Happy Friday friends! We made it through another week. I am in the best of moods because I decided to have a great week, and dang it I did! Sometimes its all about that outlook. I have a very weak and pliable mind, so I can really convince myself of almost anything LOL. A curse, but I choose to see it as a blessing. See how that works? I just did it again.
Moving on, a question I am asked often is how to know when it is time to retire your shoes. The answer is one of those that no one really likes the answer to, because it isn’t clear cut. What is my answer to almost anything? Say it with me guys, “It’s different for everyone!!” Hahaha. I’m the worst. But it’s true! That said, I promise to actually give you some useful information rather than just self-depreciating humor and sarcasm.
Ok – first up – if you run with a Garmin, you can add your shoes to the “gear” tap on the app and it will track them for you. You can even set a default pair for runs and then you can manually adjust as needed when/if you wear different shoes for speed work, long runs, ect. 400 is their default mileage, and that seems to work for me – BUT, I also pay attention to these other signs:
- If your legs are starting to feel beat up more than normal after a run, particularly the lower half of your leg. Now, please don’t take this as a cue to blame injuries on your shoes. You need to do all the little things (stretching, strength training, ect), but at this stage of my running life, my feet and legs can always tell when my shoes are getting to their life’s end.
- If the tread on the shoes is visibly worn down and ESPECIALLY if it is worn down in an uneven pattern. If you set your shoes on a flat table (what? My shoes are clean!) and they rock around like a mosh pit at a Green Day concert, we have a problem.
- Fraying on the laces or insole.
- There have been times I’ve been able to use my shoes for longer than the 400 miles – that’s been when I’ve run on a treadmill a lot through the winter.
- Race training cycle – if you’ve had a pair of shoes throughout a training cycle and raced with them, it is definitely time for them to be retired.
I take my old shoes to REI and donate them there.
I have recently started using Hair Wash and I am really liking it! This is not sponsored. My mom read this article and I ordered some to try. So far I love it. It smells nice without being too overbearing, the bottles are pretty, and it gets the tangles right out of my very tangle prone hair. I do still use Vital Proteins, and I have noticed such a huge improvement in my hair from that especially.
I was also pretty excited about a new top from Madewell. It has a really cool drapey look that is extremely flattering – especially if you are gonna eat a lot of pizza that day. #fashion (It is also 30% off right now!)
Obviously my acceptance into the 2018 Boston Marathon has to be a favorite! I am so grateful and so humbled. You had to beat your qualifying time by 3 minutes and 23 seconds this year!! Holy moly that is getting really competitive. I have been on edge all week waiting for this email. Relief doesn’t even come close to explaining my feelings!
Such a happy moment. And I got to relive it all over again today.
Do you have any shoe tracking tricks?
Favorite race memory?
I’ll be driving for roughly 8 hours today, so please comment and give me things to read in between drives!