I've Been Running for Over 10 Years—Here Are the Best Trainers

I remember where I was the first time I went for a run. I was on my Erasmus year 15 years ago in Toulouse, stuck in my halls of residence and desperate to get out and move my legs. I was slow, stopped regularly and didn't go very far. I continued running regularly, even though I wasn't very good, but gave up once I was back home from university. Then, 10 years ago, I moved to London and was in need of some form of exercise that was A) free and B) easy (ish) to do, so I decided to pick it up again. This time, thanks to advances in technology, I had apps and an iPhone with my playlists on to get me through. However, I still found I wasn't quite getting my distance up, so I turned to the Couch to 10K app, which I completed. I then managed to knock out a 10K during the weekends and even trained for a half-marathon. Throughout all that time, there's one thing I've never compromised on: decent trainers. 


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The thing is, running is high-impact, and if you run outside, you need a pair of trainers to cushion your weight as you slam your feet down on the pavement. Thanks to my time running, I've had the chance to try out a few sneakers. But why exactly am I talking about this now? Since March, the searches for running shoes has grown dramatically. (Thanks, Google Trends.) And it makes sense—with gyms being shut and contact and group sports ruled out, running is the perfect exercise to do while socially distanced. Now, usually, I would recommend you get your gait checked. This is a way to see which kind of shoe is best for you, depending on how your feet land on the ground, so you can be supported the best way possible. However, this might not be possible right now, so with that in mind, I suggest you keep scrolling to see the best running sneakers around. 

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Elinor Block