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By Titi Gambit

It’s that season again! The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is here for another edition and it just keeps getting better. The marathon is set to hold on Saturday February 10, 2018. Hope you are all set.

Meanwhile, as you gear up, exercise and prepare for the D-day, don’t forget to check what you are wearing. The most important item here will be your shoes since you are going to be running so you must ensure that you are geared up right.

Here are the major tips to look out for when picking your trainers:

  1. Light weight

new balance

Ensure your trainers are not heavy, otherwise, they will pull you back and hold you down. You will not be able to run long enough and you may not even enjoy the little that you run. You could go for a pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Vante v3. This lightweight, responsive shoe is light enough for speedwork but soft enough to handle long runs and half-marathon races. New Balance changed the shape of the sidewall and outsole protrusions. Underfoot, reshaped treads are smaller and spread side to side, with small notches in each to increase flexibility.

2. Soft


Ensure they are soft. We are all about comfort when we are engaging in strenuous exercises like the Access Lagos City Marathon. For this, go for the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3. The toebox feels more roomy and the lugs in the middle of the forefoot have been spaced out to better shed mud.

3. Flexible

brooks ravenna 8

Running means bending your feet a lot. Your trainers must be able to accommodate this. The Brooks Ravenna 8 will help. The Ravenna has long been capable of handling both long runs and tempo runs with ease. The update has a softer ride and springier toe-off, and an X-shaped patch of rubber in the midfoot smooths the gap between the heel and forefoot.

4. Versatility

saucony peregrine

This goes without saying. Your trainers have to be able to adapt to the temperature changes from your feet and your constant use. It is not once that you will use them so they must be able to stand the wear and tear of the long race and more. The Peregrine 7 holds price steady while offering a lot of versatility. Saucony removed a block of bouncy foam from the heel but gave the shoe a thin, full-length layer of the same material directly below the sockliner. The upper has a durable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) wrap over the mesh.

5. Appealing

adidas super nova

Ok this is just us being vain, but a little aesthetics on your feet won’t hurt. One beauty is the Adidas Supernova. Adidas overhauled the Supernova from top to bottom, making it softer to appeal to more runners. To amplify the cushioning, it added even more Boost in the heel for a bouncier feeling. The heel and forefoot cushioning have gotten considerably softer while a rail of firmer EVA foam helps runners stay centered over the midsole.

Photo credit: runnersworld.com

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