I’ve been trying to become a runner since 2006, but it never really stuck until this time around. This time last year I started training for my first Cotton Row 10K, and I was alternating between a pair of Nikes an another pair of shoes, not sure yet which worked best. I decided the Nikes gave me blisters, but the others gave me black toenails. I could deal with the blisters better, so I stuck with the Nikes.
When I started my half-marathon training class last August, I figured I probably had 200+ miles on those shoes if you counted the entire year of boot camp and periodic running before. I knew that most people tell you to only put 300-350 miles on your shoes, so I started thinking about replacing them, not wanting them to crap out on me right before my half-marathon.
I started getting weird hip/knee issues about a month before the race and decided I had crossed the 300 mile mark and it was time to replace the shoes. The ones I was wearing were the Blue/Gray Nike Pegasus 27, which they didn’t make anymore. I opted to stick with the Pegasus and just get the newer model. Those were the Burgandy/Orange ones. Ever since then, I have kept track of my miles on my shoes and around the 330 mark, I can feel it in my knees/hips. I highly suggest you keep track of your miles on your shoes.
This week I’m breaking in another new pair. I didn’t do a great job separating my miles between my last pair of Pegasus 28 and my trail shoes. So, I know I have anywhere from 315 to 380 on the Burgandy/Pink pair. This week? I started wearing the Aqua/Pink pair.
Four pairs of shoes in a year. The first pair were already a year old, so it’s not like I’ve worn out that many shoes in a year, but still…four pairs of shoes in a year. I’ve already run almost 500 miles in 2012, almost 500 miles in FOUR MONTHS. It’s not wonder I’m going through shoes so fast.
Some people haven’t found that one pair of shoes they love. I have, so I stick with them. I love that they come in crazy colors, although I think I’ve bought them all now. The next pair will either have to be white (BORING) or I’ll have to special order some, which I might do to celebrate all of my running this year.
Everyone is different about their shoes, but I tell you, the 300+ miles thing? Has been on the spot for me. And I love my Pegasus. I still get blisters during hot runs (no blisters all winter, but they’re back now that it’s hot) but other than that? Nothing. The periodic mild shin splint, that’s it.
How about you? Do you keep track of the miles on your shoes? Do you switch brands/models?