New Shoes: A Blessing and a Curse

I thought these were an urban shoe myth!

I thought these were an urban shoe myth!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love running shoes. I love trying on different shoes, and as I mentioned in a previous post, I am on a quest for the perfect shoe.

With that being said, when I find a shoe I like, I run it into the ground. I regularly run 800 to 1,000 miles in a pair of shoes and I’ve been known to go over 1,500 miles on occasion.

First of all, I do not advise you to do this, especially if you are prone to injuries. Most “experts” advise you to replace your shoes every 400 to 600 miles. In addition, a recent study published in Runner’s World stated that rotating shoes probably lowers your risk of injury. The researchers stated:

“Different shoes distribute the impact forces of running differently, thereby lessening the strain on any given tissue.”

So why am I writing about this today? Yesterday, I started a new pair of shoes! Here are my last three pairs:

Asics Gel Kayano 18

Asics Gel Kayano 18

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra CS WP

Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra CS WP

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Saucony Guide 6

Saucony Guide 6

How far will my latest pair get me? Who knows?! I’m planning to run about 850 miles leading up to my ultra in June – so they’ll get me at least that far. Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait and find out!

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6 Responses to New Shoes: A Blessing and a Curse

  1. Haha Jason! You know how to lure women to your blog. I LOVE Sex and the City!!! Dah! lol! At the moment, I do not rotate running shoes. In fact, I own just one pair for NOW. As you probably remember, I started my running adventure last summer. However, within the next month I will be looking into buying another pair of shoes for trail running and maybe even speciafically for the Spartan Trifecta. Great post, and AWESOME picture of Carry. 😀 xoxo

  2. emmelineruns says:

    I rotate between 3 pair but I don’t have a shoe just for fast days or just for long runs, I just use them however I feel like using them. Except I never do speed in the Sauconys, they’re 8mm drop and more cushioned than the other two lower profile shoes so I feel clunkier in them.

  3. Wow that’s a lot of mileage. Wish I could get that much out of my shoes.

  4. I have shoes for specific things! Right now I’m running mostly in the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. I was a little hesitant at first when it came to this shoe, but the more I wear them the more I love them. It’s actually functioning as my DRY TRAIL (omg, almost forgot what those were!) shoe right now… along with speedwork and “racing”. I’m pretty sure I would break if I tried to run in racing flats. My “heavier” shoe (for easy/recovery runs) is the Brooks Launch. I think I’ll be steering away from that shoe soon though.

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