I had a great time with my Mom. We literally walked all over the city - from the UES down through mid-town and to the East Village. Then around Brooklyn, the LES, SoHo, Greenwich Village, and around Union Square. We definitely covered a lot of ground! Unfortunately, I started feeling a bit under the weather yesterday afternoon and I'm still not feeling so great. I hope my Mom doesn't get sick!
So, I got a new pair of running shoes over the weekend. I've been wearing the ones I had for the marathon and it's about time that I got a new pair for the half-marathon coming up. The standard train of thought is that shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles. Yeah, that's a wide range of miles, but it depends on your intensity and how you run (and wear out the shoes). It's definitely time for me to get a new pair.
When I started running I found that Nike shoes just weren't for me. No matter how many styles I try, they always rubbed my feet in the wrong places and caused blisters. Obviously that wasn't going to work. I found that the Asics 21 series fit me the best and followed them through a few variations. Last year, just before the marathon I switched to Kayano-15's and found that they fit really well and didn't require any breaking in time. Now that I'm wearing orthodics, my podiatrist said I didn't need shoes with that much support, so he suggested either the cumulus or nimbus models. Well, I stopped by my local Super Runner's Shop on Sunday. Unfortunately they only carry the Gel-Nimbus 11 since they have 'other models similar to the Cumulus' so I wasn't able to try both on to compare. I ended up taking the Gel-Nimbus with me but I'm going to hunt down the others to try and see what I think.
While there are some runners who prefer to run without any shoes at all, most of us just aren't ready (or willing) for that and shoes are extremely important to us. Do you have a favorite brand and/or model that you swear by? How long do you usually keep shoes around? Do you rotate between pairs while you're training? Tell us about your shoe adventures!