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Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Running Shoes Just Quit!

Yep! They just gave up and decided they were done. Mean shoes!

How do you know when it is time for a new pair of running shoes??? This is a question a lot of runners ask. I'm going to tell you my sure signs that tell me it is time to get a new pair.

The number 1 sign it is time to get a new pair of shoes:

Something starts hurting. Usually it is my hip. So guess what happened after Tuesday's run??? hip was killing me!!! And yes it is still hurting. :-( And I have a half to run tomorrow. I'm trying not to worry or panic because this happens every time my shoes quit on me. And I get a new pair and the hip eventually stops hurting. So...fingers crossed.

The number 2 sign it is time to get a new pair of shoes:

I hit about 275 miles on the shoes. They say that running shoes usually only last around 300 miles. Some runners can stretch the miles out longer. Not me...once I get close to 300 miles something starts hurting and I know it's time for a new pair. My current pair are at 291 miles. It is weird because I've been running with no pain for so long...and then Tuesday all of a sudden my hip just started hurting. It's like the shoe literally just quit! So frustrating!

The number 3 sign it is time to get a new pair of shoes:

The tread on the bottom of the shoe starts wearing off.

And for me...the tread on the side of the inside top part of the left shoe is worn all the way down. Weird it only happens on this one foot...I must pronate more on that foot.

So my goal for these shoes was to wear them for tomorrow's half and then switch to a new pair. But because of my hip pain I went ahead and wore my new shoes for Thursday's run. They are the same kind of shoes (Asics GT-2170's) just a new pair. The run and shoes felt great...but my hip is still sore. So I'm wearing the new shoes for the half tomorrow...which I'm a little worried about since I've only run in them once. Hopefully they will be fine.

Look how pretty and clean they are!!!

My plan as of right now is if I need to...I will take about a week off from running after tomorrow's half if I feel the hip needs it. Luckily I am at the beginning of marathon training and can tweak my training if I need to. I just want to play it smart! For now I've been icing, rolling, and stretching often!

QOTD: How do YOU know when it's time for a new pair of running shoes?



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