So my Long Slow Run this weekend went fairly well. I was able to put in a little over 11 miles at a nice, comfortable pace. I was planning on catching up to my wife’s long run of 13.4 miles last week, but I started to feel a little pinch in my right ankle and calf muscle. I started feeling the pain at around mile 9 and I didn’t want to overdo it and make it worse so I decided to turn around and head back home and call it a day. The only time I felt those sensations to my ankle and calf was before I was fitted for the proper running shoe.
A little over two years ago, when I decided to do the San Francisco Half Marathon, I bought a brand new pair of Nike+ Free Runs and thought they were the most comfy shoes to run in. At the time, I was running 2-3 miles on the treadmill at the gym. They were soft, flexible, and activated the little intrinsic foot muscles so I thought they would be perfect for my first long distance race. And plus, I was loyal to the Nike brand. They just have the best looking gear, hands down!!
Then came the day that I went on my first outdoor run in the Free Runs. It was a simple 4 mile loop in my old neighborhood. I say simple now because I’ve been running for a couple years now, but at that time, It was going to be the longest I’ve ever ran in my life! So after running 4 miles at a 12min/mile pace, I noticed that my ankles were super sore the next day. I thought it was just my body getting used to the pavement, but as I kept running, I continued to feel that same soreness. I went to my local running shop and had my running analyzed. I told them of my goal to run a half marathon and my current issue with my ankles. They said that I was probably from running on the street, but more importantly, not having the proper shoe for my gait.
As the running shop guys analyzed the way I ran, they determined I have a neutral gait. They offered different pairs of running shoes that was specific to neutral runners. I tried on different brands; New Balance, Brooks, and Nike. They were all fairly comfortable until I tried on the Asics Gel-Nimbus 13. It was like I was literally running on clouds! I never had a pair of comfortable shoes before. When I took them out for a run, I easily ran past 4 miles and my ankles felt great!
So for the past two years, I’ve been running in my Nimbus 13′s. I’ve logged in over 350 miles on them. They’ve kept me injury free on numerous half-marathons. Some references say that the lifespan of a running shoe is between 300-500 miles. Since these shoes are in that range, and I started to feel the slight pain to my right ankle and calf, I think it is time to get a new pair of running shoes for the Long Beach Marathon. It is actually a good time to change up my shoes because I’ll have time to break them in before October. I am thinking of staying with the same Asics line and get the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 15(Affiliate link). I am comfortable with the line and I do not want to stray too far and try out a totally different shoe unless they match the comfort of the Gel-Nimbus line. I am hoping that they will last me another 300+ miles!!
How many miles do you have on your shoes before you put them out to pasture? Do you have any suggestions on what type of neutral running shoe to get for my next shoe? Comment below and let me know what are your thoughts!! Thanks for Running With Me!