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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Randy's Shoe Rotation

Years ago the recreational runners started to buy into the theory that it was good to have a couple of pairs of shoes; alternating these for your runs. The benefits range from injury prevention to less odor. Because I can, I've expanded that and believe this method is becoming more common based on the runners I speak to about the subject.

I generally have three pairs in my rotation. These are not just any three pairs, they are three different brands and/or models. I believe this further diversifies the wear on your lower body and prevents injury as different brands and different models simply are designed to be well...different. And unless your sponsored, you might just discover the best shoe you otherwise would never have tried. Note: these shoes still must be the right style (stability, cushion, motion control or whatever you where), but mix it up a bit and I think you'll remain injury free...from the shoes at least.

Also because I can, I don't wear them until they are completely worn out. 250 miles; maybe a bit more or sometimes a lot less if they just don't feel right. I like to reward myself with new gear and new shoes are always a treat. Plus, donating shoes that have life left is wonderful if you can afford it (I recommend Soles 4 Souls   - click on link for drop locations near you or to make a financial donation).

One of these pair graduates to my long run/marathon shoe and gets used almost exclusively for that purpose once they've been sufficiently broken in (50-75 miles). The other pairs may never achieve such status if they just don't feel right on those mid-length runs. The idea is to rotate a high mileage pair out and roll in something you are only breaking in one pair at a time. Not always possible if you short range a shoe or your mileage gets a little out of whack.

Anyway, that is my take on shoe rotation and gives a shoe horse like me an excuse to try the newest pair.

Run in Peace, Rest in Grace

Shoes I'm running in now:

Asics Gel-Kayano 15 (need to be retired..any suggestions?)
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10
New Balance 760

Recently Retired:

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9
Asics 2140
Asics Nimbus 9