Best Long Distance New Balance Running Shoes in 2021
New Balance Men's Fresh Foam 1080 V9 Running Shoe, Black/White, 8 M US
New Balance Men's Long Distance 5K V7 Running Shoe, Guava/Peony, 11 M US
New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker, Overcast/White/Heather, 8.5 M US
- Revlite midsole foam
- NB Memory Sole Comfort insert
- Removable insert
- Slip on upper with additional lace up support
New Balance Men's Long Distance 5000 V7 Running Shoe, Sulphur Yellow/Black, 10.5 M US
New Balance Men's Middle Distance 500 V6 Running Shoe, neon Emerald/Black, 11.5 D US
- 6 Spike Configuration
- Removable Spikes
New Balance Men's Fresh Foam Hierro V5 Trail Running Shoe, Varsity Gold/Neo Classic Blue, 13 W US
- 212 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 8 mm drop are approximate
- Fresh Foam innovative midsole created from a single piece of foam that provides a plush, more natural ride
- Synthetic upper
- Vibram outsole provides maximum surface contact and multi-directional traction. Vibram is a registered trademark of Vibram S.p.A. All rights reserved.
New Balance Women's Long Distance 5000 V6 Running Shoe, Voltage Violet/Black, 12 B US
- Full Length Pebax Plate
- No-Sew material application
New Balance Women's FuelCell Rebel V1 Running Shoe, Black/Multicolor, 9.5 M US
- Bold design: find the confidence to tackle any run with the New Balance FuelCell Rebel performance shoe. This running shoe features a bold, aggressive look that's heightened by an ultra-responsive ride so you can look and feel your fastest
- Built-in technology: FuelCell foam delivers a propulsive feel to help drive you forward. Integrated into the forefoot, this technology helps boost responsiveness, driving each step so your shoes feel lighter and your runs feel faster
- Ultimate comfort: these comfortable running shoes boast upgrades you can feel right away. They feature a lightweight, breathable bootie construction with trace fiber technology in the midfoot for strategic support
- For the neutral Runner: a true neutral cushioned running shoe, the FuelCell Rebel was designed with midfoot and forefoot runners In mind. The heel counter is deconstructed for a lighter feel when you're on the move
- Impressively light sole: these athletic Shoes feature a lugged rubber outsole that delivers lightweight traction to help you breeze through even the most aggressive road runs. Though lightweight, The outsole is durable for long-term wear
New Balance Men's Fresh Foam Vongo V3 Running Shoe, White, 9.5 D US
- 3D Screen Print On Upper
- 4 Mm Drop**
- Bootie Construction
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Hierro V4 Trail Running Shoe, Lead/Gunmetal/Light Tidepool, 10 B US
- No-Sew material application with Bootie Construction
- Fresh Foam
- Vibram Outsole
- Toe Protect
- 8 MM Drop
Coping with IT Band Syndrome for Runners
IT band syndrome can stop even the toughest runner in their tracks. Here are some strategies for treatment of this chronic injury.
I've been willing to try almost anything to treat the pain and (even better) the source of the problem. I've talked to several doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and running experts. Here is a summary of the advice I've received:
Take an oral anti-inflammatory. It is recommended that you take this after running to keep swelling at bay. However, I often get in a nasty cycle of taking it before I run. This is not recommended. It helps me get through the run, but I understand that I'm not doing my body any favors in the long term. I used to take three Aleves every morning before my run. I'd have to sit on the couch and wait for those pills to kick in before I took off. I've been warned that this isn't ideal for my stomach or my knee, and I don't do it anymore-although sometimes it's tempting.
Ice. Icing the knee after running has been somewhat effective for me. I recommend doing an ice massage. It's not all that comfortable, but if you can get through it and do this consistently, you may have great results. Freeze Styrofoam cups of water. Tear the top of the cup away and apply some pressure as you rub on the outside of the knee up to the hip along the IT band. I can't bear to do this myself; I have to have my husband do it. If you can do this for about 10 minutes (with a couple of minute breaks) after your run, you may see benefits.
The foam roller. Although it's time-consuming, using the foam roller has been one of the most effective therapies I've found. You can find a foam roller (about 9 inches in circumference) at a sporting goods store. Lie on your "bad" side with the foam roller under your hip. Allow your body weight to rest on the roller. Then begin rolling so that your IT band is massaged from hip to knee. This is not very comfortable if you have a tight IT band. After you've done it a few days in a row, it's not as painful, so stick with it. I recommend rolling for about 5-7 minutes before your run and about 5-7 minutes after. It's also a great idea to roll before you go to bed at night.
Massage. I have a great massage therapist who I see occasionally. When she works on my IT band, I do see benefits-for about 4 hours. Unfortunately, I can only afford to see her once or maybe twice a month. This is certainly not enough for her to make a real difference; hence, the foam roller is a cost-effective alternative.
Knee braces. I have tried several knee braces. Some of these knee braces are specifically targeted to individuals with IT band syndrome. The cheapest knee brace: $5.00. The most expensive: $50.00. The difference between these two knee braces: Nothing. I have had absolutely no luck with knee braces, no matter what the price.
Stretching. It's hard to stretch the IT band. Here is the most effective strategy that I've found. Cross the bad leg in front of the good leg while standing up straight. Lean toward the good leg-bending at your waist. You should feel a stretch through your bad hip and down the thigh. Stretching is not something you just do before and after running. Do it throughout the day. At work, about once an hour, do this stretch twice, holding for 30 seconds each time. When running, start with a slow jog or walk for about 2-3 minutes. Then stop and stretch that IT band now that you're warmed up.
Search for the right shoes. I visited a specialty running store last year. They put me on a treadmill and pronounced me an "overpronator." Many people with IT band syndrome are overpronators. The running expert recommended a couple of pairs of shoes. I chose one and headed home for a run. I can't say that my shoes have entirely eliminated my IT band issues, but they have significantly helped. I've also learned to be diligent about buying new shoes. I am asking for trouble running in old shoes.
A combination of strategies has helped me to cope with IT band syndrome for the past 6 years or so. Sometimes it seems like treating the injury is more challenging and time-consuming than running itself. If you suffer from this injury, don't give up on running. If you are dedicated to running, dedicate yourself to testing the above strategies to see which might be effective for you.