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Best Rated Running Shoes For Women

The Best Rated Shoes for Women that Run Short Distances

Winner: Nike

Running short distances or sprinting has many requirements from a sports shoe, but none is more important than it being lightweight and this is because heavier shoes with huge amounts of padding are unnecessary for short distances. Heavy padding often makes a running shoe rigid and weighty which can easily take a slight edge off your performance. This can sometimes makes all of the difference when you are only running a short distance.

With Nike being one of the world’s biggest sportswear company means they invest huge sums of money into making the lightest and most performance enhancing running shoes on the market. One of their notable technologies, Flywire has not only made Nike women’s running shoes one of the very lightest shoes around, but it has also made them one of the few most durable shoes available on the market .

The Best Rated Shoes for Women that Run Long Distances

Winner: Brooks

Long distance running requires shoes that are comfortable. Running mile after mile every day is not much fun if your feet are uncomfortable and your shoes are rubbing against your skin for long periods of time often leading to bruises and blisters. This is unfortunate, but often, it is these side effects of running long distance which can sometimes turn an enjoyable run into a chore for some runners.

In our tests we found Brooks running shoes to be the most comfortable. This is because Brooks women’s running shoes are primarily designed for long distance runners. They are also biomechanically engineered to provide extra comfort for those runners covering extremely long distances

Choosing Running Gear

Shoes:

Choosing suitable running shoes is the most critical task before embarking on your running journey. When I first started running, after overcoming the unavoidable stitches in the first few weeks, I began feeling dull pain at the front of the lower leg. My personal trainer told me I had shin splint and advised me to see a physiotherapist who told me I needed custom made orthotics in my shoes because I have flat feet. He explained that because I am flat-footed, I most likely over-pronate, meaning my feet roll inward toward the center of the body when I run.  Therefore I also need to buy running shoes that will help maintain stability, that means I should look for words such as ‘solidity control’ or ‘action control’ in the shoes features. I also was told certain brands such as Brooks or Asics were performing better than others. Personally I have had Brooks shoes for the last few years and I have never had shin splint ever since.

As for people with high-arched feet, they most likely under-pronate, or supinate meaning their feet will tend to roll outwards away from the body as they run.  They will need to look for shoes that will absorb a lot of shock, that means checking for keywords like cushioned or flexible in their description.

For lucky people with neutral feet which are the least prone to injury, almost any running shoe will do.

In all cases, the shoes should be tested to see if they are comfortable and not too tight or too loose. Another thing to keep in mind is to replace your shoes when you notice uneven wear in the soles of the shoes, usually after 1-2 years depending on how frequent you run.

Clothes:

I think choosing suitable running clothes is the second most important thing to do to ensure you have an enjoyable running experience. You do not want to feel all wet and sticky in your clothes when running. Personally I always look for Nike Dri-Fit clothes since they are most comfortable to wear and they fit me very well. If you are a tennis fan, you would know that Serena Williams loves Nike clothes as well. They are also long lasting since I have been wearing this Nike singlet for the last 5 years and I expect it could last another few years as well. You also could look for names such as Coolmax and Dri-Weave. They all mean that the fabric has the ability to draw sweat away from the skin to the outside of the fabric.

Socks:

The next task on the list is choosing suitable socks. You do not want your feet blistered after a few runs. I have been wearing Thorlos socks and in my opinion, they provide the best insulation and cushioning. Although they are pricey, they can last for a number of years. You may also look for names such as Coolmax, Dri-Weave, or Dri-Fit.

Cap and sunglasses:

Last but not least, cap and sunglasses as well as sunscreen are essential when you are running under the sun. I also find Nike Dri-Fit cap very comfortable to wear since I do not feel sweat sticking to my scalp when running. Sport sunglasses help to avoid the glaring of the sun and prevent sweat running into your eyes. Sunscreen is also a must if you do not want a batch of freckles to appear on your face after a run.

Set Goals and Stay Motivated When Running

Looking after yourself has never been easier than it is today. From specialists on television advising us on what to eat to online reviews of the very best courses and equipment available; in today’s age of technology, there’s no excuse not to embrace every advantage you can get when breaking a sweat. Staying motivated is often the key to success, and when you’re out pounding the streets or hitting woodland tracks on a run, music can provide the backbeat you need to keep those legs moving.

Slim? Good looking? Powerful? It’s no wonder the iPod Nano has become the media player of choice for runners and joggers worldwide. The sleek, lightweight and sturdy design reflects the ethos of this healthy past-time perfectly and has been embraced by runners at all levels, and here’s why…

Introduced in 2005, the crystal clear QVGA display, “click-wheel” function and minuscule proportions compared to its big brother, the iPod Classic, gave the iPod Nano the advantage of appealing to athletes who were looking for a smaller, lighter version of the Classic, and preferably at a smaller cost. Now in its 5th generation and able to store up to 16GB (or around 3500 songs), the Nano has realised its growing market amongst runners and incorporated an in-built pedometer, after sales of plug-in pedometers and other ‘running’ accessories proved popular.

In 2006 Apple teamed up with the equally innovative and forward-thinking Nike, to produce a product that worked with the iPod Nano to aid and motivate runners – the Nike + iPod Sports Kit. The system, which includes a chip to put inside the running shoe and a receiver that connects to the runner’s iPod, helps the runner plan routes, set targets and monitor ‘live’ how many calories they’ve burnt and steps they’ve travelled. With an online resource which allowed users to upload running maps and even playlists automatically synched to their pace of running, the product was again a sure-fire success.

Coupled with an iPod Nano Sports Armband so runners don’t have to carry anything in their pockets, and also a Nike Watch Remote which allows them to change tracks easily, the iPod Nano has become the runner’s best friend. Seamlessly bridging the gap between health, technology and entertainment, the streamline media player has enjoyed continued success amongst Apple fans despite several new generation iPods hitting the shelves in the years since. Though some may hold more songs, more films and have a bigger, clearer screen, it seems that the iPod Nano could remain on top as the thinking runner’s media player of choice.

One of the Best Running Shoes Ever Made

The Nike Lunartrainer is one of the most popular running shoes available. It is not only comfortable, but also extremely light. Nike was able to accomplish this with use them a host of innovative and groundbreaking technology. This article will look at the different technology that can be found in the Nike Lunar Trainer shoes. It will look at how these technologies work together to make the shoes better and the main reasons as to why they were used.

When it comes to athletic shoes, Nike leads the way. They have released products that bring more comfort, enhance abilities and are really good. The Nike Lunar Trainers are one such shoe that has changed the running world.

When it comes to the creation of the Nike Lunartrainer+, there are different technologies that were used to make the shoe one of the best on the market. The three technologies that can be found in the shoe are Lunarlite, Flywire and Nike+.

Lunar Lite – All Lunar Trainers contain LunarLite foam. This foam can be found at the bottom of the shoes and it is 30% lighter than standard Phylon. This means that the shoe will be light, very light and it will also have a nice cushioning to it that makes it springy. Generally in Nike shoes that use this foam, the LunarLite is often encased in a Phylon or Phylite midsole.

LunarLite was created by Nike and the aim of this particular foam is to provide soft cushioning. This cushioning would be soft, but not to the point where it felt mushy. The foam works by taking the force that is generated when running and distributing it evenly throughout the foam. The end result of this is that when running it will be less painful and more comfortable.

Flywire – Flywire can be found in Nike Lunar Trainer+. This technology is often used to provide comfort as well as ultra-lightweight support to individuals. Flywire gets its strength from Nylon fibers that are placed advantageously in the upper part of the shoe. The placement of the Flywire is done to ensure that the foot is held in place securely. It is also included so as the runner does not slip while they are running. Nike has added Flywire only where it is needed. As a result of this, the weight of the shoe is drastically reduced.

Nike+ – Nike+ is for the athlete who wants to listen to music, while at the same time be aware of their outpu while running, can use this device. It works where a special sensor is placed into the left heel of the Nike Lunar Trainer. From here the device is able to send back wireless signals to a Nike+ SportBand or an iPod® nano and Nike + iPod Sport Kit. This sensor inside the shoe is able to record information while the individual runs. This information ranges from distance, calories burned, pace and time elapsed. This information is sent to the Nike+ device and all of this will become audible to the runner.