Mino Shoe Life Tracker - Know When to Walk Away. Know When to Run.

I am new to running. I am not fast and I'm not graceful, but I love the exhilaration that comes from that deep burn in your lungs, that wobbly feeing in your thighs after pushing through weakness and exhaustion, and achieving goals you never thought you'd even get near.

I also love the gear. The technical fabrics that wick away moisture and impossibly light pieces that keep you warm - it's fascinating. And it's all so fashionable now.

And then there's the shoes. I have quickly learned that the right shoes make all the difference. A good pair can actually make a run easier and help you to cover more ground. The shoes I started out with aren't the same I'm using now. Running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles (or 483-805 kilometres for us Canucks). That might sound like a lot, but if you're running 5k twice a week, you should start thinking about replacing your runners just before a year's end.

If you're like me, there are a number of things you're supposed to remember when to change them - the filter for the water, baking soda in the fridge, furnace filters - but life gets busy and suddenly six months have gone by and it hasn't occurred to you once to do any of those things.

That's why the Mino Shoe Life Tracker is so brilliant - designed to help runners (especially novice runners) and walkers know when to replace their running sneakers, it does all the work for you. It's an insert that you slip under your shoe's insole right under your heel (I didn't notice it and there's a no-slip self-adhesive that keeps it in place).

The simple mileage tracker measures your foot compressions with each step whether you're walking or running. There are 6 progressive LED’s that light up to show you where your shoe's at - blue for new and running worry-free, yellow for caution - soon it will be time to change into a new pair, and red for completely worn-out. You can press down the blue button at any time to check on how they're doing.

Calibrated for 400 +/- miles, you'll know when your shoes are "dead" as they say in the industry, and it's time to pick up a new pair.

This is important because running in worn-out shoes can lead to injuries. You want to run as much as you can for as long as you can, so this helps safeguard you against harm. And they work in any running shoe, no matter what the brand.

The Mino is a must for any runner, novice or pro. Just starting out? The Mino 5K  can be used for 5K - 10K walks or runs. They show "caution" at 5K and "dead" at 8K.

You can spend hundreds of dollars on tracking devices that tell you how many steps you took, but they won't tell you when it's time to get a new pair of sneaks. The Mino does it all.

Stephanie Dickison

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