Marathon running and half-marathon running have increased in popularity in recent years. Once thought to be only for elite and very fast runners the average marathon is not dominated by “newbie’s’ to distance running. In addition I have personally run 5 Ultra-marathons and have continued to see that sport grow at a rapid pace. The most important piece of equipment a marathoner can purchase is their marathon training shoes. Purchasing marathon running shoes is extremely important as 26.2 miles to go is a long way if your shoes are uncomfortable. When purchasing marathon running shoes a runner should keep in mind that they may require more room in their shoe at mile 18 or 20 than they did at mile 1 due to swelling of their feet. Repetitive impact with the ground can cause the feet to swell rendering a once comfortable shoe completely uncomfortable possibly causing blisters, black toe or other running injuries. It is common when purchasing marathon running shoes to buy a size 1/2-1 full size larger than your foot measures or purchase a shoe in a wide. Most companies including Asics, Brooks, Saucony and Mizuno make some or all of their shoes in a wider version.
It should be pointed out that while you may require more room in your marathon running shoes you may not need it in your 1/2 marathon running shoes as your feet will collide with the ground 1/2 as much! This is significant. An average runner’s feet will impact with the ground approximately 1500 times per mile. So in a 1/2 marathon there will be about 18,000-20,000 times! In a marathon 40,000 times! Often a runner will have shoes and sizes specific to the distances they are running for obvious reasons if you consider the above explanation.
Runners will also usually purchase lightweight trainers for their speed workouts. While running faster your mechanics are changed such that the shoe you require for marathon running does not work effectively when you speed up your running mechanics. These lightweight trainers can be used not only during speed workouts but if you decide to run shorter distance races like 5K’s or 10K’s.
With marathon running shoes being the most important piece of equipment a runner can purchase running shorts, running shirts and running socks are the second most important. Running a marathon in uncomfortable clothing which is typically made of cotton can result in chaffing, bleeding and “soggy shoe”. Running shoes are designed with moisture wicking mesh fabric so that the foot can breathe and the shoe will not hold moisture. If you wear a cotton sock it will trap the moisture inside the shoe resulting in “soggy shoe”. The path to blisters is to have a friction and moisture together. By wearing moisture wicking, technical fabric running shorts, shirts and socks you will prevent chaffing, blisters and bleeding making your marathon much more enjoyable.
Deciding to run a marathon or 1/2 marathon is a big decision and purchasing your marathon running shoes and clothing should not be taken lightly. To peak to a live marathon runner call the San Diego Running Institute at (858) 268-8525 or email [email protected] for more information. If you are a experienced marathon runner and know what marathon running shoes you want shop now at www.sdri.net/store. May all of your marathons be enjoyable and free of injury!