One of the most important running necessities is a great pair of running shoes. It is also the most difficult necessity to settle on (at least it is for myself). I ran my first two half marathons this past fall in the Nike Free. I started running only a few miles in these shoes, and it felt like I could run forever. They are a very neutral shoe compared to some “chunkier” looking shoes, like a few Reeboks that I have tried. Chunkier shoes are better for cross-training than they are for running.
These shoes are super light and feel great during the first few miles. AKA 3-4 mile runs. After the first few miles, my arches lacked support and my heels began to ach a bit. I run hard on my heels so this is definitely something I consider when purchasing a good pair of running shoes.
So I would say the Nike Free is a great shoe for short runs, but if you’re training for a more serious race, like a half marathon, I would search elsewhere.
My most recent pair of running shoes that I have been using is the Brooks Pure Connect. I.LOVE.THESE. They aren’t as fun in color, but they run about the same price as the Nike Free and make running much easier on your legs. Most of the reason why these shoes are great is because of the bottoms. They have great support just where your feet need it, and since I am a hard heel runner, the almost non-existent heels on these shoes is great and allows me to run more neutral. That little green area on the bottom of the shoe is gold for a shoe that is trying to make you run with a neutral foot. I’m surprised more running sneakers don’t have that for support!
What running shoes are your favorite?