Want to train back your stamina and endurance after weeks of staying at home? You better get your feet in the right running shoes.
We know you’ve missed running in the park or around your neighbourhood. After weeks of staying at home, you’re now allowed to go for your regular runs — on your own of course — since the announcement of the conditional movement control order (CMCO). By now, you’d probably find it hard to run like you used to simply because you’ve lost the very much needed stamina and endurance.
Since endurance is built over time, it is always good to get back on track with the right running gear to avoid unnecessary impact or injury, and to give you the extra push to go the extra mile. So how do you gear up before heading out for your first run in weeks?
Of course, you’ll need to first put on the lightest activewear so that the clothes don’t weigh you down. A pair of polarised sunnies would also be ideal to protect your eyes from the flaring sun during your run.
Seasoned runners are already aware that for optimum performance and injury prevention, it is crucial to vary the types of runs you do as well as the shoes you wear. In the same vein, it is essential to go for running shoes that can double up not just for endurance but for breeze jogs and sprints as well.
Since picking the right shoes isn’t actually a walk in the park, we’ve selected the five best long-distance running shoes that will not only train your stamina and endurance, but get you back on track in no time.
UA HOVR Machina
Under Armour has recently launched the ultimate long-distance running shoe, the latest addition to the UA HOVR range. The UA HOVR Machina features the softness of a distance shoe with the speed of a racing flat and real-time form coaching that helps make anyone a better runner. Its unique selling point lies in the foam — developed by the experts at Dow Chemical — that gives two contradictory feelings at the same time, resulting in the sensation of zero gravity. The addition of a mesh Energy Web wraps around the cushioning, helping runners to direct energy to all the right places as you move. Think of it like the Black Panther suit and how each stride translates to more energy, allowing you to run with half the effort and more cadence.
Nike React Infinity Run
The all-encompassing Infinity Run is equal parts biomechanics efficiency and breakthrough cushioning. It provides a soft, responsive platform and delivers it with a widened midsole. The rocker-like bottom yields more fluid transition from foot strike to toe-off, allowing you to burst into a sprint easily thanks to the spring in the React foam and the rocker-geometry that encourages a slight lean forward. A wider platform also reassures stability while running, reducing side-to-side wobbling and movement — potentially lowering the risks of potential injury or fall. The model is available for both men and women in various colourways.
Puma SPEED 600 2
The SPEED 600 2 features the Hybrid Foam, Puma’s most ground-breaking technology that offers instant cushioning and responsiveness as a top layer. The bottom layer of Profoam ensures a lightweight quality that helps runners stride easily while building cadence. The inclusion of Proplate allows faster toe-off through your runs, so you have nowhere to go but fast. The reflective finishes on its dynamic-design also suit night running. The model is available for both men and women.
Skechers GO RUN Ride 8
The latest iteration of the Skechers GO Run Ride series of lightweight, neutral, well-cushioned running shoes is designed for you to hit the road like never before. Its highly responsive, long-lasting Hyper Burst midsole cushioning provides comfort alongside a smooth transition as you perform long runs. The mid-foot strike zone promotes efficiency in each stride with a breathable engineered two-toned knitted material for a snug fit. The Goodyear rubber traction outsole also adds to the durability and traction of the shoes that come in various colourways for both men and women.
The SL20 is built for breakneck off-the-line speed with great forefoot acceleration thanks to a recalibrated torsion bar and a cutting-edge Lightstrike for explosive moments as well as enduring speed. The new lightweight design strikes a perfect balance between light and responsive. The seamless stretchable engineered mesh provides full support for lateral and linear movements, allowing runners to navigate easily through winding paths and sharp corners. Perform snappy transitions as you propel forward during your runs easily with its super-light cushioning that’s paired with the torsion bar within its sole. When it comes to its design, Adidas signature three stripes are given a dusty effect in black with an orange-to-white ombre for a contemporary look.