Decathlon’s running and trail running brand shares handy hints and tips.
While all our running shoes will work for any road runner, some are better at longer, more frequent running, and similarly different designs have been adapted to suit a slower or quicker pace.
The number of sessions you do a week is a good indicator of your running profile.
Intensive Or Regular Runner?
If you’re used to running more than three times a week, whether you’re just trying to keep fit or training for a race, you should choose footwear with good cushioning for maximum comfort.
For long runs or competitions from 10 to 12km/h
Are three long runs per week at a speed of less than 12km/h normal for you? If so, choose footwear with good cushioning that will reduce the effect of shockwaves and ensure maximum comfort. The stability of the footwear will also be important for supporting your feet over longer periods of time.
For slightly faster running and competitions ( faster than 12 km/h )
We suggest slightly more lightweight shoes, as they have a more dynamic structure, providing better boost.
For achieving personal best times with speeds > 14km/h
If you enjoy running fast and are always striving to beat your PB, you’re likely to be running faster than 14km/h. An ultra-light, fast and dynamic shoe is ideal. Of course, you don’t have to stick to one kind of running shoe – you might want to train in a more cushioned or lighter style, then lace-up for competitions with something lighter and more dynamic.
Top tip: If you want to pick up the pace your running sessions will have to increase in intensity, and choosing the right footwear – and the right fit – is crucial. When you run, your foot slides forwards by between a few millimetres and half an inch, so when it comes to choosing your running shoes, make sure your toes don't touch the front of the shoes, otherwise you may end up with blisters and black nails!
Half an inch or slightly less between your toes and the end of the shoes is advisable, so, your running shoes will probably be one size bigger than your everyday shoes.