Check Your Shoes, Dummy!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I am completely loyal to my Saucony Kinvara running shoes. I've had the originals, the Kinvara 2s, and the Kinvara 3s ... and no other kind of running shoe since the original came out.
But they're sorta kinda minimalist (they're very well cushioned, but light as a feather with not much to them), which means they die fast. A regular pair of running shoes should last 300-400 miles. That's maybe six months, depending on how much running you're doing. With minimalist shoes, it's really more like 200 miles. That's about three or four months for me.
I wasn't running much for a variety of reasons, but now I'm starting to step things up again. I'm back in the gym, back on the treadmill ... and my knees have been hurting like hell.
At first, I figured it was because I hadn't been running, and I just needed to start a little slower. But at about a mile and a half, my knees hurt. Every.Single.Time.
Yesterday afternoon a giant light bulb went off over my head. My shoes were AT LEAST six months old.
So last night I went off to the running store, got a new pair of Saucony Kinvara 3s, and this morning my knees didn't hurt at all in 30 minutes on the treadmill.
DUH. I should've figured that out at least two weeks ago!
Anyway, I also got a shiny new sports bra (I am as loyal to my Enell sports bras as I am to my shoes!) so between my completely shackled boobs and my new shoes, this morning's run was AWESOME.