Hands up, those of you who buy running shoes based on colour and design. While it is vital to look sartorially coordinated, it is even more important to get a pair of shoes that suits your needs and preferences.
“Choosing your shoes wisely should be a priority for all athletes serious about their performance and remaining injury free,” advises Ben Pulham, founder of Coached, a holistic online training programme. “When selecting a shoe, it is important to consider a number of factors including foot type, fit, comfort, race type and race duration to ensure you find a shoe that suits your unique biomechanics and the demands of the events you’re training for.”
Biomechanics should be looked at by an expert if you are unsure. But fret not, as there are many gait analysis services currently available in Singapore.
On the other hand, ‘demand’ is something that you should know or at least, have something in mind. To help you match the correct shoe with your demands, Under Armour has created three shoe categories – RUN Long, RUN Strong and RUN Fast – that are pretty much self-explanatory.
Shoes in the RUN Long category facilitate lengthier training or recovery runs. The shoes have extra cushioning to help you get through the extra miles. For instance, the Charged Bandit 2 (pictured above) features the two-piece Charged Cushioning® midsole is firmer below the heel and softer below the forefoot for a blend of support and comfort that’s built to perform. The Gemini 2’s dual-layer midsole combines Charged Cushioning on top of Micro G foam for the ultimate blend of cushioned support and explosive responsiveness.
Shoes in the RUN Strong category are made to withstand intense workout sessions, be it intervals, hills runs or callisthenics. Shoes include the Speedform Fortis 2 (pictured above), which provides a perfect blend of stability and cushioning. The Velocity Micro G has Full-length Micro G foam turns cushioned landings into explosive takeoffs.
You’re all prepared and ready for the race. RUN Fast shoes help you break PBs and perform to your optimum level when it matters most. Shoes in this category are lightweight and have a low, aerodynamic profile. They include the Speedform Apollo 2 (pictured above), which weighs about 226g. The Slingshot is even lighter, at 212g.
Join Under Armour at their ninth community run – Armour@TheBay: Charged Run, on Sunday 30 October 2016. This event is organised in conjunction with the relaunch of Car-Free Sunday.
Revitalise yourselves at the Central Business District with an invigorating run led by Under Armour Singapore athletes and charity runners, Yellow Fellows, who race to create awareness and raise funds for the Singapore Cancer Society. Sign up for free at https://www.tripleready.com/event-details/armour-the-bay-charge-run now!
Since 1996, Under Armour has been empowering sportsmen to outperform themselves. Apart from innovative sports gear, Under Armour has also put together competitions and programmes such Test of Will and community runs to help you achieve your athletic best.