On Distance Goals and Running Shoes

This is a lot of useless information for pretty much everyone but myself. I figured I’d share, though.

I started running in August of 2014 when I began week 1 day 1 of Active’s Couch-to-5k program. I stuck it out, finished it, and had registered for my first 5k. As a treat for beginning a new lifestyle, my sweet and lovely wife bought me some dedicated running shoes that were chosen for me at my local FleetFeet after some close observations of various aspects of my walking style. At about $120 they were a bit of an investment for shoes, considering I have a hard time paying more than $30 or $40 per pair, but from what I gather as far as dedicated running shoes are concerned my pair comes in at the lower end of the price spectrum. The Thanksgiving 5K was my first day wearing them (which wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had since they weren’t yet broken in). Either way – they were my first dedicated pair of actual running shoes and I’m hella proud of them.


Recently I saw an article saying that runners with dedicated running shoes can expect to get 200-400 miles out of them. I know I’ve only started running in the last year but I was curious just how many miles I actually have on my shoes. So I did some figuring, combing through Couch-to-5k records, Runtastic records and the last 6.33 weeks of 5k-to-10k and came up with the following:

Time Period Total Distance
Couch-to-5k (8/14-10/14) 64.59 Miles
Runtastic Runs (10/14-4/15) 115.04 Miles
5k-to-10k to-date (4/15-present) 58.93 Miles

Total Miles Ran To-Date: 238.56 Miles

Pre-Shoes Mileage 100.3 Miles
Post-Shoes Mileage 137.7 Miles

137.7 miles on my shoes. That’s pretty heavy for me. 238.56 miles in the last year? That’s way heavy for me. Who’d have thought? Me. Running. I still have two months left before I hit the one year anniversary of me starting to run and about five months before my shoes turn a year old, so I’m guessing (hoping) I can get another year out of them. They’ve been pretty swell.

Allison asked me if I had a yearly mileage goal and the short answer is no. I’ve never thought of it, to be honest. After I did some figuring, though, I’ve determined that if I can run about 2.5 miles per run, three days per week, then I shouldn’t have any trouble hitting 300 miles for my first year. A nice, even number. And considering that I ran almost 3 miles just this morning and still have a couple weeks of 5k-to-10k to complete with even longer runs, I’m sure I’ll have very little problem doing it. Attainable goals are the key!

So allow me to officially start the tracking:

Remaining Miles Until 300: 64.44

Bring ’em on!

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