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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.

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    I love Saucony; they are the only brand that makes a really wide toe box.
    1945 days ago
    Oh, I love Saucony too! emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Ba ha ha, I'll have to check out that brand of sports bras. I like to shackle my boobs too when I run or workout!
    I'm going to have to Google those shoes though. You should have posted a pic!
    It's a bummer when you are trying to run and you hurt. boooo.
    Glad the shoes helped your knees.
    1953 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2013 3:23:25 PM
    emoticon Awesome! Glad you had a good run!
    1953 days ago
  • NEEDBU66
    My back hurts and it takes what seems like a long time before I finally thump my forehead and go, "the shoes, Cyntiha. check the shoes" and yep, they're usually all worn down. DUH.
    1953 days ago
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