Ask A Coach: Shoe Longevity

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This week’s Women’s Running “Ask A Coach” question came to us on Twitter from @Running2Be. Check out the expert advice below from Coach Jenny Hadfield!

Question: When training for a full marathon, is it best to have one pair of shoes that you wear from start of training to the finish line, or should you have multiple pairs of shoes?

Answer from Coach Jenny Hadfield: There are definite benefits from utilizing multiple pairs of shoes when you’re training for a marathon. During longer runs shoes actually experience fatigue, which requires recovery time. By rotating shoes, you can extend the life of each pair because you’ve allowed them to return to full functionality before applying stress from impact of running.

Remember, the life of a running shoe can vary tremendously by user. Some people can log more than 500 miles on one pair of shoes, while others can only get 250 miles. The life of a shoe depends on many factors like the length of your training season, how many days per week you run, the distance of your runs, etc…. Make sure you track your mileage on each shoe in your log to find your best average time equation for shoe replacement.

Need ideas for shoes to add into your rotation? Here are a few new models to try…

Asics Gel Kayano 18 ($150) – There’s a reason this model is on its 18th version. As a staple in Asics line up, the Kayano continuously delivers the supportive ride runners want. Weighing in at 9.7 ounces, this lightweight shoe is an easy choice for your running line up.


Saucony Kinavara 3 ($100) – At 6.7 ounces in weight, this feather weight shoe appeals to runners seeking a minimalist feel. Though made to endure runs of all distance, this shoe is a great option to trim your pace during speed workouts. Backed by the reputation of Saucony, the Kinvara 3 conveys a sweet ride.


Under Armour Charge RC Storm Running Shoe ($120) –  Whether you face a mid-afternoon shower or take your workout to the trails, this shoe is equipped to handle anything Mother Nature throws your way. Any conditions, any day – this is a reliable shoe to add to your rotation.

*Sizing note for the three shoes listed above – consider ordering 1/2 size up for a fit that supports without restriction.

Coach Jenny Hadfield is the co-author of 
Marathoning for Mortals and Running for Mortals. She is a nationally recognized speaker and writer. Learn more about Jenny at


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