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I’m running a marathon in 3 months and I’m wondering if I need to buy a new pair of running shoes.
I’ve had my pair of Adidas shoes for over 4 years, I bought them for a marathon I ran in 2012, 4 years ago and I’ve run one half marathon every year since. I’m estimating that I’ve run about 400 miles in them. And I’m currently training for a full marathon in March in 3 months.
They don’t seem particularly worn but I’ve just got it in my head now that perhaps they’ve kind of lost their springiness or cushioning. If I buy new ones I’m worried that my body won’t adjust to them quickly enough before the marathon in March and it might make my old back injury come back. I could just keep wearing them and I can’t imagine I would do myself too much damage in the marathon, although I kind of felt in my training run last week that I was more aware of my toenails. That could just be because they were getting longer though. I cut them and my last run 12 mile run last night felt fine.
Any thoughts? Is it a risk to buy new shoes this close to a big race? Or how much damage could I do to myself if I run in shoes that have run 400 miles and might have ‘lost their spring’?
Thanks in advance for any help.