4 Trainers For 4 Very Different Types of Run
If you’re one of the world’s greatest athletes like Mo Farah, then you’re going to wear the best trainers. There’s a reason why brands such as Nike fork out millions on sponsorships deals. An endorsement from a world class athlete is the best advertisement there is for your product. The sight of a World Championship or Olympic medalist training or racing in a pair of Nikes or Adidas gives no better evidence that a shoe does as better job than its competitors. Buy this trainer and you too could beat the marathon world record! Hmmm.
1. Track and Road Running
Mo Farah, World Champ and Olympic Double Winner Wears Nike Flyknit Lunar 2’s to train in.
Nike Flyknit Lunar 2
Mo recently tweeted a picture of himself training with the new Nike Flyknit Lunar 2’s.
They feature Nike’s Dynamic Flywire tech for extra comfy fit and the now well established ‘Lunarlon’ foam sole for cushioning. I have a pair of Nikes with Lunar foam and they are delish to run on. This Flyknit Lunar 2’s are out in the US tomorrow and hopefully the UK soon!
UPDATE: In the London Marathon 2014, Mo was wearing some Nike Flyknit Racers
Mo Farah running the London Marathon 2014 in Nike Flyknit Racers
2. Trail Running
Ricky Lightfoot, World Trail Championship 2013 Winner Wears Salomon Speedcross 3’s and Salomon S-Lab Fellcross’s
£75.99 from Wiggle
Both of these shoes are purpose built for running fast over difficult terrain. Ricky hails from Cumbria in the UK, well known for it’s hills and climbs and as a pro trail runner he was most recently the winner of the World Championships in Wales in 2013. Sponsored by Salomon, he wears the Salomon Speedcross 3’s and the Fellcross.
Salomon Speedcross 3 and S-Lab Fellcross
Javier Gomez, Gold at the ITU World Triathlon Series 2013 – Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0
Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0
A lot of people in the UK have heard of the Brownlee brothers after Alistair Brownlee won Gold at the London Olympics Triathlon event in 2012. The winner of last year’s series was Javier Gomez. He has worked directly with a company called Zoot to create the Zoot Ultra Kiawe 2.0 which he wears to race in. They are light and feature ‘Tri-dry’ technology for a quick dry out from wet feet.
4. Marathon Running Shoes
Haile Gabrselassie, Many, Many Titles – Adidas Adizero Adios
The new Adidas Adi Boosts are £94.99 from Wiggle
Adidas Adizero Adios trainers
Haile wearing the original Adidas Adios
Haile Gabrselassie is a legend of middle and long distance running. In 2008 aged 35, he broke HIS OWN world record at the Berlin Marathon
with a world record time of 2:03:59. He’s run 5k in 12:39 and 10k in 26:22 which, quite frankly is superhuman in my opinion!
So what shoes does he wear? Well he’s an Adidas sponsored athlete, seen recently promoting their ‘Boost’ trainers. However, when he broke the marathon world record, it was whilst wearing Adidas Adizero Adios. When Patrick Makau broke the word record in 2011, it was at the same Berlin Marathon and he was wearing…these trainers!
They look like racers but have the cushioning that some heel strikers prefer. Nice and light they won’t ruin your cadence and the ‘torsion bar’ through the middle of the sole makes for a smooth transition from landing to take off.
The best running shoe prices are from Wiggle in my experience