When Good Shoes Go Bad

How many pairs of running shoes do you own?  I often see people on Instagram posting pictures of their closet full of running shoes, and I’ve gotta admit…I get a little jealous.

Me? I just have one pair.  Yep, one.  And while I’d love to be able to have several pairs of running shoes to rotate through, I’m perfectly content with just one pair.  I overpronate, so there’s not a lot of shoe options out there for me.  Once I found a pair that worked, I stuck with it!  I’ve worn the Brooks Adrenaline pretty much since I started running.  If it’s not broken, why fix it?

The only problem with owning only one pair?  When it’s time to replace them you don’t have anything to fall back on.  I usually replace my shoes at about 400 miles, and I always know it’s time when my knee starts hurting after a run.  This time though, I wasn’t paying attention to my shoe mileage, so I wasn’t prepared to buy a new pair.  I ran 6 miles the other day, and have been paying for it ever since!  My knee and my Achilles tendon are both pretty sore, so I’ve been resting it up for a few days.

Tomorrow is payday (yay!) which means I can go get myself a new pair of running shoes.  And I’ve gotta admit…I’m looking forward to it!  It’s always fun to get new running shoes, right?!  Even if they’re exactly the same as your previous ones.  And of course I’m looking forward to getting back into my running!  It’s hard to take a break (I’m trying to to worry that I’ll be completely unprepared for my race!), but I know it’s better to be a little overcautious, rather than risk a serious injury that could take weeks to heal.

How many pairs of running shoes do you own? How do you know when it’s time to replace them?

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