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The type of footwear used for running is very crucial to the performance of a runner. Using a slow motion camera will help runners improve their accuracy, while doing a gait analysis will help them understand how to run accurately and safely. At the same time finding ideal running spikes helps a runner run faster with comfort. Those who wear uncomfortable running shoes certainly won't be able to perform their best because of the discomfort they are experiencing.

Running spikes offer added grip that prevents a runner from slipping ensuring that all the force exerted for running is pulled to a forward direction. Plus, spikes are much lighter than regular trainers and with the many kinds available the runner can find one most suitable for their needs. Finding proper running spikes really depends on what running events the runner does. Wearing the spikes during training is recommended so that runners will be used to using them on race days. To ensure accuracy and performance making use of a slow motion camera is a good idea.

Basically, running spikes are running shoes that contain a string of threads on its base that are essentially screwed spikes. Spikes are small ceramic or metallic objects that have a thread that enters the shoe. These can either be studs or sharp or possibly shaped similar to a Christmas tree. The very first running spike was created in the 1890s by Joseph William Foster and developed further by Adidas company founder, Adolf Dassler. This is why with a gait analysis, a runner will know just how to improve his or her performance.

Spikes come in different types. There are sprint spikes that are used by sprinters, which are technically the most lightweight spikes being sold. These don't have padding in the heel area and are pretty stiff with a spike plate placed at the bottom. This way, runners are forced to run using their toes. Ideally this kind of spike is helpful for runners who run at high speed. There are also middle distance spikes that are extremely light yet with slight cushioning on the heel area. Long distance spikes are also available, which have the most cushioning. This type is useful for runners running at slower speeds. Knowing the right spikes a runner might need can be achieved by doing a gait analysis.

There are also different spike shapes that come in the shoes. The usual kind is a pyramid spike, then there is the needle or pin spike, a stud that has a blunt end, and a Christmas tree spike, which contain ridges that are most useful for hurdlers. A slow motion camera is the ideal way for runners to test their performance. When choosing running spikes, consider those manufactured by top brands such as Adidas, Nike, Puma, Asics, Reebok, Mizuno, Brooks, and Saucony.

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