I am INFAMOUS for killing my running shoes (to the point that my shins are screaming). I actually threw a pair of shoes in the trash in front of a friend the other day in which she gasped and said ‘WAIT, YOU JUST THROW THEM OUT?!’ To which I replied, well yes – unless you want them!? By this point, they are so far beyond donating to any reasonable cause (no support and in this case – soaked, caked in mud and a little stinky if I’m being totally honest). But, I also said how I pretty religiously track how many miles I put on my sneakers – and since I did so I haven’t had shin splints. Now, that being said, this isn’t a guaranteed cure for shin splints, rather just something that has worked seamlessly for me.
To keep track of how long I should be using my distance sneakers, I’ve been using both my planner (you know how I feel about a good pen and paper schedule) and a series of apps over the last few years. I created a quick list of some of my favorites! Just a reminder, you should only put 600 or so miles on a pair of shoes per marathon season (other sources give different numbers, but I’ve found this figure works for me) – I typically find I change them out every six months and that lines up pretty accurately:
Runkeeper – This app is a Boston-based company (which I LOVE, obviously). It’s primary focus is GPS run tracking (for saving your favorite routes), but does save your mileage over a certain time frame (set by you). I use this to make sure every Summer and Winter, I’m shoe shopping. If you want to get really in depth, it provides pie charts for lifetime speeds on your shoes (i.e. how much high impact versus low impact miles are on your shoes) – if you’ve been running slower, walking more and overall providing less impact this quarter, you can count on your shoes lasting a bit longer than a heavy racing season. For example, my Fall/Summer shoes give out quicker than my Winter/Spring sneaks! Therere are so many different features on this app (i.e. saved routes from neighboring runners, goal coaches and Spotify integration), it’s right up there with my NikeRun app as some of the best. The reason it beats out Nike in the area of footwear is due to Nike’s Run App system of tracking mileage – you have it add up your runs over months, as opposed to it tracking a certain designated time frame for you. Too much math.
Shoedometer – This one is the most straight forward – it even sends you a push notification when it’s almost that time to kick them to the curb. I don’t know about you, but I need all the push notifications I can get! If you have a run tracker like Runkeeper that you already like and don’t want a larger app, this one would be a better fit for you. It’s simple and to the point – like this description I just provided.
Mino – Often times, I see something and I think “WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT”. The Mino chip is so simple, yet effective. It measures compressions and if you’re not one to be able to keep track of every mile or run, this will do it for you! It’s sleek design fits right into the bottom of your heel in your running sneaker. It’s SO affordable ($9.99) and is available on Amazon. You only need one – which seems obvious but, just in case. It’s a seriously great investment if you just don’t need one more thing to track via your smartphone (aka ME).
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