Back when I was in Boulder I took a trip into Denver to pick up some of my favourite Asics Kayanos from Road Runner Sports. I figured with Goofy Challenge training on the horizon I would be in need of some new kicks. It seems I have a thing for Asics Kayanos.
When we moved out of our old home in June I found more than 10 pairs of long retired Kayanos to donate.
At first picking up two pairs of shoes seemed a bit indulgent. I didn’t think I would be wearing out a pair of shoes but I thought it might be nice to have two pairs of shoes to rotate through.
My trusty pair of pink and purple shoes that saw me through the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon and Ironman Boulder were starting to give my knees a bit of grief shortly after I got home from Ironman. Time to retire them!
Since then I’ve been using my new white Kayanos exclusively. I had somewhat forgotten about rotating my new shoes. I’ve been tracking my mileage on them but I haven’t really been paying attention to just how much I’ve been running in them. Imagine my surprise when I picked them up a couple of days ago and discovered a crazy amount of wear and tear on the inside of the heal.
I have two big holes where the lining has worn away. I then checked out my training log to see I’ve run 300 miles in these guys! Wow I’ve been running a ton lately. I normally get about 350 miles per pair of shoes which may not be that much, but I always seem to notice knee pain right around that point in time.
I guess that means it is time to put my black and purple shoes into rotation.
How many miles do you get out of a pair of shoes? Do you rotate through different pairs or just wear one single pair?
Jen Rawson says
I used to just have one pair. But now I rotate between pairs and have different shoes for different distances.
I just have one pair, my trusty Brooks Adrenalines. I usually put 250-300ish miles on my shoes before they’re dead, but I pronate pretty hard.
Kaella Neithercut says
I used to rotate but now I just wear one pair and track the mileage. I also get about 300-350 miles before I find it’s time to switch!
When training for my marathons I rotate shoes. When I trained for Goofy I would wear one pair on my Sat long run, and another pair on my Sunday run. I read it takes a couple of days for the absorbancy to bounce back in a pair of shoes after a run. I get about 450K per pair before I start to notice knee and IT issues.
Chantel Drag says
Gotta love the Asics Kayanos! I only wear one pair but I did notice that before my last marathon when I switched to brand new shoes from my super worn out ones that I got tons of blisters. And it was even the exact same shoe as I was wearing before. Not a good thing to find out the week before a race…
I am the worst about tracking mileage. I just kind of think, whoops I have had these for a while time to switch.
Just like you I have tons of long retired pairs just hanging out.