One of the most important pieces of gear you need to run is the right pair of shoes. You want to be comfortable and avoid any injuries while running. Here are three main points you need to consider before purchasing a running shoe.
1.YOUR STRIDE /FOOT TYPE
Foot types are classified into three categories, pronator, neutral and supinator.
The pronator– Overpronation means that the inner heel strikes the ground first followed by the toes making the foot roll inwards. Shoes for such a runner should have motion control and stability.
Neutral- The entire weight is distributed evenly because the heel strikes the ground first followed by the forefoot. Shoes for a neutral runner should have good heel cushioning.
The supinator– In this case, the outer heel strikes the ground first followed by the little toe, hence the shoe rolls outwards. Shoes recommended for such runners should have good cushioning and should be flexible to accommodate the feet.
Terrain is a stretch of land with regards to its physical features.
The perfect trail running shoe should have thick and wide-spaced lugs for good traction on mud and to allow mud to freely drop off. Good grip should also be considered when choosing a shoe. They should be able to cling onto surfaces or rocks. In addition, good cushioning should be considered. The foam should be firm and the material under the midsole should be thick enough depending on where you are running.
Right road running shoes should be light and flexible. This encourages speed and responsiveness. They should be made to cushion or stabilize feet during repetitive strides on the road.
3. DISTANCE TO BE COVERED AND FREQUENCY OF RUNNING
Distance to be covered and frequency of your running sessions is also a major factor to consider. The more you run and the longer the distance you cover, the more the cushioning should be to ensure maximum comfort, not forgetting to check the breathability of the shoe. The shoe should have thick foam at the tongue and the heel.