Whether you’re training for a 10km, half marathon or marathon, the question will always arise not only of the right training style, but also of the right competition shoe. Especially in a marathon where you complete around 35,000 steps, the stress on the knees, ankles and feet is extremely high, muscle fatigue is greater and your feet sweat and swell more. These and other factors must therefore be taken into account when buying competition shoes.
Many runners wear one pair of shoes while training and rely on another for competitions. It is advisable to wear a running shoe with strong cushioning
throughout your training. However you should not neglect your competition shoes when training, and should therefore try wearing them under competition conditions so that your feet adapt to the shoe and so that you don’t receive any nasty and unexpected surprises on the actual day.
- Shoe test for a 10km run: Interval training or speed endurance
- Shoe test for a marathon: 3x5 km in the MRT
Features of a Competition shoe:
- Low weight
- Minimal and reduced cushioning for lighter weight
- Thin mid sole, so that your foot is closer to the surface and foot strike is improved
If you tend to pronate, you should pay attention to the appropriate support. The pronation support in competition shoes is usually weaker than in conventional running shoes.
In competitions the focus is on low-weight, high flexibility, dynamism and good rolling characteristics. Stability is strongly held in the background. Many runners prefer a competition shoe that is lightweight as they are not only great for competitions, but also for interval training.
You need to take into account the differences between training shoes and competition shoes. Cushioning and stability also occur in lightweight trainers but are not that important. These, however, are the properties that set aside conventional running shoes to competition shoes. Therefore, the sole weight for competition shoes is lower than that of light weight training shoes.
The more ambitious, faster and lighter the runner is the wider range of competition shoes can be worn.
Importantly also, is that the shoe is not too small, because while running blood circulation increases and the foot swells. Furthermore, your feet will become longer during exercise as it eases up.
Tip: Ideally, there should be around 2cm gap between the shoe and your toes. This corresponds to approximately the width of a thumb.
Factors which influence the buying of your running shoe can be read here.
Everything for a light, quick and extrmely pleasant run.
Light weight (only 228g for a size 42 2/3)
Energy return boost™ mid sole
The small energy capsules of Boost-technology save energy on every step, when your foot hits the ground and back up again.
Natural stability in mid-foot area thanks to TORSION® SYSTEM
The Torsion System from adidas is a light support for the arch of your foot. This increases flexibility of your movements in the fore- and rear foot and your whole foot gains great stability.
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Otherwise, we wish you success in your next competition!