Shoe Break-Up

I love my Mizuno Wave Riders. But they have almost 450 miles of speed work and racing in them. They’re definitely toast and need to be replaced. But I’m not sure I’m ready to break up with them.

Dear Sally:  

I love my running shoes. But they’re just not good for me anymore. I feel loyal to them because we’ve been together for so long – about 450 miles. And we’ve created some wonderful memories together: 5Ks, PRs, wicked cold tempos. But lately things have been a little flat. There’s no more spring. And sometimes spending time together is painful. Is it time move on?

– Can’t Let Go in Winchester 

Dear Can’t Let Go,

You’ve probably been told “It’s not you, it’s me.” But as most relationship veterans know, that cop-out in really means: “It’s totally you. I just don’t have the guts to say it.” And in your situation, the reality is real. It’s absolutely the shoes. And it’s time to move on.

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Think of it this way, you get to move on from those worn old things to something newer, prettier. Sound terrible?

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Usually by 450 miles, shoes are just too worn out to be good for you. Every shoe reaches its breaking point at different miles for different runners. But 450 is a good rule of thumb. Another good indicator: if your body starts feeling not-quite-right, it’s also probably time for a new pair.

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