Today I decided to do a totally non-food Ask the Readers question. I hope you all don’t mind. Running and running shoes have been on my mind, and you all are always so helpful when it comes to Ask the Readers questions that I though we would talk about running shoes today.
I asked on my Facebook page about running shoes and got a couple of answers, but since very few people are seeing my Facebook updates with all the changes in Facebook, I decided to post here about it to see what you all thought too.
I only started running a couple of years ago, so I am kind of new to it. I run a few times a week, but I don’t really consider myself an avid runner. I did run 300 miles in 2014, so maybe I am more of a runner than I think I am.
When it comes to shoes though I know very little, except that I want something comfortable to run in. But I know good running shoes do make a difference. One of the first things my husband and I did when we started running was to invest in some new shoes.
Since then I have gone through quite a few pairs of shoes and that is what leads me to my question.
How often should you replace your running shoes?
I seem to go through them about every 6-9 months. It depends on the shoes, and how much I have been running, but in general around 6 months I start noticing that they are not as comfortable. By 8 months or so, my feet and knee start bothering me when I run. That is when I know it is time for new shoes.
The frugal part of me hates spending money on new shoes that often. Especially when they usually look pretty good on the outside and only the inside is really worn. But then I have to realize that I ran over 300 miles last year, which is quite a few miles to put on a pair of shoes.
Last week when my knee started bothering me, I realized that the shoes I wore most of last year, were worn out. I needed new ones.
I am a Nike person when it comes to shoes. I have been for years. They just fit my feet and arch. I can try on shoe after shoe after shoe and I always end up with Nike shoes. I can’t remember the last time I had a pair of tennis shoes that were not Nike. ( And Nike has no clue who I am. I just love their shoes.)
I ended up buying the shoes pictured above. I thought I would love them because they were pretty lightweight and comfortable. After running in them though, I don’t think they are going to work. They are comfortable for just wearing, and I will turn them into everyday type shoes, but they won’t work for running. I have not totally given up on them, but after running 3 miles in them last week, they really bothered my feet.
I did end up loving these Nike Reax though and am glad I bought them too. Yes, I left the shoe store with two pairs of shoes because I was not sure which ones would work best. My last few pairs of running shoes have been Nike Reax, and I loved them. I was hoping though to find a lighter shoe. However, the lighter shoe just did not work, so I think I am just sticking with what works and staying with the Reax.
I am also learning that when it comes to running shoes I seem to do better in the men’s section. That is what happens when you have big feet. But that is a whole other issue…
I did a little research online and it seems like a lot of people say that you should replace running shoes every 300-500 miles or every 6-9 months. I guess maybe I am average when it comes to going through running shoes. Although it still seems like a lot.
Now I am curious what all of you think. I know I have quite a few readers who are into sports and/or running.
How often do you replace your shoes? And what brand do you love?
(And for those of you that could care less about running and running shoes, thanks for putting up with a long rambling running post. )