Rockstart Research has found the rule of thumb on changing kicks are about 300 miles or so and since I'm on the big side, my sneakers break down sooner. I figured with the 8 weeks to go before my race, I'll probably put in an additional 250-300 miles. That means my existing sneakers would be toast before the marathon so I got some new ones now that I can break in and use prior to race day. I thought this a great plan.
The first pair are in. My family used this opportunity to ask me how many sneakers did I have and how many did I think I needed. They seemed to thing I might have been channeling Imelda Marcos in my so-called sneaker collection. I didn't think so.
First, the "optimal" state:
- Two pairs of running sneakers to alternate during training runs (this would be the role of the two new ones).
- One pair of running sneakers to use on the dreadmill (this one has the Garmin foot pod attached). This is normally one of the previous actual training sneakers.
- Two pairs of day to day, non running, just walking around sneakers (even though I wear shoes to work).
Then I went into my closet and found I had
I didn't think this was too bad but maybe I did have a little Imelda in me. I thought I was fairly normal compared to most real triathletes and runners. So, how many pairs of kicks do you lace up on the foofsies and how many are hiding in your closet?