Just wondering if any one knows the optimal amount of mileage your sneakers for race day?
Five weeks away from race day I have 100 miles on this pair that I just bought in the end of March. I'm using the same "super feet" insoles from my previous pair of shoes that probably had about 350+ miles on them (I wasn't keeping good track of miles the month of so before my official training started) So that means my insoles could have up to 500 miles on them... I was told at my running store they should keep for the duration of two pairs of sneakers... but I'm wondering if it would be smart to get a new pair to break in during my taper period (I've heard you need to break insoles in slowly with short runs...perfect for the taper period, right??)
As far as sneakers go... I am thinking I will my sneakers will have about 250 miles on them come race day. I know the shoes won't be shot by then, but will my body benefit with a pair of shoes with say, only 20 miles on them?
I agree with the suggestions from BOSNPM, and actually I would go ahead with the new shoes and insoles. Also, do you have several different pairs of running shoes that your have been alternating out during training? I would not recommend 250 miles of wear for marathon day (300-500 is the max), but the interior levels of the shoes have already starting breaking down and may not provide the ultimate support/cushion that you need over the long haul.
If you get new shoes and inserts right away, then rotate them out with the older pair throughout your taper period, so that the new pair is at the best performance for race day. Also, you are not placing strain on the same areas of your feet, legs and body over and over again.
Great helpful info...debating heading over to the running store right now so I can have them in the AM and give my other ones a break until my 19 miler.
I haven't been alternating shoes, even though I know I should be...but now this will give me the chance to start up that good habit again.
Whoever said running was a cheap sport?! They never met me, that's for sure! There is a lululemon conveniently right next door to the running store that sucks me in like a black hole and takes all my money ;)