Friday, January 22, 2010

Time For New Shoes

You would think that running would be a cheap sport. I mean seriously, how much does it cost to grab some shoes and go run? A lot more than I originally thought. The first year I started running(which was 10 years ago), I just wore whatever shoes I could find with no regard to how worn out they were. This actually continued for about two or three more years until I moved to Texas and started running even more. At first I just ordered shoes online that looked good. Then a specialty running store opened near my house and I got my first pair of real running shoes. That was about 6 years ago and I’ve never looked back.

The general rule for running shoes is run in them for 300 miles. This isn’t an exact science, but it’s a good general rule. I’ve worn shoes for 350 miles before switching them out and I’ve also switched out at 250 miles. It’s all about how they feel. When you run 1200+ mile a years, the cost adds up quick. That combined with shorts, socks, and cold weather gear, running starts to get pretty expensive.

I no longer shop at specialty running stores because they just can’t compete with online stores when it comes to price. I can save about 25% per pair of shoes online and usually a minimum of 10% on gear. Holabirdsports.com is a great website for all things running related and I highly recommend it. I just ordered our new shoes this morning and look forward to getting them next week.

Beth and I both run in Asics and if you were to look closely around our house, you’d be shocked at how many pairs of running shoes we have. In fact, at one point after we moved to Tulsa, I had 4 pairs of the exact same shoe in the exact same color. The shoe I was running in at the time hadn’t come out with a newer model or a different color so I just kept getting the same thing. Luckily for me(or unluckily), I mow the lawn so I at least wear my worn out shoes for that. Beth on the other hand, doesn’t have a ton of use for her old shoes. I’ve looked around for an organization that sends used shoes to other countries, but can’t seem to find anything legit. So if anyone reading this knows of a place, please let me know. In the meantime, I’m gonna go wait by the door for my new shoes.

1 comment:

afoos said...

Could you send them to Haiti? Or what about organizations for inner city kids who play sports?

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