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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > January 2019 > TRAINER TECH



The fantasy of lacing on shoes that impart superhuman abilities isn’t a new one. The sandals worn by Hermes, messenger of the Greek gods, were known as talaria. Originally described as made of gold and allowing the wearer to run swiftly as a bird, it’s only in later retellings of greek myth that they gain literal wings. Several thousand years later another Greek innovation, the marathon, is still helping drive the quest for footwear that might allow us to push beyond the limits of what’s possible solely through the application of muscle and bone.

During Nike’s recent and highly choreographed sub-two-hour project, Eliud Kipchoge’s became the fastest man ever over the marathon distance. Somewhat less romantic than the feathered appendages on Herme’s slippers, his shoes were controversially fitted with carbon fiber springs designed to help propel him forwards.

Created as part of a project that drew on expertise from a vast range of fields to examine every conceivable aspect of the attempt; from the ideal climatic conditions, to the genetic makeup of the runners, Nike’s Zoom Vaporfly shoes are likely the most high tech ever created. So high tech in fact that the brand claim they boost running efficiency by a huge 4% versus their next fastest models. At elite level that’s easily the difference between being an also-ran and a podium contender.

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Search the Internet and there are a million and one quotes about running. But none ring truer than the great Juma Ikangaa, winner of the 1989 New York Marathon, who said: “ e will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” As runners, we know the importance of training. And yet very few of us ever get it right. Too much here, too little there, not quick enough, not slow enough, not enough hills, too many hills – the list is endless. And confusing. At Men’s Running, we’ve always focused on bringing you great training advice from people who really know what they’re talking about. Whether it’s preparing for a marathon, sharpening up over 5K or adding variety in to your programme, we’ve brought you the best advice from some of the best coaches. So we thought what better way to celebrate than creating this unique training special, packed full of hints, tips, advice and motivation to take your running to the next level – whatever that might be. We hope there’s something here for everybody. And remember, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We’re not quite sure who said that, but somehow it seems like good advice!