When you are new to the sport it can be baffling to see how many different kinds of running shoes a brand like Adidas has in its line-up. Rest assured, though, there’s a reason for this breadth of range, and with a little research you’ll be able find your ideal shoe within it.
More than anything else, Boost foam is the magic ingredient in Adidas’s running shoes that keeps people coming back to them time and time again. The springy and comfortable midsole is found in all of the German company’s most popular shoes, from the speedy Adizero Adios to the stylish UltraBoost.
Whatever kind of runner you are there’s a Boost shoe for you in Adidas’s range, so beyond the midsole there are a few other factors to consider. Start with what kind of running you want to do with the shoe. Are you a casual runner mostly doing runs of around 5-10km at whatever pace feels good on the day? Or are you training hard for a particular event like a marathon and undertaking a range of different training sessions like track, tempo, easy and long runs?
You should also consider whether you overpronate and therefore may need a stability shoe – getting gait analysis done at a running store can help identify this – and the surface you’ll be running on (road or trail).
Once you’ve armed yourself with a rough idea of the kind of runner you are and what type of shoe you need, check below to find the Adidas shoe that matches your aims.
Best All-Rounder: Adidas SolarBoost
Adidas’s range was crying out for a shoe like the SolarBoost, which is more cushioned than the racing-focused Adios and Boston trainers, but more stable and lighter than the UltraBoost. The SolarBoost is suitable for all manner of training, excelling on long runs in particular thanks to the bouncy Boost foam, and is fast enough to tackle races in as well.
Best For Marathons: Adidas Adizero Boston 7
The lightweight Boston is a great shoe for runners looking to nab a marathon PB, and it also has enough cushioning for daily training. If the SolarBoost is a trainer/racer than leans towards training, the Boston is one that leans towards racing, and speedier runners in particular will prefer the lighter Boston as an all-round option.
Best For 5Ks And 10Ks: Adidas Adizero Adios 3
Even lighter than the Boston, the Adios line has long been favoured by fast runners looking to make a splash in races up to the marathon. For most amateurs the small amount of support on the Adios makes it a better fit for 5Ks and 10Ks rather than the full 42.2km, where some extra cushioning will be always appreciated. However, for short races and track sessions, you can’t go wrong with the super-fast Adios.
Best-Looking Shoe: Adidas UltraBoost
The UltraBoost was a game-changer when it was released, its bouncy Boost foam combining with a stylish and comfortable knit upper that meant the shoe could be worn anywhere while still being a great for running. We reckon the UltraBoost is a mite too heavy and the knit upper not quite secure enough for racing or speedy training runs, but it will carry you through easy days nicely while also being a comfortable shoe you can wear when not running.
There is also a Parley version of the UltraBoost, which is made from recycled ocean plastic, and the UltraBoost ATR version has more grip on the outsole and a water-resistant upper, making it a good pick for winter running.
Best Stability Shoe: Adidas Adizero Tempo 9
The Tempo 9 is one of the best stability running shoes offered by any brand, with Boost cushioning that is firmer on the medial side to prevent overpronation during your runs. Despite the extra support the shoe still comes in well under 300g (278g for UK 8.5), making it a great option for faster runners in particular. Adidas also makes stability versions of the UltraBoost and Supernova running shoes, if you want more cushioning.
Buy from Adidas | £119.95
Best Highly-Cushioned Shoe: Adidas Supernova
A comfortable beast that any runner craving cushioning will thoroughly enjoy training in. The Supernova is heavy, but the springy nature of Boost cushioning means you can still run at a good pace in it if so desired, and the upper has a more secure fit than the UltraBoost. If you’re looking for a workhorse to handle a lot of training mileage, the Supernova won’t let you down.
Best For Trail Running: Adidas Terrex Agravic
Terrex is Adidas’s trail running gear line, and which Terrex you choose depends on the surface you’ll predominantly be running on and the distances you’re likely to tackle. The Terrex Agravic has a Continental rubber outsole that provides enough grip to take on technical trails at speed, and it’s slightly more cushioned than most trail shoes to keep you comfortable over long distances off-road.
Buy from Adidas | £109.95
The Best Running Headtorches | Coach
It takes a hardy person to not only head out for a run at night, but to do so in a place without street lights. If you are one of those runners, we salute you. Your bravery and commitment to the sport know no bounds.
We also heartily encourage you to get a good headtorch, because running in pitch-black conditions is a recipe for disaster even if you stick to the flattest asphalt. And if you are heading off-road then only the very brightest of headlights will do, if only because tripping over a root in the woods while running in the dark sounds like the start of a horror film.
Avoid unexpected pitfalls on your night runs with one of these hyper-bright headlights.
Best Budget Option: Kalenji ONNIGHT 710
While it’s not as bright and long-lasting as some of our other picks, the ONNIGHT 710 is an excellent cheap option that will more than suffice for runners who aren’t looking to log all-nighters on the trails. The rechargeable battery lasts three hours at the highest 300-lumen light setting, which is bright enough provide around 75m of visibility, and there are two lower lumen settings (120 and 30) when you’re looking to conserve juice.
Buy from Decathlon | £24.99
Best For City Runners: Black Diamond Iota
The Iota is a very lightweight headlamp that’s great for short runs in dark urban areas rather than complete wilderness. The max output is only 150 lumens and the battery powers that level of brightness for just two hours, but the Iota’s very comfortable to wear. The battery is rechargeable and there’s a three-level gauge that shows how much you have left when you turn the light on.
Buy from Amazon | £36.69
Best Budget Smart Headtorch: Petzl Reactik+
This smart headlight is the ideal option for those who hate having to adjust their lamp during a run. The Reactik+ takes in the ambient light around you and automatically adjusts its beam to suit the conditions, although you can override the automatic lighting whenever you like. It also links with an app so you can set up the light profile you want and get details on how much battery life you have left – on the brightest setting of 300 lumens the rechargeable battery will last 2½hours.
Buy from Amazon | £67.74
Best For Ultramarathon Runners: Petzl Nao+
An altogether more extreme option for those who frequently run through the night on technical terrain. The Nao+ has a 750-lumen front light which reacts to ambient light like the Reactik+ does, and also a back light which is often a requirement for entering through-the-night ultramarathons. The rechargeable battery will last 6½ hours on the highest setting, and you can move the battery pack from the headband to a belt accessory to make the Nao+ more comfortable to wear for long periods.
Buy from Amazon | £124.37
Best For Battery Life: Black Diamond Icon
By opting for four AA batteries rather than a rechargeable unit, the Icon offers a monster 70 hours of juice on its highest 500-lumen setting. You might be thinking that strapping four AA batteries to your noggin will make the Icon uncomfortable and you’d be right, but fortunately the pack can be moved to waist pack or pocket easily.
Buy from Amazon | £69.50
How To Maintain Your Willpower During Sober October
If you’re currently in the middle of an attempt to avoid alcohol throughout the month of October, then all power to you. Taking a month off the booze is a great way to reassess your relationship with alcohol, and also to show off the benefits of cutting back to both your health and your wallet.
However, let’s not pretend that it’s going to be an easy ride. By the middle of the month your motivation to stay dry is probably starting to wane.
“The first week is often the easiest,” says Jo Hemmings, a behavioural psychologist and supporter of Macmillan’s Go Sober for October. “And the last is OK because you’re in the home straight. Weeks two and three are usually the most difficult, when your willpower is at its lowest.”
If you are finding it harder and harder to stay on the wagon as October progresses, then heed this advice from Hemmings on how to maintain your motivation.
Look In The Mirror
The benefits of going booze-free become apparent very quickly.
“After just a week, your skin will look better, you’ll have better-quality sleep and you will probably have lost a few pounds,” says Hemmings. “Embrace those positives.”
A dry October provides a well-timed health boost as well, because Christmas is around the corner. When you consider all the partying to come, a sober October will start to feel like a blessing.
“Christmas is coming up. It’s a time of excess – whether food, spending or alcohol,” says Hemmings. “With your one month sober, you’ll be in tip-top physical and psychological health.”
Treat Yo’ Self
If you’re someone who frequently hits the pub after work, the amount of cash you’ll have saved after just a couple of weeks will be considerable. Put that money towards something more lasting than a couple of quick drinks.
“Think of the money you’re saving and maybe treat yourself to something,” says Hemmings.
Occupy Your Mind
The hardest times to avoid alcohol will be the times you’d normally be drinking so it’s helpful to come up with alternatives.
“Don’t clock-watch,” says Hemmings. “If you’re someone who likes a drink on a weeknight, for example, do something else to take your mind off the booze.”
One thing you could try is exercise. That might sound like a joyless double whammy – no booze and you have to work out – but exercise will make you feel excellent, we promise. And given that you’ve been off alcohol for a couple of weeks, you’ll be feeling healthier and readier to work out.
“While you’re feeling fitter, do some regular exercise. It releases feelgood endorphins, the body’s natural narcotic,” says Hemmings.
Get Creative With A Mocktail
When the going gets really tough, try a mocktail to take the edge off the urge to drink without actually indulging.
“They taste great and give you the satisfaction of a booze-free cocktail,” says Hemmings. “You can find some great examples on the Go Sober For October website.”
Get Some Social Support
As long as you avoid certain areas of the internet, you’ll find it a very supportive place. Lots of people will be trying to stay dry this October, and lots of them could be struggling just like you, so get online and start backing each other up. Check out the hashtag #GoSober on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find other people signed up for Macmillan’s Go Sober For October campaign.
Remember One Drink Isn’t The End Of The World
Stay sober if you can, obviously – but if you do have a drink, don’t let it spiral out of control and give up on the month entirely.
“If you do find yourself tempted into a drink, don’t be hard on yourself,” says Hemmings. “It happens. Don’t give up, just start back again tomorrow. Don’t let one bad day spoil your efforts.”
This Parmesan And Broccoli Festoni With Maple-Cured Bacon Recipe Is A Great Mid-Week Dinner
To answer what is probably your first question, it’s a type of pasta, and yes, you can use penne instead. Festoni might be a more exciting ingredient to throw into the mix, but it’s not the easiest type of pasta to find so you can stick with the trusty tube if needs be.
Your second question might well involve some combination of the words “parmesan”, “bacon” and “healthy” in a questioning tone. And sure, this isn’t the healthiest recipe on Coach (there’s white wine in it, too, and let’s face it, you’re not letting the rest of the bottle go to waste are you?), but we’re very much of the view that cooking for yourself with whole foods is an easy route to improving your diet, which is why we thought this recipe from Waitrose was worth sharing. Plus, we’re not saying you should eat bacon and cheese for every breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact, we’ll actively say not to do that. Don’t do that.
Anyway, this dish also has broccoli in it, so there you go. The recipe below calls for purple-sprouting broccoli spears, but if they’re not available you can use tenderstem instead.
Preparing the ingredients should take around ten minutes and cooking only 15, meaning that this recipe is a great quick meal you can pull together in the evening on work nights when time is tight. That’s as long as you haven’t spent an hour in the local shop trying to find festoni pasta.
Ingredients (serves four)
- 400g festoni (or penne) pasta, dried
- 2 x 200g packs purple sprouting broccoli spears
- 2tsp olive oil
- 250g maple-cured smoked back bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 150ml dry white wine
- 50g freshly grated parmesan
- Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, trim the thick ends from the broccoli and cut the stems into 1cm lengths, leaving the florets whole. You should have about 300g, including some of the broccoli leaves. Add to the pasta water for the final two to three minutes then drain, reserving about 4tbsp of the cooking water. Return the pasta and broccoli to the pan, covering to keep warm.
- Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the bacon for four to five minutes until crispy. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Pour in the wine and let it bubble, scraping up any bits from the base of the pan, until the wine is reduced by half.
- Add the broccoli, pasta and reserved water to the pan. Mix together, then add most of the parmesan, stirring until all the ingredients are coated.
- Serve immediately with freshly ground black pepper and the remaining cheese.
Recipe and image courtesy of waitrose.com
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