If you’ve ever run more than three miles, you know the importance of a quality pair of running shoes. The repetitive impact of distance running means that your shoes need to not only absorb the shock of pounding the pavement, but they also need to turn that absorption into spring, improving the efficiency of your stride. A proper pair of shoes will help prevent ailments like plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and shin splints – which is essential when you are putting your body through the stress of a long-distance run.
While you may be tempted to go for the bargain pair of shoes, we would advise against it. Shoes are kind of like the tires you put on your car. You get what you pay for, and performance doesn’t come cheap.
With that in mind, what should you look for in a long-distance shoe? Well, a lot of that depends on what your main goal is. Are you looking to set a PR (personal record), run an ultra-marathon, or just make sure your feet and joints are safe as you start to train for your first half-marathon? While most quality running shoes will work for someone in the third category, a runner who is looking to put down their best time will likely want a shoe that has a greater “rebound,” allowing for a more efficient stride. Likewise, a long-distance runner needs footwear that can conquer rugged terrain and trails as well as cruise along paved roads.
You may have recently seen some bizarre looking shoes that have a very thick sole. These are a fairly new brand of shoe called Hoka One One (pronounced Ho-kah oh-nay oh-nay). For those of you who have done your research on shoes, you’ve probably heard a lot about the minimalist movement and likely realize that this flies in the face of that concept. However, the Hoka One One is designed to really take the brunt of the impact, lessening the stress on both your joints and your bones as they absorb the impact of your stride. Hoka One One comes in multiple styles to take you from the trail to the pavement.
If you’re concerned that the thick sole can roll an ankle, rest assured Boulder Running Co. has plenty of other running shoes to pick from. For example, the Saucony Kinvara 5 has added cushioning strategically located throughout the shoe to provide more durability and shock absorption while you run
Adidas also has a great shoe to put in the mileage, and that’s the Adios Boost. The Adios Boost has great rebound to improve the efficiency of your stride. It also has responsive cushioning from toe to heel to ensure that your feet are well maintained over the miles.
Many runners need medial stability in their running shoes to prevent injury in their knees and feet, and Brooks is renowned for offering running shoes that provide that support. The Ravenna 5 is a light-weight runner with a touch of medial stability to provide support for every step.
For those of you who need much more support for pronation, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10, offers ample support to correct your gait and prevent severe injury over long distances.
Visit our website or stop in the store to try on different shoes to find the running shoe that is ideal for you. We’re on South Colorado Boulevard in Denver just north of I-25 on the east side of the road with plenty of free parking.