Whether you do it for pleasure, or as a professional (as well as a participant in amateur events), marathon can be a great, but very beneficial challenge for both: your body shape and your health. But if you want to take all of those advantages marathon running brings, it could be nice for you to consider buying a really nice, comfy and suitable pair of shoes. The proper marathon running shoes will make your experience more exciting and pleasure, but are also required for prevention of traumas and injuries. Plus – the better you feel during running, the more of the marathon benefits you will get. Because of all of these we have decided to provide you with a complete guidance for getting proper and optimal marathon running shoes. Here are the things you need to on mandatory take under consideration before particularly start your marathon activity.
Three main types of marathon running shoes to know in advance
In fact, there are many alternatives for you as to the selection of running shoes. However, the following classification is the most common and general one. Take a look at it now in order to start the appropriate search of your next new pair of running shoes for a marathon:
- Road-running shoes are designed for pavement and occasional forays onto packed surfaces with slight irregularities. Light and flexible, they’re made to cushion or stabilize feet during repetitive strides on hard, even surfaces.
- Trail-running shoes are designed for off-road routes with rocks, mud, roots or other obstacles. They are enhanced with aggressive tread for solid traction and fortified to offer stability, support and underfoot protection.
- Cross-training shoes are designed for gym or Crossfit workouts or any balance activity where having more contact with the ground is preferred over a thick platform sole.
The 5 Factors to be aware of, when buying running marathon shoes:
- Now, focus on our fantastic buying formula for determining the best marathon running shoes. The following 6 factors are the most important features to be careful for whether in the store, or in internet, if you prefer online shopping: Heel. Your heel should fit snug, but not tight, says Carl Brandt. “Laced up (but not tied), you should be able to slide your feet out.” Lacing your shoes up through the final eyelet minimizes slippage. There will be some heel movement, but it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Any irritation you feel in the store, adds Brandt, will be amplified once you hit the road.
- 2. Instep. A shoe’s upper should feel snug and secure around your instep, explains Brandt. “When people tell me they feel pressure and tightness, they need more space.” If an otherwise great shoe has hot spots or pressure under the laces, try lacing it up a different way (check out Runnersworld.com/lacing for alternative lacing techniques) before moving on to the next shoe.
- Width. Your foot should be able to move side-to-side in the shoe’s forefoot without crossing over the edge of the insole, says James. You should be able to pinch a quarter inch of upper material along the widest part of your foot. If the shoe is too narrow, you’ll feel the base of your little toe sitting on the edge of the shoe last.
- 4. Length. Feet swell and lengthen over a run, so make sure there’s a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe (which isn’t always the big toe) and the end of a shoe. A friend or shoe fitter can measure this while you stand with your shoes laced up. Your toes should also wiggle freely up and down, explains Super Jock ‘n Jill running store owner Chet James. “Wiggle room protects against front-of-the-foot issues.”
- Flex. Check the flex point before you put on the shoe, suggests Carl Brandt, owner of San Diego’s Movin Shoes running stores. You can do this by holding the heel and pressing the tip of the shoe into the floor. The shoe should bend and crease along the same line your foot flexes. An improperly aligned flex point can lead to arch pain or plantar fasciitis, while a lack of flexibility leads to Achilles-tendon or calf strain.