Running Versus Training

Running VS Training

Here’s the deal, we all know you don’t want to spend a fortune on having multiple pairs of shoes for a set of activities that might just flake in to a casual errand-running shoe over time. We’ve all been there, we’ve bought a sneaker we saw in a store, based on our own judgment, no help from an associate or if there was help they where probably lacking adequate knowledge to assess the footwear you need and for what you’d be using it for.

So let me start by telling you there is a difference in much of the athletic footwear you buy, especially in training and running shoes. Your first statement you are thinking is, “ I thought training and running shoes where considered the same,” your subsequent question would be “so what is the difference?” We’d be glad to tell you.

For starters a training shoe is the most versatile sneaker out there. It’s typically a great shoe for sports, making it both comfortable and a stability based shoe. These shoes tend to be more durable, which is good if you’d like to stretch your shoes a little past the 6 month mark (yes shoes that have daily wear only last 6 months, another day, another blog). Although it tends to be more durable it tends to be a heavier shoe overall, making it not suitable for continuous running. As for the stability in the shoe it is designed with additional support for lateral movements used in training sessions (kick-boxing, plyometrics) and thus tends to have lighter tread which means this is a shoe that could only be meant for short walking and/or warm-up cardio running.

If you now try a running sneaker, you will notice it is much more lightweight and designed for prolonged running. Beyond being lightweight, these generally have more cushion and flexibility for the foot, along with increased shock absorption from the ground, giving a thicker heel for this striking motion. The intricate treads on the sole of these shoes assist with moving or running in a forward direction. Overall with a running sneaker the purpose is to have energy disbursed from the legs to the feet and towards the running aisle, which is typical of the strategically placed cushioning and stability systems in these shoes.

Now go into one of our stores and try both and notice the difference. If you are a runner you will typically notice that a training shoe is probably too heavy for you with not enough cushion in the right places. Likewise if you are training you’ll probably notice the runner is lightweight but the lugs on the out-sole provide a different feel when you may try to be moving in a lateral motion. So if you’re in one of our stores ask for an associate they would be glad to assist you in choosing the correct pair of footwear for whatever type of fitness activity you would be partaking in. It makes a difference, better to save your feet now that to worry about fixing the pains later.

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