try to remember how to put make on and all. Whatever, you get the point. No cute new shoes. Blah.

Bet Shane read the title and thought I ordered myself something online... again :-)

Anyway, this post is about RUNNING shoes. Boring, I know.. but, probably one of the single most important things to being a successful, injury free runner (you know, cause I'm all of that and all - ha!)....

I've been thru it all. Several running assessments, orthotics, Adidas, Nike, Saucony, Brooks... you name it, I've probably tried it (remember, shoes we are talking about here people). In the past year or so, I've been running in Asics Gel Nimbus. Doesn't hurt that a good friend is a podiatrist and gets them pretty cheap for me. And, so far, they seem to be helping a lot. No more icky blistered callouses. No sore arches, etc.

But, honestly shouldn't a $120 shoe last longer than 200-230miles? I mean COME ON. Thankfully, I've been averaging only about 15miles a week since June, but once again... in the last week or so everything started to feel like it was falling apart... So, I went to my trusty training log, and sure enough - it was getting time to break in a new pair.

I meant to do it last week.... that didn't happen, then I was going to do it Monday - oops, forgot again. Then for SURE on Wed, but then I was trying to sneak out so the dogs didn't see me (like i had em fooled!) cause I was doing speed work, so once again I didn't do it.

Holy Hell people. My legs and knees hurt last night like I had run 20miles. Or a marathon. OR SOMETHING horrible. They were throbbing and achy and oh - just not right. I was sitting on the couch with 2 bags of frozen peas, one each leg. Dude, it was only 6.5miles!!! Ha..

But then I got to thinking. You know how anyone who doesn't run, or thinks you are crazy for running, always says the SAME THING. That one thing that if you heard one more time you could just scream???

"I can't run, my knees are bad."

Yah, that one thing. Well.... Call me a genius, but I figured it out. It's cause they need some new DAMN shoes!!! Duh. I mean if I threw on my old "running shoes" from 1999 and tried to run 2 miles, I'd prolly say the same thing.

Point taken? I'm going to go switch my orthotics into my last pair of new shoes in stock (a la' Krista's closet) so I will have no more complaining to do about not being cut out for running....

I do have one question though.... How long do YOUR shoes last, cause really, I think just over 200miles is a bit ridiculous!

And yes, Molly.... if you are reading this - I was thinking of you while writing this post. NO MORE RUNNING IN YEAR OLD SHOES!

shoot.. now I've got CUTE shoes on my mind. damn it. maybe I should actually try taking a shower and getting out of my workout cloths first... hmmmm

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I get about 300-350 on my Brooks Adrenaline. I am a "pounder." I just run heavy. Check out these Burberry pumps from Nordstrom...these are definitely some Krista shoes...
http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2964611/0~6006558~6006559~6007166~6007167?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6007167&P=3

(I know, the link is mad long...)

Sharon

Anonymous said...

K-
I think there are so many factors that go into how long your shoes last like terrain, what kind of runner you are meaning light on your feet or a pounder, weight, what kind of training you are doing whether it be lots of speedwork or long slow distance, etc. I think here in AZ the heat is terrible for the soles of our shoes and breaks them down quicker. Plus, some run shoes are good for short dist, but not for long dist. I run in the same shoe as you, right now I have approx 175miles on them and they still feel good. I will get another pair in bout a month. During marathon training I will get a new pair every 3 mos, shorter distances I can get away with 5-6 mos.
-Toni

Spokane Al said...

I always went with the 400 - 450 miles per pair of shoes plan. Now, instead of worrying about mileage I just set a reminder in my MS Outlook Calendar and replace them every three months with the alert pops up.

Anonymous said...

i just said that to you last week! got your point missy.
hoch

J~Mom said...

I get 200-225 miles out of my shoes. My pair right now has 226 logged but that doesn't count a few gym classes that I have worn them for. I am trying so hard to stretch them to the end of October and that way my new pair should be perfect for PFChang's half but I don't see it happen. I used to think it was my weight but I was talking to a girl that is like half my size ;.) and she said the same think at about 200 miles or so. If it does matter I run on concrete and asphalt probably 75% off the time. Ouch.

J~Mom said...

Goodness lots of typos..sorry. LOL

Michelle said...

I wear Mizunos. I love 'em but they only last 300 miles. Isn't it funny that I don't bat an eye at dropping hundred on bike and running shoes but I am always looking for a sale on regular shoes.

Flatman said...

It's funny, but I have NEVER had issues with running shoes. Hell, I bet I could throw on my lawn mowing Sauconys in the garage that have God knows how many miles on them and bust out a 5K with no problem... :shrug: But, that being said, I LOVE new running shoes, so I still buy them obsessively!

ttfn300 said...

i've got feet/knee issues, so my knees are the first to tell me i need new shoes! and i learned quickly to listen :) mine don't last as long as i'd like, but usually in the 200-300mark

cindy said...

Asics Gel Nimbus are my favorites, too. I have to get new ones after 300 miles or so (I'm a big gal - 5'10"/ 165 lbs..can't believe I typed that for the world to read). I use my old ones for short runs after 300 miles.

I'm doing the Soma Half, too. Good luck!! You'll do great!

Anonymous said...

HA!! I was thinking the same thing when I was reading that!!! It could be the ibuprofren too!! :) I did buy new shoes!! But, I am not buying them every 2 months~my kids wouldnt get dinner on the table!

Now, go buy some CUTE shoes!

cindy said...

I was thinking after I left my comment that I may have gotten more mileage out of my shoes in the past because I didn't run fast. I just started speedwork a few months ago and my knees usually ache after running faster!!

Erin said...

I hear you. I just got new shoes this past weekend, and damn if it didn't up and solve most of my knee problems.

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