For any runner the most important part of their running kit is what they wear on their feet. Whether you call them running shoes, trainers, sneakers, runners, or anything else for that matter, they are what is protecting you from the hammering of your feet hitting the ground and are also responsible for dealing with all kinds of other twisting and shearing forces that are generated as you run. |
Of course, no two people are the same. You may be looking to run for 10min on the treadmill, take on a 10K race at full blast or to churn out a long run across the fells. You may be large or small, male or female, slow or speedy. What you need are running shoes to suit YOU. Your trainers must be what YOU need for YOUR running.
We can help you work out what kind of shoes you need. Then you can look at our extensive listings to find out which running shoe is right for you.
But first of all finding the right pair of running shoes means knowing your own needs.
Your biomechanics Whether you are road running , treadmill running or running anywhere else a key factor will be your own personal biomechanics.
When your foot hits the ground it is likely to be landing on the outside of the heel. Your foot then rolls inwards to be flat on the ground. This rolling motion, called 'pronation', absorbs shock and gives you balance as you run.
It is very common for a runner to have their foot roll too far as they run. This is called 'over-pronation'. To work out whether you over-pronate is quite straight forward and there is no need to worry if you find you are an 'over-pronator'. It is a very common trait and there are plenty of running shoes designed to help manage your footstrike, keep you comfortable and help you avoid injury.
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