Running Spikes are basically running shoes that are outfitted with a thread series on the sole of the shoes. They are so designed that spikes can be screwed into them and thread to go inside of the shoes. Spikes are little ceramic or metallic objects and they can be studs or sharp or shaped like a Christmas tree.
Running spikes are used by athletes because of the extra grip which the spikes provide to assist in preventing them from slipping, in order that more force can be placed in a forward motion. Additionally, the spikes are lighter than sneakers and the different varieties are designed to assist in foot placement so that it is as ideal as possible for a particular event. Spikes are classified as field event spikes, cross country spikes, long distance spikes, middle distance spikes and sprint spikes.
Middle Distance Spikes
Typically, the 400-meter dash, the 800 meter and 1600 meter races are considered middle distance track events. Some amount of endurance is required when participating in these events and middle distance spikes from Birmingham Runner are designed with cushioning in the heel of the shoes to assist the runner in staying comfortable throughout the race.
Sprint spikes that are used for running distances of less than 400 meters do not typically have padding in the heel, given that for the duration of the race, sprinters are expected to run on their toes. Spikes that are designed for longer distances usually have additional padding and other comfort features such as ventilation patches which enable moisture to escape. Additionally, the sole of middle distance spikes is normally more flexible when compared to sprint spikes.
In the event that you in the market for middle distance spikes, go for a shoe which bends easily; as the race progresses, you want the shoe to remain comfortable. Lightweight models will make you feel lighter as well and ventilated shoes are designed to keep the feet cool. Ensure that the fit is snug but not tight; in case anything chafes or pinches when the shoes are tried on with socks, choose a different model or size.