…and suddenly everything is right.
The lovely people at On, who I spoke with at the Virgin London Marathon Expo and Write This Run, have very kindly sent me some swanky new Cloudrunner trainers!
There are a lot of new technologies in running shoes at the moment. Shoes that make you bouncier, minimalist shoes, minimalist shoes that make you bouncier, there are several brands claiming to have the answer to all your running problems, and they may all be right.
But what I like about On is that their technology makes sense and their claims are very believable. The Cloudrunner is specifically designed for the slower, high impact force runner and so should be the ideal marathon trainer for me heading towards Bournemouth in October. The sole is built of 15 individual rubber ‘clouds’ that apparently provide excellent cushioning and response.
Once the clever design has absorbed the impact, it gets even cleverer! Inside each pod is a corrugated design of interlocking teeth. These provide the stable platform to allow the foot to propel you forward.
According to On this “promotes an efficient running gait to maximize performance”. They also recommend the same shoe for road and trail running, which means I’ve finally solved the problem of running 2 miles to my favourite training hill..hopefully.
I’m yet to take them for a proper spin, but first impressions are very good, and if they perform as well as they look I could be reassessing my aims for the marathon.
A first review will follow soon, and a long term test report will come later in the year.