Recycling My Running Shoes

What do you do with your old running shoes? Nike Reuse-a-Shoe recycles shoe soles to make athletic surfaces. Since I was going by the Nike store, I dropped off my old shoes there. One year when I ran the Houston Marathon, I took them to the expo to be recycled.

Before dropping them off somewhere, if my shoes aren't too dirty, I wear them for everyday activities like walking, biking and yard work. After that, I take them somewhere.

Sometimes I can tell that my shoes are getting old because they don't feel cushioned anymore, but I keep track of the mileage on each pair and I usually wear them for 400-500 miles.

Weekly Fitness Summary

I had a great week of exercise this week with 33 miles of running, three strength-training sessions and one bike ride.
  • Monday - rest
  • Tuesday - 13 mile run, strength-training
  • Wednesday - ride
  • Thursday - 6 mile run, strength-training
  • Friday - 9 mile run, strength-training
  • Saturday - rest
  • Sunday - 5 mile run
I hope that you get to put some good miles on your running shoes this week, too!

Comments

  1. That's neat to have a recycling spot like that! Our local running specialty store will take old shoes. I'm not entirely sure what they do with them, though. I think it depends how worn the shoe is.

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    1. Collecting used shoes at local running stores is a great idea!

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  2. Nice work!! And that's a really cool program with the shoe recycling.

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    1. It's nice when you know that your shoes will still be used for something good.

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  3. I need to find a local recycling place to take my old shoes! I have a couple really oooold pairs sitting in my laundry room doing absolutely nothing lol

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    1. Another advantage to finding a new home for old shoes - more space at home!

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  4. When my husband and I went to Africa this past year, we took a couple pair of old running shoes and gave them away. Shoes are a luxury there... so many people walk without them. I really want to start some kind of organization that collects and delivers old running shoes to places where people are in need.

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  5. I have a few pairs to dispose of, and thought I would take them to the Red Cross or something. Although they are worn out for long distance running, they are still useful to someone on a budget!
    Your training looks like it's going well!

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    1. That would be good for shoes that haven't run on dirt trails. Sometimes those shoes look pretty good when you're done running in them.

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  6. I have several pairs of shoes I need to recycle. Hoping one of the running stores near me has a box. I don't have an expo to go to for a while! Good week!

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    1. Hopefully, you'll be able to find a local spot. I'd check with running stores.

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  7. It would be helpful to have a recycle shoe drop off around us. Great idea.

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    1. I don't go by the Nike store often so I had a good sized bag of shoes. It's nice to have that bag gone and the shoes being used for something.

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  8. I've never seen a shoe recycling bin anywhere, that's a great idea! My sister said they had a shoe donation spot at RnR Philly this weekend!

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    1. An expo is another great place for collecting old shoes.

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  9. I also recycle my old shoes. There is a drop-off box on the college campus near where I work, and my running shoe store also has one. But a few months ago I bought new shoes through Kind Runner, which gives you a credit for sending them your old shoes (at no expense to you). They then give the shoes to people in need.

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    1. Having two convenient shoe drop-off spots is great!

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  10. Fantastic runs last week! I usually move my running shoes to my walking around shoes once they've lost their cushioning for running, but I try to recycle mine, too, once I'm ready to retire them. I'm glad they're not just winding up in a landfill!

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    1. Thanks! It's nice to know they'll be put to good use.

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  11. I wish I knew of a shoe recycling drop somewhere around here.

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    1. Hopefully, one will pop up near you!

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  12. That's awesome! I need to see if we have a drop off here. Great week of training!!

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    1. Thanks, I've been especially happy that I'm running pain-free.

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  13. I love recycling old shoes, but I always have a hard time departing with them. I know I can always use old shoes for something, even when I have at least ten pairs of old running shoes (and can tell you exactly what races they ran) lying around the house.

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    1. I don't think I could tell you which races I did in mine like you can, but I did have a favorite pair of DS Trainer ASICS shoes just like I saw Deena run in that were kind of special!

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  14. Great week of training :) I have a pair to retire, I need to see if the local store participates in any programs... if not I may try Kind Runner.

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    1. Kind Runner sounds like a great program!

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  15. My local running store collects them for third world countries. I also use them to give to my kids for their once a week PE shoes that they leave in school for the year. (It's scary that they can wear my size!)
    Great week of training. I need to be better about strength training!

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    1. That your local running store has a collection and that your kids fit into your shoes - both great things!

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  16. You get more miles out of your shoes! I usually don't get past 200 before I just feel like they aren't working anymore. Depends on the make/model too, but I think a lot has to do with the fact I run in lighter shoes? I wish I could get to 400 in a pair!

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    1. You're right, it depends on the make/model. Since I've been keeping track of the miles, I can see that even shoes of the same make/model haven't lasted the same amount of miles, but have been within 75 miles.

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  17. Nike does a great job collecting used shoes! There is a bin like this at hayward field in Eugene for people to donate when they come watch the meets.

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  18. I usually drop them off at the local running store or at Goodwill. I hope somebody can enjoy them.

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    1. That's great that you have a couple of options!

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  19. There's a recycle program at a running store that's super far from me so I usually just wait til I have a ton and bring them all at once (then treat myself to some running gear haha)

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    1. The Nike outlet store is far from where I live, too, so that's just what I did except for the part about buying running gear. I found a running shirt that I liked, but not in my size. Oh well!

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