My basic research suggests that 400 miles is a good lifetime for running shoes. Now that my most recent pair is within a couple weeks of that mark, I am starting to hesitate. Sure, they’re pretty worn, but can I really afford a new pair of $100+ shoes every three months? I could buy cheaper shoes, but cheaper shoes have always disappointed me. Maybe I could get 500 miles out of this pair. Maybe when winter strikes (leaves are turning already, and we had frost one night a week or two ago, and basically only five days of summer total) and I’m running on a treadmill in the gym, I should just wear my old shoes. I would hate to waste a good pair of shoes on indoor running. That’s probably not the right way to think about it.
Running is going well, more or less. I had to decrease my miles for a few weeks due to ITB and knee tightness, but I got a massage that helped tremendously. My massage therapist recommended that I use a foam roller, and while I had heard of them, it all seemed a bit mystical to me until I got one myself. I’ve been using it for less than a week now but I’m already almost back to normal. Supporting my weight on the roller thingy has had an unexpected and beneficial side effect of strengthening my arms. I hope.
The leg tightness started getting unmanageable when I went for almost two weeks without taking a rest day. I guess it was a bad idea. There didn’t seem to be another way to increase my mileage, given the time constraints of running before work. But then I started getting tired and achey and the weather got insanely cold in the morning (even UNDER 40 F some days!), and I dropped from 40+ miles/week to 14 miles/week. Relatively little harm was done, though, and I am bouncing back.
It occurs to me that this post has nothing to do with either floof or food.