Diet & Fitness Snack: Fat Burnin’ Friday

Well, last week I shared with ya’ll how I got those new shoes. I’m so excited this week, it’s like I’m running completely different. I was joking with my friend about how many miles were on my shoes and her husband looked at me all crazy. But, there are suggestions out there for how many miles should actually be on your shoes (which Chris will be so excited to know :-). They carry us around with pounding all day so they recommend you…

Replace your shoes every 200-500 miles.

That, of course, varies on the type of shoe and your weight, running conditions, etc. But, everything I’ve read online states that based on all of those variables, your shoes need changed every 200-500 miles. I found an article, “Running shoes wear out before they stop working. (road report). “ from Running & FitNews. This article shared that those of us who do replace shoes based on mileage can easily remember how many miles on the shoes by doing the following:

  • Write the date you first wear your shoes on the sole somewhere.
  • Place a hatch mark in that same spot for every 10 to 20 miles you run.

By doing this, you’re not like me and trying to guess how many miles you have on them. I found that when my running was becoming painful last month, I needed new shoes. And, when I did the calculations just for my 2008 mileage, I figured I had approximately 220 miles on my shoes. That number is just from 2008 so my mileage from 2007 probably put me around the 300 mark. This now tells me that I need to watch my shoes around 200-250 miles (since Nike shoes do tend to wear down faster than my previous New Balance).

Obviously running is one of the higher impact on your body and your shoes. The article also shared some really good tips on determining when your shoes are ready to be replaced if you don’t always do miles on them – so if you love the elliptical you can use these tips too:

  • Pay attention to the ride. How does running feel? Worn out shoes provide less shock absorption and support, so the ride will change.
  • Inspect the shoes to make sure they are glued together properly. If the midsole is tearing apart from the upper aspect, it’s time for a change.
  • Inspect the shoe from the rear on a level surface. The entire upper aspect of the shoe should sit evenly on the sole without leaning to either side. If the shoe leans, it cannot support your foot.

I’ll add my own personal one. I noticed when I was exercising my shins would hurt whether I was running or walking. That told me that the sole was wearing down so I needed to make a purchase. This happened to me once before when I was all “gung ho” about running and ended up replacing my shoes. Miraculously, the pain went away that time and this time too. This second week of running is so much smoother for me and the pain is gone…now, it’s just my own cardiovascular health that feels the pain :-)

And, to my weight loss – yes, I have one this week!! I lost 3 pounds this week. I think those shoes really helped! Not that I’m encouraging you to go buy new shoes or anything, but I know my form is better and I can push myself harder because the pain is no longer there.

So, those are just a few tips I’ve found. Do you have any to share? When you share, please also let me know how you did on your weight-loss for the week too. Have a great week of fat burnin’!!

Fat Burnin’ Pounds Lost since Jan 1-08: 30
Fat Burnin’ Pounds to go: 10

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on August 22, 2008


  • mom_of2boys - August 22, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    Great job on your weight loss! I didn’t gain or lose this week but I’m finding that being at home versus carry-in central (aka work)my appetite has decreased and I am LOT more mobile.

    I’m with you on the new shoes. I got my new ones back in April or May. They’ve made long walks a lot more comfortable (and possible)!

    Keep up the great work – just 10 more to go!!!

  • Chase - August 22, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    I have been wanting some new shoes for my indoor workouts. Thanks for the reminder!
    I am at a crossroad. Ater a miscarriage a year ago, we really want to have another baby, but I also want to lose weight. So, we have decided to try for a baby, but I am going to eat healthy and exercise. I weigh more now than when I gave birth to either of my other children. My only hope is that if I get pregnant, I will lose my taste for sweets. That is what happened during my second pregnancy. I didn’t gain a pound until 5 months. Remember, I wasn’t skinny then either, but now things are ridiculous. I am going to let God take control. I am just glad to have a family after so long of mourning for a little one I won’t see until Heaven. So, my goal is not in weight to lose, but in consistent workouts and healthy eating. Thanks for putting up with me.

  • Amy - August 22, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

    I didn’t know that about shoes! It’s nice to know. Thank you! I always thought that when my shins hurt-it was just because I was out of shape! Guess I need a new pair of gym shoes! Congrats on the weight loss! I’ve lost 34 pounds.

  • Andrea - August 24, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    Momof2boys – the departure of carry-central will definitely be a good thing! I’m still praying you find a job you enjoy!

    Chase – I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. Your thought of eating healthy and exercise is definitely a good one – one I never did follow, so I commend you. I exercised up until I was so tired I would feel like falling asleep on the treadmill so it just wouldn’t work. Good luck and keep reporting back here :-)

    Amy – that is AWESOME! My weight loss has been slower than yours but I’m taking my time and really following my exercise and, well, slacking on my food. But, I’m still trying. You go girl!

  • BaileyAKA - September 08, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

    First off – congrats on the 3 lb loss! And secondly – I just recently experienced the incredible difference between exercising on an OLD pair of sneaks and exercising on a brand new pair: I hadn’t been to the gym in YEARS, but then ended up winning a package for a free month at a local gym, with 2/week sessions with a personal trainer. She took one look at my sneaks (which I’d had for abooout 4 years!) and said, “YOU need a new pair of shoes. I’m not giving you a hard time – you’re GOING to hurt yourself.” Well, I got a new pair, and felt the difference immediately. I could tell quickly that I had much better stability.

    Anyways, long story short: good tips!! :)

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