It has occurred to me (usually by way of some new ache in my feet) that I need new sneakers. I have heard a few different recommendations based on how frequently one should change up their shoes. Some say every three to six months, others say by mileage (approximately 300 being the most common number I've seen). I decided to go with mileage because that makes more sense to me than the arbitrariness of calendar time. The Nike + app that I use has logged in 207 miles, but that is not entirely accurate because 1) I started running before I discovered the Nike + app; and 2) In the past, I didn't use the app to track treadmill runs so pretty much everything I ran over the winter of 2012-2013 is not logged. I am estimating that I am probably in the 300-ish mile range. My feet, and occasionally my left knee, concur.
Adopting the running lingo, I am officially "retiring" a shoe. My first. Brooks Summons 3. I highly recommend them, especially if you're a runner with funky feet like I have. I don't want to shatter any illusions out there about how dead sexy I am, but the truth is, I don't have pretty feet. They're flat. And wide. And I pronate. Hot mess, I tell ya. But the Brooks gave really nice support and kept my ankles lined up with the rest of my body. My only complaint was that they were just a little bit bulky.
I've been doing some research to find a new shoe that would offer the same support but be a bit more streamlined. Over and over again the reviews and recommendations pointed toward the Asics GT-1000. I tried these, and about half a dozen other pairs of shoes, on today, and I really loved the way they felt. And. You know. They're pink! The picture doesn't even do the ferocity of their pinkness justice. Dusky runs will now be safer, as my feet will be visible from quite a distance! The gentleman who assisted me said he only ever recommends Asics or Brooks, so I take that as a good sign. I was also really pleased to find out that they are covered by a 90 day return policy, even after I've worn them for a few runs. So if I don't like the way they run, I'm not bound to them.
I have just about two weeks (tomorrow) to break them in for my next race. I was also challenged today by a friend. As part of a gift to herself, she has challenged herself to run 32 miles in the month of September. I start teaching soon so the timing of this is excellent. It'll help keep me from slacking off when my schedule gets busy!!
I expect to put a lot of miles on these shoes. I, too, have set a personal challenge for myself. I mentioned it on Facebook, and in conversation to a friend to two, but I like to put my goals out to the blogiverse as a method of being held accountable! Recently, I've been running 4-5 miles per run. I had voiced a desire to run a 10K next summer but the truth is, I could run that tomorrow if I wanted to. So. Time to set the bar for 2014 a little higher.
Half marathon. 13.1.
The 5K I am running in two weeks has a half marathon option. That gives me 54 weeks to prepare. I have no doubt that I can do this. I'll need to make a few changes, specifically adding some sort of training regimen into the mix to build strength (and avoid injury), but in terms of being able to meet this goal, I am fully confident in my ability to do so.
I guess this is bad news if you were hoping I'd stop posting about my runs! Ha! Let the training begin!!