The greatest thing about running is how accessible it is. You don’t need a fancy gym membership or a lot of expensive gear to get involved. The only thing you really need is a good pair of sneakers. And if you’re going to go so far as to run a full marathon—26.2 miles, plus all the training miles you need to log to get there—you need a really good pair of shoes.
Marathon shoes tend to fall into two categories: maximalist and minimalist. If you’re a new runner, high cushioning might make the most sense for you. The idea is to provide some protection between the foot and ground, explains John Mercer, a kinesiology professor at the UNLV School Allied Health Sciences. “With each foot strike, a runner will experience forces about 1.5 to 2.5 times their body weight,” he says. “That repetitive loading has always been … Read the rest