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Old 01-09-21, 09:27 PM
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shoes for running

hi all getting more into running bit with long term goal of doing a trii do mostly trail running
but like build tolerance more to roadi need suggestions of a good road shoeprefer for runs 2hour plus
that work well and less injury pronesuggestions please
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Old 01-09-21, 09:58 PM
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For shoes - they vary greatly per person - kind of like saddles on bikes.

I've run in Nike, Asics - and my last 4 pairs have been UnderArmour. I replace them after 500 miles.

Any good pair of shoes will usually run $70 - $100 dollars at a minimum.

My best investment was replacing the shoe's laces with the elastic laces with the clamp - $7ish on Amazon.

Once you get the tension right, you never have to adjust them again. Plus they slip on quick for T1 transition.
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Old 01-09-21, 10:23 PM
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Huge selection of running shoes now, too many to offer any suggestions.

When I resuming jogging last autumn, after a 40 year hiatus (I'm 63 now, mostly cyclist, just wanted a change up in my workouts), I just grabbed my adidas Daily 2.0 sneakers and started slowly, 100 yards jogging, 100 yards walking, etc., for about a mile out of my usual 5 mile walking loop. They weren't bad for smooth pavement, not great for trail, chipseal or shoulders littered with gravel and debris.

In late November I grabbed a pair of 2019 adidas EQT Gazelles, mostly because adidas run a little narrow and my feet are A or B width, so even the adidas regular width fit okay. And the shoes were only $22 on sale.

I wasn't expecting much but the EQT Gazelles turned out to be appropriate for casual trail running, gravel, rough pavement, chipseal, etc. There's a mid-sole rock plate that doubles as really good arch support -- critical for me because I've always had problems with arch spasms.

I'm up to jogging 3-4 miles out of my usual 5 mile loop, walking half a mile to warm up and cool down. Nothing fast, my fastest splits are around 12'/mile. I can speed-walk nearly that fast, usually 13'-14'/mile. But because it's been so long since I last did any running I'm starting cautiously to avoid injury. My route includes some hills, around 5% grade, on a mix of rough mowed prairie and gravel, some gravel shoulders, some chipseal pavement -- depends on what's available, traffic and road construction issues.

The EQT Gazelles chunky and odd looking, and seemed mostly targeted at the fashion market, although it's built like a proper casual running shoe.

However now I'm looking for something a little lighter and for mostly smooth pavement. The choices are overwhelming. And I haven't found any useful videos on YouTube. I've watched a dozen or so channels and every reviewer is either strictly a fashionista, zero interest in running, or a running channel that's just promoting uncritical spam for sponsors without any evidence of practical road testing.

Ditto most reviews on Amazon, manufacturers and vendors of running shoes. Very little useful content or reviews from runners. Mostly comments about the cosmetics or how comfortable the shoes are for grocery shopping.

So now I'm sifting through a few running oriented websites with actual reviews. But, again, with literally hundreds of choices it's a daunting task.
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My wife, teenage daughter and I all run. The quickest way to narrow down the hundreds of options is to start by deciding if you want a natural width toe-box (e.g. Altra brand) or a regular/narrow one that brings your toes slightly together. We all started out with the regular/narrow brands (Nike, Saucony, ASICS), but have all ended up finding that the wider toe-box brands are way more comfortable. We do not have especially wide feet, it just leaves a lot more room for the natural movement of your toes and fore-foot. I wouldn't go so far as to recommend them to someone I don't know, but I would encourage you to at least try it. If you decide you like the wider toe-box, it will narrow your choices to 6-7 brands and it'll be easier to choose. Or if you know you don't want that, you've eliminated a bunch of brands. Good luck.
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Old 01-12-21, 02:49 PM
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Brooks has a pretty good online fitment guide. Which is nice in the Covid times.

If you can go to a store with a treadmill in it, they can watch you walk and run on it and make suggestions. I'd start there.

Another fan of "lock laces" here. I only used them ever in a single duathlon two years ago, but as a cyclist I now use them in both pairs of run shoes I own. They're great.

Remember to add your shoes to your Strava, it will let you know when to start looking for a new pair. I was surprised (even as a cyclist!) how soon it was time for more. Sure enough, when I got the notification.......the tread on the soles had some solid wear to it.
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Old 01-12-21, 03:20 PM
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highly subjective!!!
I like Merrill sneakers for general active stuff, running or the gym. I recently got some Altra sneakers for trail running and they feel fantastic. I don't have "wide" feet but the hate the feeling of most shoes that are apparently designed to crush your toes together into a point. that's not the way feet do!
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