This time last year, I was already a couple of weeks into my training for the New York City marathon. It was my first 26.2 and I was nervous. Over the course of my 16-week training plan the weather, distance logged and gear I wore changed with every single run. The one constant was my pair of shoes. After measuring my feet at New York Road Runner’s HQ, I walked out with a pair of Fresh Foam 1080s. The bright blue mesh upper speckled with pops of green would become my sole companion for many of my distance runs that summer. These neutral cushioned sneakers were relatively lightweight considering how much foam was underfoot.

I’m a big fan of the Fresh Foam feeling so sliding into these was similar to my running days in the Vazee Pace. There was no break-in period thanks to the engineered mesh and an ortholite insert, and at just $90 today, it’s a hard deal to beat for marathon sneakers or any long-distance runner. While I’m not running the NYC marathon this year, these are the shoes I’d trust to get me through another one.

The Best Running Sneakers of 2018

This definitive guide to the best new running shoes of 2018 explores everything you need to know before buying new running shoes this year, including shoes from Brooks, Altra, Adidas, Asics, Mizuno, Reebok and more. These twelve shoes are worth tracking down this year. Read the Story

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