There is an old “truth” the the running world that I have lived by for the first 31 years of my life… Then came year 32 – When I decided to just throw things at the wall and see what sticks. The truth is about the way we break in running shoes – Wear them around the house – Wear them on a walk – Wear them on a short run – then they are ready for you to race and go long in them.
This year I have put new shoes to the test on day one
, 4 different times – with 4 amazing results each time.
Risk #1 Saucony Virrata
- 17 miles on the first run in them. No issues.
Risk #2 Saucony Kinvara TR
– 12+ miles at The Muddy Sneaker first run – No issues.
Risk #3 Columbia Ravenous lt
– 7 miles of Trails – First run – No issues.
Risk #4 Columbia Masterfly
– 10k on the 0 SPF Course – First run – No issues.
I call each of these a risk simply because we are told they are. I wonder – and yes it is simply a wonder for me right now, if shoes do not need to be “broken in” like they used to. There may be a difference in “finding a problem” aka a shoe might create a hot spot – and “breaking them in”.
These are properly broken in
Could it be possible with our newer technology – softer uppers- flexible mesh – smoother seemless transitions that shoes are ready “out of the box”?
Has anyone experienced this before? Thought about it it before? Tried it before?
Is the traditional “break in period” a thing of the past? What do you think? Leave me a comment below telling me your thoughts.