Running Shoes Mileage

According to a former elite runner and now a coach of famous US elite runners, a runner should change his/her shoes every 500 miles or 800 kilometers of distance covered. If a runner exceeds this distance, he/she is inviting injury that could stop or completely destroy one’s training schedule to a particular running event.

Sometimes, it is very hard for us to decide to buy a new running shoes even if the physical appearance of the “old” shoe is still almost new. But one should think that it is better to prevent oneself from being injured instead of paying more in order to cure one’s injury. “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. Spending 4-8 Thousand Pesos of a brand-new running shoes is better and cheaper than being cured by medicines, physical therapists, or surgery.

I am sure your old shoes will still be useful if you give them to your household helpers and their families or better yet donate them to my project—Donate-A-Shoe. Those runners who can not afford to buy a brand new running shoes will be happy to receive them.

My ASICS Gel-Cumulus 8 is about to be separated from me soon which I bought last December 2006 at Phidippides Running Store in Encino, California. I used this shoes for 4 months in preparation for the 2008 Pasig River Marathon last February 2008 and was able to finish the said marathon with this shoes to include half-marathon, 15K and 10K races. This shoes had done a splendid job and still looks very new. Whoever will get this shoes (with my signature on the insoles) will be happy to own one of the “Bald Runner’s Running Shoes”.

9 thoughts on “Running Shoes Mileage

  1. One of the first thing I did when I got my first painful injury from running was to throw away my old shoes. Before I dont have a log on my mileage so I just keep on using the same shoes all over not knowing that it was overused already. Now I keep a log on the shoes and the old one can still be used for a few more months.


  2. broj

    hi sir! i’ve been visiting your site for quite sometime now. You have so much information about running. It really helps us, new runners, a lot. Thank you sir for inspiring us! God bless! Hope to meet your personally in races here in the Phillipines!


  3. I am quite confused BR. If we have to get rid of our old shoes in order to prevent injury, aren’t the recipients of our donated shoes liable to getting injured? Are the feet of those runners who cannot afford brand-new shoes not prone to injury? How come we are most likely to get injured than them? Is it because when a new runner wears a donated shoe, the mileage restart to 0 km. because it is still “new” for him, having a different set of feet? Kindly enlighten me on this. Thanks! (Do you accept any kind of brand? Pwede ba ang generic? Meron kasi akong generic dito na hindi ko na ginagamit pero nahihiya akong i-donate kasi baka puro branded shoes lang ang dinodonate ng iba).

    Nora, the golden girl


  4. prometheuscometh

    I actually want to buy another pair of ASICS Numbus 9’s in a different color. Maybe when the Nimbus 10 comes out here so I can get the 9 cheaper. When are you coming home?


  5. sfrunner

    Hi Baldrunner. I’ve always told my customers 400-500 miles for trainers ( 650-800km) or about 300 miles (500km) for the lightweight shoes. Rule of thumb is six months for a trainer if one averages 20 miles (35km) a week.

    It’s not so much to get customers back into the store but the greater risk of injury as you said. Often, customers are complaining of knee or foot pain when they’ve had a shoe for over a year. I look at the bottom of the shoe and it’s totally worn through. Advice to bloggers – if one starts feeling soreness on the outside / inside of the knees, please check the bottoms of the shoes, especially in the heel area. If you can remember when you bought the shoe, that can be helpful as well.


  6. bugobugo85

    sir jovie,

    thank you for the blog insertion.hope to see you back here at the races.i am doing the la union milo 21k on sunday.

    i am working on something for your shoe donation time,big time na tapnu mapappaminsanin sir.don’t worry they are not combat boots.


  7. schlagger

    wow… i wish my trainers could last 800kms. unfortunately i’m a fore-midfoot striker and thus, most of my shoes tend to wear out in less than half of that distance. (why wont they use those n-durance/ahar/adiwear stuff for the fore/midfoot?!) for example, i got a mizuno nirvana 3 end of july and right now (200kms later) the sole in the fore/midfoot is more than halfway wasted. 😦

    oh yeah… i’d love to donate a shoe or two come december. and i’m sure the ones who’ll get them will be smilling ‘coz the soles in the heels are definitely going to be almost fresh. hehe.


  8. kingofpots

    jinoe, in running, everything is about the shoe! making a log of mileage to your shoes is a good move. at least. you must have a trainer and a racer.

    broj, i am glad my blog is very helpful to you. i am sure i will see you soon!

    nora, it is simply economics that we can afford to buy new ones while the less-fortunate could not afford a brand new shoes. the less-fortunate are stronger and sometimes younger who are used to using old & tattered shoes and if they use a donated shoes, their feet/legs feel a better comfort than their old shoes. you can donate any kind of rubber shoes and there are always somebodt out there who is in need. thanks, nora

    prom, the ASICS Gel Nimbus 9 looks good and i am glad you like ASICS.

    wayne, thanks for that added information.

    bugo2x, i happened to know your site from bards post and i immediately included you in my blogroll. good luck on your milo elimination race. thaks for supporting the donate a shoe project. see you soon.

    schlagger, not all runners are gifted with forefoot footstrike. you are lucky and be able to improve on your speed with such talent. i am sure your donated shoes will be a “gift” to the regular runners. thanks


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