Running shoes are a critical piece of equipment to any runner except to those who are running barefoot (I am not one of them). It’s easy to spend a fortune on running shoes because the sky is (almost) the limit (hey, there are foot prints on the moon already). A normal running shoe should last somewhere between 300-500 miles when used by a fairly active runner, it might last longer for the occasional runner that never goes beyond 5 miles on a run and runs only 3 times a week (I am not one of those).
When I started running a little over 6 years ago I went to the store and picked up a $45 pair of some Nike’s because they were “discounted” down from $60. Well, that pair of shoes did not last very long even for me back then. I ran maybe 15 miles per week, but even as inexperienced as I was back then I was able to tell that these cheap running shoes were not only cheap in price, but also cheap in quality. My feet hurt and my legs were not happy either. I think within 4 weeks I went back to the store and then bought my first pair of the Nike Pegasus running shoe. The Pegasus is a generic running shoe that probably fits well for a majority of runners. While it is not cheap, it is not super-expensive either. Now I use these type of shoes for running and once they are done (from a running perspective as described) I use them as my day to day shoes when going to work or the store. They are usually fine for that type of activity.
Well, here we are in 2013 and I am still a big fan of the Nike Pegasus. One reason has been price and overall quality. I’d like to try other shoes, but putting down $130 – $160 for a new pair of shoes is out of the question at the moment. Last year I was “daring” and tried a different model from Nike and bought the Nike Zoom Elite+ 5 and that did not turn out good. After using it for a bit I got major pain in my feet – especially the heel and the mid-foot section. The pain pretty much disappeared as soon as I switched to a different shoe. With that experience under my belt I stuck with the Pegasus shoe to avoid another financial disaster. The experience with the Zoom Elite+ 5 did not come over too well with my wife – buying an expensive shoe and then using it for just 2 weeks is not a good thing to do.
In early August of this year I had replaced my current running shoe with an identical pair, but new of course. Old shoes = pair #1, new shoes = pair #2. Roadrunner Sports had a big sale on shoes and so I got the Pegasus 29 for just $62 and change. In late August I decided to run a marathon and assuming the mileage I would put on my shoes I ordered a second pair of the Nike Pegasus 29 (pair #3) from Roadrunner sports for the same low price. Reason for the sale was the model change from Nike Pegasus 29 to Nike Pegasus 30 and them trying to sell last years model to make room for the new ones. Fast forward to the middle of September. My wife and my son were heading down to Castle Rock, CO to shop at the Nike Outlet. Sure enough, they find another Pegasus 29 for $65 on sale and I had them get it for me (pair #4).
In late September I had 2 minor injuries flare up – independently from each other, but both within the same 7 day span. First my right knee was hurting and then the left leg hamstring decided to act up. As mentioned I had replaced shoes in early August and the old pair of shoes (pair #1) had turned into my daily shoe to wear for work or when running errands. The new shoes (pair #2) now had roughly 250 miles + several weeks of Kosama workouts (1 hour per workout) as well. I finally put 1+1 together and realized that the new pair of shoes (pair #2) had probably peaked and was on its way down. On Thursday that week I switched to the second new pair of Nike Pegasus (pair #3) and also wore them during the day Thursday and Friday. By Friday night my legs and feet felt fine again. On that Saturday I went for a long run (with the new shoes / pair #3) and sure enough all my aches and pains were gone and I had a great run.
Since then I retired the old old shoes(pair #1) from being my day to day shoes. They were really done and the left shoe was even making a cracking noise when walking. The “new” pair of shoes (pair #2) that I had “activated” in early August are now my day to day shoes, but I also used them on a few shorter runs for a couple more weeks.
The new new pair of shoes (pair #3) has been used for my runs exclusively for the month of October + I used it in the mornings for most of my Kosama Bootcamp workouts. My feet felt fine for most of the month, but I have the feeling it is soon time to swap in pair #4. Pair #4 will be the pair of shoes I will wear during my marathon. I just have to work on the correct timing. I will probably switch to pair #4 shoes next week to slowly break them in. I am looking at a medium long run (12 miles) first and then for all short runs in the week of the marathon. That pair of shoes will probably have 30-40 miles on it by the time I hit the start line in Las Vegas for the marathon.