Around this time of year, I retire my road shoes and start to break in new ones. I usually look to change them every 300 miles and this is made much easier these days with the help of the likes of Strava telling me when I’ve hit that target.
As a rule of thumb, I usually go with October when the season is pretty much over and I’ve no big races coming up. In this case, I do with the Men’s 10k in early November but I see that as the first race as I plan a slightly longer journey to the Paris Marathon than normal (I usually wait until early in the new year before starting).
The great bit was, I had not one but two pairs to break in this weekend. The first was a pair of Adidas Kanadia trail shoes and the others were a pair of Adidas Ultraboosts that I bought on special offer a month ago. You’re supposed to wear new shoes to walk around and do ‘normal’ things to wear them in a bit but I committed the cardinal sin of going straight to a run with both pairs. I stepped out at Parkrun yesterday with the Kanadias and a road/path run this morning in the Ultraboosts.
Perth Parkrun has a half mile stretch on grass and I needed a pair that could cope with both path and grass. I’ve got a pair of Inov-8 Mudclaws which are very good when it’s very muddy underfoot and I was recently given a pair of Brooks PureGrit to review but haven’t been overly impressed with them. They’re ok but I haven’t had that strong urge to go and run when I’ve put them on. I felt tired before the start and thought it might not be one of my best but I was pleasantly surprised when I crossed the line in 19:53, just 20 seconds outside my PB. The Kanadias felt really good and handled both surfaces very well and it will be interesting to see how I progress with them as I get fitter. The downside to wearing them for the first time in a run is that I got a free blister that was already burst by the time I got home and easily noticeable when I got into the shower! Ouch!
This morning, I decided to give my new pair of Ultraboosts a run out to complete the set. I bought them a month ago but today was the first time I had actually taken them out of the box! I put on a slightly longer pair of socks so that they wouldn’t rub on my blister but actually I didn’t need to. This pair reminded me of everything I loved about my original pair – feeling really springy with each step and not feeling my heel touch the floor even though I’m a heel-striker! My original pair felt amazing, a bit different from any shoes I’ve worn before and these feel exactly the same. While my pace today wasn’t anything fantastic, I felt that I can run fast in these and look forward to the journey ahead in marathon training when I’m hitting target pace.
Despite this weekend consisting of two ‘average’ runs, I’m feeling good in my new shoes and can’t wait to run in these when I’m getting closer to top form.
How often do you change your shoes? Have you got a pair that you instantly feel you can run fast in?