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Updated on January 7, 2014
2014 is here and ready to rumble. What’s topping your resolution list? We’ve got five to help you get started. And what’s even better? We’ve curated a list of shoes that we and our customers swear by. That way come February, you’ll be still on track for everything you want to accomplish.
The treadmill can be a great option. It offers an alternative to running in the pitch-black darkness, and when the windchill is in the single digits, the ‘mill is ever-so appealing. But that doesn’t mean it has to be your only option! When you wear shoes with amped-up reflective features, those dark, dreary mornings are suddenly bright with possibilities.
We don’t have to tell you—26.2 miles is a long (…long) time. Especially when you cover the distance on only your two feet. Although it’s not the time to think about pampering your feet, it’s also not the time to totally neglect them. Give them a bit more support, and they won’t be squealing nearly as much when they propel you over the finish line.
Road running has seen quite the popularity boom over the past decade. And now? Trail running is taking control of the spotlight. The Western States 100 Miler has more participation than ever, and more and more races are popping up that are dedicated to tracking trails. So don’t miss any of the camaraderie that you are bound to find out there. Note that when you give trail running a spin, it might be wise to diversity your shoe collection a bit. Trail runners have super luggy outsoles to increase all-around traction and midsoles that specifically protect against stone bruising. Additionally, many shoes are water-resistant or waterproof. You never know what sort of world you’ll find between the start and finish lines.
Got a pesky 5K time that just won’t budge? Make it get its act together. For a race distance on the lower end of the running spectrum, you can get by with minimally constructed shoes. (After all, you’ll be going too fast to notice them.) Make your feet really fly by picking lighterweight options. You’ll feel like you’ve pinned on wings along with your race bib.
When you carry your hydration with you, you don’t have to worry about faulty water fountains or worse, frozen ones. And if you’re eating any fuel while on the run? Water is an absolute must. So go ahead and make your life easier! (That’s probably another resolution on your list, right?) Keep your cool throughout your run so you can keep going and going.
What’s your running resolution for 2014?