>Health and Nutrition>The Shoe Mileage Debate
... Not recommending this, but I generally get over 500 miles per pair of shoes. I just wore a brand new pair out of the box today for the first time but before that both pairs I was using were over 500 with one close to 600. I think shoe mileage is one of those areas where there will be a big difference from runner to runner.
Roads were made for journeys...
The Logic of Long Distance
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
JK. Phidippides died.
JK--you want science instead of blow-hard speculation! I'll have to keep my mouth shut then, dangit.
One place my various neuroses have not settled (yet) is in the running shoe arena. I don't track miles per shoes or anything like that. I think of shoes "seasonally"--four pairs a year; one each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. I don't know why; I just do. As far as your paranoid speculations go, I've speculated along those lines, too. I've also wondered: does it really cost $100 to make a dadgum pair of shoes? Nylon and styrofoam? Please. Then there's all the ethical questions about where the shoes are made and by whom and where the profits go and all that Marxist hoo-hah. But that would take the thread elsewhere and wouldn't be about running per se. See how speculation is more fun than science...
Or at least tell me what Foucault would say. Whoever he is.
Needs more cowbell!
From my huge sample of ... um ... 5 pairs... I have found that there is a suspicious link between my shoes breaking 250 miles and at least one my joints hurting, even if there's not an actual injury. It might be that every 250 miles or so I get an urge to overtrain... but I'm more inclined to believe I've just been very hard on my poor wittle shoes.
• Keep doing stuff.
Sure. But he had a good run. And we can't blame his shoes. I'm sure they were very nice pieces of wood. Just tell me how many miles he had on them, please.
Your priorities are seriously out of whack. What's a little death?
I'm sure your gait and several other factors play a part here. Those of us who are lucky enough to have a neutral foot probably get more miles out of a pair of shoes than someone who is a wicked pronator. And I'm sure weight makes a big difference too. And your injury history probably makes a difference. I dunno.
This is exactly what I am finding, too. My knees haven't bothered me a whit since my last pair of shoes hit ~250 miles (and I purchased my current pair), but now they feel week and sore again (current shoes are about at 250). I'm interested to see how my knees (and other crabby parts) feel with the new ones.