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A KICK in my step

Posted Aug 19 2011 7:00am

I got me some NEW KICKS!

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!!

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