Friday, February 24, 2006

Paradox of the New Shoes

You've seen my shoes. They are old and gross, and I knew long ago that I would need a new pair before doing the marathon. I also knew that it wasn't a good idea to run a marathon on a brand new pair of shoes. I did some research, and it seems that people generally buy their new shoes about a month before the big day. That gives them plenty of time to break them in. So last week - 1 month out - I bought my new running shoes. And yes, they are a bit stiff.

Now here's where I messed up. You want to break in your new shoes before the marathon. This weekend I'm supposed to do 20 miles, which might as well be the full distance as far as my feet are concerned. So I feel like I should have broken in these shoes LAST month, to prepare them for this run. Of course, last month I had to do 16 miles, and you shouldn't run 16 miles on new shoes. So I should have bought new shoes in January. But January was the half-marathon, and the last thing you want to do is run a half-marathon in new shoes. I should have bought new shoes in December. But then they'd be almost 4 months old by the time the marathon came around and I'd need new shoes.

Ergo, you can never buy new shoes.

(I think the way out is to use old shoes for the long run, then break in the new shoes during the shorter midweek runs. Which I usually skip because I'm still recovering.)

4 Comments:

Blogger stronger said...

you are so freakin' funny.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

yep, break them in with shorter runs, but do test them for longer runs to make sure they will work. Once you give them the thumbs up, put them in your closet until they are needed for the race.

One good medium to long should break them.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Geek Girl said...

I'm experimenting with "breaking in" new shoes by wearing them a couple days a week just here and there, to get the stiffness out. I'll let you know how it goes.

4:35 PM  
Blogger nancytoby said...

Nah, you have to buy a new pair every couple of months and just keep rotating them in. I have about eleventeen pairs. :-)

6:13 PM  

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