Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gearing up

I recently posted a new header picture on my blog that includes my shoes, and it's already obsolete! I'm not sure how many miles I have on my old Asics Cumulus 7's but it's at least 200 and I have another 300 to go for the remainder of the training program so they'll definitely be past their prime by the time I'm ready to run the marathon.

My wife says they still look new. And they do since most of the mileage has been on a treadmill but in "shoe years", they are getting up there. Shoes may still look okay but they lose stability and shock absorption capacity as the midsole wears out. It's generally accepted that running shoes should be replaced every 350 - 550 miles. Since I'm light and most of the running has been on a soft surface, I should get to use them towards the upper limit but it's time to start breaking in a new pair of shoes.

I picked up a pair of Asics Cumulus 10's. Although they are a neutral, cushioning shoes and not made for a over pronator like me, I have orthotics for my pronation problem. I have read debates whether orthotics work best in a neutral shoe versus a stability shoe. Some people insist that a cushioning shoe does not provide the support necessary to allow the orthotics to do their job. Others claim that a stability shoe will lead to over correction if used with orthotics. My orthotics worked well in my Cumulus 7's so I'm sticking with using them in a neutral shoe.

I'm going to rotate the use of my shoes up until the marathon.

I must have been in a shopping mood since I also went out and bought a new pair of sunglasses as well. I didn't want to spend a ton of money even though I've heard great reviews for Oakleys. I picked up a pair of Phoenix sunglasses from MEC. Now I just need the sunshine to return.

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