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Right shoes for long distance running

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Created August 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM

i wore the Reebok Zig-Tech shoes, i was wondering if this is the right shoes, or if there are better ones

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on August 26, 2012
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I run in a few different shoes but primarily in the Saucony Kinvara and the New Balance Minimus Trail. But like I said before, what works for me isn't necessarily going to work for you. Those two shoes are both considered minimal. I don't need the support. Now, there was a guy that came to the shop that was a legit 4 minute miler. Super efficient right? But he had to where shoes with support during training or else he would develop shin and knee issues

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I like Nike Free, which are pretty minimalist, but still offer some protection.

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what shoes do you feel most comfortable with, and is light at the same time?

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on August 25, 2012
at 11:20 PM

To find the right shoe you really need to go to a running specialty store and have them analyze your gait. You might pay a little bit more at a running specialty shop, but realize you are paying for the person's experience, knowledge, and individualized attention.

I work at a specialty running store and in my opinion (5+ years of running retail, 15+ years of experience as a runner) the Zig-Tech shoes are crap.

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on August 25, 2012
at 11:36 PM

what shoes do you feel most comfortable with, and is light at the same time?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on August 26, 2012
at 12:05 AM

I like Nike Free, which are pretty minimalist, but still offer some protection.

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(1536)

on August 26, 2012
at 12:22 PM

I run in a few different shoes but primarily in the Saucony Kinvara and the New Balance Minimus Trail. But like I said before, what works for me isn't necessarily going to work for you. Those two shoes are both considered minimal. I don't need the support. Now, there was a guy that came to the shop that was a legit 4 minute miler. Super efficient right? But he had to where shoes with support during training or else he would develop shin and knee issues

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on August 25, 2012
at 11:21 PM

I'm not sure that there is any such thing as the right shoes for everybody. If they are comfortable and allow you to run without injury, then they're the the right shoes for you.

Personally, I don't think the wonderous mechanical construction that is your foot evolved to do its running thing with a huge bit of zig-zaggy-rubber on its soles. There is some evidence that increasing the amount of padding on the bottom of your foot, increases the impact force, as your foot tries to hit the ground underneath your rubber zaggy bits.

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on January 08, 2013
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I think trail is right shoe for long distance running, you can have a look at this post about http://www.upere.com/fashion/what-type-of-shoes-is-suitable-for-wearing-for-cross-country/

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on November 05, 2012
at 09:58 PM

I am currently reading (and almost done with) a book called "Eat & Run", which is all about an Ultramarathon runner named Scott Jurek. Interestingly, he prefers to wear running flats (minimal support, like the NB Minimus and Nike Free mentioned earlier), even for 150 mile races. The idea behind these are that they use your FEET to run as we were created to be.

I believe Paleo also promotes bare foot running, etc, and these types of shoes are the closest to barefoot running (besides those monkey shoes) without actually running directly on the ground. They take some time to get used to but, in the end, allow your feet to strengthen and be used as they were intended to be used.

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on January 08, 2013
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Good book!!!!!!

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on August 26, 2012
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I've gotten people pretty hooked on the New Balance minimus shoes. I feel amazing when/if I go for a small jog in them. Nothing like getting back to the basics and feeling free on your feet.

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on August 25, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Michael, the Zig-Tech shoes are crap -- so are any of the nike shox. These are shoes that are designed to look good, not perform well. I second Clint's suggestion. If you are going to be serious, then you must know what shoes fit your gate. There are a lot of good shoes out there, the one for you is a combo of function, fit and feel.

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