Here are my 3rd pair of Newton Neutral Trainers. Prior to this pair, I had the first generation Yellow Neutral Trainers. I also have a hot pink pair of Neutral Racers which I reserve only for 'racing'.
Now, the past few weeks, my feet, shin and calves have really started to ache. Ok, well not just ache but hurt. Mostly after a run but also in the morning when I take my first steps.
I usually replace my shoes every 6 months and I only got this pair in July so I figured I couldn't need a new pair already.
I love my Newtons but I was starting to think, maybe they aren't the shoe for me. Why am I getting all this pain in my lower legs? Why are my feet so tired all the time?
I even went so far as to try on a few other brands of running shoes when we were shopping for new shoes for my son. Boy, regular running shoes sure feel weird after wearing Newtons for over a year. Could it be the shoes? Maybe I should try the new Sir Isaacs? The thought of changing running shoe brands again after a year was exhausting.
That is when I had the bright idea to see how many kms/miles I had on my current pair of Newtons. Funny thing happened...turns out (thanks to my Garmin 405 data) that I had run 720kms or 600miles on these trusty pair of runners. I ran the data report another time just to make sure it was correct. It was. I then sent a message to all my Tweeps asking after how many miles they change their runners. Turns out, most change between 300-500 miles. A couple of people even changed theirs every 200-300 miles.
You would think that after all the training I did this year, I would know when to replace my shoes. Well, guess again. I have never really trained or run at the volume I did this year and never needed to change my shoes more than once every 6-8 months.
As most of you know, Newtons are not cheap. Good thing my husband is running the RNR Las Vegas this weekend and Sir Isaac will be there selling at the expo. I can buy them locally or on-line but they are about $20 more expensive that way.
For now, I will train in my hot pink racers that have less than 100kms on them.
At least running shoes are cheaper than race wheels or bike parts.