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After two days of laying low (save for a short core workout yesterday), Monday’s chills have given way to a dry cough and stuffy nose.

I took this as license to get moving again, and so headed to the treadmill for an easy 10 miles this afternoon (I thought the outside chill might do a number on my cough, and I figure since my gym membership expires in three weeks, I might as well make the most of it!).

My body felt good and my lungs held strong, but as I was rounding out the final mile, I noticed a nagging pain on the outside of my left foot.  I couldn’t figure out what it was until I got back home and went to take off my shoes – and realized just how old they were.

A couple years ago I was doing most of my running in trail shoes (even road running, as lighter trail shoes held at bay pain from a post-ironman muscle tear).  But last January (that’s January 2010), I rejoined my local gym after a year away (also because of said injury – the PT told me that the repetition of the treadmill wasn’t doing me any favors).

When I renewed, I decided I should probably invest in some new road shoes (and by invest I mean I went to the local DSW and looked at what brooks/mizunos/sauconies were on sale… Did I really just admit that to a blogosphere of runners?).**

Those are the same shoes I was wearing today.

So, I’ve been running in these shoes for fourteen months – through two marathons and the road and indoor training for an ultra, not to mention the road running I did while training for adventure races.

Um, yeah.

Probably time for a new pair.

**I should add that with trail shoes I’m a little more particular, and I’ve bought a few pairs of salomons and montrails in the past year.  I’m not sure if that totally makes up for the DSW sale rack, maybe it does a little…


10 responses to “Overdue

  1. nobel4lit March 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, you bounced back to an easy 10-miler? I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad about continuing my marathon training while sick. I think it’s a choice we need to make carefully, but I think most of the time is not a bad one!

  2. Kim (Book Worm Runs) March 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Yikes!!! I would definitely say you are overdue! 😉

  3. Kari w/ Jogging with Fiction March 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Holy cow, you definitely need new shoes!!! I’m glad you’re feeling better 🙂

  4. denise March 10, 2011 at 8:29 am

    eeek…14 months!!! go get some new shoes!!! i’ve always been good about tracking miles but since the injury i’m even more cautious. i retire them shortly after 300 miles.

    • Abby March 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

      I promise, I’m generally pretty good about it, too! I’ve just always thought of these shoes as secondary to trail shoes, so I haven’t paid great attention to their wear and tear. Have a date with Bryn Mawr Running Company tomorrow.

  5. Mallory March 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Um YES I think you need some new shoes! And PLEASE go get fitted for some shoes.

  6. Angela Kidd March 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I can’t even imagine getting running shoes at DSW. It’s definetely one are I’m a big snob although I tend to always go with the cheaper, lighter racing flats.

  7. Emily March 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

    buy new shoes asap! also, send me all your girl scout cookies:)

  8. Shelly March 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    You need new shoes no doubt. But I completely do that sale rack thing with shoes. I will pony up the money for my trail shoes but regular road running training shoes, they cheaper I can find them the better!

    Glad that 10 miler sweated out your “bug.” Stay healthy!

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