Running — some days it’s the bane of my existence. It’s grueling, it’s tough and occasionally I’d rather be slouched on the couch with a four-cheese pizza pie and beer in hand. However, on days that I don’t run, I feel a sense of guilt. To me, a sense of accomplishment sits better in my stomach, so I habitually lace up my kicks five days a week and hit the pavement.
Since high school, I’ve considered myself quite the avid runner. From mandatory one-milers to charity races, themed 5Ks and 10Ks to major city marathons, running has become a part of who I am. Rain, snow or shine (well, not snow due to my regional climate, but you get the idea) one can find me along neighborhood trails, gym tracks or treadmills with ear buds in and music turned up high. Each day I try to tally at least five miles, usually averaging between 30 and 35 miles a week.
In a sport like running, I can tell you firsthand the gear you own makes all the difference. Finding and wearing proper footwear, as you undoubtedly guessed, is the Holy Grail to runners of all distances. In fact, serious yet treatable ailments like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, runner’s knee and shin splints can happen as a result of improper, unsupportive and low-tread footwear.
Several brands out there today do a great job catering to running enthusiasts. With enhanced cushioning and built-in technology, Forrest Gump could’ve easily run an additional 4,000 miles, adding to his overall time of three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours.
One of my favorite athletic footwear brands is adidas. Take a look below and read why I prefer these styles over many others on the market, and I'm sure you'll agree!
Featuring a classic black and grey base, stake your claim with bold lettering and pop color accents with the Response Boost 2 and Vigor 6. Each shoe is constructed of lightweight materials and breathable mesh, allowing for a great next-to-foot feel for max performance.
Furthermore, I really enjoy the integrated TORSION® SYSTEM on select styles. This integrated technology, paired with the boost™ midsole, helps support the midfoot with stability and a padded cushion. Check out this video here on how the system works!
Looking to opt out of traditional color schemes and go for broke? Definitely check out the shoes above for some snazzy styles and awesome features that are definitely unique to their own.
The CC Rocket Boost was made to improve your run on any surface. Its STRETCHWEB outsole adapts to the ground for an optimized run from heel strike to toe off. And with a 360-degree climachill™ ventilation system, sweaty feet will be a thing of the past.
The adidas Duramo 7 and Ultra Boost are two exceptional shoes for the neutral runner. Engineered with ADIPRENE® technology, these shoes significantly help to increase impact protection in the heel and forefoot. And with a grippy rubber outsole, you’ll be able to go the distance regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.