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JEM0622's Photo JEM0622 Posts: 5,500
12/28/10 7:55 P

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Thanks everyone. I am very excited about my first race since May, which will be a resolution run with another Sparker this Saturday!

My shoes were definitely not to blame. It was lack of ST. Didn't help that my calves cramped up terribly in awful heat during my HM in early May.

I must put a plug in for my new inserts. Aline is the brand. Very happy with them.

Julie

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12/28/10 10:14 A

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I rotate shoes (newest pair for long run and slightly older ones for gym work and short runs). However - having gone through several injuries over the last decade, I would have to agree with our coach - err on the side of caution. You are back up and ready to run it would be a shame to take a risk on older shoes and end up injured again! You can always keep these shoes for the gym or shorter runs that offer less risk to your feet and knees.

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12/27/10 10:53 A

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Third the suggestion about giving them a shot. If the shoes were not the culprit for the injury, there is no reason to stop using them.

You may want to try buying a second pair and switching off. I find that by running in 2 pairs of shoes, I can get them to last to nearly 500 miles.

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12/27/10 10:14 A

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I second Coach Nancy's suggestion.

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I feel that if your shoes were not to cause of your injury them most likely your shoes are still fine. Today's shoes no longer turn to 'concrete' (hehehe) when stored for 6 months.

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12/26/10 11:28 P

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Hey Julie,

Do you have any idea what the cause of the injury was from? If it could have been overuse, than you may want to give you shoes a shot and see how it goes. However, if you are not too sure, I would err on the side of caution and get re-fitted just to be certain that you are starting out on the right foot (pun intended of course)... emoticon

Glad to see you back on the running board!

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12/26/10 10:34 P

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Try a few runs in them and see how your feet and knees feel. If you feel really sore, then you might try new shoes. The conventional wisdom (typical at running shoe stores) is that the cushioning in the midsole only lasts 4-6 months before it turns into concrete. You can try pushing it with your thumbnail, if it still gives, then it has some cushioning left.

Me, I've been going with the minimalist shoes lately, and they don't have a lot of cushioning (no big pillow of a midsole or heel lift). So the shoes can go longer and I've had a pair now that I finally quit using because the top fabric near the toes finally gave out.

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JEM0622's Photo JEM0622 Posts: 5,500
12/26/10 10:22 P

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I've only (and sadly) managed to rack up ~165 miles on my shoes this year due to my injury that put me out of running for 5 months. But these are the only shoes I have had for the entire year. Would you replace these shoes just yet or hold off?

I did not buy new shoes when I 'returned' from injury. I got a knee brace that stabilizes my knee cap to the nth degree and some amazing aline inserts at the MCM expo.

There was a person at the running shop who said I should get brand new cushion given my circumstance. Your thoughts? I did not want to run out and buy new shoes 'just because'.

Thanks for your feedback.

Julie

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