It's been awhile since I gave a marathon update. So in case you're interested, here's me introducing my old shoes (yellow) to their replacement (blue). I'm on pair 3 now, the second of this particular brand and style. I've been accused of being an overpronator, but I don't know if I buy that. Regardless, these shoes are supposed to counter-balance my slightly bum gate. I'd have preferred another pair in yellow, but from everything I could piece together via item numbers and color codes, those blue jobbers are the same, just blue. And I saved around $50 getting them from Sports Basement - meaning my selection is limited. But with marathon training requiring frequent replacement (most people don't replace their shoes often enough), I can't rationalize spending the extra cash - even for fashion.
Last weekend, I ran my longest training run yet: 18.6 miles. And yes, it was long, tiring, and painful. But I made it. This weekend is 12, next is 21 (good god), then 10 and 8 as we step down the volume prior to the big day. Since I purcased the pair on the left in March, I've logged approximately 141.6 miles in long runs alone. Add in weekly training and that's between 132 and 158 more miles. So they've done well.
Tomorrow, I start introducing the new shoes to my feet, my gait, and my pace. Hopefully not to any blisters. It's hard to let go of the yellow shoes. But I know they'd want me to move on. And move on, I shall.