BREAKING RECORDS: ADIDAS ADIZERO SUB2
IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING
For the entire history of the sport of running, the 4-minute mile was thought an impossible barrier to break. It was not humanly possible to run a sub-4-minute mile. That is, until Englishman Roger Bannister did it in 1954. Only 2 months later, Australia’s John Landy also broke the 4 minute barrier. Since then, running a sub-4-minute mile has now become the standard for professional middle distance runners.
It seems, that once a barrier breaks, progress only moves in one direction: Forward.
The current monolith professional runners are looking to topple is the 2-hour marathon. The current world record in an officially-sanctioned marathon stands at just under 2 hours and 3 minutes. As training methods advance in sport, so does the technology that supports it. Adidas is supporting the effort to break the 2-hour mark, with a new adidas BOOST-light midsole, in what they hope will prove to be the fastest shoe on Earth: The adidas adizero sub2.
THE PERFECT DESIGN
If you are charged with designing the best marathon shoes ever, you have a tough task ahead of you. You simultaneously need incorporate elements that allow a runner to continuously move fast, while keeping the weight low enough that it doesn’t weigh the runner down.
To achieve this nexus of running shoe perfection, you might find inspiration in the famous French aviator and writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s statement, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
To this effect, adidas running shoes achieved perfection with the adizero sub2 racing shoe. The shoe essentially is comprised of 3 core elements, each one fully serving its purpose, with nothing superfluous added:
- 1. BOOST-light Midsole: All the energy-return of the famous BOOST TPU material, with less weight for improved running economy
- 2. Single Layer Upper: Ultralight mesh fabric with internal reinforcements
- 3. Continental Microweb Outsole: Traction and grip that ensures when you step, you move forward
The adizero line is known as the adidas marathon shoe, the adizero sub2 sheds a full 100 grams of weight from the previous adizero. Those weight-saving measures means anything left in the design serves the purpose of helping you move your fastest.
Make no mistake about about it. These adidas racing shoes were designed for the world’s fastest athletes. The type of athletes that will try their hand (or feet) at breaking the 2-hour marathon. If you don’t consider yourself among the world’s elite, that’s okay. This shoe is made to break records, whether they be submitted to Guiness, or simply jotted down in your smartphone as a new personal best!
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About The Author
Lance has previously been fat, weak, and injured. As a multi-sport athlete, his application of data and science has produced some pretty awesome personal results, such as bench pressing over 500 pounds in competition. As a professional Strength and Conditioning Coach he’s helped enhance the performance of NFL athletes, olympians, ironmen, and improved the race-day performance of hundreds of runners.
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