Yes, I have succumbed and have shiny new trainers! My old ones were on the way out, but I – naively – kept checking the tread on the sole and thought “they’ll last a little longer”. However, I have recently been getting aching feet and my hip and leg fatigue/pain has been increasing.
Chivers, an AMAZING independent running shop in Carlisle, kindly agreed to give me a wonderful new pair of trainers to wear on the fell part of my challenge – as my existing ones are road shoes – as part of their support. Never fear, Chivers will be getting a blog post dedicated to them and an article to boot! I won’t steal the thunder for now….
While there, I tried on the new version of my running shoes. Well, apparently my beaming grin said it all! They are cushioned and supportive and oh so comfortable (and really quite beautiful). When I explained all this to Gordon, he gave me the technical explanation about the cushioning in my shoes stiffening over time. He also pointed out most running shoes should be replaced between 400-600 miles, depending on the shoe, terrain and how heavy footed you are. I can’t be certain, but I think mine have done well in excess of 800 miles, potentially near 1,000!
And so, my indulgent other half agreed to buy the running shoes for me… My new Brooks Ghosts are so pretty…
I am planning to break in my Ghosts tomorrow on a long run – have to top last week’s 14.75 miles – so today took my Hoka One One Challengers out for a little spin. They are an ultra marathon shoe, designed to do about 70% trail and 30% road running, offering more cushioning, a stiffer sole but less rigid frame. I did eight miles and, for the first time in a while, comfortably averaged under the 10 minute mile. (9mins 40 for those geeky enough to care). Although I’m still having some hip discomfort and a tight calf, it was far and away the best run I’ve had for a while!
Just for geekdom, here are my Hoka Challengers….
Now I’m just itching to try my Ghosts.
In the world’s of Paolo Nutini (has anyone ever quoted him for anything??)
Hey, I put some new shoes on
And suddenly everything is right
I said, hey I put some new shoes on
And everybody’s smiling, it’s so inviting
Oh short on money but long on time
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine
And I’m running late and I don’t need an excuse
Cause I’m wearing my brand new shoes