Running Shoes

My run yesterday was 10.56km (6.56 miles) at a pace of 05:41 min/km (09:09 min/mile).

Rest day (as is every Saturday) and then last really long run tomorrow before the Reading Half Marathon. Weather permitting I’ll be running at Dinton Pastures again.

One thing that I’m now worried about though are my running shoes. I just added up the mileage I’ve done in them since I got them and it is just over 501 miles as of today. It’ll obviously be more than that in a couple of weeks on the day of the half marathon.

So what do I do? Do I buy new running shoes with only a couple of weeks to go before the half marathon? Do stick with the ones I’ve got and get some new ones after the event?

Some ideas from other runners would be greatly appreciated.

I think I’ll also consult the knowledge of people on Runner’s World ( and see what they say as well.

It’s worrying me a bit because I don’t want to get injured or anything.

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One Response to “Running Shoes”

  1. Tom 16/03/2009 at 01:16 #

    I’d get some new shoes and try them out on some short runs to break them in a bit, maybe switch between the old and new pairs for a few days. If they aren’t feeling right or you’re still worried come race day you can pull out those old shoes and use them. I’m no expert and I’m sure people would disagree with me but I’m not a firm believer that your shoes magically stop working at 500 miles! I the last few pairs I’ve had I could tell when they were shot cause I started getting mild aches and pains especially in my knees. I had a pair of Saucony’s that I wore around 600 miles and a pair of Brooks that I wore out in about 300 but continued to use for 500. If you can’t tell they are wearing out I think they will probably last a bit longer. If you plan to keep running you’ll need a new pair soon, so I’d buy now before you get to the painful stage and start to break them in – besides it’s always fun to get new shoes. I always feel more motivated to run right after I get new shoes! Good luck!