Running Spikes are a must for serious track and cross country runners. Strap on your spikes and toe the line.

So you are looking at getting running spikes? Great. Serious competitors in track and cross country all wear these specialized shoes because these shoes are lighter and have better traction. If you only run road races, look at the page on Racing Flats.

Before you decide on buying a pair, try them on! The most important thing with any type of running shoe is the fit. You should try some on at the store. If you know what you like, compare prices of Women's andMen's Running Spikes Online.

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My spikes fit so good, I didn't even wear socks when racing. In college, I ran the steeplechase a few times. This race involves running just short of two miles while jumping over 35 barriers (hurdles). Seven times you have to jump over a barrier and into a water pit. I stopped wearing socks because the water would soak into them and make me feel slow. After a few competitions, I got used to the feeling of racing without socks and never wore them again in a race.

Alright, back to the important advice. Remember, you don't have to buy your shoes from the store. Find out what fits you best and look for deals on the net. Remember your specific shoe model name when looking. I wear Asics for training, but Nike fit me best for spikes.

There are different models of spikes out there too. Make sure you are purchasing a distance running spike model. Sprinting spikes are designed with less support than distance spikes.

A true pair of spikes have a harder plastic bottom. These types of shoes are perfect for outdoor tracks, and cross country races. Unfortunately, sometimes during indoor track you may have to run on a surface that will not allow a hard plastic bottom racing shoe.

If you want to make sure you can use your spikes for racing on any surface, look for recessed spikes that have a softer bottom. You can remove the spikes and then run on concrete, asphalt, wood flooring, and tartan flooring.

You can take the spikes out of hard plastic bottom versions too. For cross country, I always wore 1/4 to 1/2 inch spikes. I would judge how slick the course was and then put in my what length I though was right for the conditions. For track, they limit the length of the spike. This is so the track doesn't get torn to bits by monster spikes.

Make sure to follow the rules of your particular race. Don't get disqualified for something silly like the wrong spike length.

Is buying a pair of spikes clear now? I hope so. Go find what fits, look for a good deal, and buy yourself a pair. Put your spikes in, lace them up, and toe the line!

- Written by David Tiefenthaler

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