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Post  Michael Enright on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:50 pm

I just rolled over 300 miles in my first pair of Brooks Ghost 4s. Before that, for the last few years I've run mostly in Saucony Triumphs, and would regularly take those to 500 miles before retiring them. But that's a more cushioned and more expensive shoe.
Any thoughts on how far I should take the Ghost? So far, they seem fine...
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:05 am

Of my 3 pairs of Ghost 3s, 2 have ~1000 each and 1 has ~400-500. I just retired the older pairs.
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Post  Kenny B. on Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:25 pm

It really depends on how your legs feel. I have never gone past 400 on any shoe even when I wore Triumphs. That said I am close to 400 on Ronin 3's which is lightweight shoe and finally retiring those. Do your legs hurt, do they get tired in the later miles?
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Post  Michael Enright on Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:29 am

@Kenny B. wrote:It really depends on how your legs feel. I have never gone past 400 on any shoe even when I wore Triumphs. That said I am close to 400 on Ronin 3's which is lightweight shoe and finally retiring those. Do your legs hurt, do they get tired in the later miles?

So far, they feel fine. Hey, I'm 55 - something always hurts!
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Post  mountandog on Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:55 am

@Michael Enright wrote:
@Kenny B. wrote:It really depends on how your legs feel. I have never gone past 400 on any shoe even when I wore Triumphs. That said I am close to 400 on Ronin 3's which is lightweight shoe and finally retiring those. Do your legs hurt, do they get tired in the later miles?

So far, they feel fine. Hey, I'm 55 - something always hurts!



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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:39 am

I usually get between 200-250 miles on a pair of shoes, and I got 265 on my last pair of Ghosts.
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Post  Ben Z on Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:10 pm

I start to feel runs in my arches and shins when the shoes are toast.
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Post  carleenp on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:20 pm

I retired my Ghosts at about 350. But I regularly retire shoes early because I am injury prone and don't want to wait until they feel worn out. When I retired the Ghosts they still felt fine running in them.
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Post  fostever on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:21 pm

I think the tread wear is an additional way to determine when to retire them. I have 2 pair of Asics that are right around 400. The tread is still solid. I use these now for shorter runs on recovery days when I tend to stay on grass and dirt as much as possible. I definitely feel the difference when running roads in my new ones, though.
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Post  Tim M on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:45 pm

The one thing with Brooks Bio MoGo material is that is stays awesome until it drops off the cliff.

Normally, mid-sole materials gradually wear down and you really don't notice the change until one day you realize that the cushioning is missing. Every run is a little less cushion.

MoGo has a much lower deterioration rate so the cushioning at mile 300 feels the same as the first mile. But when it wears out, it seems to fail rapidly. Mile 300 may be great, but mile 301 may suck. The problem is determining when that fail point it. It varies from model to model and person to person. I've gotten a ton of miles out of the Ghost 3, but a friend that runs in them gets significantly less.

You will know when it is time to replace a Brooks shoe with MoGo.
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Post  Schuey on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:18 pm

I have two pairs of the Ghost 1. One pair is done and I tossed them away. They ended lasting 375 miles, but the other pair I'm still running in and I believe I just went over 500 in them.

I would have to agree with Tim, that it all depends on the person and the shoe. And there is no doubt that you will feel the difference when the shoe is done. You may think that it would be hard but there in my mind there is no doubt that you will feel the difference within the early to mid miles of the run.

I also use a rule with my shoes that even thought I might not be able to use the shoe for a 20 mile run, I can still use it for a 15 mile run. So just like a cutdown workout I do the same with my shoes until I feel that it just isn't worth running in the shoe anymore due to the fact no matter how short of a run the shoe just doesn't feel good anymore.
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Post  Michael Enright on Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:40 pm

Thanks everybody, I appreciate the feedback.

I plan to keep going in them for another 50 miles at least, maybe more, and I'll go by feel.
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