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Best Running Shoes For Marathon Training

Training for a marathon is a journey filled with highs and lows. From early starts and late finishes, to waking up sore the next morning. One thing that can help overcome the lows is having a pair of marathon training running shoes that you absolutely can’t wait to put on, and never want to take off. Your marathon training shoes will differ from your race day running shoes. These will be the shoes you will wear more than any others, so making the right choice is essential!

What to look for:
Your marathon training running shoes will need to be a combination of many things. As you will be spending most of your time in these shoes, we can’t emphasise durability enough. Finding a pair of running shoes with durable materials such as a full-length carbon rubber outsole is vital to ensuring your shoes last the length of your training. 
Directly underneath the foot, TPU based foams generally provide more life than EVA based foams, however, do come with a weight penalty, as TPU based foams is often heavier than EVA foams. 
The upper needs to be adaptable, as your feet swell when running. Knitted uppers adapt to your foot shape whist being a good solution to combat the weight penalty that comes with TPU based foams.

It is important to note that what to look for will vary from runner to runner. More experienced marathon runners might opt for less cushioned shoes, as their feet and bodies are more adapted to the additional running load, whereas first time marathon runners might prioritise that extra cushioning to minimise the risk of load-based injuries.

With that being said, here is a list of our favourite marathon training running shoes.

For Stability:

Asics Gel-Kayano 30
Stability has never felt better. Experience a new and improved take on stability in the Asics Gel Kayano 30. Updated with an all-new, revolutionary 4D Guidance system that provides adaptive, high-level stability while maintaining reliable performance that supports runners every step of the way. From 5K to the marathon, the softest iteration of Asics Gel technology to date, the interior PureGEL technology is there to provide enhanced shock absorption, softer landings, and smoother transitions. In addition, 40MM of lightweight FF BLAST PLUS ECO cushioning creates a cloud-like softness in every step while increasing responsiveness to fuel your run.


For Responsive Cushioning:

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v4
Fit for anything fast. Introducing the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v4, the most versatile shoe in the New Balance FuelCell range. Although the New Balance FuelCell Rebel V4 excels during tempo runs, this shoe is cushioned and secure enough to log your daily kilometres. An ever-evolving FuelCell midsole made from 20% Pebax mixed with CO2/N injected EVA delivers a propulsive feel to drive you forward. By utilising 3D scanning, the New Balance design team have been able to sculpt away sections of the midsole to lower the overall weight of the shoe without losing any stability or performance. A wider midfoot and forefoot outsole allows for additional stability and further ground contact to distribute pressure evenly across the foot.


For Balanced Cushioning:

Saucony Ride 17
Start your run off on the right foot with the Saucony Ride 17. Packed with a plush and energetic PWRRUN+ midsole, the Saucony Ride 17 is designed for daily runs however has enough cushioning for longer runs, and is lightweight and responsive enough for faster runs. Stay locked in while you ride with a new engineered mesh upper that provides a firm midfoot lockdown whilst remaining breathable across the forefoot. Durable rubber is placed zonally underfoot to absorb shock in high impact areas.


For Maximum Cushioning:

HOKA Bondi 8
Back with its 8th iteration to the Hoka Bondi collection, this new addition drives an even more lively and energetic run. Reworked with softer, lighter foam and brand-new extended heel geometry for the perfect blend of soft and bouncy. Taking on a billowed effect, the rear crash pad affords an incredibly soft and balanced ride from heel strike to forefoot transition. The Bondi has continually evolved to provide runners with a smooth yet supportive stride you can count on each time you run.

We hope we have helped you on your marathon training journey! Happy running.

Best Running Shoes For Marathon Training
Posted on 08-04-2024
By TheAtheletesFoot
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