As I may have mentioned a few times since the Little Rock Marathon my right knee has been bothering me. It’s not a sharp stop-running-this-instant-pain but I do not usually have knee pain of any kind and this is not normal.
I blamed the crazy elevation changes in the LRM. I took off a few days and mixed in a little cross training between some easy recovery runs. For some reason the only run that hasn’t bothered my knee was the 5k on Saturday.
After coming home Monday from an easy 7 miler it dawned on me… When was the last time I changed out my running shoes? I am very basic when it comes to running gear. I need my shoes, watch and visor. I have one pair of shoes that I train and race in for all distances. I’ve thought about “rotating shoes” but have yet to do this. I went back into my running log and looked at the date I wore my running shoes for the first time. It’s hard for me to admit this but that date was in…. December!! Apparently, I had been so preoccupied with my marathons that I neglected to add up my mileage. When I added everything up on Monday I realized I was at 507. YIKES!!
I’ve always heard that in general, runners should change out their shoes every 300-500 miles. I have given out this advice countless times and here I am living in my own running bubble oblivious to the obvious. So what did I do? Well, I panicked and ordered new shoes IMMEDIATELY. Now normally I select the cheapest shipping option available when having packages delivered but we’re talking about running shoes here people. I didn’t hesitate to check the “Expedited Shipping” option.
And I said goodbye to my Asics Gel Nimbus. They were a very good shoe. They helped me accomplish so much these past few months. We shared some special times when we PR’d in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 15K and 10K. It was hard to see them go but it was literally hurting me to keep them.
What’s next? I ‘d been debating switching running shoes for a while. I have been wearing Asics since college and I am ready for a change. I want to go a little lighter. After talking to Amanda and Nicole, I decided to try out Brooks. I actually ordered 2 pairs of shoes- the Brooks Launch and the Brooks Pure Flow. They should be here very soon and I am so excited to begin my next running adventure in them!