What To Consider When Looking For Best Running Shoes For A Marathon

Running a marathon means that you will be wearing your running shoes for a long distance, hence you need shoes that fit well and offer maximum comfort and support as you run.

In this article, we’ll help you get kitted up with the right footwear for your run and ensure you make the distance!

Most times it is advisable to get new shoes when you are running a marathon rather than using the shoe that you have been training so that you get maximum performance.

However, you should try them out during the marathon training.

Some of the things to consider while buying a good running shoe for a marathon are:

Your Stride Pattern

There are three kinds of foot pronation:

1. Overpronation – where the feet roll inwards

2. Underpronation – where the feet roll outward

3. Neutral pronation – this affects how you run.

For over pronation, get stability running shoes that will help in distributing the running impact while offering maximum support and comfort.

There should be adequate cushioning in the heels and provide arch support.

For under pronation, choose neutral shoes with extra amount of cushioning that is mostly focused on midsoles and for extra shock absorption, and it should run along outside of the shoe to counter outward roll of your feet.

For neutral pronation, get neutral shoes that promote natural foot motion to give a more ground feeling contact.

Your pronation pattern will help in choosing the right kind of shoe, hence avoiding the chances of getting injuries.

Ideal Running Impact Points
Running Stride Pattern Analysis. Image credit: Team Chiropractic & Rehabilitation of Ames

How much do you weigh?

Consider getting shoes that have extra cushioning if you are a heavy runner and it will help reduce the stress on your legs and make landing more comfortable as you run.

A light runner can get light shoes with less cushioning.

The width of your foot

Measure the width of your feet because this determines the shoe size.

Your foot shouldn’t rub against the shoe and you should be able to wiggle your toes.

If you get a shoe that is narrower it will be uncomfortable from the moment you start running.

There should be approximately half an inch between the longest toe and the front of the shoe.

The terrain

Your shoe should match the terrain that you will be running on and the shoes differ.

If running on a trail that is dusty and has loose pebbles, then get a shoe that has aggressive patterns to give you an excellent traction.

Don’t turn one shoe to be a run all long distances because the support foams and cushioning material need to regain their spring for maximum performance.

How your marathon preparation has been

If you have been practicing while wearing cushioned shoes, then get cushioned shoes because this is what your feet are prepared for.

In between your training, wear the new shoes and run with them so that you get used to them before the actual day.

Get a well constructed shoe with high quality material

Because you will be running a long distance buy shoes that will withstand long wear and will handle the pressure.

One of the world’s best selling running shoes for men is the Asics Gel Cumulus 18, due to its excellent all round comfort, durability and cushioning properties.

Any shoe you choose should be light enough to ensure that your feet are light while running.

The upper material should be meshed to allow free air flow so that your feet don’t get sweaty and uncomfortable which may cause blisters.

Asics Gel-Cumulus 18 Men’s Running Shoe
Asics Gel-Cumulus 18 Men’s Running Shoe. Image credit: Asics

Check on the outsole and midsole

The outsole should be well constructed with durable, stiff and flexible rubber and should have grooves that are cut horizontally to allow one to flex at the foot easily.

The midsole should be a layer of soft shock absorbing material so as to offer greater stability and cushioning in the shoe.

A thin and firm middle will be hard on your feet, but it is efficient enough, while running while a soft midsole will give the legs more support and legs will feel better at the cost of your running pace.

So choosing a type of midsole will be determined if whether you are running for speed or for comfort.

Most marathon runners consider their overall look of their running gear and they chose the best.

However, when selecting marathon shoes, don’t buy shoes based on looks, endorsements or popularity because it may not work for you.

There are several shoes with different styles and colors and each is designed to meet every runner’s running style.

Therefore the main goal should be having the right kind of shoes for long distance running and comfort rather than fashion.

Talk to a Running Store

Buy your shoes at a running specialty store as they are able to advise you on the best running shoes for long distances because there are different types of shoes.

Replace your running shoes often enough so that you get adequate leg support the legs and feet while logging miles.

It is recommended to change shoes every three months or after 300 miles.

Wooden Hallway Storage Bench

How to build a mudroom bench with MDF or plywood

A mudroom bench is not only visually appealing in an entrance hall, but also very practical.

It’s a superb way to keep your shoes neat and tidy, and with this simple storage project, you can make one yourself!

When it is a rainy day, you need to make sure that whoever comes home takes off his shoes or boots, coat or jacket, and finds where to place the wet umbrella.

Unless there is a mudroom bench next to the front door you would end up with footsteps all over the floor, or the difficult proposition of trying to take off all the wet things while standing up.

If you would like to have a mudroom bench at home, you might consider ordering one.

However you would need to pay quite a high price for a custom made mudroom bench.

Ready-made mudroom benches are not that easy to find, and even if you do it is difficult to find one that will complement the rest of the furniture in your room, or is the size you want it to be to fit in the space available.

Moreover you cannot expect to find it at such an affordable price.

So, why not try to build a mudroom bench yourself with 18mm cut to size MDF sheets or plywood?

It is not that difficult, and with some basic tools you can manage to do it really cheaply.

Basic MDF Mudroom Bench Shell
Basic MDF Mudroom Bench Shell. Image credit: All Home Decor Review

Let’s Get Started

Start off by measuring the area where it will be placed.

Then, based on the space available you can determine the best size and design it.

Mark the measurements of the various parts as this will come in handy when you cut the boards and when you start assembling it.

It is best to start off with the seat box, which will be the base of the mudroom bench.

The bench seat will start with a plywood box with an open-bottom.

Use a circular saw to cut two strips from a plywood sheet as these will be the panels.

Then cut out the baseboard.

Assemble the box, using the side panels between the other two panels at the front and back.

It is best to use glue as well as screws to assemble.

Once assembled, place it in front of the baseboard, and mark where the sides of the box will meet the moulding.

Afterwards slide it into place against the wall, after having marked the position where the sides will fit into the notches ad screw it.

Next comes the hinge support.

Use a mitre saw to cut a panel that is the inside width of the box.

Screw it along the back of the box into the studs using deck screws.

Later this part will be hidden by a plywood strip and moulding.

Screw L-brackets in the box and to the floor.

It is best to have three brackets inside the front edge, and another two on either side.

These are important as they will hold the box in place.

Next attach the panel molding to the seat by cutting stiles.

Where a horizontal and a vertical stile overlap each other at a corner, place more attention.

Glue and nail them using 3″ nails.

Make sure to align the edges with the edges of the box, and it may be best to use a narrower stile at the front.

If you cut panel molding to fit, miter the ends and nail tightly with 2″ nails.

Then frame the other side of the box similarly.

Always ensure that the corners are flush with the side panels and then fit the panel molding in the frame you created.

Then you can cap and trim the box, and the seat lid.

To prevent splitting the wood with the finish nails it may be helpful to dull the points of the nails before tapping them in.

This can be done easily with a strike of the hammer.

Afterwards you can attach the lid with cabinet hinges.

European cabinet hinges are ideal as they will allow the lid to open up completely but at the same time conceal the assembly once it is closed.

It is best to allow a 1 inch overlay on the front and on the sides.

Finishing the Build

Now you can mount the bedboard panel to the back.

About 4 feet up from the seat is a good measurement.

Have someone help you by holding the panels in place, while also ensuring that the rabbets at the edges overlap.

Also make sure that the seam will fall on a stud as you will need to have something to screw the edges to.

Secure the panels to the wall by using adhesive caulk and screws.

If you are going to install a shelf at the top, install the fascia for it, and mount the shelf brackets to it.

Secure the shelf by screwing it, and you’re done.

You may wish to paint your mudroom bench once it is assembled.

It is best to apply two coats of paint for a neater result.