Ouch! On Friday I went for my last long run before my upcoming Wine and Dine Half Marathon, and it hurt! To be fair, a certain amount of pain is expected but good grief! My joints and calves hurt more than they should have after 10 miles. Saturday I could barely walk and had flashbacks to the Greenline Half 2 weeks ago (yes, I know I still haven’t done a race report but it’s coming). I was unusually sore after it, but I attributed that to the hot bath I took later that day (which is totally the wrong thing to do).
So after my 10-miler I felt so lousy I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to run again. Saturday morning there I was, going through in my head everything I had eaten and had to drink the day before and the day of, desperately trying to figure out what I had done wrong. As I massaged my legs, I thought to myself, “It’s almost like my shoes are worn out.” What?! The SHOES???!!! No! I’ve only had them for a little over two months, and they only have about 100 miles on them. Also, I ONLY use them for running. Running shoes should last 6 months or 300-500 miles. So, it couldn’t be the shoes, right?
I gave them a good once-over. I didn’t find any noticeable wear, but I did recall my local running store told me once you can’t really go by that. They told me what I really should be looking at is the bend in the rubber. Shoes with life left will not bend with normal force. Worn out shoes will bend fairly easily. So, I gave it the good ol’ bend test.
Sure enough, there was bendage.
What was a girl to do? It was two weeks before my next half, no more long runs left, and not enough short runs left to get used to different shoes. Surely I could get two more weeks out of them. SURELY! I tried to put it out of my head. No matter how hard I tried, I could not stop thinking about how much pain I was in after 10 miles. How was I going to get through 3.1 more? So off to the running store I went.
Sure enough! The verdict was I had worn them out.
I still don’t know how that happened but the guy at the store said he definitely wouldn’t recommend running a half in them. Luckily, because they are only a couple of months old, they are still a current model. So, I got another pair of the exact same shoes, Mizuno Wave Inspire 9, only in pink this time.
Here’s hoping they feel pretty much the same as my others. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.
Have you ever had running shoes wear out prematurely?
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