386 Miles In – When to Buy New Running Shoes

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready to get at this week. Last week as I was running, I looked at the bottom of my shoes and was surprised to find them worn down. The reason I was so surprised about this was that I feel like these are still my “new” running shoes. I mean I only bought them in August, so I shouldn’t need another pair yet, right?

Well I decided to add up all the miles I logged training for the marathon and this is what I came up with: 386! Woah! And that isn’t counting the running I have been doing since the marathon. There are various opinions on when runners should change their shoes from 350-1000 miles. I think I lot of this depends on how you use your shoes: how often, the weather, the pavement, etc. It all plays a role. But from everything I have read the consensus is that there is a day and night difference once you put on those new pair of kicks.

One of the reasons I chose running instead of let’s say…golf is money. Running is one of the cheapest sports you can participate in. Sure, all of those race entries and the latest running gadgets add up, but it still isn’t anything compared to most sports. STILL – we all have a little anxiety about paying $100+ for a pair of running shoes. My mentally is that if I’m going to spend that much money the shoes should last me a long time right? It doesn’t quite work like that. To feel a little better about this I think I need to put it into perspective for myself.

The last pair of running shoes I bought were $110. They have lasted for about 5 months, but that was also while training for a marathon. I don’t plan on running a marathon every year so I’m going to average that a pair of running shoes should last me about 6 months. If that is the case – here is the math:

2 pairs of running shoes/year: $220/365 days in a year = about $.60 a day

Have I talked myself into it yet? I think so! A new pair of running shoes is in my near future!

What do you think?

What do you think about the 500 miles theory? Does anyone have any good ways to keep track of the mileage on your shoes?

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far. I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.– John Bingham, author and runner

Keep Running!


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