September 24, 2014

When your shoe model changes and how long to do you keep your shoes?

When I bought my new Ravenna 5 Brooks running shoes several months ago, I was excited about the new color choices, and chose the gray with pink trim!     Brooks has never offered the Ravenna with pink since I have worn the shoe, so this was really a fun change. That's right, I freely admit that I like choosing my shoes for their colors!  Having worn Brooks Ravennas for nearly 3 years now, I have been through several model changes and always with no issue.  I assumed it would be the same, except that I did notice immediately that this model was quite a bit lighter than the Ravenna 4. While the 5 is similar to my last pair, not only they have reduced the weight but also the padding.  My first outing with the shoes was not what I expected and in fact, I had some shin pain afterwards.  It was probably not smart to wear them at a hard track workout for the first time.  Today I gave them a second spin and I am much more hopeful that this new model will work out well for me.  Running 6 miles on the treadmill went well and my next test will be a long run in the 10 mile range at an easy pace. I also plan to get my Locklaces in the shoes before that next wearing too!


Love the pink accents

Each pair of shoes we own has a story of the miles we pounded in them whether on pavement a treadmill or a trail.  I am one to swap out shoes frequently to save my legs, knees and especially shins and yes, I know they are part of my legs!  Despite being rather small, I seem to pound the ground hard, so frequent changes in my shoes is very helpful.  I like to give each pair of shoes a "rest" in between wearings too so they are fresh the next time I put them on.  Keeping track of mileage of your various shoes is easy if you put a little log next to the shoe rack or closet where you keep the shoes.  My shoes generally stay in running rotation until they have 300-350 miles on them and then they get put in the errand/walking the dog pile of shoes.  Last of all, if there is anything left to them, I donate them to charity.

2 are still for running and 2 for errands!



How long to you keep your running shoes?  Do you keep track of your mileage?


24 comments:

  1. I don't keep track of my mileage. However I do remember when I buy the shoes so if I really want to look that up I can just pull up my garmin activity on the pc. Of course I never do. I probably keep shoes longer than what I am supposed to and I do not rotate which I know is another bad thing. They are just so darn expensive! -L

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    1. Lacey, You could probably pick them up cheaper if you watch the online sales. Yes, I know it is expensive, but I figure an injury is far more expensive in the long run!

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  2. I keep track of my mileage on DailyMile. I generally can wear a shoe until around 300 miles. I must pound hard on the pavement too. Any mileage higher than that on a shoe and I start to get injured.

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    1. Mindy, Most people run on their shoes for about 450 miles. I could never do that.....my legs would be shot!

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  3. I keep track of the mileage with RunKeeper. Once they log some heavy mileage, they become my elliptical/walking/chores shoes until they're in such bad shape that they're ready to move on.

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    1. I just found out this morning that one of the running stores in my area recycles old running shoes to people who can't afford a pair. Now I know where my old shoes will go in the future.

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  4. I don't keep track of my mileage very well, but I look at the cushioning to see when they should be replaced (if the cushioning has wrinkles, time for a new pair).
    I admit that I have 3 of the same pairs of shoes- when the next model came out, reviews said they weren't the same, so I went and bought 2 extra pairs. I'm afraid for when my last pair needs to be replaced! :)

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    1. I guess we all get attached to a particular shoe Kim. Glad I found an extra pair this morning f the old style.

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  5. Twice now I've fallen in love with a certain shoe and then when the next model came out I hated it! So frustrating!

    Since I run under 1,000 miles a year I usually buy 2 pairs of sneakers each year around my birthday, rotate between the two and then replace them the next year, that's worked for me so far!

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    1. You are so lucky you can run that many miles on your shoes without an issue Danielle. I would be in traction if I ran 500 miles on a pair!

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    2. Haha, it's probably closer to about 350-400 miles each pair since I have a 3rd pair I rotate in every once in awhile, but they are zero drop and I'm still kind of learning to love them so I don't use them much : )

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  6. I definitely keep track of mileage. I've been in Asics Cumulus for a long time and they make good changes each year but no big changes to structure which I am so happy about. I really hope that I can stay in this model of shoe for years!

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    1. Lauren, I understand completely. I have loved these shoes and do hope that I can adjust to the newer style.

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    2. That's what I'm currently running in! Just bought the new model yesterday! : )

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  7. My first few runs in the Ravenna 5 ended in ankle and knee pain. I was very happy when it disappeared because I love my grey and pink shoes too much.

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    1. Oh interesting that you had some pain too from the new Ravenna 5's Glad they are working out for you.

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  8. I don't run a lot of miles so my shoes last awhile, but mostly I go based on how they look, like the tread and whether or not it's started to wear down a lot. I have one pair that towards the end of its life and one pair that is pretty new. I tried on the newest version of the old shoes and they are okay but definitely different. Not sure if I'll get them. I might try yet another pair of shoes. But that's what happens when you work at a running store... so many options!

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    1. Oh working at a running story would be hard. I doubt I would go home with a paycheck and I would have more gear than I needed!

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  9. I also track my mileage on dailymile. For me, that's the most convenient way to do it. I try to get 300-500 miles out of them too but some shoes just wear out quickly, especially racing flats and minimal ones. Trainers seem to last forever though!

    Mizuno discontinued my old shoes that I ran my marathon and several half marathons in (precision). I ended up buying the Hitogami for faster races and really love those, though. I'm glad Brooks made Pink Ravennas for you, I will say their shoes definitely look better in recent years. I had Brooks back in 2010, the first Ravenna, and they were really boring looking back then!

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    1. I understand shoe manufacturers want us to buy new shoes, but every runner falls in love with a style and it is hard when they are discontinued. I have never worn the racing flats, but they do seem to wear out really quickly.

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  10. I am a bad one to ask. I just ran my last pair of Asics into the ground for over 500 miles and got injured because of it. I even wore a milestone pod on them to keep track which works wonderfully, but I kept putting it off to go get new ones!

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    1. Sue I hope you are back running in a new pair of kicks. I actually plan to keep better tuned in to new styles in the future. Then when I find a pair I like, I will stockpile them like a squirrel does with nuts!

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  11. I am horrible about keeping track of mileage, so I kind of estimate by months and use.

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  12. I've been a Brooks Adrenaline girl for ages and then one year, the newest model fir terribly. The heel had this weird hard plastic thing that made it stiff and ungiving. I switched to Asics briefly and then Brooks changed the design on the Adrenaline back to being comfortable, so I jumped back on board.

    Currently, I have 2 pairs of Adrenalines. They are the same model, but one is kind of a neutral gray and the other is purple with lime green laces and trim. Sadly, the cool purple pair is not as comfy as the other pair even though they are the same model.

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