I know it wouldn't be a real substitute for a new pair but if you put new uprated/sports insoles in running shoes that were approaching the end of their life (around 350 miles or whatever) could you safely get a bit longer out of them?
When I had ITBS last year (fortunately it was only for about 2 weeks) I was able to go swimming providing I didn't kick too hard. I used a knee strap all through the day too so that might have helped as well.
I'll be seeing my physio on monday for more detailed advice but I wanted to throw this one out there in the meantime.
I've been running 3 times a week for about 18 months with no significant injuries. I'd never really done further than a 6 miler but as I'm now training for a half marathon I'm slowly increasing the distances and over the past month or so I've managed to get up to 8 miles using the "10%" rule.
The thing is since I've hit the 8 mile mark I've been developing what I think is runner's knee. Looking at the causes of it though I'm a little confused. The route I take is pretty flat, my speed (or intensity) hasn't increased, just the distance by a small amount each week.
I have never had knee pain (it's certainly manageable at the moment) with any other distance so I doubt it's my form etc so any ideas what could be causing this?
As caffeine can have an effect on running performance what's the maximum safe dose? Packs of Pro Plus say to not exceed 2 tablets (100mg) in 3 hours or a total of 8 (400 mg) in 24 hours yet running websites often suggest doses of 5 to 6 milligrams per kilogram of body weight which for me would be around 450 to 500 in one go.