I rarely have pain from running other than occasional soreness in my muscles. A sure sign to me that I need new shoes is when my shins or knees start to hurt. I than think about roughly how many miles are on my current running shoes and the mileage is usually pretty high.
How many miles do I typically get from of a pair of shoes?
This last week I have had some shin splint pain in my left leg and my knee has been sore. I totaled up the mileage on my current pair and it is definitely time for some new ones. Currently I am mostly running in my Saucony Kinvaras and I estimated they had roughly 250 miles on them. They are minimalist shoes so I don’t get huge miles out of them, but my speed has increased, they are so light and I have no ankle pain in them. I LOVE them.
If you are having pain with new shoes it could very well be that they are the wrong shoes for you. Not all running shoes are made equally for everyone. Many running stores have knowledgeable people who can watch you run on a treadmill and help direct you to the right store. Beware of sales people that are not knowledgable. I once asked a sales person what the difference was between several different shoes and she told me basically it just depends what color shoe I want?!?!? Ummmmm no, not so much.
Kindrunner.com also has a GREAT Custom Fit program and can help you find the best shoe for you without having to go anywhere. Not to mention these guys know their shoes, so there is no question whether they are recommending shoes for the right reason…not just for color. Go to the “Custom Fit Process” on kindrunner.com here.
How many miles have you been getting out of your shoes?