As a relatively new runner, I was wondering, how do you know when its time to buy a pair of new running shoes? I know that good structured shoes is important to avoid injuries, but at around $100 for a new pair, I want to make them last as long as I can.
Going the Distance
While doing some research, I found many references that a good rule of thumb is to change your shoes every 300 to 400 miles (which is about 500 to 650 kilometers for us Canadians). That seems like a lot of kilometres to me. That would be like running from Niagara to Sudbury (a 5.5 hour drive)! Since I only run 10 to 15 kilometers a week, my shoes will last me quite a while. I also dedicate a pair of shoes solely for running to keep the mileage down.
How do you track that kind of mileage? That’s easy! With iPhone apps like Nike Running (which is now out of favour with me) or with Adidas MiCoach, you can actually add your shoes to their system. They will track the wear and tear for you. When you’ve logged in 300 miles or 483 kilometres, you will receive an alerts.
What to do with the old pair?
My older pair of running shoes, Nike 3.0 still look good, however, I knew they were on their way out when I was getting some pain and stiffness in my ankles the day after a run. I can still get some use out of them for activities with less impact. I can use them as my casual running shoes, for walking the dog, running errands or playing outside with my toddler!
The image above is a photo of my brand new Nike 5.0 Running shoes. The Nike Running app might be out of favour with me for now, but the brand is definitely not! I find these shoes very comfortable to run in.