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Waiting for New Shoes

Sensing it was about time for a new pair of shoes as my current pair of new Balance 860 now has over 600 km on it my plan for Sunday was to grab a new pair.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, they were soldout in my size and I had to have the store order me a pair. Of course that means using my current pair which are now past their prime.

The result is less cushioning and aches in my joints that I usually don’t feel. For example, tonight’s run left me with a bit of stiff knee likely a combination of my worn down shoes and the fact that I have been neglecting to use my foam roller on my legs.

Getting back to using the foam roller regularly and replacing my current pair of shoes will be key to helping me take care of the aches in my joints and help me avoid a recurrence of the ITB problems I had a few years ago.

How often do you replace your shoes? What else do you do to try and prevent injuries?

New Shoes Update

As mentioned Friday, my plan for this weekend was to buy a new pair of shoes. I managed to go shopping today. As planned, I inquired about race flats as well as my usual trainers.

For now I ended up sticking with a pair of trainers  and decided to buy a pair of New Balance 860 which replaced the previous model I had been using.

I managed to get out for a run in them tonight and they felt good. Similar to my previous New Balance trainers.

However, the exciting news for me is that based on advice i received at the store, I am planning to buy a pair of race flats a couple of weeks before the Ottawa Marathon. This will give me time to wear them for a longer run and during my taper without putting too much wear on them since I am used to wearing a heel strike shoe.

When I go to buy a pair of race flats I will be looking at something like the Mizuno Musha 3 in the hopes that they will help me shave a couple of minutes off my finish time.

Stay tuned for more details in a few weeks when I go back and buy a pair!

Time for New Shoes Again

With over 500 km on my current pair of shoes and given that I took advantage of a Groupon offer for a discount on footwear at one of the local running stores the other day, I am planning on buying a new pair of shoes this weekend. With a little over a month left before race day this pair will be the one to get me through the Ottawa Marathon.

I guess it has to do with me looking to find any possible advantage I can in order to help me in my goal to run a Boston qualifying time but I have been debating whether it would be worthwhile to get a lighter pair of shoes for my speedwork and race day.

My current pair of shoes are New Balance 760. It is also the model of shoes I wore during the Prince Edward County Marathon in October. Before that I ran two Ottawa marathons in New Balance 769 shoes.

Given that the New Balance 760 has been discontinued I will be getting a new model of shoe regardless of what I decide this weekend. The question is whether I just move up to the New Balance 860 and/or do I look into getting myself a lighter pair of shoes for my speedwork sessions and for race day.

I will likely play it safe and just buy a pair of New Balance 860 but I do intend to ask this question when I go shopping this weekend. What do you think? Do you use a lighter shoe for race day and for your speedwork sessions?