Oh my heavens, I bought new shoes.
New, same shoes. I’ve really liked my Brooks Ghosts for the past 400 miles, so I decided to get another pair of the same thing. They’re in purple for spring, so at least they look a little different.
These old guys served me well, pounding the pavement (and the muddy trails) for about 400 miles. About 30 miles ago, it was just like they gave out – my feet started to hurt, my legs got tired on runs that normally didn’t faze me. I started to question my training – what was I doing wrong to be so tired after a 4 mile run?!
Then I looked at my dirty, dirty, squished shoes.
Everyone wears their shoes differently, but the experts say 350-500 miles on a pair of running shoes is the approximate lifespan. For whatever reason, I’ve always been hard on shoes – non-running shoes included – and I could really feel that these running shoes were worn right the heck out.
Enter these beauties – I took them on a 17 mile run yesterday and they felt amazing! A world of difference! I really think it’s a good idea to stick with the same shoe for running – there’s almost no break in. I did run a few shorter run in my new shoes this week, to make sure they felt ok before I attempted a long run, but these shoes felt great immediately!
Tracking mileage is so helpful – of course for training purposes, but also for keeping track of when to replace shoes. Shoes are really the only equipment runners need (and barefoot runners don’t even need that!), so it’s worth it to get a good pair and replace them as needed. I can really feel the difference!