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SPIKES by Coach Ed Poirier
March 23, 2008
My teenage daughter is a competitive runner. She has been wearing Asics Nimbus shoes for both cross-country and track (400 and 800). It has been suggested that she wear spikes for her track races. Is it recommended to wear spikes for an age 14 girl in the 800?
Thanks for your help,
Sure spikes are okay at 14. All I recommend is that she does not train in them. A 400/800/mile spike has minimum cushion - much but just for races it is fine. There is also a positive physiological benefit for most athletes wearing spikes. When they slip on that race only shoe they know they are about to do something special. It's not a regular practice. In the 800 that could be good for a couple of seconds. Good question.
Coach Ed is a Youth Fitness Specialist with the Attleboro YMCA. The Attleboro (Massachusetts) YMCA is the first YMCA in the nation to embark on a healthy youth initiative.