Track workout was good last night. I got through it alive, and with most of my 1/4 times in the 9-10min pace (I’ll post the splits on my next entry)
However, Sunday and last night, for the first time ever, my shins started to hurt. My shoes are over 200 miles by my log, which doesn’t consistently include warmup and cooldown. Not to mention the rowing use, and the walking to and from start points, which add up.
I’m planning on grabbing a new pair of shoes tonight. I’m currently wearing the Brooks Addiction 9, a big motion control shoe. Brooks sells a “Beast” too, with more padding and the same motion control geometry and material basics. I was thinking of picking up a pair of those to try. At my size, more padding to keep the shock out of my joints seems valid, but trying them on last time they felt SO springy that I opted for the Addictions.
This time around, Running Fit in Ann Arbor has a coupon for $20 off the Beasts, so I’m thinking of buying a pair of those and the Addiction 9’s. They were good shoes and made my running this summer possible, I just think my bulk mashed down the energy absorption faster than average.
The lifecycle of shoes is a hot topic according to the internet, but I figure that if replacement shoes fix the problem, then the old shoes were worn out, and if they don’t, then hey, backup shoes!
Also, I want to get the new ones on my feet for these last couple weeks so that I’m not running in tired shoes for the Turkey Trot.
Any thoughts from the VoT? Buy the Addiction 9s? The Beasts? Both? Tough it out and run barefoot?
Both is the current plan, just because of the coupon and my curiosity about more padding tempered by my desire to not change something that worked for 200 miles.