When In Doubt, Buy New Shoes

Several people suggested new shoes as a way to solve my soreness/pain issues and I thought that was a great idea. My knees are hurting, too and generally speaking, if my knees hurt it means it is time for new shoes. I did something highly irregular, though. I bought a pair of Saucony Hurricanes. I am a dyed in the wool Ascis fan having worn Gel Kayano XIs for a while. This last pair only has about 275 miles on them and I felt I needed new ones – such a clodhopper!

To test the theory (that new shoes make the woman) I put them on today, tightened the laces and went out for a run with no particular committment to length. I was supposed to go to the track to run 10 Yassos which would have been about 6 miles total) but I knew I couldn’t pull that off and I didn’t want to be disappointed with myself (way to go, eh?). As it was I managed a medium fast 3 mile run and I feel okay.

Can I just say how glad I am to be finishing up training? I have a 20 mile run on Saturday and then one more 15 miler the following Saturday and then it is taper time. I’m so sold on taper time that I’m going to do a brick workout on the 15th and go bike riding and swimming with my friends after I finish the run. That somehow feels liberating. I guess you know you’re hooked on something when a multi-hour, multi-sport workout spells relief.

Thanks to everyone for the advice and suggestions. Just for the record, most of my runs are out and backs so I don’t think that is the problem. I’ve only done a couple of long track workouts but next time I will do 1/2 in one direction and 1/2 in the other and see if that helps. Special thanks to TriGreyHound for words of encouragement. I hope you are right!!

As Bold would say Much 4th!

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12 Responses to When In Doubt, Buy New Shoes

  1. Firefly's Running says:

    I am SO glad that you got yourself new shoes. I hope that you felt the difference.

  2. Firefly's Running says:

    I am SO glad that you got yourself new shoes. I hope that you felt the difference.

  3. Running Jayhawk says:

    Very nice!!That happened to Out of Shape Guy. His new Asics are heaven on his feet and legs now. Happy pain-free running!

  4. susie says:

    Hey, a new *anything* usually works for me! But I don’t think I could give up my Kayanos I’m deeply in love:)

  5. Meg says:

    New blogger-thanks for the post. I’ve been in so much pain lately and I think i’m going to try out some new shoes.

  6. WADDLER26.2 says:

    I am glad things are better with new shoes. I love asics also but the guy that fits me at thr running store said the new ones break down really fast. I have Brooks now.

  7. runnergirl says:

    Good Luck with the new shoes. I hope the make the last few weeks of training pain free!

  8. Juls says:

    Perfect timing to break in for the race. Happier running to you.

  9. Running by.... says:

    Good luck with the new shoes. I always feel like a kid when I get a new pair…I feel like I can run so fast. Good luck on that 20 miler.

  10. Running Rabbit says:

    Can you see the finish line ahead??

  11. Wobbly man says:

    First time stopping by. A new day, new shoes and a taper. Sounds like a great combination to me!

  12. GraceD says:

    These are my shoes, as well. I usually buy Addidas for the wide toe box, but fell in love with the cushy stability of the Hurricane.I look forward to your ongong reports on this shoe’s performance.

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