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Time for New Shoes


I am just about ready to retire this pair of New Balance 890’s. I bought them in the winter and they helped me get through training for the Ottawa Marathon and half of my training for the Philadelphia Marathon. I even ran a 10 km race and a 30 km trail race in them. For me there are usually three signs that it is time to retire a pair of shoes.

The first is the mileage on them. I keep track of the mileage on my shoes and the rule of thumb is that I can usually get 700 km out of a pair. Sometimes I end up retiring them just before I hit 700 km and other times I manage to get a few more runs in them and stretch their lifespan over 700 km. this pair currently have 699 km on them.

The second sign that it is time to retire a pair of shoes is a lack of cushioning. Over time and after repeated use the rubber used to provide cushioning in shoes starts to break down. When this happens I can feel it every time my foot strikes the ground.

The third sign fits in with the second one. To go along with the lack of cushioning In a well used pair of shoes I get aches in my ankles and my knees following a run that I normally do not get. It is nothing serious and does not last long but it serves as a reminder to me that it is time to replace my shoes.

All three signs I mentioned now apply to this pair of shoes so I will be retiring them within the next week after a few more runs.

When do you decide to replace a pair of shoes?

Saturday Stories


It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

How gold medallists trained.

Ways to tell it is time for new shoes.

A post about learning to run.

Saturday Stories

It’s time for the latest installment of Saturday Stories, a compilation of some of my favourite articles and blog posts from the week.

As always, if you came across something I missed and feel is worthy of mention feel free to post a link below.

Looking for tips on nutrition for running? Check out the first installment of the Runner’s Plate on iRunnerBlog.

Is the 10% rule really the best approach when increasing mileage?

Not sure when to replace your shoes? Here’s some advice.

If you enjoy peanut butter here’s an article on the benefits of peanut butter as a sports food.

Tips on how to recover after a long run.

Finaly, since we are currently experiencing some of the hottest days of the year, here is a good reminder about sunscreen.