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October 18, 2009

Rainy day and shoe mileage

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:34

Hello Sunday! I actually really like Sunday because I’m so type-A that I have all (or damn near all) of my work done already so it’s a day that I get to bum around and recoup while my friends are going crazy and stressed with all the work that they ignored all weekend.

Which would be nicer if the weather was nicer. It’s rainy and windy right now.  Yuck.  Sorry Lacey you had to run in this.  Not too sure how you did (no online tracking!) but I’m sure you rocked.

But, while I can’t rub the fact that I am able to enjoy the weather outside more than my friends, I still can curl up on my half-circle chair and listen to the rain while relaxing.  So I guess it’s still a win for me, even though I can’t be an ass to my friends.  Because, seriously, that’s what friendship is haha.

Part of me wanted to be bamf and run in this rain.  But my legs definitely deserved a break so I hit up the gym for some quality time with the elliptical.  Can’t remember the last time I did that, and I counted my looooooooong walk to the gym as my bamf time. Because even though it’s  <5 minutes, it felt awful.  Although it nearly killed me to be on the elliptical and see people running on the TM.  Because I wanted to be like “GO OUTSIDE”.  Haha, I guess I get very competitive (not quite the right word?) when I see other people running.

A Marathoner wrote a little blurb on his shoes miles today and I thought it was apropos for me to do the same.  You see, I am a cheap cheap person.  Prior to marathon training  I bought the $10 Wal-Mart shoes.  For real. Since then I run in New Balances but since they are so damn expensive (the cheapest I can find online is $80 which is way more than I’m willing to pay) I tend to run my shoes into the ground.  I guess I even did that with my cheap-o shoes too.  Which is why I would get really bad pains as they wore down.

This has not, however, happened with my NBs.  Since February I have bought a new pair but I still run most of my miles on the old ones.  Currently the miles on my old shoes are 1405.5 and the newer ones are 607.9 (and wow that means I’ve also surpassed 2000 miles for the year. Holler!). That is crazy mileage on shoes.  Most ppl recommend changing ’em every 300-500 miles.  Which I had intended to do but my legs are NOT feeling any pain or aches.  None whatsoever.

I’m not quite sure what to attribute this to.  Maybe my cheapskate mindset is overruling the pain but I doubt this is the case, as with the Wal-Mart shoes I would always get shin splints after a certain mileage.  And I don’t think that it’s because NBs are made really well, as the shoe itself is wearing down upon visual inspection.  It’s so weird but (and this definitely makes me feel sooooo like an awful person) as long as I’m saving money, I’m happy. But I’m open to theories as to why I’m not injured in these shoes.  My current theory? Guess I don’t really have one, as my feet/legs felt great when I first got the shoes and they feel great currently.

No Hot-Spanish-TA sighting yet.  And a couple people have mentioned chatting him up, unfortunately at the moment he is the TA for my Spanish class.  Which means that he teaches the 0830 Spanish lab on Tuesday morning which is a big informal class setting, not actual teaching but just talking and getting comfy with the language.  Could be awkward to flirt or whatever, could not be.  But I guess it could hurt to start talking to him now because next semester I’m pretty sure I get the other Spanish TA. And I don’t know if I said it before but Hot-Spanish-TA is from Spain which ups the hottest factor a bit, I guess though, but I usually go for the bamf, military man type  haha.

Oh I think I’m going to start replying to comments in the actual comments section from now on, unless I get a question or comment that I feel is wicked cool/important and I want to share.  So look for replies there!

P.S. Congrats to all the peeps who’ve checked in on RW or FB and let everyone know how their races went.  So many inspiring stories.  Makes it even harder to not run today! But congrats to jjroyer (3:10:41 – BQ), VeganFritz (3:06:46 – BQ), Ctimes2 (417) at the Detroit marathon, Twenty6point2 (3:46 – BQ) at the Baystate marathon, and Chris (3:05 – BQ) at the Columbus marathon.  And miles2gether on his first marathon yesterday at KC. Great work guys!


  1. Wow. Your post made me feel so much better. I thought I was the only one pushing the outer limits on shoe mileage. 1,400 is awesome. As long as your legs, feet feel good, keep rolling in them.

    Agreed, $80 for running shoes is a lot which is what I paid for by NB’s and why I beat the crap out of them. Cheap is a virtue. Stay cheap! 😉

    Comment by a marathoner — October 18, 2009 @ 15:52

  2. I hate dropping close to $100 on shoes too- you should check out though, i can find some great deals there!

    Comment by Kathleen — October 18, 2009 @ 17:26

  3. My shoes have covered more miles than a truck driving cross country. It’s just so expensive to get new ones!
    Did you get snow? It was snowing like crazy at my house. It would be fun to run in if snow didnt = below freezing

    Comment by Evan Thomas — October 18, 2009 @ 18:01

  4. Damn you need some new shoes! I change mine religiously after 300 miles. It helps that I get 40% off though 😉

    Comment by Matt — October 18, 2009 @ 18:21

  5. 1,400 miles. You have to post a picture of those kicks!!!

    Comment by a marathoner — October 18, 2009 @ 18:41

  6. wow, 1400 miles?! that’s crazy! like matt, i change mine after like 300…i have 400 on my current trainers and i’m freaking out…

    Comment by emily — October 18, 2009 @ 20:41

  7. I thought I wore mine for awhile, wowzers! I usually won’t go over 800 miles. There are some great websites I used to use for buying shoes. Google these sites- Kelly’s Running Warehouse, Joe’s New Balance Outlet, Running Bargains(?)

    Comment by LARunner — October 18, 2009 @ 21:26

  8. You and elgin are winning me over to New Balance. I change my shoes after about 300 miles.

    Comment by runjess — October 19, 2009 @ 13:45

  9. 1400 miles is crazy!!! What does BAMF mean?

    Comment by EarlyRunner — October 19, 2009 @ 14:23

  10. Wow, you’ve sure put a lot of miles on your shoes. Props for running 2000+ miles this year. That intense.

    Comment by Liz — October 19, 2009 @ 15:22

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