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Shoe check

For the past month I've been out of touch with something highly important to me -- my paper backup. I generally keep track of my mileage on dailymile, but in the past few months I've been logging more workouts via my iPhone, which means I haven't kept track of my shoe mileage on the site. It's in the paper backup.

Very quietly this year -- probably too quiet -- I've made a major shift in my shoes. At the beginning of the year I talked about my experiment to switch to Saucony Mirage. That worked so well through Shamrock that I dumped the other shoes I was wearing.

In addition to the switch of the main shoe, I also began wearing Saucony Kinvara 2 -- initially it was an experiment to see how they felt. Since the price was so awesome on them, I couldn't resist.

That experience has worked so well that I recently bought a second pair.

That brings me back to my paper backup -- how many miles have I put on my shoes? Is the experiment working? During my move, my backup got packed away and forgotten about.

I had been keeping track of what shoes I was wearing in my Notes app and backtracked to add my miles from my dailymile records. (It's all much more hands on than it needs to be, I know.)

This week, though, I found it and quickly added up my miles on my current shoes.

Saucony Mirage, green - 191.8 Saucony Mirage, black - 187.8 Saucony Kinvara 2 - 72.9

Saucony Mirage, Kinvara

I couldn't be happier with the way these shoes have performed and held up. My original pair of Mirage have gone through a few races with me -- it's a special shoe that I hate to part ways with later this summer.

In what has become a norm for me, I have no reason to buy anything new -- I have another pair of Mirage and a second pair of Kinvara that are in my closet waiting to see some action. I'm sure I'll soon purchase a pair that will be devoted for the Richmond Marathon.

I often get asked about shoes and my response is the same: find what works for you. This is not an endorsement of these models -- I just happen to like them a lot.

They work for me right now, but I know that may not always be the case. For now, though, I'll continue to enjoy the ride these shoes offer.