This is a 2 fold question: I have worn the Beast for the past 3 years now, and am training for a marathon. I completed two 1/2 marathons last year in the Beast... I bought my last pair in July, and the marathon is in November. (15th). Last week, we were buying my wife some new running shoes, and I got to talking with a running coach who was working at this specialty tri/running store. He did an electric scan of my feet, watched me walk (just as I've done in the past at other running shoe stores) and said that I really don't need to be in the Beast. I've lost approx. 30 pounds since starting the training, and he mentioned that could play a factor, but he would recommend the Ghost or Glyceryn. Espeically since I'm a heel/mid foot striker, it would provide way more cushining.
So my question is:
Do I continue on with the Beast through the marathon that I already have; or,
Should I buy a new pair of Beasts now to be "fresh" for the marathon, or,
Do I have enough time to switch into a completely different shoe than I"m used to, and still be healthy (foot wise) to run in November???