Top Running Shoes 2024 – In-Depth Reviews and Comparisons

2024 is here and we know that all you running lovers are mad to hit the road! So before you do, we’ve put together this comprehensive Running Shoe Review so you get the pair that you need.

This comprehensive review meticulously examines each contender, ensuring that whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a casual jogger, your next step is supported by the best.

The landscape of running footwear evolves rapidly, and this year’s lineup showcases groundbreaking advancements that cater to diverse running styles and environments.

Whether you’re running, walking or working out, wearing proper footwear is essential for many reasons.

We’ve got all the big running brands included – Hoka, Nike, adidas, ON Running, ASICS and Brooks.

You might find some worth in our Running Shoe Size Guide Blog.

Runner Review Cushion Explained

So before we go through the contenders, it’s important that you are aware of your foot type.

On the Intersport Elverys website, you may notice discriptions like Neutral, Stability and Maximum Comfort. These are all to do with your pronation.

Make sure to call into select Intersport Elverys stores to aveil of our SafeSize 3D foot measuring service to find exactly what type of pronotation you have.

 

2024 Runner Review: Our Top Picks

Nike Air Winflo 9 Shield Weatherized

Overview: The Nike Winflo 9 is celebrated as an all-around versatile shoe, perfect for various activities and notable for its stylish design. It’s a shoe that fits well into both athletic and everyday contexts, offering comfort and versatility at a budget-friendly price.

This sure to be a popular choice for the roads of Ireland this year.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 10 oz (283 g).
  • Price: €125.
  • Design: Updated upper, utilizing a translucent mesh for breathable comfort, and a new sole unit with Cushlon foam and Nike Air technology for enhanced impact support.
  • Performance: Ideal for easy 3-5 mile runs, various workouts, and casual wear. It works well for speed workouts but might not be the first choice for longer distances due to a lack of responsiveness.
  • Fit and Comfort: True to size with a roomy toe box. The shoe provides a secure and stable fit, and the heel feels cushy. However, the upper is harder to clean compared to previous models.

Pros:

  1. Budget-friendly.
  2. Versatile for different activities.
  3. Available in many color options.

Cons:

  1. Less responsive over longer distances.
  2. The upper material is challenging to clean.

Conclusion: The Nike Winflo 9 is a great value for its price, offering a stable and comfortable ride for moderate distances up to 5 miles or 10km.

It stands out as a versatile training shoe and is suitable for everyday wear too, even if you’re not a runner.

However, for those looking for a racing shoe or for very long-distance running, this might not be the ideal choice​​​​​​.

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Nike Zoom Fly 5

Overview: The Nike Zoom Fly 5 stands as a transformative update in the Zoom Fly series, shifting from a fast workout/tempo run shoe to one that caters to

long, slower runs. I

t’s noted for its increased comfort, stability, and cushioning.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9.5 oz (270 g).
  • Price: €170
  • Design: The Zoom Fly 5 features a full-length ZoomX core in the midsole, a more traditional upper with a detached, gusseted tongue, and a wider midsole base for extra stability.
  • Upper: The upper unit has been revised for better comfort and lockdown, feeling more like a daily trainer.

Pros:

  1. Improved outsole durability.
  2. The most stable version in the Zoom Fly series.
  3. Softer and more comfortable than its predecessors.
  4. Excellent upper comfort.
  5. Increased cushioning.

Cons:

  1. Slower than previous versions of the Zoom Fly.
  2. The ZoomX core does not feel as bouncy as expected.

Conclusion: The Nike Zoom Fly 5 has evolved into a shoe better suited for longer runs, offering a softer and more cushioned midsole.

However, it’s noted for a lack of bounce and energy return, making it less suitable for speed work or uptempo runs.

The shoe offers stable and protective padding for long distances but falls short in responsiveness and agility compared to other options in the same category​​​​​​. However, it’s still a great all-rounder and everyday shoe for you busy people.

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Adidas Adizero Boston 12

Overview: The Adidas Adizero Boston 12 has evolved to feel more like a daily trainer than a speed trainer.

It features a softer ride and more flexible Energyrods, making it less rockered than previous versions. And we have to say, it looks really, really cool.

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9.4 oz (266 g).
  • Price: €160.
  • Design: Updated midsole with Lightstrike Pro foam and glass-fibre energy rods, softer and more flexible forefoot.
  • Upper: Lighter and more flexible than previous version, but less comfortable.

Pros:

  1. Softer and more stable ride.
  2. Sleeker design.
  3. Weight reduction.

Cons:

  1. Less rockered.
  2. Less akin to the ride of the Adios Pro.

Conclusion: The Adidas Adizero Boston 12 is best suited as a durable daily trainer for those easy runs.

While it provides a softer ride and is lighter compared to its predecessor, it leans more towards being a daily trainer than a workout shoe or speed trainer.

The durable outsole, featuring Continental rubber, is a standout feature for its longevity, so you will get a good healthy lifespan out of it.

However, it may not be the top choice for runners seeking a shoe similar to the Adios Pro 3 or a more energetic, light speed trainer​​​​​​.

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Brooks Ghost Max

Overview: The Brooks Ghost Max is a well-rounded daily trainer offering a balanced ride with good stability.

As a spinoff of the regular Ghost series, which has proven hugey popular with Intersport Elverys customers,  it offers a softer, more cushioned, and lively ride compared to the Ghost 15, making it a good choice for various runs.

Plus, it looks really cool too!

Key Features:

  • Weight: 10 oz (283 g).
  • Price: €160
  • Design: Higher stack height, softer cushioning with DNA Loft v2 foam, and a stable, wide base.
  • Upper: Comfortable fit, true to size, but laces may fray easily.

Pros:

  1. Comfortable, luxurious upper.
  2. Softer and more cushioned than the regular Ghost.
  3. More forefoot cushioning.
  4. Modern and stable ride.

Cons:

  1. Lower than average outsole durability.
  2. Laces prone to fraying.

Conclusion: The Brooks Ghost Max emerges as a more modern and engaging version of the traditional Ghost.

It’s suitable for a variety of runs, offering a balance between softness for easy runs and firmness for uptempo paces. However, it may not be as stable as the regular Ghost due to its firmer midsole and more lean bias.

The Ghost Max is ideal for those who found the Ghost 15 too firm but might not appeal to Ghost loyalists who prefer its consistent firmness and stability​​​​​​. The Ghost 15 was one of the best all-rounders we’ve ever had and this is picking up where it left off.

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ASICS Novablast 4 Running Shoes

Overview: This shoe is designed with energy return in mind, and ASICS have spent hours testing it at their Institute of Sports Science (ISS) in Japan.

The NOVABLAST™ 4 is characterised as a firm-riding daily trainer, leaning more towards faster-paced runs.

Compared to its predecessors, it offers increased stability but sacrifices some of the signature bounciness that Novablast shoes were known for. But that might suit a lot of you die-hard ASICS fans!

Key Features:

  • Weight: 9 oz (255 g).
  • Price150
  • Design: New FF Blast+ Eco midsole for better stability, modern upper design.
  • Performance: Suited more for uptempo runs due to its firmer ride.

Pros:

  1. Better stability with firmer midsole.
  2. More comfortable and cooler upper.
  3. Faster ride compared to previous versions.

Cons:

  1. Less bouncy and fun than earlier Novablast models.
  2. Increase in weight.
  3. Firmer ride, which might not be suitable for all runners.

Conclusion: The ASICS Novablast 4 marks a shift in the series, moving away from the playful and bouncy characteristics towards a more stable, but firmer ride.

This change might appeal to runners looking for a firmer, more responsive trainer but may disappoint those who enjoyed the distinctive bouncy feel of the earlier versions.

While its design remains sleek and modern, the Novablast 4’s firmer direction has altered its overall appeal and versatility​​​​​​. Plus, there’s a variety of colours to choose from.

Hoka Stinson 7

Overview: The Hoka Stinson 7 Shoes are a top-tier choice for runners who prioritise comfort and stability on a variety of terrains.

They stand out with their maximalist design, featuring an exceptionally high stack height for superior underfoot protection and plush cushioning.

Ideal for road-to-trail runners and non-technical trail enthusiasts, the Stinson 7 offers a stable and cushioned ride, though it may not be the best fit for those seeking agility and speed on more technical terrain.

Hoka have burst on to the scene in recent times, and the Stinson 7 is another running shoe that will make waves.

Key Features:

  • Weight: The shoe is relatively heavy, 12.7 oz (360 g) for men and 10.8 oz for women.
  • Price: €180.
  • Design: The Stinson 7 features a Jacquard mesh upper, known for its protection and breathability. It includes a durable rubber toe cap for additional protection and a partially gusseted tongue to prevent debris entry​​​​.
  • Performance: This shoe is best suited for road-to-trail runners, non-technical trail runners, or hikers. It offers stability and comfort on varied surfaces, including roads, grass, gravel, or dirt​​​​​​.

Pros:

  1. Comfort and Fit: It fits true to size, offering comfort without a breaking-in period. The plush heel cup provides soft cushioning and support around the ankle​​​​​​.
  2. Durability: The shoe is highly durable, with significant wear only visible on the outsides of the outsole and midsole after extensive use. It is described as a durable workhorse capable of handling long distances​​.
  3. Versatility: Suitable for a variety of terrains, it’s particularly reliable for long training days where speed is not the goal, as well as for longer races with variable terrain​​​​.

Cons:

  1. Weight and Agility: Due to its weight, the Stinson 7 might not be suitable for runners seeking agility and responsiveness, particularly on technical or rocky terrain​​​​​​​​.
  2. Toe Box Pressure: Some users experienced pressure and rubbing on the big toe after long uses or during the initial period of wearing the shoes​​​​.

Conclusion: The Hoka Stinson 7 is ideal for those seeking a highly cushioned, stable, and durable shoe for mixed terrain running.

Its maximalist design and innovative technology provide comfort and protection, especially for long distances.

However, its heavier weight and limited agility on technical terrains might not appeal to all runners.

This shoe is a strong contender for runners prioritising comfort and stability over speed and agility on trails and roads​​​​. The grip is amazing too.

ON Cloudflow 4

Overview: The ON Cloudflow 4.0 is an evolution of its predecessor, designed as a lightweight training/performance shoe with a versatile and low-profile build.

It excels in stability and responsiveness, making it a standout option among the lightest daily trainers available​.

ON Running shoes really make you stand out from the crowd the Cloudflow 4 will do just that too.

Key Features:

  • Weight: The shoe is impressively light, weighing 8.7 oz (247 g)
  • Price: €170.
  • Design: It features a new engineered woven upper for breathability and a new dual density Helion midsole with a spoon-shaped speedboard. The shoe also has a new outsole with a closed channel to prevent stone trapping​​.
  • Performance: Classified as a lightweight training shoe, it offers firm and responsive cushioning. The shoe is designed with a Rocker geometry around the forefoot area, enhancing forward momentum. Suitable for various paces and distances, it’s particularly effective for interval training speeds​​​​.

Pros:

  1. Comfort and Fit: Fits true to size with a medium width, accommodating average-sized feet. The upper is breathable, flexible, and roomy, providing comfort during runs​​​​​​.
  2. Performance Enhancing: The rocker geometry combined with the new speedboard aids in smooth transition and forward movement. It’s excellent for tempo training and offers an enjoyable rolling momentum​​.
  3. Sustainability: ON incorporates sustainably made, recycled materials into the shoe, showcasing a commitment to eco-friendly practices​​.

Cons:

  1. Price: Some may find it expensive relative to the features provided​​​​.
  2. Cushioning: The foam may be excessively firm for some runners, particularly those who prefer a softer, more cloud-like feel​​​​​​.
  3. Narrow Fit: The midfoot fit is somewhat narrow, potentially making it less suitable for those with wider feet​​​​​​.

Conclusion: The ON Cloudflow 4 is a high-performance, moderately cushioned running shoe that shines in tempo training. Its innovative design, including the rockered forefoot and lightweight, breathable upper, offers a unique running experience.

While its firm cushioning and price point may not appeal to everyone, its stability, durability, and unique rolling momentum make it a strong contender for those seeking a reliable and versatile training shoe.

It is particularly recommended for fans of the ON brand looking for a daily trainer suitable for various paces and distances, as well as for those seeking an environmentally conscious option​.

Conclusion

The 2024 running shoe lineup brings forth an array of options that excel in durability, comfort, and technology from Intersport Elverys.

We love our running and we’re committed to bringing you the best Running Shoe Review you can get.

So we hope you enjoyed this blog and all your running for 2024.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Running Blog. 

Remember, the perfect running shoe not only complements your stride but also enhances your journey towards personal bests and beyond

Don’t forget about other important pieces of equipment you might need too.

Our Guide to Finding the Right Sports Bra and our Guide to Finding the Right Leggings is sure to help.

Enjoy the run, we’re with you every step of the way.

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Christmas Gifts For a Runner | Gift Guides 2023

If you’re looking to find the perfect Christmas gifts for the runner on your life then look no further.

Intersport Elverys is Inspired By Running this Christmas 2023 and we’ve pulled together every runners wish list this Christmas – just for you. 

So read on to find some of the best gifts for the runner in your life.

We’ve got other blogs with gift guides for the men, women and kids in your life – check them out right here. 

Elverys Energetics Run

The Energetics Running range is comfortable, breathable and environmentally friendly.

For men, we’ve got this cool Energetics Willard Half-Zip Fleece in blue or this Energetics Bion Half Zip Top that is slim fitting and comfortable for your runs.

For the men, we’ve got the Allen 2in1 V Mens Shorts that gives maximum flexibility and a perfect climate while running. Or, if you need a jacket, this really cool Semenyo II Full Zip Running jacket is for you.

For the ladies, check out the Wilona Half-Zip Fleece, perfect for those early morning runs. You can combine it with the EVII Short Sleeve Running T-Shirt along with these Portia 1/1 Leggings.

Of what about this comfy and stylish gillet?

Don’t forget to check out the full range below or HERE

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ASICS Run

ASICS always stands out from the crowd and their 2023 collections are all proving to be a huge hit this festive season.

Get out there on the road right away with this ASICS Mens Race T-Shirt  and this ASICS Icon Long Sleeve Half Zip for men. 

They’ve also got this amazing ASICS Core Women’s Long T-Shirt in pink that can be combined with this pretty AISCS Core Half-Zip. 

These super comfy ASICS GT-1000 running shoes are available in Mens and Womens. 

Don’t miss the full section of ASICS footwear HERE – they have a huge amount of variations for all levels.

There is so much more too, so don’t miss out on the full ASICS range right HERE.

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Wearable Tech

For something very special this Christmas get them the gift of motivation with a new running watch or headphones.

It will provide them with everything they need to keep on track and motivated for the 2024 running season. 

In terms of gifts for a runner, they are right up there with the best!

Check out the latest range in Garmin, Fitbit, Aftershokz and STAT Sports HERE. 

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Brooks Running

Running is more than just a hobby for Brooks and their top products represent that.

This year they are making sure you’re as safe as possible when out on your run with the likes of the Brooks Mens Run Visible Insulated Vest, or the same version for Women?

Ladies, if you’re looking for some colour this Brooks Notch Thermal Hoodie is great for all occasions and weather! While this Brooks Crossback Run 2.0 Sports Bra offers complete comfort on your run.

Check out the full range of Brooks Running HERE.

 

Accessories

You’ve checked your list twice and you’ve realised you’ve forgotten the stocking fillers!

Pick up the essentials for runners such as compression socks, hats, gloves and headbands. Or other great gifts such as the Power Bands to help with their warm ups and cool-down.

Check them out right HERE

 

 

Nike Running

Can you even mention the word running without associating Nike in it?

The Nike Running ranges are always cool, sleek and packed with performance.

This Nike Men’s Dri-Fit Element Half Zip is just that, while you can’t go wrong with this Nike Men’s Dri-Fit Miler T-Shirt.

Or how about the really nice Nike Therma-Fit Swift Turtleneck Running Top that looks great and performs even better with these classic Nike Fast Mid-Rise 7/8 Graphic Leggings with pockets!

If you want some running shoes, the new Nike Structure 25 is packed with performance, style and affordability too.

Check out our full Nike Running Range HERE.

 

Running Shoes

Probably the most important cog in the wheel of a runner!

A good pair of running shoes is so, so important and we have an incredible pick for you.

This year, we’ve got some amazing designs from the likes of Hoka , ON Running and Puma.

We’ve also got an amazing range from the leading brands like Nike, ASICS and Brooks.

Check them all out below.

 

 

 

You can check out our full Christmas Shop HERE.

 

 


How to Calculate Running Speed

Knowing how to calculate your running speed when out and about on your runs can be really useful.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a leisurely runner, total newbie or experienced runner pushing to beat the clock, calculating your speed is a useful skill.

Whether you want to measure your fitness or just quantify your distance, the how to calculate running speed formula is easy to learn.

How to calculate Running Speed

Step 1: Know your distance

To find your running pace you need to know how far you are going.

So measure your route, be it using online software like Google Maps or on your smartwatch.

You can also just hop in your car and reset the distance clock to get a good estimate.

Or if you can’t do any of those, find your local track or certified course where the distance has already been calculated!

Step 2: Time your run

This is a crucial part of the process, so get your timer out.

If you want accuracy, timing your run is important and this can be done using a smartwatch, stopwatch or with the help of a friend.

It’s also so important for you to be honest with your time and distance, so no massaging those  numbers to make your ego feel better!

Step 3: Get out the calculator

Quite simply, how to calculate running speed is done by dividing your run distance by your run time.

So if you ran 10k and you ran for 50 minutes, you can 0.2k per minute.

If you want to calculate your running pace, flip the numbers.

50 minutes divided by 10k is a 5 minute per kilometre pace.

There’s a really useful online speed calculator right HERE.

Tips and Tricks

Owning a smartwatch can save you so much time and hassle when you are trying to calculate running speed.

We’ve got a really good collection HERE.

You can also check out our Top 5 Runner Review blog HERE. 

Typical Running Times

Below is a list of average running times across some of the more favoured distances to give you some pointers.

Average 10k Running Time

A 10k is one of the most popular runs for runners of all levels.

Not too difficult but it also presents a big challenge if you want to pursue it.

On average, a runner will complete a 10k between 45-65 minutes, maybe more.

The average male road racer completes their run in about 56 minutes, while the female just over one hour.

Amazingly, the most elite level runners from across the world are breaking 27 minutes!

Average 5k Running Times

Runners also love the 5k.

It’s short, snappy and will give you a serious workout.

An average runner will complete their 5k in 25-35 minutes.

While your male racers will go sub 17 minutes and female sub 20 and edging towards 19 minutes.

The world’s best can hit sub 13 minutes!

Conclusion

Whatever your ability on the road or track, we hope this guide on how to calculate running speed will help you.

If you’re wondering how the correct recovery after a run, check our our blog from Irish Long Distance Runner Grace Lynch. 

We love to run at Intersport Elverys, so make sure you check out our running category HERE or below.

#YouNeverRunAlone

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Find The Right Sports Bra: Size Guide

For active people, your sports bra is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll own – so this sports bra size guide is sure to help you.

Especially if you’re entering the 2023 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, whom Intersport Elverys are proud sponsors for 19 years now.

Even if you’re not entering it and are just a casual or serious sports person, this should be seen as an important investment in comfort and support.

Look at the care and precision we put into choosing our running shoes; the same level of scrutiny and detail should be put into the choice of sports bra.

Just like you do with your leggings too, which we have prepared this Leggings Size Guide BLOG for.

sports bra size guide

It’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong type/size of sports bras which can result in breast pain, soft tissue damage, chafing among other issues.

Choosing the right sports bra is essential for women of any size, shape or activity level.  It’s important to make sure you have adequate support so you can lead an active lifestyle without unnecessary discomfort.

Read below or find our latest blog on this topic HERE

 

SUPPORT
Low Medium High
Activity Walking Road Cycling Running
Yoga Hiking Aerobics
Light gym work Active gym work Contact sports

Sports Bra Size Guide: Support

Light Support Bras

Usually, low energy activities will consist of little sweat.

Activities such as walking, yoga, or stretching would be considered low energy. For these workouts, you won’t need as much support as high energy exercises.

Choose lightweight sports bras with narrower straps and bands. An adjustable strap is not necessary for support during low energy workouts.

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Medium Support Bras

These workout activities will be in between low and high energy, like gym sessions or cycling.

Just like the energy level, you’ll need a medium support sports bra to accommodate your body.

Unlike low-energy workouts, you’ll need a wider strap, and since you’ll be breaking a sweat, you need a bra that restricts breast movement more than low-support bras.

 

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High Support Bras

Any high intensity activity, like running, will require a high support sports bra, as your body will constantly be in motion and you’ll need to make sure everything stays comfortably in place.

Find high support sports bras with wide bands and adjustable shoulder straps to adjust while you’re working out or after.

 

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What size should I choose?

You should stick to the size that you wear in a standard bra (once you’re confident you have been fitted/measured properly).  Various brands will offer size conversions either on in-store signage or on the product packaging.

Sports Bra Size Guide: Features

Band

The main source of support comes from the band, which forms the foundation of a sports bra. The band should be snug around your rib cage, but comfortable.  If it feels too tight, it is.

If you can fit two fingers between your body and the band (but not more) that’s the sign of a good fit.

Shoulder straps should feel secure and provide minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down movement.

Straps that fit properly should not slip, and they should also not dig into your skin.

Adjustable straps allow you to fully customise the fit of your bra.

Closure

Some bras are pulled on over your head, some have a back closure with hooks.

Bras with back closure are easier to get on and off, and gives another option to further adjust/customise the fit.

Underwire

The benefit of underwire in a sports bra is that it supports each breast individually and can help to minimize movement.

Wicking fabrics move moisture away from your skin and keep you comfortable.

The more supportive a sports bra is, the less effective it will be at wicking away moisture because of its sturdier fabric and construction.  Look out for moisture-wicking technologies.

Strap Types

Please note, thin straps are generally easier to hide, however wider straps offer more/better support.

Tank top: This style is most similar to a “normal” bra. The straps are often adjustable so you can customise the fit.

Criss-cross: These straps cross over each other and usually provide good support. The straps are often adjustable so you customise the fit.

Racerback: Sports bras with a racerback have shoulder straps that come together between your shoulder blades to create a Y-shape. This style is more suited for medium- to high-impact activities, but they are typically not adjustable.

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Conclusion

It’s recommended that you re-assess/update your sports bra every 6 months to 12 months as over time the fibers, elastic and other components weaken, which compromises support.

More even more content that could benefit the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in 2022, check out our Running Shoe Size Guide. 

Shop our entire range of sports bras HERE


Training Advice from some Top Irish Female Athletes

There are some seriously talented Irish Female Athletes across the many sporting codes in this country right now.

We’re lucky to have some of these top Irish female athletes collaborating with us at Intersport Elverys.

From football, GAA, running, sprinting, rugby and boxing, we’ve been working closely with some of the leading Irish Female Athletes through their careers and we’ve managed to get some insight into their thinking, with them providing some brilliant advice on training, motivation, tips on reaching your goals and more.

Irish International Sprinter/Hurdler Sarah Quinn, Irish Rugby 7s/Xvs Stacey Flood, Republic of Ireland’s Rianna Jarrett, Team Ireland boxer Gráinne Walsh, international runner Grace Lynch and Cavan LGFA/Collingwood AFLW star Aishling Sheridan answer our quickfire questions.

Check them out below.

Or you can also watch them over on YouTube, right HERE: 

International Sprinter/Hurdler: Sarah Quinn (Mayo)

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Advice for everyday Athletes: “To start off with a focus that you know you will be able to stick to and build your daily routine around. Don’t start off with ten things at once, because the likelihood is you won’t be able to stick to them all. Start small, it could be something as simple as increasing your water intake and make sure you nail that before you go focusing on something else.”

Best Advice you ever got: “Definitely, ‘Don’t compare your step 1 with someone else’s step 10′”

How do you get motivated: “Setting goals and working towards beating them.”

Sporting Goal for 2022: “I’m hoping to stay injury free and grab every opportunity that comes my way.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Every Sunday, write down what you want to achieve that week. And at the end of the week, do a quick slef review and see if you achieved it. If not, make changes for the following week.”

Ireland Rugby 7s/Xvs: Stacey Flood (Dublin)

Advice for everyday Athletes: “Enjoy every single training session you do because not everyone gets to what you do and what you can do.”

Best Advice you ever got: “Hard work beats talent when talents doesn’t work hard.’ I believe if you work hard in whatever you do, it will go a long way in getting you where you want to be.”

How do you get motivated? “I always bring it back to why I am there and who I am doing this for. It’s also really easy to motivate yourself when you’re in a good group of players or training partners.”

Sporting Goal for 2022: “To quality and compete at the World Cup 7s in Cape Town in 2022″
Advice on sticking to your goals: “
Find a way to hold yourself accountable. Whether it’s writing it down in a diary or journal, or finding a training partner that will motivate you and keep you going, or maybe even buying a smartwatch that will show you all your fitness data, just find something that will help you in that sense.”

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Cavan LGFA & Collingwood AFLW: Aishling Sheridan (Cavan)

Advice for everyday Athletes: “It might sound simple, but investing in some top quality gym gear and footwear is great for preventing injuries firstly, but it will also motivate you to train.”

Best Advice you ever got: “The best advice I ever got was to not be afraid of making mistakes. Not everything will go 100%, because you learn from mistakes.”

How do you get motivated? “Wanting to better myself every single day.”

Sporting Goal for 2022: “To give everything I can when I play and to leave every ounce of energy on the pitch.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “
Make sure you get a diary plan so you can work out your days and weeks ahead. It will keep you motivated and give you direction and routine.”

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International Long-Distance Runner: Grace Lynch (Kerry)

Advice for everyday Athletes: “My advice to you is to invest in a really good pair of running shoes. I love the ASICS Novablast 2 for my easy running days.”

Best Advice you ever got: “It’s something that I still abide by today, and it’s as simple as enjoying your training, making sure you do it for you.”

How do you get motivated? “Setting short term and long term goals. Write them in your training diary and every thing else you do on your sessions, because you can then look back and see your improvements.”

Sporting Goal for 2022: “I am aiming for PBs in the 10k road and also the half marathon.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: 
“Track everything. Improvements keep you hungry and wanting more.”

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Team Ireland Boxer: Gráinne Walsh (Offaly)

Advice for everyday Athletes: “A good friend of mine told me that comparison is the thief of joy. You see so much of peoples’ lives these days through social media like Instagram and everyone is comparing their’s to others. I would tell people to only focus on being the best version of yourself, and no one else.”

Best Advice you ever got: “The best advice I can give is to be honest with yourself. Set a goal and stick to that goal and never let that negative voice in your head get the better of you – always stay one step ahead.”

How do you get motivated? “I think about the time recently when I spent 18 weeks in a cast and was unable to train. So I push myself over all them hard times, thinking about what I want to achieve and I use this every single day.”

Sporting Goal for 2022: “I want to get back on the World stage competing for Ireland.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “
Write everything down on a Sunday night for your week ahead. I also write down what I am grateful for at the end of every day – it’s great to keep you grounded and humble,”

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Republic of Ireland: Rianna Jarrett (Wexford)

Advice for everyday Athletes: “Set goals that are measurable and realistic. Break your long terms goals down into short-term goals.”

Best Advice you ever got: “Don’t let setbacks define you, use them as motivation.”

How do you get motivated? “The beauty of playing team sport is that you’re pushed daily by the people around you, like the players and management, which really helps me keep going.”

Sporting Goal for 2022: ““To break back into the Irish set up and qualify for the Fifa 2023 Womens World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”
Advice on sticking to your goals
: “Make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. I use a journal on a daily basis, and I’m also loving my adidas Ultraboost 21 and massage gun for my recovery.”

You can also read about Rianna’s top 5 favourite weight training exercises for women here: 

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Conclusion

We hope some of this advice from these top Irish female athletes will help you and your training.

Hear from them below.

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Christmas Gifts For Her | Gift Guides 2021

It’s not always easy to buy for the special woman in your life but this Gifts For Her Guide should make it easier for you!

Everyone has a wish list for Christmas 2021 so to give you some inspiration, we’re looking at the latest and top products across our top range of brands.

We’re Inspired by Sport this year, so take a look below at some of our gifts ideas for her.

We’ve also got some Christmas Gift guides for him and Christmas gift guides for those special kids in your life.

Gifts Ideas For The Sport Fanatic

GAA

The new GAA season is nearly upon us, have you got your colours sorted yet?

Don’t worry if you don’t, because there is still plenty of time left and Intersport Elverys is here to help you.

We have GAA gear from all 32 counties, from jerseys to hats, including the Mayo GAA 2021 Women’s Fit Home Jersey and the Dublin 2021 Home Women’s Jersey and the Portland training ranges.
There’s also the Galway Home Women’s Jersey and we’ve got a host of GAA Christmas Jumpers too!

Check out our full GAA range HERE.

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Rugby

The rugby season is back on track and we have some great gift ideas for the special women in your life.

As official sport retail partner of Connacht Rugby, we have the full range of jerseys, jackets, training gear and more.

Also, we’ve got the new Canterbury Irish Rugby gear and the latest British & Irish Lions.

Take a look at our full range HERE.

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Football

We’ve got a fantastic range of football jerseys and gear to have under the tree this Christmas.

The new orange FAI Away Jersey has been really popular since it’s launch. And as official retail partners of the FAI, we love it too.

Not only do we have the national team covered, we also have Premier League teams and our Airtricity League range.

Take a look at our full range HERE.

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Gift Ideas For The Runner

Footwear

This year one thing is for sure, running and walking has been picked up by the masses, so a new comfortable pair of runners for under the tree would be a welcomed sight for many.

Getting footwear which is comfortable and durable are key when choosing runners and we have all this and more across the top running brands.

Some we have in mind for you are the very reliable ASICS Gel-Kayano 28 Women’s Running Shoe,  the Brooks Ghost 14 Reflective Women’s Running shoe or the Under Armour Charged Rogue 2.5 Storm. And lets not forget the super cool Hoka Speedgoat 4 Women’s Runner.

All options are perfect for Winter running and would be a great gift to get started in the new year.

Or, why not check out the ASICS Running Range or the Brooks Running Range. 

Take a look through out full footwear range HERE.

Clothing

Being warm, dry, safe and seen on the road when running is a thought every runner thinks of before facing the elements.

Right?

Clothing that ticks these boxes while also having an element of style to it would be a great gift for the runner in your life – like below.

The adidas Marathon Jacket in White, the dazzling Energetics Womens Coral IV Tights or  the Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Race T-Shirt tick all those boxes.

Find all that and much more HERE.

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Running Accessories

Looking to add extra bits to your gift, we’ve a number of essential running accessories to help them brave the Winter weather.

How about the cool Nike Alpha Ultrabreathe Sports Bra,  the Brooks Fusion Midweight Gloves or the warm and cosy New Era New England Patriots NFL Bobble Beanie.

Check out our full range HERE.

Gift Ideas for The Trainer

Footwear & Clothing

Training will always be essential for so many of us and looking good when training is important for a lot too.

Inspire their workout wherever it may be with some of the latest training product across top brands.

The Skechers Arch Fit Women’s shoe has been very popular this year, as has the Puma Favourite Heather Tee Shirt and has this The North Face Half Zip.

But we have so much more than that too, so check out our full Training Range HERE.

 

Training Essentials

Every training addict will appreciate the tools that make it happen and we have a wide range of training essentials that are sure to tailor to whatever way a person trains.

Take a look at the Body Sculpture Massage Gun for those who really value their recovery; or how about a new Body Sculpture Yoga Mat to get your yoga groove on.

Or if you like to do some weights at home, these Body Sculpture 10kg Dumbbell set are perfect to get started.

Our full training range can be found HERE. 

Wearable Tech

A piece of equipment that is slowly becoming essential for every gym goer, runner or an active worker is a smart watch or fitness tracker.

The latest Fitbit Ace 3 Fitness Tracker is jam-packed with technology and very affordable too. While the Garmin Venu is top of its league, just like the stylish Fitbit Luxe Smartwatch. 

Check out all our wearable tech right HERE.

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Gifts for the Style Minded

Footwear

If you’re buying for someone who prefers the style over functionality then we have a number of great products for you.

The North Face tent Mule Bootie will turn heads everywhere, while the adidas VL Court 2.0 are a timeless classic. And we all know you can’t go wrong with a pair of Nike Air Max SC .

You can find plenty more style minded trainers HERE.

 

Clothing

Some of these trainers need some comfortable and stylish tops to match, so check these out.

Stand out from the crowd in The North Face Women’s Diablo Down Jacket, or the Nike Therma-Fit Repel Jacket. Or what about the Nike Dri-Fit FC Pullover Hoodie?

You can find our full range HERE

 

Finishing Looks

Why not top off these looks with some of our most fashionable finishers, like the Under Armour Storm Insulated CGI Beanie or the adidas 3S Cap in white.  Or the super cool New Era Green Bay Packers Beanie.

Check out all our hats and caps HERE or below.

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Discover the Heart of Sport at Intersport Elverys this Christmas 2021.

Check out our full ranges to gift this Christmas 2021 HERE and Shop Local.

Everyone at Intersport Elverys wishes you and your family a very happy, safe and magic Christmas.

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