It had to happen eventually. I saw it coming a while ago but I guess I just didn’t want to face the truth. My running shoes were past their prime and needed to be replaced.
They have done a fair amount of miles, and kilometres too, and despite carrying me through two marathons and countless hours of training, they still didn’t look that bad.
But now the smell is more than I can bear when putting them on. I can smell my footfalls as a run down the road, and that’s never a good thing. Sure I could put them in the washing machine, but then I’d have to spend the rest of the day picking bits of shoes out of the mechanism.
The final nail in the coffin came a few days ago.
I ran my 10km circuit and felt good doing it, just taking it easy. Shortly afterwards my foot began to hurt, a lot. Like the soles was badly bruised. It happened again on the treadmill a day or so after that, and that’s when I knew for certain that my poor shoes had done their dash and were destined for the bin.
You can see the top section is all worn away where my feet used to knock into each other (before I fixed that problem). The soles are coming off, and it was just a matter of time before they fell apart completely.
So my old Asics are in the bin, and I have a brand new pair of New Balance 860v8s.
I’ve run with them once (this morning on a treadmill) to see what they are like, and they seem pretty good. The forefoot seems a bit less padded, or maybe it’s because my feet are still sore, but the rest of the shore fits well and I feel light running in them.
And that’s what I plan to do a lots of from now on – running in them.
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