No one cuts the grass with scissors or scrubs the bathroom with a toothbrush, right? Of course not. You need the right tools for the job, in order to perform the task safely and effectively.
Running is no different; you want to have the proper piece of equipment to help you complete the task at hand. It’s a good idea to have a shoe rotation. Use a higher cushioned model for your longer runs, and a lightweight trainer for your shorter ones. Grab a performance shoe for intervals, high-intensity training or racing, and a sturdy, water-resistant option if you are hitting the trails.
This will not only make your workouts more enjoyable, but also extend the life cycle of the shoes. Giving the cushion time to recover between workouts helps extend its longevity.
My current lineup is the New Balance 1080 for mileage, the Altra Escalante for casual runs and the Saucony Endorphin Speed for up-tempo sessions. This allows me to match my preferred piece of equipment with the day’s workout details, and avoid the temptation to try and fix the faucet with a hammer.
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