I enjoy the challenge that comes with preparing for being able to run a marathon to the best of my abilities. I find it to be truely rewarding experience when I am able to cross the finish line on race day after all the training and preparation that goes into being able to runÂ marathon. As mentioned in previous posts, I have run two marathons already and will be running another one in less than two weeks.
If there is one thing that does that getsÂ meÂ about preparing for a marathon it is the speed at which I go through a pair of shoes. Since most shoes are good for roughly 700 km of running, when training for a marathon and you are completing anywhere from 200-400 + km in a month you can expect your shoes to last about three months before they need replacing.
I have lost count of how many pairs I have been through so far this year. I think I am probablyÂ on my third pair so far. My current pair of shoes was purchased in August and already has around 350 km of use so far! As an aside, I started keeping track of the mileage on my shoes after IÂ experienced a knee injury while I was training for my first half-marathon. Although not the only factor, continuing to use a pair of worn out shoes contributed to that injury.
At $130-140 it does get a little expensive if you decide to run multipleÂ half-marathons or marathonsÂ in a year. However, I think it is a small price to pay for the health benefits thatÂ I getÂ Â from running along with the rewarding feeling that comes from crossing the finish line on race day after the months of training it takes to prepare for aÂ marathon or even a half-marathon.