LONG RUNS: WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT
If you look at most traditional marathon training plans, odds are you will find a scheduled weekly long run in there, usually topping off at about 20 miles at the peak of the training cycle. It’s important for your body to build up its aerobic endurance in order to perform well on race day. Long runs also help teach your body how to be more efficient in its energy usage and oxygen processing. This education of the body through high-mileage workouts is great for every runner, not just folks training for longer races like a marathon.
While there are many benefits to adding a longer workout to your weekly training repertoire, there are a few things you have to watch out for.
While we focus on building leg strength and aerobic endurance through adding on the miles, we must not forget who is taking the pounding the most with every step: YOUR FEET!
As you add on the miles, your feet need all the help they can get to help cushion the impact of every stride. Which brings us to your choice in footwear…
FIND YOUR FIT FOR YOUR LONG RUN
Not all shoes are built for the same distance. Some shoes are lighter and made for tempo runs and short distance races. Some shoes have carbon-fiber woven into the midsole for snappy transitions in long-distance racing. And some shoes have an extra amount of cushioning built into the midsole for when you want to crank out a high-mileage workout.
A max-cushion shoe is the perfect choice for anyone looking to run 8+ miles in a single stretch. Here are our top picks for your go-to long run shoe.
BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR LONG RUNS 2021
Check out the list of the Best Running Shoes for long runs in 2021 below!
HOKA BONDI 7
HOKA is no stranger to the idea of high-cushion running shoes. But if you really want to go all-out and give your feet the luxury they deserve, then look no further than the Hoka Bondi 7.
The Bondi 7 is HOKA’s highest-cushion shoe, weighing in at 10.7oz — that means even more material between your foot and the ground. It also comes with a newly updated plush heel collar, made from ultra-soft memory foam. If you are gonna be in those bad boys for 60+ minutes, you might as well be as comfortable as possible right?
While we are on the subject of HOKA, we would be remise if we didnt mention to the new darling style that is quickly becoming everyones favorite: The HOKA Mach 4
This 4th generation model has taken several leaps forward in its design and performance capability. The Mach 4 is designed for logging long miles, BUT has the responsiveness and energy return of a high-quality race shoe. Weighing in at only 6.77oz, this trainer might just be the best speed shoe for long runs we have seen in awhile.
If you are someone looking to test your speed at longer distances on a weekly basis, the HOKA Mach 4 is your best bet.
Speaking of LUXURY… the ultra-premium NEW BALANCE 1080v11 is NB’s answer to the question of how to best protect your feet from high-mileage activity.
Containing their Fresh Foam material, the impact of each step feels less intense and harsh on the foot. Plus, they have made their knit upper even more breathable and even stretchier than the last version, meaning your foot feels the love all around.
ON’s solution to protecting your feet on long runs is manifested in their high-mileage trail shoe, the ON Cloudultra
What makes this shoe so unique is the the double the amount of Helion superfoam to help cushion every stride on your ultra-distance runs.
More clouds, more cushioning, more run.
ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 23
Positioned as their go-to trainer for long-run impact absorption, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is a perfect choice for logging lots of miles. Only weighing in at 9.2oz, the shoe’s use of the ASICS GEL technology provides the shoe with sufficient shock absorption without the need for extra material.
The Gel-Nimbus 23 also has gender-specific cushioning pillars, designed to provide optimized cushion placement for every runner.
FOUND YOUR FIT?
Found the one that’s right for you in this list? AWESOME! If not, check out the JackRabbit Fit Finder
Now go forth and crank out all those miles!