Running Shoes Blues

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The fallen three and the Chosen One - Out with the old, in with the new

A lot of people choose to make a huge deal of running shoes, which to me is quite absurd. If the shoe is labelled as a “running shoe” at the store where you purchased it, then it is a running shoe. Period.

There is always the talk of you get what you pay for, and that expensive items are usually best etc. However, I would never shelf out more than 20KD per running shoe, unless of course that shoe has the ability to run for me, or comes with a gas tank and a small engine (better yet, rocket-propelled).

The main question you have to ask yourself is when do you change your running shoes? Most experts have the time period at 6-months, some less, some measure it by distance. This quantified method of keeping track of your time of purchase or mileage would differ from person to person – suppose one only ran a few times during 6 months? Suppose they were running on a treadmill or at the track, that differs from tarmac. Too many considerations, hence the best method is to simply play it by ear.

That means, once you start feeling discomfort during your runs, i.e. shin splits or ankle pains, tone down the pace and know that it is time to jump ship and change shoes.

There is a great way to buy running shoes, the golden rule so to speak –

If it is on sale, buy it.

It is a matter of personal choice, those are my two cents.

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The Red & Black Attack is Back!

The past few days have been spent softening up the soles of these shoes for the RunQ8 event taking place this Saturday. If you are participating, keep an eye out for me, I’ll be the fool jumping over the place markers!

See you there!

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