So i am trying to determine if the Brooks T7 are appropriate for me for my upcoming marathon.
I have been doing various workouts in them and then yesterday I took things to the next level and did my 19 mile long run in them.
I did 12 miles of just about marathon pace work in them working from 6:20 pace down to 6:05 pace. 6:06 pace is my goal marathon pace. sub 2:40
In any case, the shoes gave me no problems during the run. In the last couple miles i could really feel the ground i was running on, but it wasn't painful or anything. My lower legs still felt strong, and my last mile of the 19 mile run was 6:10, about the same as my fastest.
Today my legs felt fine on my run. A little low on fuel but otherwise strong.
Does this indicate the T7s are fine for my marathon?
I bonked (my hamstrings and quads cramped up stiff) at mile 24 in my first marathon attempt. I worried it was the shoes. I thought maybe even if they felt ok on long runs, eventually in the late miles the lack of cushion caught up with me.Still, even in that race my lower legs didn't feel tired. It was more like i did not have the right electrolytes in me.
Now i think it is possible i just bonked because of fueling issues or going out to fast.
I am 6'0 and 165 pounds.
I wore the T6s in Boston last year. The sole/midsole is the exact same in the T7. I ran a majority of my daily mileage in them building up to the marathon, but I did a majority of it in grass. Towards the end of my training cycle I started to do a few runs on the road. I could certainly feel the road and it was harder on my feet/legs. I built up to a 13 mile run in them on the roads a few weeks before the race, but I still didn't really run in them on the roads more than once a week.
They worked fine for me in the marathon. I felt friction around the end of my 13 mile training run and around mile 13 in the marathon itself. The second half of the race I worried about blistering and I did maybe a tiny bit, but it was insignificant and my skin recovered certainly before the rest of my body did.
I think the key is to do a couple of runs in the T7s during your training and then to make sure you are sufficiently recovered/rested/tapered going into the race. Your legs should feel fresher than usual on race day and that should make the run more tolerable.
I find I can run more naturally in them and so my knees and hamstrings feel pretty good usually. If there are many hills or if you slam down too hard on the road, though, you're going to get soreness regardless at the end of a marathon.
Thanks for the info. They felt good on my 19 miler training run. I guess my only question now is if i want to try out the mizuno ronin's because maybe they offer a tad more support. still, like you said, i feel a lot more efficient in the brooks t7s. i don't have experience with the ronins. though i like mizuno's responsiveness in general