Go The Distance: The Top 5 Running Shoes

Go The Distance: The Top 5 Running Shoes

If there is one thing HOKA knows, it’s how to make a running shoe. While they offer multiple silhouettes and styles, the ONE Rocket X is consistently a favorite among all types of runners. Built using an EVA midsole, the shoe helps you make the most of every step by being extra responsive and propelling you forward. The upper is made up of breathable mesh to deliver optimal airflow so that your feet don’t overheat on longer runs. Within the shoe, there is a 1mm carbon fiber plate that adds more stability.

Tackle every run in comfort and style with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 23. It is engineered to fit your foot like a glove. TRUSSTIC technology is what gives the shoe that structured stability. The shoe features a combination of ultra-soft GEL technology and a FlyteFoam midsole. Together they give you the cushioning and energy return that will keep you running longer than you thought possible. The outsole is made up of AHARLITE, which gives the shoe optimal grip and traction while also increasing its durability.

The Saucony Guide 14 has everything you look for in a running shoe. The synthetic mesh upper will keep your foot dry, so you don’t feel like you’re running in a puddle of your own sweat after a couple miles. The upper also has a 3D-engineered fascia which is crucial for providing stability. The PWRRUN foam midsole provides all the cushioning you could ever want and more so that you feel like you’re running on air.

There is a reason many professional runners place their trust in Brooks: they make an amazing running shoe. The Levitate 4 is 20% lighter than the previous iteration, making sure there is as little weighing you down as possible. The Fit Knit upper has a close-to-foot fit that is light, soft, and allows maximum breathability. Brooks DNA AMP midsole technology puts a spring in each step you take so you get speedy, efficient energy return.

There may be no better feeling during a run than when that runner’s high kicks in. You begin to feel invincible, like you could go forever. The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is built to help you power through those miles with ZoomX foam in the midsole that gives back as much energy as you put in. The Flyknit upper allows your foot to breathe freely while staying comfortable. There is also padding around the collar that provides extra ankle support.

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

   

Whether you’re gearing up to run your first 5K or you’re an experienced marathoner, it’s important to keep on top of the shoe trends of the year. That way when you start noticing signs of wear, or you reach the recommended 300-mile replacement mark, you’ll know exactly what the best long-distance running shoes are and where you can find them. (Hint: it’s eastbay.com)

If you’re not sure what type of shoes to buy, you may want to find out what type of arch you have in order to help you find the perfect fit.

   

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit

Men's Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit shoe in the True White/Photo Blue/White colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium
  • Weight: 10.2 oz. M / 8.09 oz. W

No doubt you’ve heard the hype around these shoes, and trust us, it’s real. The Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit shoes are designed (and proven) to reduce the chance of injury. As soon as you lace up these shoes and hit the road, you’ll feel the potential.

The upper is created with the newest version of Flyknit technology. It’s made with three distinct layers of Flyknit material, so it maintains the lightweight flexibility but is even more durable than previous versions. The midsole features React foam stacked both high and wide to provide extra cushion with each step without compromising stability. And finally, the increased rubber on the outsole provides ultimate traction.

With a pair of these on, you can confidently hit the road and run forever.

   

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22

Men's ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22 in the Tuna Blue/Pure Silver colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Weight: 10.9 oz. M / 9 oz. W

Storm past the competition in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22 designed to enhance your natural stride and provide responsive cushioning.

The upper is made from engineered jacquard mesh to increase breathability while still providing a supportive fit. Then there’s the midsole decked out with three unique features. First is lightweight FLYTEFOAM® cushioning that delivers an energetic bounce to your stride. Second, there’s GEL® cushioning in both the rear and forefoot to provide shock absorption during impact and toe-off. Third, concealed under the arch of the shoe is the Trusstic System® which provides stability without adding a lot of bulk. And to finish off these shoes, the outsole features sections of high-abrasion rubber to provide extra durable traction.

If you’re a high-mileage runner looking for lasting comfort, the sky’s the limit with these shoes.

   

Brooks Ghost 12

Men's Brooks Ghost 12 in the White/Grey/Black colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Weight: 10.4 oz. M / 9.3 oz. W

Run spooky fast and set supernatural times with the Brooks Ghost 12.

From top to bottom, this is the shoe you need. The engineered mesh upper features 3D Fit Print technology to ensure a soft and secure fit with extra stretch and structure where you need it most. The midsole features two types of cushioning to provide a balanced softness underfoot without losing energy or durability. And finally, the outsole features a segmented crash pad. No matter how your foot lands, these integrated shock absorbers will cushion each step and provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

It’s just you, the road, and the ghost of your PR – today’s the day to beat your previous best.

   

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

Men's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 in the Black/Ghost Green/Valerian Blue colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: High
  • Weight: 9 oz. M / 8.28 oz. W

Meet your everyday workhorse. As you pound out the miles, you’ll want a pair of shoes you can count on, and the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 is exactly that. The Pegasus is one of the most popular and dependable running shoe models, and even after 37 versions, it’s still being upgraded with the latest technologies.

This version features a translucent upper that screams speed and is complemented by mesh details that enhance ventilation. But the most important tech is underfoot. The React foam in the midsole adds a spring in your step, and the doubled size of the Air Zoom unit in the forefoot provides maximum comfort and responsiveness.

With these shoes on, you’ll be flying to the finish line!

   

ASICS GEL-Kayano 26

Women's ASICS GEL Kayano 26 in the Birch/Champagne colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Stability
  • Arch Type: Flat or Medium
  • Weight: 10.8 oz. M / 9.3 oz. W

Twenty-six miles? No problem! The ASICS GEL-KAYANO® 26 is designed to go the distance providing you with support and comfort the whole way.

The upper is made of a jacquard mesh for a light and airy fit to keep your feet cool, but that’s not what makes these shoes really stand out. It starts with a dual density midsole which features a firmer foam on the inside and a softer foam on the outside to minimize overpronation while still returning energy. Next, there’s GEL® cushioning in the front and back to reduce shock during impact, and under the arch, the Trusstic System® helps controls torsion. To finish off the shoe, high-abrasion rubber is strategically placed along the outsole to provide durability and traction for the road.

Whether you naturally overpronate or you just prefer the extra stability for long distance runs, these shoes provide support for your joints and comfort for your feet!

   

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Edge

  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Weight: 8.9 oz. M / 7.25 oz. W

If you’re looking for shoes to help you take charge of the road and own your race, these are the cushioned shoes you need. The new Clifton Edge pushes the boundaries and drives innovation forward with new technology in the midsole and outsole.

First up is the midsole made of a brand-new foam that provides resilient cushioning. Next up, the unique extended heel creates a soft landing and smoother transition to make you feel like you’re gliding down the road. The final new feature is the rubberized EVA outsole which overlaps the midsole to cradle your foot and provide lightweight, wrap-around support.

So go ahead, take a stride towards the future and learn to love running on the edge.

Sports Bra Guide: Find The Perfect Fit

Sports Bra Guide: Find The Perfect Fit

When it comes to finding the perfect sports bra, it’s all about dressing for the occasion. Just as you wouldn’t wear your everyday sneakers to compete on the court, neither should you wear the same bra.

Regular bras are designed to support your breasts by encapsulation, meaning they often have two separate sections to hold your breasts up separately. These are fine for everyday movements like sitting, standing, or walking, but when you start engaging in more dynamic movements like jogging, running, or jumping, your breasts need more support. This is where sports bras come in. Designed to provide a compression fit, they keep your breasts pressed close to your chest, reducing excess movement and protecting your body from discomfort, soreness, and even serious injury.

With our sports bra guide, we’ll walk you through the different types of sports bras and provide our top recommendations so you can you find the perfect fit and style.


Low-support bras are designed for days when you just need a little extra lift. These lightweight bras still allow natural movement, so they’re perfect for activities like yoga, walking, and weight training. Though they come in sizes to fit everyone from an A-cup to a D-cup, those with larger breasts may find they need a more supportive sports bra even for the low-impact activities mentioned.
Our Top Two Picks: Nike Indy Bra, adidas ALPHASKIN Sports Bra

4 Reasons to Buy the Brooks Ghost 12

4 Reasons to Buy the Brooks Ghost 12

Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes placed on rocks outside.

Colors: Navy and Deep Water

If you’re going to buy a new pair of running shoes, it’s best to get an expert’s opinion, which is why we talked with David Ribich and Katie Mackey, two members of the Brooks Beasts Track Club, to get their thoughts on the new Ghost 12. As professional athletes, these two know what they’re talking about, so without further ado, here’s four reasons to buy the new Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes.

1. There’s no break-in time required.

If you’ve done your fair share of running, you’re familiar with the break-in process of shoes. It usually takes a couple days of wearing them around the house before they feel comfortable enough to run in. Right out of the box, shoes can often be stiff and harsh on your feet but not the Ghost 12s. This is because of the unique upper made from engineered mesh and Brooks 3D Fit Print which uses a screen-printing process to add strategic stretch for a seamless structure.

“They form to your foot,” David said. “They’re one of those shoes you put on and don’t have to get the blisters or the sore feet. They feel good right off the rip.”

2. It has a perfect balance of cushioning.

As mid-distance runners, both Katie and David want some cushioned comfort but also want structure to keep their paces up. With durable cushion near the heel and a more responsive layer near the forefoot, the Ghost 12’s dual cushioning gives runners a just-right feel.

“The Ghost is the shoe I do the majority of my training miles in because it’s a good, cushioned, neutral running shoe,” Katie said. “It gives protection to my feet when I’m pounding out all my base miles.”

3. It’s versatile for miles.

Designed with traction pads for durability, lightweight mesh for speed, and responsive cushioning for comfort – these shoes are ready for anything, and both Katie and David testify to this point.

“Whether it’s for a 40-minute run, or a 16-mile run, the Ghosts are my shoes,” David said.

“It’s lightweight enough that I can hop into a hill workout on the roads or do a quality long run in it,” Katie said. “And sometimes I use it in place of a training flat.”

4. It’s got a good record.

The Ghost shoes have been renewed 12 times with slight changes throughout the years to make each rendition better than the last. So, if you liked a previous version of the Ghost, chances are you’ll love the Ghost 12. In a sport where minimal gear is required, it’s best to know that you can count on your shoes to be the best at what they do – enhancing your run and protecting your feet. The Ghost 12s will do just that.

“The Ghosts have come a long way. I remember running in the Ghost 10 in college,” David said. “They’ve gotten incrementally better.”

To shop all other Brooks running shoes, check out eastbay.com.

5 Warmup Do’s and Don’ts from Katie Mackey

5 Warmup Do’s and Don’ts from Katie Mackey

Katie Mackey is a member of the Brooks Beasts Track Club. Her most recent accomplishment was placing second at the 2019 USATF Indoor Championships 3000m.

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DON’T consider skipping your warm-up.

Katie says, “As you move during warm-up exercises, a little bit of fluid gets in between your joints, helping lubricate and protect them. If you just get off the couch and start sprinting, your body isn’t prepared and you’re more likely to hurt yourself, but by gradually warming up, you reduce your chances of injury.”

DO consider skipping during your warm-up.

After your opening exercises you should feel loose and ready for a bit more dynamic activity. Skipping is a step above walking and stretching and a step below running – a versatile, dynamic warm-up activity.

Katie gives two reminders regarding skipping drills:

  1. “Make sure you land with your whole foot on the ground and that you’re not just coming down on your toes. You want to feel the rolling through the foot motion, which is important because it affects how everything moves all the way up.”
  2. “Make sure your arms are relaxed and that you’re tall through the torso.”

DON’T ignore your body.

Katie says, “Mentally go through a checklist and take note if you feel any weird pinching or if there’s a particular motion that causes an unusual reaction. If you do feel anything unusual that’s a good indication that maybe you should take a minute to stop and do a few specific stretches targeted at that muscle area until it feels normal. Your body will give you a lot of useful clues for preventing injury and staying healthy, if you’re listening.”

DO work out with a friend.

Consider doing stretches one at a time with your workout partner so they can watch your form and give feedback.

Katie says, “They’ll be able to spot stuff that looks wonky that you may not pick up on. There’re times my technique is getting a bit sloppy and my teammate will walk by and point something out to improve. You don’t get those benefits training by yourself.”

DON’T forget why you run.

Katie says, “I always feel better after a run. We live in a culture where there’s distraction at your fingertips, so to get out there and totally shut off all distraction is just relaxing. I never return from a run and regret it.”

For more about the Brooks Beasts and why they run, check out the Run Like A Beast video series.