Terrain condition, weather, distance or your own body are key factors to bear in mind when it comes to choose de ideal running shoes for official competitions. We are going to help you pick the best ones.
Choosing the right running shoes is not an easy task. There are many factors to take in consideration in order to avoid pitfalls when purchasing a good pair. It is a process no to be done in a hurry. Running is a particular kind of sport where terrain, climatic and physiological conditions can change quickly, therefore finding the right shoes, capable of helping the runner on this constant dynamic is a complicated task. Do not look for an extensive catalog of possibilities; according to these requirements, a broad range of shoes is reduced to a handful portion, leaving our selection a lot easier.
In order to choose the right model and style for running, we must first know our own characteristics, such as weight, rhythm, experience, technics, lesions, as well as previous shoes models that performed well or did not perform at all.
On top of all this, we still need to analyze the type of terrain we are running, normal weather conditions and the distances to which we need good shoes and right off the ones not suitable to ourselves or this type of terrain.
Finally, and with a lot options in mind, the ideal would be visiting a shop and try the most comfortable models in order to help you reach a final decision. Amongst the previously selected models, pick the most comfortable ones and the ones you really liked. Style and model must be perfect on your feet. Do not be afraid of going for small sprints around the shop in order to test the shoes. After all, when the competition is over, we still like to go for a run elsewhere, right?
Weight is important when choosing the right running shoes: runners with weight between 70 to 85 kilos are considered average, they are the major runners on any given block, therefore they are considered standard, the ones with more possibilities available in the market.
This type of trail runners usually wears the best known shoes, cushioned models but without very high weight, without becoming fast running shoes they maintain a good dose of agility, grip, stability … let’s say they do everything right but without getting to be running shoes too rigid or protected.
In addition, it is important to consider also the type of terrain where they will be worn.
Before choosing any model of trail running shoes, it is important to know what injuries you have or have had, and what discomforts usually appear, whether recurring or punctual. Here are some tips to choose depending on the injuries you have gone through:
- If we are a runner with patellar tendinitis, we will have to look for less rocky trails and also more cushioned shoes thus reducing the demands on that tendon.
- If we have plantar fasciitis, it may be advisable to run trails with less slope, shorter ones and to wear shoes with a more defined arch to relax the tension of the fascia.
- If we suffer from tendinitis in the Achilles tendon, we will have to wear models with a higher drop and a firmer cushion, avoiding over extending the tendon.
- If we suffer from iliotibial band syndrome, we should look for trails with small unevenness and stable shoes and maybe even with correction.
And so we could continue with many different injuries. An important point is that, proper running shoes do not cure injuries, but they can help minimizing them