At this point in marathon training my body is feeling a little worn in. Runs have felt heavy and I’m finding my knees a bit creaky. HM … as I thought through possible problem areas in my head I remembered that I haven’t gotten new sneakers since January. OOPS!!! The research out there says that typically you should rotate your running sneakers every 300-400 miles.
Seeing as I’ve ran 200 miles so far in 6 weeks of marathon training I’d say I’m hugely overdue.
Enter NEW KICKS …. my last few runs have felt light and invigorating … no knee troubles. Marathon training suddenly feels refreshed. Phew!
I LOVE the feeling of a fresh pair of sneakers. Type/brand aside (we’ll save that for another post ) there is just something about new sneakers that motivates me. The fresh new shock absorption giving me an extra bouncy step, the new cushioning stabilizing my foot, the shinyness … I actually find that when I’m in a running rut new sneakers makes running feel new again.
How are your shoes? Have you been running on old sneakers?
Its often my first question to new runners … what shoes are you wearing? Many have an old pair of sneakers that they use that the gym or for another sport. I firmly believe that you cannot fall in love with running without the right shoes …
If you are not measuring your shoes in miles the best way to measure is in time. If you’ve had them for over 4 months and been using them 3-ish times per week … time for a refresh!!