One of the ways to become better runners is to increase the amount of time to run or on the other hand the quality of our racing/training. Easier said than done. Many times we were limited by the appearance of pain or injuries that limit us or ultimately prevent us from running.
The 3 most common causes of the emergence of pain or injury among runners are: excessive increase of the load and intensity of training; missing or incorrect stretches; use of unsuitable footwear.
By eliminating one of the factors in the equation, we reduce the risk of the appearance of pain or injury, and in this sense the right choice of a racing shoe suitable is essential.
This choice must be an individual process, we are all different and what serves for our friend might not be the right thing for us. Consideration is also using that give footwear: road, trail or mixed, long or short workouts, fast or slow.
With the growing market for consumer options increase which may cause some confusion in choosing the most appropriate footwear.
To find the ideal race partner we need to consider what type of race, road or trail, short or long distance, size, shape and characteristics of our walk.
- Try and feel the model is fitted to your foot and if you feel comfortable. If the answer is no, opt for another model;
- Make sure the shoes are comfortable from the first moment and didn’t hurt anywhere;
- Give enough space for the toes move at will. Do not buy shoes too tight, usually they do not extend to the use;
- Do not buy the shoes in a hurry, it takes time to try out various models. Put the shoes in the store and see how you feel;
- Look for help from someone with specialized experience, take a runner even better friend;
- Before you leave home to see their old shoes to analyze which areas spend;
- If wear lifts or any specific type of socks take them with you to experiment with the sneakers;
- Try several brands and models. There are more and more options in our market;
- The feet increases with age, so measure your foot before you buy a new pair of shoes. Must measure 2 feet since they may be slightly different sizes. Always buy models according to the size of your largest foot;
- Try and buy sport shoes in the afternoon, usually the feet are a little thick, the same happens when run;
- The size differs between manufacturers and brands, so the size may not be the same in all brands, keep this in mind;
- The heel should be well adjusted and should not walk loose;
- Be prepared to invest, the cushion running shoes are not eternal and must be replaced. Sometimes the cheap comes out expensive. The durability of the models varies between 500 and 800 km.
Specific tips for Trail shoes
- The model should provide a good fit in the middle zone of the foot and we should feel that the area of the heel is well hurry to prevent over rough terrain or uneven the foot doesn’t get up or move sideways;
- Leave enough space in front of the sneakers, has as reference the space of a finger between your fingers and the tip of sneakers;
- The cushioning must take into consideration the protection that we want and the sense of touch to the ground. A model with less cushioning allows a sense of greater contact with the ground;
- Take into consideration the type of terrain, some models are more specific to technical trails other for dirt, stone, or even mud. Can analyze the tacos from the sole of the model;
- Usually the trail shoes have a greater wear than the shoes.