I got these shoes from Champs at Cherryvalle mall, almost 2 weeks. From the time I got them. I have been using them regularly and have been loving them unconditionally.
First of all let me tell you what is a gait cycle?
Human gait is the way locomotion is achieved using human limbs. For runners, gait cycle is used as a terminology to describe the foot contact phases. 1 gait cycle has 3 phases.
1) Forefoot strike: It is the landing phase also the propulsion zone.
2) Midfoot strike: It is the momentary resting phase.
3) Heel Strike: It is the contact zone also the propulsion zone.
There are two types of runner: speed runner and endurance runner. Speed runners run on the toe or ball of the foot. They do not have the time for the heel to strike the ground and they derive their impulse or force for propulsion from the upper and the mid part of the foot. Even sprinting is done on the toes.
You can try it for some secs on the treadmill. Do it on the treadmill first before you do it on the road. Because if you do a high speed running or sprinting on the treadmill then as the running band of the treadmill will already be rolling on a very high speed. So you will not get a time to think of changing your foot strike you will just start running as soon as you increase the speed. Also you will run with your own natural gait cycle for high speed running which is toe running for humans(generally).
The second type of runners are the endurance runners/long distance runners. Everybody has their own natural way of striking the foot while running and it is not necessarily same for everyone.
Ideally, one should land with the toes(balls), momentary rest on the mid foot, propel from the very beginning of the heel without spending much time on placing the full heel/foot on the ground and then pick up the foot again. As it will make you a slow runner and will also get you tiered very soon.
Having said that, I would like to say that our natural way of running is the best form of running. These are just some rules, which you may chose to follow else you may ignore them. But yes, there are rules for choosing the right shoes for running.
The Reebok One Series has debuted with two shoes Reebok One ‘Cushion’ and the Reebok One ‘Guide’ available in men’s and women’s. The Reebok One Cushion is designed to maximize comfort and performance for runners with a neutral gait. The Reebok One Guide is created for mild to moderate runners I am using the Reebok one Cushion.
So now I tell you why I have been loving these Reebok shoes unconditionally.
1) Amazing cushioning of the forefoot for soft landing
Whatever be your form of running , you take long strides or small strides. Always make sure that your landing should be soft. It is the landing, which produces a shock wave that travels up to our shin and knees. If the landing is not soft than it sure can screw up our knees. This is the best part about Cushion. It has amazing cushioning throughout espicall at the heels and the toes.
This hard shock on landing is the reason, we are warned not to run a lot on treadmill as the surface of the treadmill provides hard landing. But that goes for people who wear bad shoes on the treadmill
2) Bang on Midfoot shape
This is one thing that I love the most about cushion shoes. When I run, I want my shoes to hold my mid foot tightly so that I have to put my energy just to lift my toes and mid foot and not put any effort to lift the shoe.
What I am trying to say is that when you wear a shoe that is not fitted properly at the mid foot than you have to apply an effort to lift the shoe also along with your foot. But when the shape of the shoe is as per your foot and the shoe hold your mid foot tightly than your foot and shoe lift easily. It basically supports the lifting of the foot.
3) Cushioning of the Heels
It has the same kind of base that we have on the outside of the tyres, which help to create sufficient friction on rough surfaces. It provides an amazing grip on the surface yet it does not hurt you when you strike your heel as the heels area has a superb thick cushioning. This cushioning and rugged surface combination helps propulsion.
4 Amazing grip
Just to check the grip, I once did this experiment. I was running on a 10kmph and I suddenly pulled the emergency stop plug on the treadmill so the treadmill suddenly came to a standstill. Ideally, I should have fallen due to inertia but I was standing tall, marveling at the grip of the shoes
One more thing, before I end please do not use new shoes for a long distance run. Practice with your shoes, teach them to run with you, wear them out a bit and then run a race or a marathon with those shoes. Also please do not run in slippers, flip flops or random ‘sports’ shoes for the sake of your knees.